Russian dance and music program for multicultural school assemblies

Russian dance and music program for multicultural school assemblies

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New York based ensemble Barynya offers Russian dance and music program for multicultural school assemblies in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, 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. The program of the show included Russian, Ukrainian, Cossack, Jewish, Gypsy dances and songs, live performances on balalaika (Russian traditional string instrument), garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion), and guitar. Russian ethnomusicologist, singer, musician, artistic director/founder of the Barynya ensemble Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals) leads the performance by giving a short explanation of every number of the program in English. He talks briefly about costumes, folk instruments, Russian traditions, explained the difference between Russian and English alphabet, and performs Russian songs and Tongue-Twisters. In between numbers of the show Mikhail Smirnov shares a little bit of the Russian language with the students. He teaches them phrases such as "Thank You" (SPASEEBA), "Hello" (ZDRASTVUITE), "You're Welcome" (PAZHALUYSTA), "Bye" (PAKA) as well as the alphabet and counting. He says each word in English and then slowly in Russian, allowing the children a moment to try the words themselves after each one. After the segment on words, the students attempt to chatter in Russian for a couple minutes, smiling and laughing about how they sounded. Almost in the end of the performance, Mikhail pauses to share a couple of Russian Tongue-Twisters, explaining each one in English first, and then saying them in Russian at top speed. With each one, the twisters got more complicated and lengthy. There was even a chance for all students to try out moves of Russian dance BARYNYA. Musical director of the group Elina Karokhina plays a few solos on Russian folk instrument balalaika, she also dances Russian, Jewish, and Gypsy dances. Dancer Serhiy Tsyganok performes Russian dances Barynya, Kalinka, Cossack dance, Ukrainian dance, Jewish Bottle dance, and Russian Gypsy dance. Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya (established in 1991) is available for hire for Performing Art Centers, school assemblies, festivals, colleges, libraries, concert halls, restaurants, private and corporate events as one powerful ensemble or in smaller groups.

Contact information: email msmirnov@yahoo.com, phone/text (201) 981-2497.

Dancer Serhiy Tsyganok, Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
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Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
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Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Barynya Russian School Assembly Trio
Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Barynya Russian School Assembly Trio
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Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Barynya Russian School Assembly Trio
Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Barynya Russian School Assembly Trio
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ABOUT PERFORMERS:
 
Dancer Serhiy Tsyganok was born in L'viv, Ukraine in 1982. He started dancing with kids' folk dance ensemble "Iskorka" under direction of his mother Liliya Yurievna Tsyganok. In 1996 he started dancing with teens' traditional Ukrainian dancer troupe "Karpaty" under direction of Honored Artist of Ukraine Mihailo Vanivsky. From 1997 through 2002 he stadied dancing and choreography at the L'viv State College of The Culture and Arts. Graduated in 2002. At the same time as he was a student at the L'viv State College of The Culture and Arts he was dancing with Jewish Dance Ensemble "MAZAL TOV" and Polish Dance Troupe "L'vovyatsy". With "MAZAL TOV" and "L'VOVYATSY" groups Serhiy performed locally in Ukraine, and internationally. In 2003 he graduated with Diploma of completion special training in Polish Traditional dancing from Lyublin's University of Maria Skladovsky in Poland. In 2003 Serhiy joined dance troupe to work 18 months contract with the show Sharm L Sheikh in Egypt. In 2006-2012 he was performing with various dance projects in Turkey, Israel and Dubai. In 2013 he started working as a dancer on cruise ships all over the world. In the summer 2014 Serhiy made his home in the United States of America. He started working with various Ukrainian groups, dance and music ensemble Barynya, Moscow Gypsy Army, Can-Can Cabaret Dance Show, and others. Serhiy speaks Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, and English.

Dancer Serhiy Tsyganok is performing Ukrainian folk dance "Hopak"
Ukrainian National Dance Hopak, dancer Serhiy Tsyganok, Maryland, Slavic Heritage Festival, St Mary's Assumption Eastern Rite Church, Joppa, MD, U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kalie Jones
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Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia. She began her formal training at the Mussorgsky Music College of St. Petersburg and continued her training at N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, earning a degree as an Orchestra Soloist. She continued her training at the Conservatory, which included a brief residency in Germany. After, she returned to her native St. Petersburg and completed her education, earning a Doctor of Musical Art degree in the Balalaika. Following her graduation, she began working as a musician, both as a teacher and as a performer, teaching balalaika. Elina Karokhina served in the Russian Army in the Military Ensemble in the Northwest Order of Red Stars. As a balalaika soloist Elina has toured all over the world. When she moved to the United States in 2009 she was hired as a musicial director and soloist with the biggest professional Russian music, song and dance ensemble Barynya (New York). In January 2015 Elina Karokhina was selected to perform the balalaika part with Mariinsky Theatre directed by famous Russian conductor Valery Gergiev in Rodion Shchedrin's opera "The Enchanted Wanderer" at the Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. In May 2016 she was hired to play six concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York City as a part of "THE TRIUMPH OF HOPE" international event. In September 2016 he appeared at the Carnegie Hall again as a part of "Moscow Gypsy Army" representing rich musical culture of Eastern Europian Roma people. In January 2017 Elina was hired to play Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh" Suite at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with the National Symphony Orchestra. All four performances were under direction of world-famous conductor Sir Mark Elder. Recently Elina was invited to perform as a Honored Guest Artist at the Balalaika and Domra Association of America 40th Jubilee Convention that will be taking place in Philadelphia in July 2018.

Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina plays Russian folk song "Kamarinskaia"

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Singer, musician, garmoshka, and guitar player Mikhail Smirnov was born in Moscow, Russia. Mikhail is an artistic director and founder of ensemble Barynya based in New York City, author of many articles about traditional Russian dance, music and instruments in English and Russian. Mikhail received his Master's degree from the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. As a child, he was a member of the famous "Moscow Boys Chorus" - one of the most prestigious all-male choirs in Russia. Before coming to the United States in 1991, Mikhail was a soloist in a several Russian folk dance and music groups including the Moscow State Center for Russian song, "Russkaya Pesnya", under the direction of Nadezhda Babkina. In January 2009 Mikhail Smirnov and dancers of ensemble Barynya were featured on national TV, NBC's "SUPERSTARS OF DANCE" - breathtaking international dance competition led by executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance). This prestigious dance competition hosted by Michael Flatley ("Lord of the Dance") and Susie Castillo, a former Miss USA. Mikhail Smirnov was one of eight judges to decide which country will win. The show premiered on NBC network.

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“The group was excellent. They did some interaction with the students. Music was great!”
   Mary Kay Hennessy, Principal @ St. Norbert School in Paoli, PA
 
“This group was great! The students were all engaged and really enjoyed the show. They arrived on time and were very professional.”
   Liz Legere, PTO @ Cherry Brook Primary School in Canton, CT
 
“Very engaging and flexible with time because of our buses.”
   Michele Rowland, Asst. Principal @ Rodgers Forge Elementary in Baltimore, MD
 
“Very entertaining. A nice mix of traditional Russian music and dance with colorful costumes/traditional dress. The students learned some basic Russian vocabulary words too.”
   Heather Jeanne, Principal @ Enadia Technology Charter School in West Hills, CA

August 12 2011, School concert, dance and music workshop in New York City
P035M @ Bellevue Hopital Center, 462 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Russian dance, music show and workshop, NYC, 8-12-2011 Russian dance, music show and workshop, NYC, 8-12-2011
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April 15th, 2010. Montclair Kimberley Academy, Montclair, New Jersey


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Russian and Ukrainian folk dance and music workshops

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Russian folk dance and music workshop
Russian folk dance and music workshop
Russian folk dance and music workshop
Russian folk dance and music workshop
Russian folk dance and music workshop
Russian folk dance and music workshop
Russian folk dance and music workshop
Russian folk dance and music workshop

Contact information: email msmirnov@yahoo.com, phone/text (201) 981-2497.

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Contact information: email msmirnov@yahoo.com, phone/text (201) 981-2497.

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