Altadena, Los Angelos County, California. Russian dancers, singers, balalaika, garmoshka

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Russian dance, song and music trio Barynya performed 45 min program in Altadena (Los Angeles County), California. The concert took place at the Hathaway-Sycamore School, 2933 N. El Nido Drive, Altadena, CA 91001 on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at 4:20PM. Cast of Barynya Trio included balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina, singer, garmoshka and guitar player Mikhail Smirnov, and Ukrainian Cossack dancer Serhiy Tsyganok.

Contact information: Phone/Text: (201) 981-2497 / email msmirnov@yahoo.com.

Hathaway-Sycamore School, Altadena, California
Hathaway-Sycamore School, Altadena, California
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The program of performance included Russian folk dance "Barynya", Russian folk button accordion garmoshka (Russian: Гармошка) introduction with traditional Russian song "Saturday Affair" ("Subboteya"), Russian traditional Khorovod song and dance "The Snowstorm" (Russian: "Метелица"), introduction of the Russian string instrument balalaika (instrumental solo of folk tune "Kamarinskaiya" (Russian: "Камаринская"), Cossack song and dance "Pri Luzhke", Russian Jewish wedding dance with candles ("Свечки"), Jewish Bottle dance from the "Fiddler Of The Roof", Russian Roma (Romani) Gypsy song and dance "Dark Eyes" (Russian: Очи чёрные - Цыганский), Russian Tongue-Twisters Medley (Russian: "Скороговорки"), Waltz "The Butterfly" by Vasily Andreev ("Бабочка"), Russian folk song "Husband Forsed Me" ("Как заставил меня муж"), Felt Boots ("Валенки"), Ukrainian folk song and dance "Pidmanula" - "You Tricked Me" ("Украинский"), "Sabre Dance" ("Танец с саблями"), Russian folk dance lesson ("Урок танца"), Russian folk dance "Kalinka" (Russian: Калинка), and other selections.

Hathaway-Sycamore School, Altadena, California
Hathaway-Sycamore School, Altadena, California
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Artistic director/founder Mikhail Smirnov played the garmoshka, a Russian-style diatonic button accordion and guitar. In between numbers of the show Mikhail Smirnov shared a little bit of the Russian language with the students. He taught them phrases such as "Thank You" (SPASEEBA), "Hello" (ZDRASTVUITE), "You're Welcome" (PAZHALUYSTA) and "Bye" (PAKA) as well as the alphabet and counting. He said 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 attempted to chatter in Russian for a couple minutes, smiling and laughing about how they sounded. Almost in the end of the performance, Mikhail paused 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 a handful of students to get up on stage and try out moves of Russian dance BARYNYA.

Hathaway-Sycamore School, Altadena, California
Hathaway-Sycamore School, Altadena, California
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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.
 
Ensemble Barynya 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.

Hathaway-Sycamore School, Altadena, California
Hathaway-Sycamore School, Altadena, California
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VIDEOS

Russian School Assembly, Hathaway-Sycamore School, Altadena, California

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Jewish Bottle Dance, Jewish Wedding Dance, Hathaway-Sycamore School, Altadena, California

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PHOTOS

Hathaway-Sycamore School, Altadena, California
Hathaway-Sycamore School, Altadena, California
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Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Barynya Russian School Assembly Trio
Ramona Elementary School, Moreno Valley, California
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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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Russian dance workshop with students

Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov are doing Russian dance workshop with students
Russian dance workshop, Elina Karokhina, Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico, Photo by Jaycie Chesser
Russian dance workshop, Elina Karokhina, Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico, Photo by Jaycie Chesser

Serhiy Tsyganok and MIkhail Smirnov performing Ukrainian folk song and dance "Pidmanula" (You Tricked Me)

Serhiy Tsyganok, Mikhail Smirnov, Ukrainian folk song and dance, Pidmanula, You Tricked Me, Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico, photo by Jaycie Chesser Serhiy Tsyganok, Mikhail Smirnov, Ukrainian folk song and dance, Pidmanula, You Tricked Me, Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico, photo by Jaycie Chesser Serhiy Tsyganok, Mikhail Smirnov, Ukrainian folk song and dance, Pidmanula, You Tricked Me, Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico, photo by Jaycie Chesser
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Dancer Serhiy Tsyganok performing Jewish Bottle Dance

Serhiy Tsyganok, Jewish Bottle Dance, Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico, photo by Jaycie Chesser
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Elina Karokhina performing Jewish Wedding Dance

Elina Karokhina, Jewish Wedding Dance, Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico, photo by Jaycie Chesser Elina Karokhina, Jewish Wedding Dance, Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico, photo by Jaycie Chesser Elina Karokhina, Jewish Wedding Dance, Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico, photo by Jaycie Chesser
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Serhiy Tsyganok performing Russian Cossack dance

Serhiy Tsyganok, Cossack Dance, Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico, photo by Jaycie Chesser Serhiy Tsyganok, Cossack Dance, Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico, photo by Jaycie Chesser
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Elina Karokhina performing Russian Wedding Dance "Metelitsa" (The Snowstorm).

Elina Karokhina, Russian Wedding Dance, Metelitsa, The Snowstorm, Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico, photo by Jaycie Chesser
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Elina Karokhina (balalaika) and Mikhail Smirnov (guitar) performing Russian traditional song "Kamarinskaiya"

Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar), Russian traditional song, Kamarinskaiya, Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico, photo by Jaycie Chesser Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar), Russian traditional song, Kamarinskaiya, Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico, photo by Jaycie Chesser
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Dancer Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina (balalaika), and Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka) performing Russian traditional song and dance "Kalinka"

Dancer Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka), Russian traditional song and dance, Kalinka, Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico, photo by Jaycie Chesser Dancer Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka), Russian traditional song and dance, Kalinka, Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico, photo by Jaycie Chesser
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REFERENCES

“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

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact information: Phone/Text: (201) 981-2497 / email msmirnov@yahoo.com.

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