Kenosha, Wisconsin, WI, Russian dancers, musicians, singers, balalaika, garmoshka, Bear Mascot, multicultural school assembly

Russian song, dance and music ensemble Barynya performed in Kenosha, Wisconsin on March 17th, 2014. Multicultural school assembly program took place at the Dimensions of Learning Academy, 6218 25th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53143. Students and teachers spent 45 minutes of their Monday afternoon learning about Russian culture through songs, music, dance and language. Artistic director/founder Mikhail Smirnov played the garmoshka, a Russian-style diatonic button accordion and guitar. Dancer Alisch presented Russian, Cossack, Andizhan, Jewish Wedding Bottle dance, Gypsy dance. and the dance of "Russian Bear". Musical director of the group Elina Karokhina played the balalaika, a three-stringed, triangular instrument, performed Russian folk dance "Metelitsa" (The Snowstorm, Russian: «Метелица»), Russian Gypsy Roma dance "Kay One" ("Where Are They"), and Russian traditional dance "Kalinka" (Russian: «Калинка»).

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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" (PAZHALUYSTA) and "Bye" (PAKA) 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. In the middle 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.

Russian dance and music trio Barynya: Mikhail, Elina, and Alisch

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The program of Multicultural School Assembly performance included "The Snowstorm" Khorovod song and dance «Метелица», "Kamarinskaya", Instrumental solo Russian dance «Камаринская» performed on guitar and balalaika, "The Peddlers" Russian folk song «Коробейники», "Kalinka" Russian folk dance «Калинка», "Amazing Balalaika" Medley «Волшебная балалайка», "Russian dance Workshop" interactive lesson «Урок Русского танца», "Russian Alphabet" interactive lesson «Урок Русского языка», "Where Are They?" Gypsy Roma song and dance «Кай-Йёне», "Chardash" balalaika instrumental solo «Чардаш», "Russian Bear" dance «Танец Медведя», "Russian Percussian Orchestra" interactive game «Оркестр Русских ударных инструментов», and few other selections. 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.

CONTACT INFORMATION / Email: mikhail@barynya.com / Phone: (201) 981-2497

VIDEOS

Full concert video from Dimensions of Learning Academy

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PHOTOS

Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina plays Russian folk song "Kamarinskaia"

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Russian Gypsy dance

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Russian Gypsy Roma dance "Kai One"

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Bottle dance

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Russian Bear dance

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Russian Khorovod Dance "Metelitsa" (The Snowstorm)

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Russian Gypsy Dance "Kai One" ("Where Are They")

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Mikhail Smirnov plays his garmoshka and sings Russian folk song "Moroz-Moros" ("Father Frost")

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All Saints School in Antigo, Wisconsin

Three members of ensemble Barynya presented a program of traditional Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Gypsy, and Jewish dances, songs and music on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the All Saints School, 419 6th Ave, Antigo, WI 54409. The program included favorite Russian, Siberian, Russian-Gypsy, Russian-Jewish, Cossack, Ukrainian folk songs, dances, and performances on traditional Russian musical instruments balalaika and garmoshka.

All Saints School in Antigo, Wisconsin
All Saints School in Antigo, Wisconsin

Heyde Center For The Arts, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Barynya at the Heyde Center For The Arts, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Barynya at the Heyde Center For The Arts, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

St. Joseph School, Dodgeville, Wisconsin

Russian song, dance and music ensemble Barynya performed in Dodgeville, Wisconsin on March 18th, 2014. Multicultural school assembly program took place at the St. Joseph School, 305 E Walnut Street, Dodgeville, WI 53533. The program included "The Snowstorm" Khorovod song and dance «Метелица», "Kamarinskaya", instrumental solo Russian dance «Камаринская» performed on guitar and balalaika, "The Peddlers" Russian folk song «Коробейники», "Kalinka" Russian folk dance «Калинка», "Amazing Balalaika" Medley «Волшебная балалайка», "Russian dance Workshop" interactive lesson «Урок Русского танца», "Russian Alphabet" interactive lesson «Урок Русского языка», "Where Are They?" Gypsy Roma song and dance «Кай-Йёне», "Chardash" balalaika instrumental solo «Чардаш», "Russian Bear" dance «Танец Медведя», "Russian Percussian Orchestra" interactive game «Оркестр Русских ударных инструментов», and few other selections.

St. Joseph School, Dodgeville, Wisconsin
St. Joseph School, Dodgeville, Wisconsin

Iowa-Grant High School in Livingston, Wisconsin

Russian song, dance and music ensemble Barynya performed in Livingston, Wisconsin on March 18th, 2014. Multicultural school assembly program took place at the Iowa-Grant High School, 462 County Road IG, Livingston, WI 53554. Students and teachers spent 45 minutes of their Tuesday morning learning about Russian culture through songs, music, dance and language. Artistic director/founder Mikhail Smirnov played the garmoshka, a Russian-style diatonic button accordion and guitar. Dancer Alisch presented Russian, Cossack, Andizhan, Jewish Wedding Bottle dance, Gypsy dance. and the dance of "Russian Bear". Musical director of the group Elina Karokhina played the balalaika, a three-stringed, triangular instrument, performed Russian folk dance "Metelitsa" (The Snowstorm, Russian: «Метелица»), Russian Gypsy Roma dance "Kay One" ("Where Are They"), and Russian traditional dance "Kalinka" (Russian: «Калинка»).

Iowa-Grant High School, Livingston, Wisconsin
Iowa-Grant High School, Livingston, Wisconsin

New Glarus Elementary School, New Glarus, Wisconsin

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, and Serhiy Tsyganok performed 45 min program on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the New Glarus Elementary School, 1420 2nd Street, New Glarus, WI 53574. School assembly concluded with Kalinka dance performed by students and Russian dancers.

New Glarus Elementary School, New Glarus, Wisconsin
New Glarus Elementary School, New Glarus, Wisconsin

Pelican Elementary School, Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Dancer Serhiy Tsyganok, balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina and singer Mikhail Smirnov performed 45 min program on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the Pelican Elementary School, 3350 V. Hickey Road, Rhinelander, WI 54501. School assembly included Russian folk song "The Peddlers" performed together by Russian musicians and students. Dancers performed over eight different dances from different parts of Russia.

Pelican Elementary School, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Pelican Elementary School, Rhinelander, Wisconsin

LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, Wisconsin

Ensemble Barynya, Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival led by world celebrated singer Nikolai Massenkoff, performed at LuCille Tack Center for the Arts in Spencer, Wisconsin on Sunday, February 11th, 2018. Dancers Simona Zhukovski, Vladimir Nikitin, Serhiy Tsyganok, Dinara Subaeva. Musicians: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, vocals), Stas Vengelevski (bayan). Exact address of the LuCille Tack Center for the Arts is 400 School Street, P.O. Box 337, Spencer, WI 54479. Program of performance included Kalinka, The Moon is Shining, Russkoye Polye, Korobushka, Metelitsa, Tatar dance, Ural Mountain dance, Tyomnaiya Noch', Katyusha, Tatarskiy Taneyts, Kamarinskaia, Along The Pitersakia, Cossack dance, Valenkee, Gypsy dance, Moscow Nights, Ochee Chorniye, Dorogoi Dlinnoyou, Hopak, If I Were A Rich Man, Barynya, Somewhere My Love, and other selections.

LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, Wisconsin, Nikolai Massenkoff, Simona Zhukovski, Vladimir Nikitin, Serhiy Tsyganok, Dinara Subaeva, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Stas Vengelevski
LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, Wisconsin

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