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Russian Cossack dance, song, music Duo Mikhail Smirnov and Valentina Kvasova from Brooklyn, New York

This New York based Duo consists of two performers: Cossack dancer and singer Valentina Kvasova who was born in Rostov-Na-Donu, Russia and folk singer and musician Mikhail Smirnov who was born in Moscow, Russia. Mikhail plays garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion), balalaika, gusli, contrabass balalaika and guitar. Valentina Kvasova sings and dances. The Duo is available for arts in education programs, concerts, media appearances, private parties, special events, theme engagements, weddings and other events.


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Russian dance and music duo videos

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Ukrainian folk song "Byla Mene Maty"
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Russian Tongue Twister song "Natalia"
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Russian folk song Korobushka
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ReminderNews, newspaper from Connecticut, September 2008

Russian Duo CT, Valentina Kvasova, Mikhail Smirnov
Valentina Kvasova, Mikhail Smirnov. Click image above to see more info from concert in Colchester, CT

Monday, April 7, 2008, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA video

The Russian Department at Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) hosted its annual Russian dinner on Monday, April 7 2008. The dinner featured traditional Russian food and a performance by ensemble Barynya Russian folk singers and dancers: Valentina Kvasova, Mikhail Smirnov, and Alexey Maltsev.

Russian dance and music duo photos

Valentina Kvasova   BARYNYA Russian Dance and Music Duo   Mikhail Smirnov

Valentina Kvasova, Mikhail Smirnov   Valentina Kvasova, Mikhail Smirnov   Valentina Kvasova, Mikhail Smirnov
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Russian dance and music duo MP3 samples

Men's quips with balalaika - Mikhail Smirnov
Kalinka - Russian folk song
Galya - Ukrainian folk song
You Stood Me Up - Ukrainian traditional song
Don Cossack's marching song
Saturday Affair - Russian folk song
Dumplings - Ukrainian Folk song

Russian Dance & Music Duo Duo offers program of Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, and Gypsy folk songs, traditional dances including "Kalinka", "Moscow Nights", "Katyusha", "Dorogoi Dlinnoyu", "Gori-gori", "Korobushka", "Dark Eyes", "Polyushko", "Pidmanula", "Kazachok", "Varen'ka", "Maty", "Two Guitars", "Metelitsa", "Barynya" and many many more. Total lenght of the program is about two hours.

Duo has extended repertoire, family oriented program, explanation of the musical and dance numbers in English.

Over 15 years experience of professional performances for audinces of all ages in the United States of America, always on-time, easy communication via phone or email, each dance number performed in defferent costume that matches the region of Russia where the song or dance was originated.

Each dance performed in a new set of costumes: Moscow region, North Sea, Cossack, Ukrainian, Russian Gypsy, Volga River, Siberian, and Boyarsky.


Russian folk dancer Valentina Kvasova with comedian Yakov Smirnoff
Valentina with famous American Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff

Valentina Kvasova was born in the city of Rostov-na-Donu, Cossack's Capital of Russia, on August 25, 1976. After finishing of the formal education in Voronezh Choreographic School in 1994 she has been invited to The Don Cossacks State Academic Song and Dance Ensemble as the actress of ballet. Professional skills and great talent let Valentina join the concert program in a short period of time and soon to become soloist of the ensemble.

Valentina successfully performed with The Don Cossacks in Russia, Japan, Spain, Hungary, the republic of South Africa, the USA and other countries.

Valentina Kvasova picture with Don Cossacks dancers   Russian folk dancer Valentina Kvasova on the stage performing with the Don Cossacks of Rostov
Valentina on the stage performing with the Don Cossacks of Rostov

As a professional Russian folk dancer Valentina Kvasova equally manages roles of lyrical, playful or comic characters. The dynamical, bright, sociable, talented person, Valentina is having recognition among professionals. Valentina is also performing as a freelance dancer with other companies and solo.


Russian folk singer, performer and musician Mikhail Smirnov is playing Russian garmoshka Mikhail Smirnov is a professional Russian folk singer, performer and musician with many years of experience. I play garmoshka, balalaika, guitar, jaleika, kugikly, contrabass balalaika, balalaika bass and gusli. His specialty is traditional Russian folk music and songs from various regions of Russia. As a student of Moscow State University of Culture and Arts Mikhail went to many different parts of Russia such as Tver, Smolensk and Belgorod to collect Russian folklore. In folklore expeditions Mr. Smirnov have recorded over 100 hours of Russian folk songs, tunes, and lyrics.


Beltsville Recreation council, Beltsville Community center
3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705, May, 2006

Barynya recommendation letter 2006


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