It’s been three months since Nelli and Arpine Tanqamyan, both Mathevosian scholarship students, started coming to the FAR Children’s Center  each week to voluntarily teach national dance to the kids at the Center.

“One, two, three, four,” the children say in unison. “Five, six, seven, eight,” they continue in step before they join hands to form a circle.

“This is how we teach the kids the Echmiadzin national dance,” said Nelli Zakaryan, one recent afternoon.

It’s been three months since Nelli and Arpine Tanqamyan, both Mathevosian scholarship students, started coming to the FAR Children’s Center each week to voluntarily teach national dance to the kids at the Center. Both girls study finance at the Armenian State University of Economics thanks to the support they receive from the scholarship.

While it may be difficult for Nelli and Arpine to converse with many of the children who come from difficult backgrounds they are able to connect with them through dance. “I am happy because I am doing something good. I told my friends at university about it and even they were excited about it, so we don’t just teach the kids. We might even inspire others to do the same. It also makes me feel more responsible,” Nelli said.

Nelli and Arpine are not the only FAR scholarship students who devote their time and skills to the children of the Center. Mathevosian and Nishanian scholarship students also devote their free time to the Center. Armine Grigoryan teaches painting, while Silva Karapetyan and Nelli Ghardyan teach Latin dance.

10-year-old Armine Harutyunyan attends both Armenian and Latin dance classes. “I am very fond of dancing, but I definitely like the Armenian dances the most. I never miss any of the national dance classes,” she said. “I always dreamed of becoming a dancer.”