Russian dancers, musicians, singers, balalaika, garmoshka. Multicultural school assembly in Harrisonburg, VA (Virginia)

Trio Barynya performed a program of Russian songs, music and dances on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The concert took place at the Stone Spring Elementary School, 1575 Peach Grove Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

The program of multicultural assembly performance included "Father Frost", Russian traditional table song , - with accompaniment of garmoshka, "Kamarinskaya", Instrumental solo Russian dance performed on guitar and balalaika, "Siberian Nania Wrestling" dance , "The Snowstorm" song and dance , "The Peddlers" Russian folk song , "Kalinka" Russian folk dance , "Amazing Balalaika" medley , "Russian Chicken" dance , "Russian dance Workshop" interactive lesson , "Russian Alphabet" interactive lesson , "Where Are They?" Gypsy Roma song and dance , "Chardash" balalaika instrumental solo , "Russian Bear" dance , "Russian Percussian Orchestra" interactive game , "Russian Tongue Twisters" presentation , "Pidmanula" Ukrainian traditional song and dance .


Students spent 45 minutes of their Wednesday afternoon 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 Gosha presented Russian, Ukrainian, Siberian, and Gypsy dances including Siberian Nanai Wrestling dance, "Chicken Dance", the dance of "Russian Bear".

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 (POZHALUYSTA) 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.

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.


11-08-2012. School assembly at Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Harrisonburg, Virginia

On Thursday, November 8, 2012 around 1:30PM Mikhail, Elina, and Erik presented 45 min assembly show at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, 215 Pleasant Valley Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Erik Davletbaev, 11-08-2012, Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 215 Pleasant Valley Rd Harrisonburg VA 22801
11-08-2012. School assembly at Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Harrisonburg, Virginia



Musicians and dancers of ensemble Barynya performed in many places including Bloomingdale, Canada, Niagara Falls, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Chihuahua, Mexico, Birmingham, UK, Sydney, Australia, Toronto, Canada, Anchorage, Alaska, Heritage Middle School, Chino Valley, Arizona, Dateland School, Dateland, AZ, Mayer Elementary School, Mayer, AZ, Mountain Vista School, Oracle, AZ, Candeo Schools, Peoria, AZ, Milestones Charter School, Phoenix, Arizona, October 2017, Keystone Montessori Charter School, Phoenix, AZ, March 2013, Pima Community Center for the Arts West Campus, Tucson, AZ, January 26, 2019, Proscenium Theater at Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ, January 2017, St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church, Tucson, AZ, October 2017, Wickenburg Community Center in Wickenburg, Arizona, Vovember 7th, 2021, Chino Valley, Arizona, Dateland, AZ, Mayer, AZ, Oracle, AZ, Peoria, AZ, Phoenix, AZ, Phoenix, Arizona, 2017, Alameda, California, Altadena, CA, amarillo, CA, Chatsworth, CA, Coalinga, CA, Corcoran, CA, Crescent City, CA, El Monte, CA, Rio Vista Elementary School - 2019, Farmersville, CA, Fresno, CA, Georgetown, CA, Hanford, CA, Happy Camp, CA, Hayward, CA, Hidden Valley Lake, CA, Hillsborough, CA, Kenwood, CA, Lincoln, CA, Lomarica, CA, Los Gatos Meadows, Los Gatos, CA, Mira Costa High School Auditorium, Manhattan Beach, CA, Mendota, CA, Oceanside, CA, Oxnard, CA, Pasadena, CA, Roseville, CA, Sacramento, CA, 03-25-2013. Los Paseos Elementary School, San Jose, CA, 11-05-2020. Virtual performance at the Evergreen Elementary School, San Jose, CA, San Leandro, CA, Santa Ana, CA, Santa Rosa, CA, Seiad Valley, CA, Spring Valley, CA, Sun Valley, CA, Sunnyvale, CA, Temecula, CA, Thousand Oaks, CA, Tracy, CA, Turlock, CA, Ukiah, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, West Hills, CA, Windsor, CA, Yuba City, CA, Brighton, Colorado, Denver, CO, Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree, CO, Colchester, CT, Darien, CT, Eastford, CT, Enfield, CT, Greenwich, CT, Greenwich, CT 2015, Middletown, CT, Norwich, CT, Stamford, CT, Stratford, CT, Taftville, CT, Wolcott, CT, Woodstock, CT, 03-04-2015, Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, DC, 03-23-2012, Maret Middle School, Washington, DC, 06-29-2010, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, Rockwood Park Carriage House, Wilmington, Delaware, Cape Coral, Florida, Cape Coral Lee County, FL, Clearwater, FL (November 2015), Stetson University, DeLand, FL, Delray Beach, FL, Estero, FL, Fort Myers, FL, Lauderhill, FL, Lehigh Acres, FL, Miami, FL (Dec 2015), Miami, FL (2013), Micco, FL, North Fort Myers, FL, Orlando, FL, Pine Island, FL, Plantation, FL, Sarasota, FL, St.Petersburg, FL, Venice, FL, West Palm Beach, FL, Lahaina, HI, Lamoni, IA, Elk City, ID, Arlington Heights, IL, Batavia, IL, Park Plaza, Chicago, IL, Medinah, IL, 10-24-16. N.Massenkoff, Barynya, Brubeck Center, Wabash Valley College, Mount Carmel, IL, Oak Park, IL, Princeton, IL, Quincy, IL, Bloomington, IN, Brookville, IN, Columbus, IN, Evansville, IN, Laurel, IN, Lebanon, IN, Shelburn, IN, Shelbyville, IN, Colony, KS, Eureka, KS, Gardner, KS, Beechmont, KY, Jackson, KY, Lexington, KY, Morehead, KY, Pikeville, KY, Stanton, KY, Bastrop, LA, Tallulah, LA, Agawam, MA, Boston, MA 2015, Cape Cod, MA, Chestnut Hill, MA, Gardner, MA (2013), Stoneham, MA, Massachusetts Assisted Living concerts (2017), Public school in Agawam, MA, New Arbat Russian Restaurant in Allston, MA 2010, Jewish Community Housing "It Takes a Village", Brighton, MA, World Trade Center's Seaport Hotel, Boston, MA 2012, Bevcam TV Studio, Boston, Massachusetts, 2011, Cadbury Commons Assisted Living, Cambridge, MA, St. Francis Xavier School, Hyannis, MA (Cape Cod), Chabad Chestnut Hill, Chestnut Hill, MA, Elm Street Elementary School, Gardner, MA (2013), Elm Street Elem School, Gardner, MA (2015), Bowman Elementary School, Lexington, MA, Jewish Community Center, Marblehead, MA, Newbury Elementary School, Newbury, MA, Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), Salem, MA, Colonial Park Elem School, Stoneham, MA, 07-30-2020. Virtual performance, Stoughton Public Library, MA, Steward Elementary School, Topsfield, MA, Spalding Memorial School, Townsend, MA, 07-20-2022, Balalaika Duo virtual concert for Schechter Holocaust Services in Waltham, MAAnnapolis, MD, Arnold, MD, Baltimore, MD, Bel Air, MD, Easton, MD, Finksburg, MD, Joppa, MD, Largo, MD, Laurel, MD, Ridge, MD, Rockville, MD, Sandy Spring, MD, Silver Spring, MD, Tilghman, MD, Bristol, ME, Portland, ME, Detroit, MI, Holland, MI, Kalamazoo, MI, Petoskey, MI, Rockford, MI, Taylor, MI, Westland, MI, Florissant, MO, Gorin, MO, St. Louis, MO, Jefferson Memorial, St.Louis, MO, Canton, MS, Union, MS, Asheville, NC, Chapel Hill, NC, Fayetteville Technical Community College, 01-21-2020, Kill Devil Hills, NC, Kitty Hawk, NC, Mocksville, NC, Fairbury, NE, Omaha, NE, Center Sandwich, NH, Wolfeboro, NH, 8-13-22. Balalaika Duo Asbury Hotel, Asbury Park, New Jersey, 8-13-22. Balalaika Duo Cape May Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May, New Jersey, 08-30-2019. Denville Senior Living Community in Denville, NJ, 07-01-2022. Balalaika Duo at Just Home Adult Medical Care, East Brunswick, NJ, 08-07-2012. Balalaika Duo at the Morristown Green, Morristown, NJ, Thanksgiving party in Somerset County, Far Hills, NJ, Fort Lee Public Library, Russian DJ Russian-Jewish-American Birthday party in Fort Lee, NJ, Freehold Boroughs Public School, International Europe Day at the Willow School, Gladstone, NJ, Russian wedding at the Stony Hill Inn, Hackensack, NJ, 07-24-2022. Balalaika Duo, Valentina's 70th Birthday, Harrington Park, NJ, Highland Park High School, Highland Park, NJ, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Howell, NJ, Ukrainian Birthday party at the Zabava Restaurant in Independence Township, Barynya Balalaika Duo Live every Thursday Night in Keyport, New Jersey, Russian-Ukrainian-Italian wedding at The Alan Catering & Events, Lodi, NJ, Mahwah Library-2017, Mahwah, NJ, Mahwah Public Library-2019, Mahwah, NJ, Ukrainian-Russian wedding, South Gate Manor in Manalapan, NJ, Herb Zuckerberg Yiddish Club in Monroe Township, New Jersey, Morristown Community Theatre, Morristown, NJ, 2006, FIRST NIGHT New Years show in Morristown, NJ, 2012, 04-24-2012. Gypsy show at Sussex County Performing Arts Center, Newton, NJ, Russian-American-Jewish wedding at the Tides Estate, North Haledon, NJ, Fox Hills Adult Community, Rockaway, NJ, 8-28-22. Balalaika Duo @ wedding in Spring Lake, NJ, 03-21-2013, Barynya school assembly trio at Maugham Elementary School, Tenalfy, NJ, Place Lake Ridge Adult Community, Shalom Club, Toms River, NJ, Russian - American wedding at the Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, NJ, 50th Birthday party, Chart House Restaurant, Weehawken, NJ, Farmington, NM, Fruitland, NM, Lovington, NM, Milan, NM, Henderson, NV, Wedding in Las Vegas, NV, Las Vegas, NV, 01-19-2012. Wild Sheep Foundation Convention, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, Nevada, Albany, NY, Albion, NY, Amitvylle, NY, Steinway Street Festival, Astoria, Queens, Avon, NY, 08-28-2022. Barynya Balalaika Trio Brighton Beach Festival, Ded Moroz and Snegurochka in Brooklyn, NY, Russian Heritage Festival, Copacabana Club, New York City, Russian Music Trio at the Deity Events & Weddings, downtown Brooklyn, Assembly at Public School 241K in Brooklyn, New York, Buffalo, NY, Faith Food and Fellowship Fest, Holy Trinity Church, East Meadow, Long Island, Freeport, NY, Balalaika Trio, Wedding, Garrison, NY, 9-17-2011, Geneseo, NY, Holbrook, NY, Live Russian Music Hot Potato House Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, Live Russian Music Anyway Cafe Brooklyn New York, Live Russian Music Anyway Cafe New York City East Village, Balalaika Duo at the Anyway Cafe in New York City, 12-04-2020. Balalaika Duo at the Anyway Cafe in NYC, 03-27-2021. Balalaika Duo Anyway Cafe Brooklyn, 02-08-2020. Gypsy Trio, Anyway Cafe NYC, Wedding reception at 26 Bridge, downtown Brooklyn, 08-05-2012. Russian-Gypsy style party on the boat in New York City, 12-16-2022. Gypsy Style Surprise Birthday Party at Mari Vanna New York City, Russian Church Abroad NYC Dinner Cruise, Balalaika Duo NYC Cruise Wedding Jun 15, 2020, 01-13-2012, New York Encounter Festival NYC, Jeffersonville, NY, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY, Petroushka Ball-2006, Petroushka Ball-2007, Petroushka Ball-2008, Petroushka Ball-2009, Petroushka Ball-2011, Petroushka Ball-2012, Petroushka Ball-2013, Petroushka Ball-2014, Petroushka Ball-2015, Petroushka Ball-2016, Petroushka Ball-2017, Petroushka Ball-2018, 09-22-2012. Soho House in Meatpacking District, New York, NY, Nanuet, NY, 11-28-2022. Nyack's Blini event, New Rochelle, NY, Carnergie Hall, NYC, Plattsburg, NY, Purchase, NY, 12-15-2022, DJ Elina, MC-tamada Mikhail, corporate event at Da Mikelle Palace in Queens, Queens, NY, Rego Park, NY, Riverhead, NY, Rochester, NY, Scotia, NY, 10-21-2012, Barynya (7 people) at Middle Country Public Library, Selden, NY, Slate Hill, NY, Staten Island Childrens Museum-2019, Somers, NY, Southampton, NY, Staten Island, NY, Petroushka Ball 2012 at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City, Watertown, NY, Balalaika Trio in West Point, NY, Westhampton Beach, NY, Russian Themed Birthday party at the Noble Nest in White Lake, NY, 08-17-2022. Barynya (4 people), Adult Care Center concert in Woodmere, Long Island04-19-2016. Pearls Hawthorne School, Yonkers, NY, 08-22-2020. Barynya and Natasha Stolichnaya. Untermyer Park, Yonkers, 12-08-2020. Nutcracker TV episode in New York City, Akron, OH (July 2015), Cincinnati, OH 2013, Cincinnati, OH 2016, Cleveland, OH, Likeside, OH, Warren, OH, The Dalles, OR, Gold Beach, OR, Klamath Falls, OR, Sheridan, OR, Adams County Heritage Festival in Pennsylvania, Allentown, PA, Aston, PA, Musikfest-2019, Bethlehem, PA, Butler, PA, St. Johns Social Hall, Delmont, PA, Caldwell Memorial Library, Derry, PA, Doylestown, PA, Du Bois, PA, Dunmore, PA, Erie, PA (Troika Fest), Gettysburg, PA, Greensburg Hempfield Area Library, Greensburg, PA, Penn Area Library, Harrison City, PA, St. Edward Church, Herminie, PA, Honey Brook, PA, Houtzdale, PA, Norwin Public Library, Irwin, PA, Jeannette Public Library, Jeannette, PA, BDAA-2018, King Of Prussia, PA, Lake Como, PA, Lancaster, PA, Lansdale, PA, Pennsylvania School Tour Winter 2020, Ligonier Valley Library, Ligonier, PA, 06-22-2020. Virtual performance Russian dancers Westmoreland Library Network, PA, 07-06-2020. Virtual performance at public library in Pennsylvania, Millerstown, PA, Monessen Public Library, Monessen, PA, 10-18-2012, St. Jude School, Mountain Top, PA, Mount Pleasant Public Library, Mount Pleasant, PA, Murrysville Community Library, Murrysville, PA, Peoples Library New Kensington, New Kensington, PA, 08-06-2022. Ukrainian wedding, Drumore Estate, Pequea, PA, 09-18-2008, Gorbachev 2008 Liberty Medal, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA, Russian Themed Birthday Party, Balalaika Duo, Philadelphia, PA, Russian B-day party in Philadelphia, PA, Rostraver Public Library, Rostraver Township, PA, Scottdale Public Library, Scottdale, PA, St. Marys, PA, Williamsport, PA, York, PA, Aguadilla, PR, Cayey, PR, San Juan, PR, Clayville, Rhode Island, 03-20-2012. Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI, Balalaika Duo concert with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina, Florence, SC, Lancaster, SC, Latta, SC, Mt. Pleasant, SC, Fort Dorchester High School, North Charleston, SC, Memphis, TN, Emerson Elementary School, Amarillo, TX, Henderson Elementary School, Dallas, TX, Deer Creek Elementary School, Fort Worth, TX, Ira School, Ira, TX, San Antonio, Texas 2010, Texas, 2011, San Antonio, TX concert tour 2013, San Antonio, TX concert tour 2016, Barynya dancers in San Antonio, March 2020, 12-01-2020. Russian Balalaika Duo Virtual performance, San Antonio, TX, Mountainview Elementary School and South Bosque Elementary School, Waco, TX, BDAA, Holiday Inn Alexandria Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia, Arlington Traditional School, Arlington, VA, Big Island Elementary School, Big Island, VA, Broadus Wood Elementary School, Earlysville, VA, Oak View Elementary School, Fairfax, VA, 10-23-2013, Assembly at Stone Spring Elem School, Harrisonburg, VA, 11-08-2012, Pleasant Valley Elem School, Harrisonburg, VA, Chesapeake Academy, Irvington, VA, Heritage High School, Leesburg, VA, Boonsboro Elementary School, Lynchburg, VA, Kent Gardens Elementary School, McLean, VA, Belview Elementary School, Radford, VA, Livingston Elementary School, Spotsylvania, VA, 04-10-2012, Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, Washington, Crestwood Elementary School, Bonney Lake, WA, Chloe Clark Elementary School, Dupont, WA, Monroe Elementary School, Everett, WA, Garfield Elementary School, Olympia, WA, North Omak Elementary School, Omak, WA, Puyallup Public Library, Puyallup, WA, Corporate event in Seattle, WA, Pathfinder School, Seattle, WA, Emerson Elementary School, Snohomish, WA, , Wilkeson Elementary School, Wilkeson, WA, 11-11-2020. Virtual Showcase for Southeastern Wisconsin Library Youth Services, St. Joseph School, Dodgeville, WI, Dimensions of Learning Academy, Kenosha, WI, Iowa-Grant High School, Livingston, WI, Morgantown, WV, Sand Fork, WV.


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