IN Russian Balalaika Duo. Traditional dancing, music and songs. Multicultural School Assembly in Laurel, Indiana

Balalaika Duo home | videos | photos | Balalaika Duo on Facebook | contact/book

Russian Balalaika Duo performed 45 min programs of traditional dances, songs and music in Laurel, Indiana. The Multicultural School Assembly took place on Friday, April 15, 2016 (9am) at the Laurel School, 13246 State Rd. 121, Laurel, IN 47024.
Program of performance:
01. Siberian Nanai Tribe Sumo Wrestling Dance (Борьба Нанайских мальчиков)
02. "Moroz" (Ой, мороз-мороз), Russian folk button accordion garmoshka introduction
03. "The Snowstorm" (Russian: Метелица - Metelitsa), Russian folk song and dance
04. "Kamarinskaiya" (Камаринская), introduction of Russian folk instrument balalaika
05. "Dark Eyes" (Очи Чёрные), Russian Gypsy Roma song and dance
06. "Skorogovorkee" (Скороговорки), Medley of Russian tongue-twisters
07. "Evreiskiy Tanets" (Еврейский танец со свечкой), Russian Jewish wedding dance with Candle
08. "Russskiy Alfaveet" (Русский алфавит), Russian Alphabet lesson
09. "You Tricked Me" (Пидманула), Ukrainian folk song and dance
10. "Muzh" and "Valenkee" ("Как заставил меня муж", "Валенки"), Instrumental Balalaika Medley of two Russian folk songs
11. "Orkestr Russkikh Narodnykh Instrumentov" - Russian percussian Band interactive game with students (Коробейники)
12. "Zemlyanichka-Yagodka", Cossack folksong
13. "Kaleenka", Popular Russian folk song - (Калинка-малинка моя)
14. "Barynya", Russian folk dance lesson and workshop for all students (Урок русского народного танца).
Russian ethnomusicologist, singer, musician, artistic director and founder of Barynya ensemble Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals) led the performance by giving a short explanation of every number of the program in English. He talked briefly about costumes, folk instruments, Russian traditions, explained the difference between Russian and English alphabet, performed a few songs and Russian tongue-twisters. Musical director of the group Elina Karokhina performed a few solos on Russian folk instrument balalaika and several dance numbers.
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 world-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.
Both Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov are members of Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya (established in 1991). The 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.



40 min video

watch this video on

Jewish wedding dance

watch this video on

full concert (46 min)

watch this video on


Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Photo by Leonid Bruk
Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina
Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina

Mikhail Smirnov
Mikhail Smirnov


01-08-2013. School assembly at the Bradie Shrum Lower Elementary School in Salem, Indiana

On Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 9am dancer Boulat Moukhametov, Elina Karokhina (balalaika), and Mikhail Smirnov (vocals, garmoshka, guitar) performed 45 min show at the Bradie Shrum Lower Elementary School in Salem, Indiana.

01-08-2013, Tuesday January 08 2013, Russian dancers, Russian musicians, Russian singers, Balalaika, Garmoshka, Russian music, Russian dances, Ensemble Barynya, Barynya Trio, Multicultural School Assembly, Russian songs, Elina Karokhina, Boulat Moukhametov, Mikhail Smirnov
01-08-2013. School assembly at the Bradie Shrum Lower Elementary School, Salem, Indiana



Chino Valley, AZ, Dateland, AZ, Mayer, AZ, Oracle, AZ, Phoenix, AZ, Alameda, CA, Altadena, CA, Сamarillo, CA, Chatsworth, CA, Coalinga, CA, Corcoran, CA, Crescent City, CA, El Monte, CA, Farmersville, CA, Fresno, CA, Georgetown, CA, Happy Camp, CA, Hayward, CA, Hidden Valley Lake, CA, Hillsborough, CA, Kenwood, CA, Lincoln, CA, Lomarica, CA, Mendota, CA, Oceanside, CA, Oxnard, CA, Pasadena, CA, Roseville, CA, Sacramento, CA, San Jose, CA, San Leandro, CA, Santa Ana, CA, Santa Rosa, CA, Seiad Valley, CA, Spring Valley, CA, Sun Valley, CA, Sunnyvale, CA, Temecula, CA, Thousand Oaks, CA, Tracy, CA, Turlock, CA, Ukiah, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, Windsor, CA, Yuba City, CA, Brighton, CO, Denver, CO, Colchester, CT, Greenwich, CT, Greenwich, CT 2015, Enfield, CT, Stratford, CT, Taftville, CT, Wolcott, CT, Woodstock, CT, Washington, DC, Clearwater, FL (November 2015), Miami, FL, Micco, FL, Plantation, FL, Sarasota, FL, "Steve's Live Music", Atlanta, GA, Jesup, GA, Macon, GA, Lahaina, HI, Lamoni, IA, Elk City, ID, Arlington Heights, IL, Batavia, IL, Medinah, IL, Oak Park, IL, Princeton, IL, Quincy, IL, Brookville, IN, Columbus, IN, Evansville, IN, Laurel, IN, Lebanon, IN, 01-08-2013, Bradie Shrum Lower Elementary School, Salem, Indiana, Shelburn, IN, Shelbyville, IN, 01-11-2013, Stonegate Elementary School, Zionsville, IN, Colony, KS, Eureka, KS, Gardner, KS, Jackson, KY, Lexington, KY, Morehead, KY, Pikeville, KY, Stanton, KY, Bastrop, LA, Tallulah, LA, Agawam, MA, Boston, MA 2015, Cape Cod, MA, Gardner, MA (2013), Stoneham, MA, Topsfield, MA, Townsend, MA, Annapolis, MD, Arnold, MD, Baltimore, MD, Bel Air, MD, Easton, MD, Finksburg, MD, Largo, MD, Laurel, MD, Ridge, MD, Rockville, MD, Tilghman, MD, Bristol, ME, Portland, ME, Detroit, MI, Holland, MI, Kalamazoo, MI, Petoskey, MI, Rockford, MI, Taylor, MI, Westland, MI, Florissant, MO, Gorin, MO, St. Louis, MO, Jefferson Memorial, St.Louis,MO, Canton, MS, Union, MS, Asheville, NC, Kitty Hawk, NC, Fairbury, NE, Omaha, NE, Center Sandwich, NH, Kingswood Regional Middle School, Wolfeboro, NH, Far Hills, NJ, Fort Lee, NJ, Freehold, NJ, Gladstone, NJ, Monroe, NJ, Toms River, NJ, Farmington, NM, Fruitland, NM, Milan, NM, Henderson, NV, Wedding Las Vegas, NV, Las Vegas, NV, Albany, NY, Albion, NY, Amitvylle, NY, Avon, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Buffalo, NY, Geneseo, NY, Holbrook, NY, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY, Nanuet, NY, New Rochelle, NY, Plattsburg, NY, Purchase, NY, Rego Park, NY, Riverhead, NY, Slate Hill, NY, Staten Island, NY, Watertown, NY, Akron, OH (July 2015), Cincinnati, OH, Cleveland, OH, Likeside, OH, Warren, OH, The Dalles, OR, Gold Beach, OR, Klamath Falls, OR, Sheridan, OR, Aston, PA, Doylestown, PA, Du Bois, PA, Dunmore, PA, Erie, PA (Troika Fest), Gettysburg, PA, Houtzdale, PA, Lake Como, PA, Lansdale, PA, Millerstown, PA, St. Marys, PA, Aguadilla, PR, Cayey, PR, San Juan, PR, Memphis, TN, Amarillo, TX, Dallas, TX, Fort Worth, TX, Ira, TX, San Antonio, TX, Waco, TX, Big Island, VA, Earlysville, VA, Harrisonburg, VA, Lynchburg, VA, McLean, VA, Radford, VA, Spotsylvania, VA, Everett, WA, Olympia, WA, Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA 2013, Wilkeson, WA, Dodgeville, WI, Kenosha, WI, Livingston, WI, Morgantown, WV.


Cheburashka, Krokodil Gena
Cheburashka and Krokodil Gena for hire in NY, NJ, CT, PA
NY, NJ, CT, PA and other states

Russian DJ services in New York

Ded Moroz and Snegurochka
Ded Moroz Snegurochka for hire in NY, NJ, CT, PA
New York, New Jersey, CT, PA

Russian MC and tamada services

Russian Club Music Show

"Gypsy Balalaika Bear"

Best Russian wedding band in New York

Advertisement of this size on this page cost $10 dollars per month or $100 dollars per year

Barynya Entertainment listings | contact information