Annapolis, MD, Maryland, Russian dance, music, balalaika, garmoshka, multicultural school assembly
Students spent 45 minutes of their time 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. Artistic director/founder Mikhail Smirnov played the garmoshka, a Russian-style button accordion. Dancer presented Russian, Ukrainian, Siberian, and Gypsy dances including the dance of "Russian Bear".
In between playing songs on their instruments 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, please, hello, you're welcome and goodbye 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 a couple of Russian percussion instruments.
The program of performance:
"Father Frost", Russian traditional table song «Ой, мороз-мороз» with accompaniment of garmoshka,
"Kamarinskaya", Instrumental solo Russian dance «Камаринская» performed on guitar and balalaika,
"Siberian Nania Wrestling" dance «Борьба нанайских мальчиков»,
"The Snowstorm" song and dance «Метелица»,
"The Peddlers" Russian folk song «Коробейники»,
"Kalinka" Russian folk dance «Калинка»,
"Amazing Balalaika" medley «соло на балалайке»,
"Russian Chicken" dance «Танец маленьких утят»,
"Russian dance Workshop" interactive lesson «Урок русского танца»,
"Russian Alphabet" interactive lesson «Урок русского языка»,
"Where Are They?" Gypsy Roma song and dance «Кай Ёне»,
"Chardash" balalaika instrumental solo «Чардаш»,
"Russian Bear" dance «Танец медведя»,
"Russian Percussian Orchestra" interactive game «Оркестр русских ударных инструментов»,
"Russian Tongue Twisters" presentation «Русские скороговорки»,
"Pidmanula", Ukrainian traditional song and dance «Ти ж мене підманула».
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