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Ukrainian Cossack dancer Serhiy Tsyganok, balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina, and Russian singer, (garmoshka, and guitar player Mikhail Smirnov provided two school assembly performances in West Hills, California. The show took place at the Enadia Technology Charter School, 22944 Enadia Way, West Hills, CA 91307 on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 at 9:00AM and 10:30AM.

Contact Information: Email msmirnov@yahoo.com | Phone/Text: (201) 981-2497.

Enadia Technology Charter School, West Hills, California
Enadia Technology Charter School,  West Hills, 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.

Enadia Technology Charter School, West Hills, California
Enadia Technology Charter School,  West Hills, California
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The program of both performance included Russian folk button accordion "GARMOSHKA" (Russian: Гармошка) introduction with traditional Russian song "Subboteya", Russian folk dance "Barynya", 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.

Enadia Technology Charter School, West Hills, California
Enadia Technology Charter School,  West Hills, California
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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.

Enadia Technology Charter School, West Hills, California
Enadia Technology Charter School,  West Hills, California
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VIDEOS

Russian School Assembly, Enadia Technology Charter School, West Hills, California

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Jewish Bottle Dance, Enadia Technology Charter School, West Hills, California

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Jewish Wedding Dance, Enadia Technology Charter School, West Hills, California

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PHOTOS

Elina Karokhina performing Jewish wedding dance
Elsina Karokhina, Jewish wedding dance, Milan Elementary School, Milan, New Mexico
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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 is 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 is 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 is 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) are 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) are 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

Email msmirnov@yahoo.com | Phone/Text: (201) 981-2497.

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