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Russian Children's Welfare Society - The Petroushka Ball - New York City

The Petroushka Ball, a traditional Russian ball held annually in New York City, is the primary fundraising event for the Russian Children's Welfare Society. The Petroushka Ball was started in 1965 as a small tea dance by a group of descendants of Russian families whose intent was to raise funds to help Russian children. Since then, the Ball has become one of New York Society's most vibrant and anticipated annual events, attracting upwards of 700 dinner and dancing guests. The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra led by Mikhail Smirnov is providing additional entertainment in the best spirit of Russian culture and romance well into the morning hours.

Petroushka Ball-2015, Plaza NYC, Friday, February 6th, 2015.

Petroushka Ball 2015, Plaza NYC, Barynya Russian Balalaika Orchestra, Irina Petrik, New York City, New York, photo from geometria.ru website, Petro Onysko photography, www.onyskophotography.com
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Petroushka Ball 2011, Waldorf Astoria, New York City

Traditional Ukrainian dance Hopak. Music performed by full Barynya Balalaika Orchestra. Sergey Gurbeloshvili (saxophone), Alexandra Mogilevich (drums), Lev Zabeginsky (domra-alto), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, vocals), Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Yan Khmel (bayan), singers Alexander Menshikov and Irina Zagornova.


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Performance during dinner by Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar), singer Alexander Menshikov. Recorded by Alexander Gurman (alexandergurman's YouTube channel) on February 11, 2011 at the Waldorf Astoria during Petroushka Ball.


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This is the beginning of the dance program. Song "Moscow Nights" performed by singer Alexander Menshikov. Recorded by Alexander Gurman (alexandergurman's YouTube channel).


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Petroushka Ball NYC 2011

Leonid Bruk, Barynya at the Petroushka Ball-2011 in New York City
Leonid Bruk with his balalaika-contrabass

Barynya at the Petroushka Ball-2011 in New York City

Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Barynya at the Petroushka Ball-2011 in New York City Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Barynya at the Petroushka Ball-2011 in New York City
Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Performance during dinner. Click images to see full size photos

Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Barynya at the Petroushka Ball-2011 in New York City Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Barynya at the Petroushka Ball-2011 in New York City
Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov and singer Alexander Menshikov. Performance during dinner. Click images to see full size photos

Petroushka Ball NYC 2011
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Photos from the Petroushka Ball 2009 in New York City

Annual Petroushka Ball 2009 took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra performed from 9pm until 2:30am in the morning. List of performers: Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Alex Siniavski (balalaika), Lev Zabeginsky (domra), Alexandre Tseytlin (violin), Yan Khmel (bayan), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), singers Alexander Menshikov and Lyudmila Fesenko.

Barynya Balalaika Orchestra at the Petroushka Ball 2009 New York City
Barynya balalaika orchestra at the Petroushka Ball 2009 New York City

Barynya Balalaika Orchestra video (2007)


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Petroushka Ball 2007 - photos


Barynya Balalaika Orchestra at the "Petroushka Ball 2007"
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City. 2 min video

The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra

And indeed everybody in the room looked with a smile of pleasure at the jovial old gentleman, who standing beside his tall and stout partner, Marya Dmitrievna, curved his arms, beat time, straightened his shoulders, turned out his toes, tapped gently with his foot, and, by a smile that broadened his round face more and more, prepared the onlookers for what was to follow.

The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra

As soon as the provocatively gay strains of Daniel Cooper (somewhat resembling those of a merry peasant dance) began to sound, all the doorways of the ballroom were suddenly filled by the domestic serfs- the men on one side and the women on the other- who with beaming faces had come to see their master making merry.

The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra

"Just look at the master! A regular eagle he is!" loudly remarked the nurse, as she stood in one of the doorways.

The count danced well and knew it. But his partner could not and did not want to dance well.

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BARYNYA BALALAIKA ORCHESTRA PETROUSHKA BALL 2007

Her enormous figure stood erect, her powerful arms hanging down (she had handed her reticule to the countess), and only her stern but handsome face really joined in the dance.

The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra

What was expressed by the whole of the count's plump figure, in Marya Dmitrievna found expression only in her more and more beaming face and quivering nose. But if the count, getting more and more into the swing of it, charmed the spectators by the unexpectedness of his adroit maneuvers and the agility with which he capered about on his light feet, Marya Dmitrievna produced no less impression by slight exertions- the least effort to move her shoulders or bend her arms when turning, or stamp her foot- which everyone appreciated in view of her size and habitual severity. The dance grew livelier and livelier.

The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra

The other couples could not attract a moment's attention to their own evolutions and did not even try to do so. All were watching the count and Marya Dmitrievna. Natasha kept pulling everyone by sleeve or dress, urging them to "look at Papa!" though as it was they never took their eyes off the couple. In the intervals of the dance the count, breathing deeply, waved and shouted to the musicians to play faster.

The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra

Faster, faster, and faster; lightly, more lightly, and yet more lightly whirled the count, flying round Marya Dmitrievna, now on his toes, now on his heels; until, turning his partner round to her seat, he executed the final pas, raising his soft foot backwards, bowing his perspiring head, smiling and making a wide sweep with his arm, amid a thunder of applause and laughter led by Natasha. Both partners stood still, breathing heavily and wiping their faces with their cambric handkerchiefs.

"That's how we used to dance in our time, ma chere," said the count.

The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra

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is the best Russian dance and music ensemble outside of Russia (New York, USA). Russian, Gypsy, Cossack, Ukrasinian dances, songs and music with live accompaniment of balalaika, domra, garmoshka, Gypsy guitar, bayan and contrabass balalaika

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