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Russian song, dance and music ensemble Barynya performed during International Festival of Nations on December 19, 2013 at the American Heritage School, 12200 W. Broward Blvd, Plantation, FL 33325. Students and teachers spent 30 minutes of their Thursday morning learning about Russian culture through songs, music, dance and language. Musical director of the group Elina Karokhina played the balalaika, a three-stringed, triangular instrument. Dancer Alisa performed Russian folk dance "Metelitsa" (The Snowstorm, Russian: Метелица), Russian Gypsy Roma dance Ochee Chyornye ("Dark Eyes" Russian: Очи Черные). Artistic director/founder Mikhail Smirnov played the garmoshka, a Russian-style diatonic button accordion and guitar. In between playing songs on their instruments, singing songs, and dancing traditional numbers to the music, Mikhail Smirnov shared a little bit of the Russian language with the students. He taught them phrases such as "Thank You" (SPASIBO), "Hello" (ZDRAVSTVUITE), "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. Dancer Gosha presented Russian, Ukrainian, Siberian dances including "Siberian Nanai Wrestling dance", "Chicken Dance", and the dance of "Russian Bear". The program of included "Kamarinskaya", Instrumental solo Russian dance «Камаринская» performed on guitar and balalaika, "Siberian Nania Wrestling" dance «Борьба нанайских мальчиков», "The Snowstorm" Khorovod song and dance «Метелица», "The Peddlers" Russian folk song «Коробейники», "Kalinka" Russian folk dance «Калинка», "Russian Chicken" dance «Танец маленьких утят», "Russian dance Workshop" interactive lesson «Урок Русского танца», "Russian Alphabet" interactive lesson «Урок Русского языка», "Dark Eyes" Gypsy Roma song and dance «Очи черные», "Russian Bear" dance «Танец Медведя». Established in 1991, ensemble Barynya presents Russian, Cossack and Jewish traditional dancing and music on instruments including the balalaika, balalaika contrabass, guitar and garmoshka. Barynya has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious cultural venues in the U.S., including Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian, the United Nations and the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C. 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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For the price quote email mikhail@barynya.com or call (201) 981-2497.

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PHOTOS

Russian dance and music trio Barynya: Mikhail, Elina, and Gosha

Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina plays Russian folk song "Kamarinskaia"

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Russian Wrestling Dance

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Russian Khorovod Dance "Metelitsa" (The Snowstorm)

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Russian Gypsy Dance "Dve Gitary" (Two Guitars)

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Mikhail Smirnov plays his garmoshka and sings Russian folk song "Moroz-Moros"

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CONTACT INFORMATION

For the price quote email mikhail@barynya.com or call (201) 981-2497.

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For the price quote email mikhail@barynya.com or call (201) 981-2497.

 
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