Nadezhda Burau is 24 years old. She was born in the north of Russia, in Noyabrsk city, and raised in Novosibirsk. She took ballroom dancing at the age of five. In 2012, for family reasons, she came to Bishkek for a year and met local sportsman Farukh Mamadzhanov. As of today, their dance couple is one of the most outstanding in the country.
«It’s hard to find a good partner in our sport. So, I did not hesitate to pair with Farukh and stayed in Kyrgyzstan. We are trainees of Aleksey Kibkalo and Tatyana Kogadey. Our results are getting better with each tournament. Recently, for example, we took the first place in Russia. We are gradually moving towards our goal — the first place at the Asian Championship,» Nadezhda Burau told. «I’ve been working as a coach for the fourth year already. I also study at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Construction of the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University.»
— Do you have a favorite place in Bishkek?
— The funny thing is that I spend most of the time in a gym. Either I train, or I work. In rare moments of relaxation, I like to walk along Dzerzhinka, or in the southern microdistricts, which are not so busy and there are not so many cars.
— Whom or what do you miss here?
— I miss my parents. I want to live in the same city with them. I visit them very rare: once in a year or two. During the recent trip, my former coaches in Noyabrsk offered me and Farukh to work with young dancers. We showed what we have learned from our coaches in Kyrgyzstan, and got the rave reviews of children and their parents. When I told my mom about it, she finally approved my passion for dancing. Before that, she always wanted me to become an architect.
— Does anything in Kyrgyzstan remind you of your homeland?
— Almost nothing. The places are completely different. Maybe, it is only snow in the mountains. Once a season, we go snowboarding or skiing. There is a lot of snow in Noyabrsk, and it can fall even in July.
— What surprises you most of all here?
— Fruit and greens. I raised in a city where they were in deficit. Mandarin oranges, for example, were a rarity. We were so happy when our parents bought them! And here you can choose what you want. Grocery shelves are full of fruit.
— What do you like in our national cuisine?
— I love plov, but I do not cook it myself. I specialize more in Russian cuisine.
— And what are you afraid to even try?
— Nothing. I suppose, I have already tried everything. I do not really like fatty meat.
— What would you change in Kyrgyzstan?
— I want people to refine themselves, develop in terms of education and morality and know how to communicate culturally.
— What has fascinated and disappointed you in close acquaintance with the local population?
— I got acquainted with the locals a long time ago. My mother is from Kyrgyzstan, and every summer I came here to my grandmother on vacation. I got friends. I have Asian roots, and apparently, I look like an Asian. Therefore, I was taken as local since childhood. At that moment, I was fascinated by the simplicity of the people. Now, the people are the same everywhere.
I was disappointed that people treat each other carelessly. This problem becomes more serious from day to day. But it’s probably the same everywhere. I would like a more careful attitude.
-How long will you stay here?
-I do not know what will happen tomorrow. We have such a profession — we are always on the move. We constantly develop, go somewhere, and meet new people. I never know what kind of acquaintance I will get and where I will need to be.
If I leave the country, I will definitely return here from time to time. One can have a good rest on Issyk-Kul Lake.