Soloist at the National and Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after A. Spendiaryan, Member of the “Dance for evolution” FoundationGraduated from the Yerevan State Choreographic College with the qualification of “ballet dancer” in 2016Awards:Second prize and silver medal winner at the VII International Young Ballet of the World Competition named after Yuri GrigarovichFinalist Diploma and Jury Award of Encouragement at the USA International Ballet Competition June 10-23, 2018Finalist Diploma Award at the Moscow XII International Ballet Competition June 11-20, 2017 First prize and Best Artistic Performance Awards Winner at the Concours Prix Arabesque 2017, BelgiumCertificate of Honor for from the National and Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of Armenia 2018Footage credit: ChaiKhanaRazmik Marukyan is 19. Like most Armenian men his age, he is serving his mandatory two years of military service. But, unlike the other young men in his unit, Marukyan has a second career – he is a ballet dancer at the Yerevan Opera and Ballet Theatre. The other soldiers do not understand Marukyan’s love of ballet: in Armenia’s conservative society, ballet is perceived as something for girls, not boys – and certainly not for soldiers. But Marukyan is trying to break through that stereotype. The commanders of his military unit have allowed him to continue dancing in the ballet while he serves his two years in the army. His friends also support him, attending his performances even if they do not understand his love for ballet.