Barynya: Russian Music Dance and Song

World-renowned folk ensemble Barynya introduces the rich traditions and culture of pre-revolution Russia. Lively songs from Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish, Roma Gypsy, Tatar, and Siberian traditions are sung and played on traditional instruments like the garmoshka (button accordion) and stringed balalaika. Vivid costumes, athletic dances, and lighthearted humor enhance this memorable performance.

The level of musicianship and movement was exceptional. We were very pleased and honored that Barynya, through their gifted artistic expression, introduced the previously unfamiliar cultural traditions of Russia to our students.

— The Key School

Established in 1991 by Mikhail Smirnov, the ensemble Barynya performs Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Russian Gypsy Roma, and Jewish traditional dancing and music on instruments including the balalaika, balalaika contrabass, guitar and garmoshka. The trio of the ensemble Barynya is typically: Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Elina Karokhina (balalaika, vocals, dance), and Gosha(dancer, costumed characters). In addition to numerous school and community performances, Barynya has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious cultural venues in the U.S., including Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian, the United Nations, and the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Artist’s website:

Russian Music, Dance and Song
Three members of Russian dance, song and music ensemble Barynya perform school assembly/community concerts. The program includes famous Russian table song “Father Frost” (“Oi, Moroz, Moroz”) with accompaniment of garmoshka, “Balalaika Medley”, “Moscow Nights”, “Korobushka”, “Kalinka”, “Nanaisky Siberian Wrestling Dance”, Khorovod song and dance “Metelitsa” (“The Snowstorm”), “Russian Chicken dance” (Танец маленьких утят), “Russian dance lesson”, “Russian Alphabet lesson”, Russian Gypsy Roma song and dance “Dark Eyes” (“Очи Черные”), “Chardash” (balalaika solo, instrumental), “Tanets Medvedya” (Dance of the Russian Bear), “Russian Percussian Orchestra”, “Russian Tongue Twisters” (русские скороговорки), and Ukrainian traditional song and dance “Pidmanula”.

Single $695/Back-to-Back $895

Fees are for daytime school programs in Maryland, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia only.

Evening, weekend, workshop and non-school fees differ – please contact us.

Audience, Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Children & Families, Adults

Art Forms, Dance, Music

Program Type, Performance

Curriculum/Theme, Language Arts, Social Studies, World Languages

Thank you for your interest in Artivate's professional teaching artists. We are excited to work with you to bring high-quality performances and workshops to your community.

You may not hear back from us immediately. So that we can continue to provide the time and attention required to each of our presenters, we ask that you submit the form below and a staff member will contact you by email as soon as possible.

Name (required)


Email (required)

Phone (required)

Artist (Ctrl+click to make multiple selections):

Program Type (Ctrl+click to make multiple selections.):

Curriculum Connection/Theme (Ctrl+click to make multiple selections.):

Comments/Additional Information: (Please include any specific dates)

We will be in contact with you at our earliest convenience to discuss your needs. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to reply to requests as soon as possible.