Russian Dancers Maryland. Russian, Gypsy, Jewish, Ukrainian music, songds and dances. Multicultural school assembly. Montgomery College, Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD

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Russian School Assembly Trio presented a program of Russian, Ukrainian, Gypsy, and Jewish dancing, music, songs during multicultural school assembly on February 4th, 2017 at 1pm at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center. The performance took place at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910 during Kids Euro Festival. Ethnomusicologist, singer, musician, artistic director and founder of the Barynya ensemble Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals) led the performance. The program of the show included Russian, Ukrainian, Cossack, Jewish, Gypsy dances and songs, performances on balalaika (Russian traditional string instrument), garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion), and guitar. Mikhail was hosting the performance by giving a short explanation of every number of the program in English. He talked briefly about costumes, folk instruments, Russian traditions, explained the difference between Russian and English alphabet, and performed Russian tongue-twisters. 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), "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 all students to try out moves of Russian dance BARYNYA. Musical director of the group Elina Karokhina played a few solos on Russian folk instrument balalaika, she also danced Russian, Jewish, and Gypsy dances. Dancer Serhiy Tsyganok performed Russian dances Barynya and Kalinka, Cossack dance, Ukrainian dance, Jewish Bottle dance, and Russian Gypsy dance. Elina Karokhina, Serhiy Tsyganok and Mikhail Smirnov are members of Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya (established in 1991). The program of performance included Russian folk dance "Barynya", Russian folk button accordion garmoshka (Russian: ) introduction with traditional Russian song "Saturday Affair" ("Subboteya"), Russian traditional Khorovod song and dance "The Snowstorm" (Russian: ""), introduction of the Russian traditional string instrument balalaika (instrumental solo of folk tune "Kamarinskaiya" (Russian: ""), Russian Jewish wedding dance with Candles (""), Siberian Nanai fighting dance, Russian Roma (Romani) Gypsy song and dance "Dark Eyes" (Russian: - ), Russian Tongue-Twisters Medley (Russian: ""), Waltz "The Butterfly" by Vasily Andreev (""), Russian folk song "Husband Forsed Me" (" "), Felt Boots (""), Ukrainian folk song and dance "Pidmanula" - "You Tricked Me" (""), "Sabre Dance" (" "), Russian folk dance lesson (" "), Russian folk dance "Kalinka" (Russian: ), and other selections. 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: phone/text: (201) 981-2497, email msmirnov@yahoo.com

PHOTOS

Russian School Assembly Trio, Montgomery College, Cultural Arts Center, Takoma Park, Silver Spring Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring, Maryland
Russian School Assembly Trio, Maryland, Montgomery College, Cultural Arts Center, Takoma Park, Silver Spring Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD
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Dancer Alisa Egorova in Russian costume, Maryland, Montgomery College, Cultural Arts Center, Takoma Park, Silver Spring Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD
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Dancer Alisa Egorova in Russian-Gypsy costume
Russian dancer Alisa Egorova in Russian-Gypsy costume, Maryland, Montgomery College, Cultural Arts Center, Takoma Park, Silver Spring Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD
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ABOUT PERFORMERS:
 
Dancer Alisa Egorova was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She started to perform with the Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya in 2012. Her first performance took place during Barynya's "Russian Spectacular" School Assembly Tour 2012-2013. Alisa specializes in Russian, Gypsy, Ukrainian, Siberian, and Cossack dancing. She is also capable of performing the costumed charachters: Russian Bear, Gypsy Fortune Teller, Siberian Nanai Fighters.

Dancer Alisa Egorova in Russian-Gypsy costume
Russian dancer Alisa Egorova in Russian-Gypsy costume, Maryland, Montgomery College, Cultural Arts Center, Takoma Park, Silver Spring Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD
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Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia. She began her formal training at the Mussorgsky Music College of St. Petersburg and continued her training at N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, earning a degree as an Orchestra Soloist. She continued her training at the Conservatory, which included a brief residency in Germany. After, she returned to her native St. Petersburg and completed her education, earning a Doctor of Musical Art degree in the Balalaika. Following her graduation, she began working as a musician, both as a teacher and as a performer, teaching balalaika. Elina Karokhina served in the Russian Army in the Military Ensemble in the Northwest Order of Red Stars. As a balalaika soloist Elina has toured all over the world. When she moved to the United States in 2009 she was hired as a musicial director and soloist with the biggest professional Russian music, song and dance ensemble Barynya (New York). In January 2015 Elina Karokhina was selected to perform the balalaika part with Mariinsky Theatre directed by famous Russian conductor Valery Gergiev in Rodion Shchedrin's opera "The Enchanted Wanderer" at the Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. In May 2016 she was hired to play six concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York City as a part of "THE TRIUMPH OF HOPE" international event. In September 2016 he appeared at the Carnegie Hall again as a part of "Moscow Gypsy Army" representing rich musical culture of Eastern Europian Roma people. In January 2017 Elina was hired to play Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh" Suite at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with the National Symphony Orchestra. All four performances were under direction of world-famous conductor Sir Mark Elder. Recently Elina was invited to perform as a Honored Guest Artist at the Balalaika and Domra Association of America 40th Jubilee Convention that will be taking place in Philadelphia in July 2018.

Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina plays Russian folk song "Kamarinskaia"

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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.

Mikhail Smirnov as a Russian judge on Superstars Of Dance
Mikhail Smirnov, photo from TV.com website. Mikhail Smirnov as a Russian judge on Superstars Of Dance

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

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

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

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