Sona Hovsepyan Dance School Wins 10 Gold Medals in Russian Tap-Dance Championships
The Russian Tap-Dance Championships are part of the XIII World Dance Olympiad. HSE tap dancers are always among the winners, but this year’s haul was particularly rich.
The World Dance Olympiad is one of Europe’s largest dance competitions – 25,000 participants from 50 countries take part in its different programmes, which include virtually all the different types of dance. The competition was held from 29 April to 11 May in the Sokolniki Congress and Exhibition Centre, and included musical dance, ethnic dance, jazz, modern, flamenco, hip-hop and other genres of dance, all performed by a wide range of participants of different ages.
The prize money totaled 1 million roubles, split between 19 different nomination categories.
The performance by the Sona Hovsepyan group from the HSE Dance Company proved a real success at the Russian Tap Dance Championships – the group gave 11 performances specially prepared for the Olympiad, and won 10 gold medals and the Grand Prix. The duo Alexander and Mikhail Lobod, who study at the HSE Lyceum, and HSE student Ekaterina Ivanova – were part of the tap-dance team and won first prize for their ‘Night City Rhythm’ and ‘Walk in Step Rhythm’. Sona Hovsepyan said that the performance lasted about 5 hours, and they had been rehearsing since the early morning. The tap-dancers are now getting ready for their next contest – the World Tap-Dance Championships, which are due to be held in Germany in December 2016.
HSE University has maintained its leading position in the ranking compiled by the Russian Council for International Affairs. The ranking evaluated the websites of 65 Russian universities. HSE was awarded 104 points out of 108, increasing its position by 11 points on last year. HSE's closest rival ranked a further 17 points behind, which is a larger gap than previously.
The HSE’s business incubator was recognized by the Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF) as Incubator of the Year in the first youth internet entrepreneurship forum.
Graduates of the joint FIFA/CIES – HSE programme in Sports Management have won the FIFA/CIES Network Prize for 2016 for their 360º Academy project. The winners were awarded their prize by Gianni Infantino.
Three HSE students of the educational programme in Asian and African Studies became winners of the 10th Interuniversity Olympiad in Arabic language.
A team from HSE has made it to the Regional Finals of the CFA Institute Research Challenge 2015/2016, recently held in Chicago. The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis.
The Higher School of Economics boasts several dozen dance studios. One of the oldest is the Sona Hovsepyan Dance Company, which has been operating at HSE since 2007. Correspondents for HSE News visited a modern jazz dance class at the studio, and heard first hand from students about how they manage to combine hobbies with their studies, and what future doing dance opens up for them.
The HSE’s Sona Hovsepyan Dance Company has won the grand prize at the Klyuchi (Keys) experimental dance festival, also taking home a cash prize and the right to perform and premier an original show at the 2017 festival.
Second year Software Engineering students Anton Kondrashov and Alexander Lazarenko have taken first place in the Robot Battle hackathon organized by Yandex. Participants had to write a bot for any popular messaging service, that could quickly and easily solve users’ payment problems.