Calabasas, CA, Russian Christmas party, Los Angeles County, California

Calabasas, CA. Russian, Ukrainian, Cossack, Jewish Bottle dancers. Balalaika, Garmoshka, Dance, Song and Music Trio. Christmas party in Los Angeles County, California

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Russian dance, song and music ensemble Barynya performed during Russian Christmas party at the private house in Calabasas, CA (Los Angeles County, California) on Saturday, December 9th, 2017. Cast of performers included garmoshka and guitar player, MC-host and singer Mikhail Smirnov, Ukrainian-Cossack dancer Serhiy Tsyganok, and balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina. The trio performed Russian traditional dance "Barynya", Russian folk song "Saturday Affair" ("Subboteya"), Russian traditional song and dance "The Snowstorm" (Russian: ""), balalaika solo of folk tune "Kamarinskaiya" (Russian: ""), Cossack marching song and dance "Pri Luzhke" (", "), Russian Roma (Romani) Gypsy song and dance "Dark Eyes" (Russian: " "), Felt Boots (""), Ukrainian folk song and dance "Pidmanula" - "You Tricked Me" (""), Russian folk dance "Kalinka" (Russian: ""), Waltz for Jazz Orchestra No. 2 by Dmitri Shostakovich, Dr. Zhivago's Somewhere, My Love (Lara's Theme), Besa Me Mucho, Sabre Dance from "Gayane" by Aram Khachaturian, Csardas by Vittorio Monti, "Fiddler On The Roof" Medley, "Those Were The Days", "Two Guitars", Moscow Nights, Katyusha (), Peddlers (), - The Moon Is Shining Brightly, and other selections.
 
Ensemble Barynya is available for hire for Performing Art Centers, school assemblies, festivals, colleges, universities, 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

Russian Christmas in Calabasas, CA (Los Angeles County, California)
Russian Christmas Calabasas, CA, Los Angeles County, California
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ABOUT PERFORMERS:
Dancer Serhiy Tsyganok was born in L'viv, Ukraine in 1982. He started dancing with kids' folk dance ensemble "Iskorka" under direction of his mother Liliya Yurievna Tsyganok. In 1996 he started dancing with teens' traditional Ukrainian dancer troupe "Karpaty" under direction of Honored Artist of Ukraine Mihailo Vanivsky. From 1997 through 2002 he stadied dancing and choreography at the L'viv State College of The Culture and Arts. Graduated in 2002. At the same time as he was a student at the L'viv State College of The Culture and Arts he was dancing with Jewish Dance Ensemble "MAZAL TOV" and Polish Dance Troupe "L'vovyatsy". With "MAZAL TOV" and "L'VOVYATSY" groups Serhiy performed locally in Ukraine, and internationally. In 2003 he graduated with Diploma of completion special training in Polish Traditional dancing from Lyublin's University of Maria Skladovsky in Poland. In 2003 Serhiy joined dance troupe to work 18 months contract with the show Sharm L Sheikh in Egypt. In 2006-2012 he was performing with various dance projects in Turkey, Israel and Dubai. In 2013 he started working as a dancer on cruise ships all over the world. In the summer 2014 Serhiy made his home in the United States of America. He started working with various Ukrainian groups, dance and music ensemble Barynya, Moscow Gypsy Army, Can-Can Cabaret Dance Show, and others. Serhiy speaks Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, and English.

Russian Christmas in Calabasas, CA (Los Angeles County, California)
Russian Christmas Calabasas, CA, Los Angeles County, California
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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.

Russian Christmas in Calabasas, CA (Los Angeles County, California)
Russian Christmas Calabasas, CA, Los Angeles County, California
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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.

Russian Christmas in Calabasas, CA (Los Angeles County, California)
Russian Christmas Calabasas, CA, Los Angeles County, California
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PHOTOS OF BARYNYA TRIO

Dancer Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka)
Mikhail Smirnov, Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina, Park View Elementary School, Ripon, California
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Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
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Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Barynya Russian School Assembly Trio
Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Barynya Russian School Assembly Trio
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Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Barynya Russian School Assembly Trio
Serhiy Tsyganok, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Barynya Russian School Assembly Trio
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CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone/text: (201) 981-2497 / email msmirnov@yahoo.com

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Phone/text: (201) 981-2497 / email msmirnov@yahoo.com

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