New York based ensemble Barynya offers Russian dance and music program for multicultural school assemblies in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, and other states.
Barynya provides colorful educational performance with two, three or more dancers, one, two or more musicians and singers.
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August 12 2011, School concert, dance and music workshop in New York City
P035M @ Bellevue Hopital Center, 462 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016
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April 15th, 2010. Montclair Kimberley Academy, Montclair, New Jersey
List of songs and dances performed: "Kalinka", "Korobushka", "Hopak", "Chastushki-Stradaniya", "Nanai Sumo Wrestling dance", "Metelitsa" (The Snowstorm), "Skorogovorki" (Russian Tongue Twisters), "Subboteya" (Saturday Affair). Extra: photo medley.
Cast: Anya Zeenenko (dancer), Alexey Maltsev (dancer, costumed characters), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, balalaika, vocals). Camera Sasha, video editing Misha.
Every dance is performed in different set of beautiful costumes, all hand-made for the stage presentations. Long list of Barynya costumes includes three Russian sets, Russian Gypsy set, Russian Cossack set, Ukrainian, Russian Siberian, Jewish Ukrainian and more. Each costume set inspired by the place where the dance is originated from. Before each dance short explanation will be given about the costumes dancers will be wearing... view all photos of costumes
Costume characters and mascots
During the show Barynya dancers also appear before the students inside of costumed characters:
01. "Dancing Bear" - watch video 02. "Nanaisky" - Siberian wristling dance - watch video 03. "Tsyplyonok" - Russian Chicken dance. - watch video 04. Gypsy fortune teller-dancer-singer - watch video
Narration of the program in English
Artistic Director and founder of the group Mikhail Smirnov is hosting the performance by giving a short explanation of every number of the program. Each song and dance will be intruduced in English. Students will find out which part of the country the dance or music they are about to hear is from. The will find out about the names of the instruments that musicians are playing, they will learn a few words in Russian such as "Privet" (Hello), "Spasibo" (Thank You), "Da" (Yes), "Neyt" (No).
Mikhail Smirnov and ensemble Barynya dancers on national TV
In January 2009 artistic director of the group Mikhail Smirnov and male dancers participated in NBC's "SUPERSTARS OF DANCE" international dance competition led by executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, the mastermind behind "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance." Mikhail was selected as one of eight judges to decide which country will take home the coveted Trophy. The show was hosted by Michael Flatley ("Lord of the Dance") and Susie Castillo, a former Miss USA. Program premiered on January 5th and aired through January 26th, 2009.
Russian dance and music program videos
"KALINKA" - the most famous Russian folk dance and song
"NANAISKIY" - Siberian kids wrestling dance
"HOPAK" - Ukrainian National dance
"BARYNYA" - traditional Russian dance and song
"VARVARA" - Cossack folk song and dance
"VSTRECHA" - Russian folk dance
"DANILA KOOPER" - dance of Russian Nobility
"METELITSA" (The Snowstorm)- Siberian dance and song
"IVAN KUPALA" - ethnic dance inspired by Pagan holiday
"PIDMANULA" (You Tricked Me) - Ukrainian folk song and dance
"KAMAREENSKAYA" - dancing Russian Bear Mascot
"MATY" (Mother) - Ukrainian traditional song and dance
"KOROBUSHKA" (The Peddlers) - folk song accompanied by the garmoshka - Russian folk button accordion
Russian and Ukrainian folk dance and music workshops
Russian and Ukrainian folk dance and music workshops are very popular in schools and colleges.
Very often dancers and musicians of ensemble Barynya spend a few extra minutes after the formal concert and invite audience to learn a few dance steps, folk song, or play folk instruments.
Russian dance workshop, song and music concert in Maryland
Russian dance workshop and concert of Russian dance, song and music took place at the Kensington Parkwood Elementary school during International Night event. Address: 4710 Saul Road, Kensington, MD 20895-4251. Phone: (301) 571-6949. Ensemble Barynya performed with three members: Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Elina Karokhina (balalaika), dancer Andij Cybyk.