Seiad Valley, CA (California), Russian dance, song, music school assembly program
Russian school assembly trio provided multicultural school assembly performance on Monday, April 22, 2013 (3:00PM) at the Mary Seiad Elementary School, 44539 Highway 96, Seiad Valley, CA 96086. Students and teachers spent about 45 minutes learning about Russian culture through songs, music, dance and language.
Dancer Elena performed classical ballet, and Russian traditional dances. Musical director of the group Elina Karokhina played the balalaika, a three-stringed, triangular instrument.
ABOUT ELINA KAROKHINA: Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina who 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 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 several concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York City as a part of "THE TRIUMPH OF HOPE" international event.