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Russian dancer Ilia Pankratov

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Russian dancer from New York Ilia Pankratov specializes in character dance as well as ballet. He has graduated with Master's Degree in Choreography from the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. In Russia Mr. Pankratov has worked for various dance companies. In the United States he was dancing with the best companies including RiverDance (Co-Dance Captain for Russian Folk Ballet), Metropolitan Opera and others. Ilia Pankratov is a master of every difficult and highly acrobatic jump and turn of Russian, Ukrainian and Cossack folk dancing. Traditional dance move that is usually called "KAZATSKY" where the dancer squats down, crosses his arms across his chest and Kicks his legs out is perfected by Ilia. It looks so natural that one can think that Ilia is walking that way into the grocery store in his neighborhood in New York City. Ilia started to perform with Russian folk dance and music ensemble Barynya in 2005. For the first time he performed with Barynya at the private party for Russian Tennis star Maria sharapova B-day in New York City.


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Concert at the Freeport High School in Freeport, New York, October 13th, 2018

On Saturday, October 13th, 2018 ensemble Barynya performed 90 min concert sponsored by Freeport Community Concert Association (FCCA) at the Freeport High School, 50 S Brookside Ave, Freeport, NY 11520. Cast of Barynya ensemble included Vladimir Nikitin, Irina Zagornova, Leonid Bruk, Valentina Kvasova, Alexander Rudoy, Simona Zhukovski, Serhiy Tsyganok, Irina Biryukova, Konstantin Tulinov, Olga Yeliseyeva, Olga Chpitalnaia, Ilia Pankratov, Alisa Egorova, Elina Karokhina, and Mikhail Smirnov.

Russian Dance, Song and Music ensemble Barynya, Artistic Director Mikhail Smirnov, Saturday, October 13, 2018, Freeport High School, Freeport Community Concert Association, FCCA, Freeport, Long Island, New York, photo credit Yuriy Balan, Valentina Kvasova, Alexander Rudoy, Simona Zhukovski, Serhiy Tsyganok, Irina Biryukova, Konstantin Tulinov, Olga Yeliseyeva, Olga Chpitalnaia, Ilia Pankratov, Vladimir Nikitin, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Irina Zagornova, Alisa Egorova
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Cossack dance performance during basketball game NJ NETS vs Utah JAZZ at the Prudential Center arena in Newark, New Jersey, USA.

...This was an evening of Russian culture at the Prudential Arena in Newark, New Jersey (USA)... Dancers Alexey Maltsev, Petr Tikhonov, Vitaly Verterich, Ilia Pankratov, Danila Sherstobitov, Andrei Kisselev, Andrij Cybyk, Boulat Moukhametov have performed during a timeout during the game for over NJ NETS 10,000 fans.

Cossack dancers, NJ Nets vs Utah Jazz. January 19th, 2011. Prudential Center
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Cossack dancer Ilia Pankratov NJ Nets vs Utah Jazz. January 19th, 2011. Prudential Center
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American Museum of Natural History, New York City, October 2011.

Performance at the American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West at 79th Street, New York City, NY 10024) took place during a corporate event on October 27, 2011. Dancers Valentina Kvasova, Olga Chpitalnaia, Anna Brovkina, Vitaly Verterich, Andrei Kiselev, Ilia Pankratov.

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Huntington Public Library

This video was recorded by Long Island TV company during ensemble Barynya performance at the Huntington Public Library (338 Main Street, Huntington, New York 11743) on Sunday, December 11th, 2011. Cast of performers: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (contrabass balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), dancers: Petr Tikhonov, Ilia Pankratov, Nick Kobryn

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Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 2009

Ilia Pankratov, Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 2009
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Festival International des Rythmes du Monde, Chicoutimi (Quebec), Canada, July 2009

Over 10 thousand people attended Barynya performance during Festival in Chicoutimi. Performers: Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Alexander Menshikov, Yan Khmel, Lev Zabeginsky, Valentina Kvasova, Ilia Pankratov.
Barynya at the Festival International des Rythmes du Monde, Chicoutimi (Quebec), Canada July 2009
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Mikhail Gorbachev's Liberty Medal Award Gala
National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA

Mikhail Gorbachev's Liberty Medal Award Gala 2008 Ensemble Barynya performed during diner Gala after the Liberty Medal 2008 was presented to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev by President George H.W. Bush. Official ceremony took place on Thursday, September 18, 2008 at The National Constitution Center located at 525 Arch St. on Philadelphias Independence Mall... letter of recommendation.

Eight Barynya dancers, four musicians and three singers entertained a black-tie dinner for more than 1,000 guests. Audience included President George H. W. Bush, Tom Brokaw, Dikembe Mutumbo and Van Cliburn. Barynya performed both concert music and dance throughout the evening. President's Bush and Gorbachev were thrilled. World known concert pianist Van Cliburn shake hands with the balalaika virtuoso Lev Zabeginsky. MC of the evening, American television journalist Tom Brokaw, used one of our microphones to do the toasts. He was standing next to Barynya musicians on the stage.

Barynya performers: Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Alex Siniavski (balalaika, Gypsy guitar), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Lev Zabeginsky (balalaika), Yan Khmel (bayan); singers: Alexander Menshikov, Irina Zagornova and Diana Bruk; dancers: Anna Brovkina, Valentina Kvasova, Natalia Ejova, Olga Chpitalnaia, Andrei Kisselev, Ilia Pankratov, Vitaly Verterich and Alexey Maltsev.

Barynya at Mikhail Gorbachev's Liberty Medal Award Gala 2008
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July, 2007. Performance series in Ohio communities

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Ensemble Barynya was touring the state of OHIO as part of the Ohio Arts Councils Summer International Music and Performing Arts in Communities Tour (IMPACT). Barynya performed many shows, Russian & Ukrainian dance workshops from July 17 to July 28, 2007. Performance locations included Lakeside, Warren, Marietta, Jackson and Grandview Heights. All performances were free and open to the public.

June 2007. Russian Heritage Festival at the famous "Copacabana" club in New York City

Barynya @ Copacabana New York City One of the final events of the Russian Heritage Festival 2007 was a "Spirits of Russia" evening at the Copacabana Club (560 West 34 Street in Manhattan) on June 27, 2007. Ilia recieved many thanks from the Russian and American guests of the Festival for his famous split jumps and "pryisyadki"... view pictures


of ensemble Barynya on Saturday, May 20th, 2006 with folk singer Alexander Menshikov, balalaika virtuoso Lev Zabeginsky, dancers: Valentina Kvasova, Ilia Pankratov and Mikhail Smirnov on guitar and garmoshka at the "Global Festival" fundraiser for United Nations Association of New York's Young Professionals for International Cooperation at Lighthouse International (between Lexington and Park Avenue in New York City).

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Russian dancer Ilia Pankratov
Russian dancer Ilia Pankratov

Performance at the Russian Tennis Star Maria Sharapova B-day

Dancers M.Nesterenko, I. Pankratov, V. Verterich
Dancers M.Nesterenko, I. Pankratov, V. Verterich


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