Franklin Elementary School, Merced, CA, California

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Russian dance, song and music Barynya duo performed 45 min concerts in Merced, California. The show took place at the Franklin Elementary School (2736 Franklin Rd, Merced, CA 95348) on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 4:30pm. Cast of performers included garmoshka and guitar player, MC-host and singer Mikhail Smirnov and Ukrainian-Cossack dancer Serhiy Tsyganok.
 
Barynya duo is available for school assemblies, festivals, colleges, universities, libraries, concert halls, restaurants, private and corporate events as one powerful ensemble or in smaller groups.

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

Franklin Elementary School, Merced, California
Franklin Elementary School, Merced, California
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The program of the assembly included Russian traditional dance "Barynya", Russian folk button accordion garmoshka (Russian: ) introduction with traditional Russian song "Saturday Affair" ("Subboteya"), introduction of the Russian traditional string instrument balalaika, Cossack marching song and dance "Pri Luzhke", Jewish Bottle dance from the "Fiddler Of The Roof", Russian Roma (Romani) Gypsy song and dance "Dark Eyes" (Russian: - ), Russian Tongue-Twisters Medley (Russian: ""), Ukrainian folk song and dance "Pidmanula" - "You Tricked Me" (""), Russian folk dance "Kalinka" (Russian: ), and other selections.

Franklin Elementary School, Merced, California
Franklin Elementary School, Merced, 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 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.

Franklin Elementary School, Merced, California
Franklin Elementary School, Merced, 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.

Franklin Elementary School, Merced, California
Franklin Elementary School, Merced, California
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Franklin Elementary School, Merced, California
Franklin Elementary School, Merced, California
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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.

VIDEOS

Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Gypsy dances, Tongue-Twisters, balalaika solo, songs with garmoshka, etc
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Jewish Bottle Dance, Jewish Wedding Dance with Candle

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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
 
Enjoyed the sharing of the Russian language.
   Eva Matthews, Principal @ Park View Elementary in Ripon, CA
 
We enjoyed the program.
   Nancy Whitson, Head of School @ St Patricks Day School in Thousand Oaks, CA
 
Our students enjoyed the rhythms and the energetic dancing. The performers were friendly and very talented.
   Mary Stadler, Counseling Director @ Stanbridge Academy in San Mateo, CA
 
Wonderful Great interaction with the kids
   Leana Wright, PTO @ Willow Creek Elementary in Tomball, TX
 
We chose this program because we wanted to expose our students to the beautiful culture, music, dance, traditional costumes, language of Russia. The three performers did a wonderful job entertaining and engaging our students.
   Barbara LaCorte Principal @ Hope Elementary in Santa Barbara, CA
 
The children were very enthusiastic about the show. They got exposure to a different culture through songs, dance, instruments, costumes and the language of Russia. There was also audience involvement.
   Myron Cohen, Teacher @ P. S. 276 in Brooklyn, NY
 
Very entertaining! We enjoyed the show!
   Todd Anderson, Headmaster @ Wayne Country Day School in Goldsboro, NC
 
Great program! Very enthusiastic and great for all ages.
   Ashley Wammack, ASB Director @ Jewell School in Seaside, OR
 
Very entertaining. I would highly recommend.
   Dawn Roberts, Principal @ Southern Highlands Prep School in Las Vegas, NV
 
Great assembly! Our school enjoyed the song, dance and introduction to language! Thanks for coming.
   Marilyn Dresser, Teacher @ Columbus Elementary in McMinnville, OR
 
Present spoke quickly. One time presentation of Russian words would have been good to have repetition. Great show.
   Seth Ahiborn, Headmaster @ Henderson Intl. School in Henderson, NV
 
Fantastic group. They were here early to set up. Great audience control and interation.
   Tracey Duncan, Teacher @ Coarsegold Elementary in Coarsegold, CA

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

Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico
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

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

Sixth Grade Academy, Lovington, New Mexico
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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CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone/text: (201) 981-2497 / email msmirnov@yahoo.com

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Phone/text: (201) 981-2497 / email msmirnov@yahoo.com

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