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Sona Kharatian

Sona Kharatian of Yerevan, Armenia, is in her 16th season with The Washington Ballet. Before joining TWB, Kharatian danced with Orlando Ballet, the Trey McIntyre Project and Copenhagen International Ballet under direction of Alexander Kolpin, and was a guest artist with ARKA Ballet under the direction of Roudolf Kharatian. She began her ballet training at the Choreographic Institute in Yerevan, and later studied at the Kirov Academy of Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet. Kharatian has performed works by George Balanchine, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Choo-San Goh, Antony Tudor, Septime Webre, Nacho Duato, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Christopher Wheeldon, Trey McIntyre, Nicolo Fonte, Alexei Ratmansky, Roudolf Kharatian, William Forsythe, Karole Armitage, Edwaard Liang, Hans van Manen, Jiří Kylián and Alejandro Cerrudo. Featured roles include Juliet in Romeo + Juliet, Myrtha in Giselle, Myrtle in The Great Gatsby, Carmen in Carmen, the Red Queen in ALICE (in wonderland) and Lady Brett Ashley in Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises. Kharatian is a two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award.