Rhinelander, WI. Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish dancers, balalaika, garmoshka, musicians, singers. Pelican Elementary School in Wisconsin
Three members of ensemble Barynya presented a program of traditional Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, and Jewish dances, songs and music on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Pelican Elementary School, 3350 V. Hickey Road, Rhinelander, WI 54501.
Cast of ensemble Barynya performers included Mikhail Smirnov (singer, garmoshka, guitar), Elina Karokhina (balalaika virtuoso, dancer), Serhiy Tsyganok (dancer).
The program of ensemble Barynya performance included Russian folk song "Subboteya" (Saturday Affair, Russian: "Ñóááîòåÿ"), Russian folk song and dance "The Snowstorm" (Russian: Ìåòåëèöà - Metelitsa), introduction of Russian folk instrument balalaika with performance of Russian folk dance "Kamarinskaiya" (Êàìàðèíñêàÿ), Russian Gypsy Roma song and dance "Dark Eyes" (Î÷è ×¸ðíûå), "Skorogovorkee" - Medley of Russian tongue-twisters (Ñêîðîãîâîðêè), "Evreiskiy Tanets" - Russian Jewish wedding dance with Candle (Åâðåéñêèé òàíåö ñî ñâå÷êîé), Ukrainian folk song and dance "You Tricked Me" (Ïèäìàíóëà), Instrumental Balalaika Medley of two Russian folk songs "Muzh" and "Valenkee" ("Êàê çàñòàâèë ìåíÿ ìóæ", "Âàëåíêè"), Popular Russian folk song "Kaleenka" (Êàëèíêà-ìàëèíêà ìîÿ), Russian folk dance Barynya, world-famous Jewish Bottle Dance, and other selections.
Dancer Serhiy Tsyganok was born in L'viv, Ukraine in 1982. He started dancing with kids' folk dance ensemble "Iskorka" under direction of his mother Liliya Yurievna Tsyganok.
In 1996 he started dancing with teens' traditional Ukrainian dancer troupe "Karpaty" under direction of Honored Artist of Ukraine Mihailo Vanivsky. From 1997 through 2002 he stadied dancing and choreography at the L'viv State College of The Culture and Arts. Graduated in 2002. At the same time as he was a student at the L'viv State College of The Culture and Arts he was dancing with Jewish Dance Ensemble "MAZAL TOV" and Polish Dance Troupe "L'vovyatsy". With "MAZAL TOV" and "L'VOVYATSY" groups Serhiy performed locally in Ukraine, and internationally. In 2003 he graduated with Diploma of completion special training in Polish Traditional dancing from Lyublin's University of Maria Skladovsky in Poland. In 2003 Serhiy joined dance troupe to work 18 months contract with the show Sharm L Sheikh in Egypt. In 2006-2012 he was performing with various dance projects in Turkey, Israel and Dubai. In 2013 he started working as a dancer on cruise ships all over the world. In the summer 2014 Serhiy made his home in the United States of America. He started working with various Ukrainian groups, dance and music ensemble Barynya, Moscow Gypsy Army, Can-Can Cabaret Dance Show, and others. Serhiy speaks Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, and English.
Singer, musician, garmoshka, and guitar player Mikhail Smirnov was born in Moscow, Russia. Mikhail is an artistic director and founder of ensemble Barynya based in New York City, author of many articles about traditional Russian dance, music and instruments in English and Russian. Mikhail received his Master's degree from the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. As a child, he was a member of the famous "Moscow Boys Chorus" - one of the most prestigious all-male choirs in Russia. Before coming to the United States in 1991, Mikhail was a soloist in a several Russian folk dance and music groups including the Moscow State Center for Russian song, "Russkaya Pesnya", under the direction of Nadezhda Babkina. In January 2009 Mikhail Smirnov and dancers of ensemble Barynya were featured on national TV, NBC's "SUPERSTARS OF DANCE" - breathtaking international dance competition led by executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance). This prestigious dance competition hosted by Michael Flatley ("Lord of the Dance") and Susie Castillo, a former Miss USA. Mikhail Smirnov was one of eight judges to decide which country will win. The show premiered on NBC network.
Mikhail Smirnov, photo from TV.com website
Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina 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 Russian 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 six concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York City as a part of "THE TRIUMPH OF HOPE" international event. In September 2016 he appeared at the Carnegie Hall again as a part of "Moscow Gypsy Army" representing rich musical culture of Eastern Europian Roma people. In January 2017 Elina was hired to play Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh" Suite at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with the National Symphony Orchestra. All four performances were under direction of world-famous conductor Sir Mark Elder. Recently Elina was invited to perform as a Honored Guest Artist at the Balalaika and Domra Association of America 40th Jubilee Convention that will be taking place in Philadelphia in July 2018.
Artistic director/founder Mikhail Smirnov played the garmoshka, a Russian-style diatonic button accordion and guitar. In between numbers of the show Mikhail shared a little bit of the Russian language with the students. He taught them phrases such as "Thank You" (SPASEEBA), "Hello" (ZDRASTVUITE), "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. Almost in the end 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 moves of Russian dance BARYNYA.
Judy Christie, Asst. Principal @ Devereux Center in Red Hook, New York
“Mikhail was a great host, funny, friendly; Sergio great dancer and Guitarist had a beautiful voice.”
Shellie Setum, CE Coordinator @ Sunnyside Elementary in Shelton, Connecticut
“Overall feedback was good! The show started off slow but really picked up. Thank you”
Amy Baram, Programs @ Hillendale Elementary in Chadsford, Pennsylvania
“We have several Russian students in our school and a teacher. It was wonderful to see them connect with the performers. Excellent show! Enjoyed by all”
Anna Mette-Hansell, Teacher @ Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
“They were on time, easy to work with. An excellent exposure to Russian culture and language. Thank you.”
Carrie Lipshin, PTA @ Carroll Manor Elementary in Baldwin, Maryland
“The performers arrived early, were extremely professional and put on a fantastic show!”
Julie Whitehouse, PTA @ Hunt Valley Elementary in Springfield, Virginia
“The group was excellent. They did some interaction with the students. Music was great!”
Mary Kay Hennessy, Principal @ St. Norbert School in Paoli, Pennsylvania
“This group was great! The students were all engaged and really enjoyed the show. They arrived on time and were very professional.”
Liz Legere, PTO @ Cherry Brook Primary School in Canton, Connecticut
“Very engaging and flexible with time because of our buses.”
Michele Rowland, Asst. Principal @ Rodgers Forge Elementary in Baltimore, Maryland
“Very entertaining. A nice mix of traditional Russian music and dance with colorful costumes/traditional dress. The students learned some basic Russian vocabulary words too.”
Heather Jeanne, Principal @ Enadia Technology Charter School in West Hills, California
“Enjoyed the sharing of the Russian language.”
Eva Matthews, Principal @ Park View Elementary in Ripon, California
“We enjoyed the program.”
Nancy Whitson, Head of School @ St Patricks Day School in Thousand Oaks, California
“Our students enjoyed the rhythms and the energetic dancing. The performers were friendly and very talented.”
Mary Stadler, Counseling Director @ Stanbridge Academy in San Mateo, California
“Wonderful – Great interaction with the kids”
Leana Wright, PTO @ Willow Creek Elementary in Tomball, Texas
“We chose this program because we wanted to expose our students to the beautiful culture, music, dance, traditional costumes, language of Russia. The three performers did a wonderful job entertaining and engaging our students.”
Barbara LaCorte Principal @ Hope Elementary in Santa Barbara, California
“The children were very enthusiastic about the show. They got exposure to a different culture through songs, dance, instruments, costumes and the language of Russia. There was also audience involvement.”
Myron Cohen, Teacher @ P. S. 276 in Brooklyn, New York
“Very entertaining! We enjoyed the show!”
Todd Anderson, Headmaster @ Wayne Country Day School in Goldsboro, North Carolina
“Great program! Very enthusiastic and great for all ages.”
Ashley Wammack, ASB Director @ Jewell School in Seaside, Oregon
“Very entertaining. I would highly recommend.”
Dawn Roberts, Principal @ Southern Highlands Prep School in Las Vegas, Nevada
“Great assembly! Our school enjoyed the song, dance and introduction to language! Thanks for coming.”
Marilyn Dresser, Teacher @ Columbus Elementary in McMinnville, Oregon
“Present spoke quickly. One time presentation of Russian words would have been good to have repetition. Great show.”
Seth Ahiborn, Headmaster @ Henderson Intl. School in Henderson, Nevada
“Fantastic group. They were here early to set up. Great audience control and interation.”
Tracey Duncan, Teacher @ Coarsegold Elementary in Coarsegold, California
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.
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 «Ìåòåëèöà», "Kamarinskaya", instrumental solo Russian dance «Êàìàðèíñêàÿ» performed on guitar and balalaika, "The Peddlers" Russian folk song «Êîðîáåéíèêè», "Kalinka" Russian folk dance «Êàëèíêà», "Amazing Balalaika" Medley «Âîëøåáíàÿ áàëàëàéêà», "Russian dance Workshop" interactive lesson «Óðîê Ðóññêîãî òàíöà», "Russian Alphabet" interactive lesson «Óðîê Ðóññêîãî ÿçûêà», "Where Are They?" Gypsy Roma song and dance «Êàé-É¸íå», "Chardash" balalaika instrumental solo «×àðäàø», "Russian Bear" dance «Òàíåö Ìåäâåäÿ», "Russian Percussian Orchestra" interactive game «Îðêåñòð Ðóññêèõ óäàðíûõ èíñòðóìåíòîâ», and few other selections.
Dimensions of Learning Academy, Kenosha, Wisconsin
March 17th, 2014. Multicultural school assembly. In between playing songs on their instruments, singing songs, and dancing traditional numbers to the music, Mikhail Smirnov shared with students of Dimensions of Learning Academy, 6218 25th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53143 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 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: «Ìåòåëèöà»), Russian Gypsy Roma dance "Kay One" ("Where Are They"), and Russian traditional dance "Kalinka" (Russian: «Êàëèíêà»).
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.
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.