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Ruzanna Kazarian

Para dance sport


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Perm, RUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began training in 2000 in Perm, Russia.
Why this sport?
She was inspired by a performance of the wheelchair dancers from the Grotesk club. "I saw how young people in wheelchairs dance - not just 'moving' to music, but truly dancing. It was beautiful and, at the same time so strange, I got chills." After the performance, she met the dancers and their coach, Sasha Bushmakin. "I said, 'Take me into your group,' and they took me."
Club / Team
Grotesk : Perm, RUS
Name of coach
Ekaterina Manokhina
Coach from which country?

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Art, painting, batik [cloth decoration using wax and dye]. (, 29 Feb 2012; Athlete, 27 Nov 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Becoming European champion, three-time World Cup winner and two-time world champion. (Athlete, 27 Nov 2013)
Most influential person in career
Her coach. (Athlete, 27 Nov 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"For me dance is a dynamic, harmony of music and movement, an image created for spectators. On the stage I am liberated and completely give myself to emotions and the music." (, 29 Feb 2012)
Awards and honours
She holds the national sports title of Master of Sport in Russia. (, 13 Apr 2011)
In 1994, at age 11, while playing with a friend, she felt an odd sensation in her right arm. She was soon paralysed by a mysterious condition which turned out to be a transverse myelitis infection. When she was 14, tests revealed that her condition could have been prevented by a simple procedure. (, 02 Jun 2008; Athlete, 27 Nov 2013)
Other information
Ekaterina Manokhina, coach of the club Grotesk where she trains, explains the club's unusual name. "'Grotesk' is about breaking stereotypes. For all of the dancers, a wheelchair is a unique way of movement. They prove each time to themselves, and others, that people with limited physical abilities can live an adequate life, dance, go out into the world, work, create and love." (, undated article from April 2012)


Unit Date Rank
2013 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships (Tokyo, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Duo Standard Class 1 Final 2013-12-08 1
2015 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships (Rome, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Duo Standard Class 1 Final 2015-11-07 4