Crescent City, CA (California), Russian dance, song, music school assembly program
Russian school assembly duo performed two shows in Crescent City, California.
Performances took place at the Mary Peacock Elementary School, (exact address: 1720 Arlington, Crescent City, CA 95531) and at the Pine Grove Elementary School (exact address: 900 Pine Grove Road, Crescent City, CA 95531).
Students and teachers spent about 45 minutes learning about Russian culture through songs, music, dance and language.
Dancer Elena performed classical ballet, and Russian traditional dances.
Musical director of the group Elina Karokhina played the balalaika, a three-stringed, triangular instrument.
In between playing the balalaika and dancing traditional numbers to the music, Elina Karokhina shared a little bit of the Russian language with the students. She taught them phrases such as "Thank You" (SPASIBO), "Hello" (ZDRAVSTVUITE), "You're Welcome" (PAZHALUYSTA) and "Bye" (PAKA) as well as the alphabet and counting. Elina said each word in English and then slowly in Russian, allowing the children a moment to try the words themselves after each one. There was even a chance for a handful of students to get up on stage and try out a couple of Russian percussion instruments.