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Russian Duo CT. Russian song, dance and music concert in Colchester, Connecticut

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Russian dance, music and song Duo performed one hour concert at the Colchester Cenior Center, 8 Linwood Avenue (Route 16), Colchester, Connecticut 06415. Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, garmoshka, vocals, balalaika) and Valentina Kvasova (dance, vocals) performed a program of Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish, Siberian and Gypsy traditional dances and songs. Russian duo is available for hire for the performing art centers, festivals, schools, libraries, concert halls, restaurants, private and corporate events.


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Russian Duo CT, Valentina Kvasova, Mikhail Smirnov
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Russian Duo CT
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Valentina Kvasova, Mikhail Smirnov
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Valentina Kvasova, Mikhail Smirnov
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Russian Dance & Music Duo Valentina Kvasova, Mikhail SmirnovRussian Dance & Music Duo offers program of Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Siberian, Russian Jewish, and Russian 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", Kazatchok", "Metelitsa", "Barynya". Total lenght of the program is about two hours.Russian Duo has extended repertoire, family oriented program, explanation of the musical and dance numbers in English or Russian.The Russian Duo has 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. He plays garmoshka, balalaika, guitar, jaleika, kugikly, balalaika contrabass, 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. Mikhail Smirnov is also well know in Russian community as a director of Barynya, the biggest Russian dance troupe outside of Russia, DJ, MC, tamada, and bilingual Russian-English speaking wedding minister.


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Concert at the Tokeneke School in Darien, Connecticut, March 6th, 2018

Russian dance, song, and music ensemble Barynya led by Russian folk accordion garmoshka player and singer Mikhail Smirnov with Russian Gypsy singer Vasiliy Romani and Ukrainian Cossack dancer Serhiy Tsyganok provided two 45 min performances of Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Russian Gypsy and Jewish songs, music, and dances on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, 8:45 and 9:45am at the Tokeneke School, 7 Old Farm Rd, Darien, CT 06820. Program of performance included Russian folk song with garmoshka "Subboteya" (Russian: Субботея), Russian folk dance Barynya, Russian song Katyusha, Cossack dance, solo on Russian seven string guitar by Vasily "Vengerka" (Венгерка), Jewish Bottle dance, dance of Russian Bear (Танец медведя), Russian song "My darling" (Живёт моя отрада в высоком терему), Ukrainian folk song and dance Pidmanoola, Russian Tongue-Twisters Medley (Скороговорки), Russian Alphabet Lesson, Russian folk song "Korobushka" with the percussian orchestra consisted of students, Russian folk dance lesson, Russian folk dance Kalinka.

Tokeneke School, 7 Old Farm Rd, Darien, CT 06820, Vasiliy Romani, Mikhail Smirnov, Serhiy Tsyganok
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Russian traditional dance, song, and music trio provided 45 min performance of Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Russian Gypsy and Jewish dances, songs, and music on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the Haynes Elementary School in Connecticut. Cast od performers: Mikhail Smirnov, Vasiliy Romani, and Ukrainian Cossack dancer Serhiy Tsyganok.

Mikhail Smirnov, Vasiliy Romani, Serhiy Tsyganok, Haynes Elementary School, Niantic, Connecticut
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