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Russian dance, song and balalaika music ensemble Barynya performed a series of school assembly concerts in schools in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Baltimore area. Video (below) was recorded on March 23rd, 2012 at the Maret Middle School, 3000 Cathedral Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008. Cast: singer Alexander Menshikov, Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina, dancers Anya Zeenenko and Boulat Moukhametov. The program of the performance included "Russian Bear dance", Dance of Russian Sailors, "Barynya", "Kalinka", Ukrainian "Hopak", Jewish wedding dance "Mazel Tov" from Odessa region of Ukraine, traditional songs "Dark Eyes", "Along The Piterskaya", Russian Tongue Twisters, and virtuoso balalaika performances. Dancers, singers and musicians of Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya are available for hire for the performing art centers, festivals, schools, libraries, concert halls, restaurants, private and corporate events as one powerful ensemble or in smaller groups and combinations.

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Concert at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C

Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya performed a free concert during the international cultural diversity day at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. on June 29th 2010. Dancers Aliaksandr Anatska, Alexander Rudoy, Olga Yeliseyeva, and Olga Chpitalnaia performed Ukrainian dance "Hopak", Russian dance "Kalinka", Jewish dance "Mazal Tov", and Cossack dance "Varen'ka". The performance was narrated by a Russian-born ethnomusicologist, folk singer, garmoshka and balalaika player, artistic director and founder of the group Mikhail Smirnov. Mikhail has performed Russian Tongue Twisters, Moroz-Moroz.

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STORY WRITTEN BY MIKHAIL SMIRNOV AFTER THE CONCERT

Концерт в секретной лаборатории в Вашингтоне, где придумали тефлоновые сковородки и GPS-навигацию для персональных автомобилей, где до сих пор стоит первая в мире спутниковая антена, и где хранится в подвале летающая тарелка, увидев которую в 1968 году над своим особняком в Сочи, начисто поседел балалаечник-виртуоз Алёша Синявский, закончился очень быстро.

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ENSEMBLE BARYNYA INFORMATION

Ensemble Barynya LOGO The Russian music, dance and song ensemble Barynya (Russian Барыня), established in the year 1991 in New York City, is a world renowned group that enjoys exalting stature as the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia. Barynya presents Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Russian Gypsy traditional dancing, music, songs, and virtuoso performances on instruments including the balalaika, garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion), balalaika contrabass, bayan accordion, Gypsy guitar, violin, and the domra. Barynya has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious cultural venues in the United States, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the Smithsonian Institute of America in Washington D.C., the United Nations in New York, and the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C.

Dancers, musicians and singers of Barynya ensemble are performing at the best Russian restaurants in New York City, Brooklyn, New Jersey. If you want to attend live performance, please check Barynya facebook page for latest updates.

Barynya in the Press

Barynya is globally recognized and boasts an impressive client roster of dignitaries, politicians, celebrities and organizations from around the world. The group performed at the black-tie Gala after the Liberty Medal was presented to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev by President George H.W. Bush in 2008. The prestigious event was attended by over one thousand dignified guests including the likes of Tom Brokaw, Dikembe Mutumbo and Van Cliburn.

Barynya also performs annually at the Russian Nobility Ball for the Russian Nobility Association in New York. Members of the ensemble have been invited to perform at many film premier and celebrity parties, including the official post-Grammy Award parties in New York and for private events hosted by Barbara Walters, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, and Tommy Hilfiger. Most recently, Mikhail Smirnov, the founder and Artistic Director of Barynya, was invited as one of the eight judges on NBC’s hit dance show, "Superstars of Dance". Each judge is an expert in a different nation’s traditional style of dance and the NBC producers decided that Mr. Smirnov, as founder of the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia, is the authority on traditional Russian dance.

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"Superstars of Dance" global dance competition, NBC network

Barynya dancers pictured on TV GUIDE website during SUPERSTARS OF DANCE international competition led by famous producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance). Barynya performed acrobatic Cosssack dance routine in this competition hosted by Michael Flatley ("Lord of the Dance") and Susie Castillo, a former Miss USA. Artistic Director of Barynya was one of eight judges to decide which country will take home the coveted Trophy. Of course, Mikhail was not able to vote for Russian Team or Barynya dancers. The show premiered on NBC network on January 4th and aired through January 26th, 2009.

Barynya at the Superstars of Dance, NBC, 2009, Photo courtesy Chris Haston/NBC
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Palace Theatre, Stamford, Connecticut


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Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, Morristown, New Jersey


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PROGRAMS: Ensemble Barynya is offering a few different programs: formal concert for performing art centers, Russian dance and music program for multicultural school assemblies, Russian dance and music workshops, Russian FolkTales and Fairy Tales. Founder of the group Mikhail Smirnov is hosting all performances by giving a short explanation of every number of the program in English.

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COSTUMES: Colorful Russian, Siberian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Gypsy and Klezmer stage outfits: "sarafans", "kokoshniks", "rubashkas", "sapogis", and "kosovorotkas". Each dance number performed in appropriate and authentic costumes, all hand-made by well known traditional Russian custume designer Svetlana Gavrilova who also created all costumed characters and mascots.

Ensemble Barynya Costume Characters and mascots
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MEMBERS: Only the best Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian dancers and musicians can become a member of the ensemble. Top folk dancers, traditional virtuoso musicians and top singers of the ensemble Barynya use to perform with world re-known companies: Moiseev Dance Company, Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company, Don Cossacks of Rostov Don, Andreev State Symphonic Balalaika Orchestra, Moscow State Folk Center "Russian Song", Ensemble of Black Sea Navy Dancers, Riverdance, "Beryozka" and others.

STORY: Russian folk dance and music trio Barynya was founded in November 1991 by Russian accordion player Mikhail Smirnov, dancer Sasha Anchutin, and Russian folk singer Natasha Demidova. The first show took place at the Russian restaurant "Fyodoroff" in Carle Place, New York. Program of the Barynya ensemble always started with fast Russian traditional dance Barynya which later has become the name of the group.

REVIEWS: "...'Barynya', world-acclaimed musicians, singers and dancers...", said journalist KEITH J. O'CONNOR in his article "Russia's taste goes beyond the palate" in the Massachusetts' "Republican"

RECOMMENDATIONS: "...Beautiful performance helped make the Global Festival such a memorable evening... I could not be more impressed. I was up and out of my seat, dancing alone with them for just about every dance..." more recomendations

CLIENTS: Top cultural venues of the United States, US corporations, Russian Nobility, American educational organizations, best event and party planners, Russian tycoons and oligarchs choose Brooklyn based ensemble "Barynya", when they need top quality Russian entertainment - dancers, virtuoso musicians, singers and performers.

Mikhail Gorbachev's Liberty Medal Award Gala at the 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 in Philadelphia. letter of recommendation.

Eight Barynya dancers, four musicians and three singers entertained a black-tie dinner for more than 1,000 guests including 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.

November 20 and 21, 2021. Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina performances with the Washington Balalaika Orchestra

In the end of November 2021 Elina was invited as a guest artist to perform two concerts with the Washington Balalaika Orchestra in Virginia and Maryland. The WBS (Washington Balalaika Orchestra) is a community-based orchestra of more than fifty musicians with a mixture of amateur and professional training. Conductor Svetlana Nikonova.

Elina Karokhina with the Washington Balalaika Orchestra, November 2021
Elina Karokhina with the Washington Balalaika Orchestra, November 2021 (poster)


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March 4th, 2015. School assembly show at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, D.C.

Russian dance and music balalaika duo {Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov} performed 45 min program for kids at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St., NW, Washington, DC 20016 on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015. The program of the performance included Siberian Nanai wrestling dance "Bor'ba Nanaiskikh Malchikov", Russian folk song "Kalinka", Russian dance "Metelitsa" (The Snowstorm), Russian Medley "Angry Husband" and "Felt Boots" (balalaika solo, instrumental), Russian tongue-twisters, Russian Jewish wedding dance, Russian Alphabet lesson, Russian Gypsy song and dance "Dark Eyes", Russian percussion band plays "The Peddlers", Russian dance workshop, "Chardash" (balalaika solo. instrumental), Russian Bear dance.


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November 19, 2014. Event honoring Karen Shakhnzazrov, National Geographic Building, Washington, D.C.

Singers, dancers and musicians of Barynya ensemble provided entertainment for VIP event honoring Soviet and Russian filmmaker, producer and screenwriter Karen Shakhnzazrov at the National Geographic Building in Washington, D.C. on November 19th, 2014. Barynya cast: (dancers) Danila Sherstobitov, Alexander Rudoy, Alex Anatska, Andrei Kisselev, Yana Volkova, Anna Zineno, Anna Brovkina, Olga Yeliseyeva, (musicians) Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Andrei Saveliev, Gennady Gutkin, Michael Seropyan, Jack Sheynin, Sasha Ratmansky, (singers) Irina Zagornova, Alexander Menshikov.

Singers, dancers and musicians of Barynya ensemble
National Geographic Building, Washington, D.C., November 19th 2014, BARYNYA RUSSIAN BAND AND DANCERS, Danila Sherstobitov, Alexander Rudoy, Aliaksandr Anatska, Andrei Kisselev, Yana Volkova, Aniya Zeenenka, Anna Brovkina, Olga Yeliseyeva, Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Andrei Saveliev, Gennady Gutkin, Michael Seropyan, Jack Sheynin, Sasha Ratmansky, (singers) Irina Zagornova, Alexander Menshikov

Karen Shakhnzarov acceps the award
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Elina Karokhina, Karen Shakhnzarov, Mikhail Smirnov
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August 25th, 2012. Russian-American wedding at the Park Hyatt Washington, Washington D.C.

Mixed Russian-American wedding took place at the Park Hyatt Washington, 1201 24th Street, NW, Washington D.C. 20037 on Saturday, August 25th, 2012. Mikhail Smirnov and Elina Karokhina provided DJ and MC-tamada services, wedding ceremony and live music performance.

August 25th, 2012, Russian-American wedding, Park Hyatt Washington, Washington D.C., Mikhail Smirnov

March 2012. Several school assembly concerts in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Baltimore area

Russian dance, song and music ensemble Barynya performed a series of school assembly concerts in schools in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Baltimore area. Video (below) was recorded on March 23rd, 2012 at the Maret Middle School, 3000 Cathedral Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008. Cast: singer Alexander Menshikov, Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina, dancers Anya Zeenenko and Boulat Moukhametov. The program of the performance included "Russian Bear dance", Dance of Russian Sailors, "Barynya", "Kalinka", Ukrainian "Hopak", Jewish wedding dance "Mazel Tov" from Odessa region of Ukraine, traditional songs "Dark Eyes", "Along The Piterskaya", Russian Tongue Twisters, and virtuoso balalaika performances.


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March 8, 2003. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

Russian song, dance and music ensemble Barynya {Natalia Demidova, Mikhail Smirnov, Vitaly Verterich, Olga Chpitalnaia, Alex Siniavski} performed concert program at the National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium on March 8, 2003. The program of the performance included folk songs, music and dances from Russia.

March 8, 2003, Ensemble Barynya, Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., Vitaly Verterich, Olga Chpitalnaia, Mikhail Smirnov, Alex Siniavski

Barynya live every Thursday night at the 3BR Distillery in Keyport, New Jersey

Every Thursday night from 7pm to 10pm musicians of Barynya ensemble Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, vocals) and Elina Karokhina (balalaika) are playing at the 3BR Distillery in Keyport, New Jersey. Exact address of the venue: 3BR Distillery, 7 Main Street, Keyport, New Jersey 07735.

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Russian Musicians, New Jersey, Barynya Balalaika Duo Live at 3BR Distillery in Keyport New Jersey
Barynya Balalaika Duo Mikhail Smirnov and Elina Karokhina live at 3BR Distillery in Keyport, New Jersey every Thursday

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