March 25
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The young dancers of Asparez dance studio of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) have finally  arrived in the capital, Stepanakert, after more than 1.5 months of separation from their loved ones.

In Artsakh, a group of parents and relatives of these young dancers welcomed them—arriving from Armenia’s capital Yerevan—at the We are Our Mountains monument in Stepanakert.

Gayane Hakobyan arrived in Stepanakert from Berdashen village of Martuni region to see her daughter, and Silva Hovhannisyan had promised her grandchild to personally come and welcome the kid.

"True, the kids were well looked after in every way in Armenia, but longing ‘kills’ a person. No matter how hard you try to have a good day, your mind is with your child. True, we were talking with them every day, but it’s not the same. Now we are extremely happy that finally our children will reach home," said Hakobyan.

The aforesaid dance studio’s kids who had stayed in Artsakh came with balloons to meet their friends.

Among the dancers who have already arrived in Stepanakert, Maria Gharibyan mentioned that they had placed fourth in an international competition that was held in Georgia.

"While coming back we learned that the road was closed. We stayed outside for seven hours, thinking it would [re]open. Then we realized it was going to continue still for a long time, we went to a hotel. Everything, all my feelings are mixed together: the longing, the joy," Gharibyan added.

And the choreographer of the Asparez dance studio, Larri Avanesyan, said that they have not been able to celebrate their victory in the aforesaid competition because they were not in Artsakh.

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