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Festival 2018

The 10th Annual Russian Winter Festival     
GRAND FINALE - Two final days of the Festival. It's 2 days of traditional food, music, costumes, exhibits, performances, crafts and contests.
Dates and Times: February 24th, 2018, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
                             February 25th, 2018, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Admissions: 2 Day General Admission: $10
1 Day Admission: Adult: $6, Children: $3 from 5 to 12, children < 5 - Free
Location: New Russia Cultural Center
                1550 Broadway Rensselaer NY 12144.  
Festival Poster: click here
2 Day General Admission is available online:
FREE Shuttle Bus service to the festival site (1550 Broadaway Rensselaer) from the designated festival parking lot (544 Broadway Rensselaer).
Russian Folk Trio MOSCOW NIGHTS”  
Russian Folk Trio“Moscow Nights” is an exciting, versatile trio of world recognized, prize- winning musicians from Russia. Over years, they have established themselves as one of the fastest rising folk groups in the U.S. These classically trained artists first took Western Europe by storm and now have brought their dazzling, toe-tapping music to North America. The repertoire is centered on masterpieces of Russian folklore and represents the diversity of the culture, ranging from gently humorous songs, to elaborate lyrical suites, to pulsating dance numbers. Russian folk music expresses the national character – outwardly reserved and cool but brimming with vigor, mischievousness and vibrancy inside. Their lively program presents an authentic picture of Russian folk traditions and culture. Lilting Balalaikas, dynamic Bayan Accordion, unique Trashotky & Loshky and humorous Dances combine for an exhilarating and educational performance for audiences of all ages! 
Yale Russian Chorus
Yale Chorus 430 140
The Yale Russian Chorus is a cappella choir of tenors and basses, specializing in sacred and secular Slavic choral music.  The singers are all Yale University students from a variety of academic disciplines.  Founded in 1953 the chorus is recognized as one of the world’s premier choral interpreters of Slavic music.  They won international choral competitions, produced more than a dozen recordings, and performed for the Presidents of the United States, France and Russia.  Its repertoire includes classical and folk music from the 12th century to the present day.

Dancers Vladimir Nikitin and Dinara Subaeva, Ensemble Barynya
Vladimir NikitinSubaeva DinaraVladimir Nikitin, Russian character and ballet dancer, and Dinara Subaeva, Russian and Tatar character dancer, joined New York based  ensemble Barynya in 2016. Vladimir and Diana arrived to the United States of America from Kazan, Tatarstan. The Russian music, dance and song ensemble Barynya (Russian: Барыня), established in the year 1991, is a world renowned group that enjoys exalting stature as the premier Russian folk ensemble.  Barynya presents Russian, Cossack, Siberian, Nanai, Ukrainian, Roma Gypsy,  Jewish traditional dancing, music, songs, and virtuoso performances on instruments including the balalaika, balalaika-contrabass, garmoshka.  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".  

Ballroom Dancing with a Russian Flair
Fred AstairsFred Astaire Dance Studio of Latham, NY. Boris and Sasha Sptitckas are owners/dancers (Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Latham, NY) have their championship-dancing roots from Ukraine.   Ballroom dancing is not as culturally widespread in the United States as it is in Russia and other European countries.  Ballroom dancing has always been a big part of Russian culture. Dancing in general, including ballet and ballroom, are very popular among men and women in Russia. The dancing might be just for fun, but usually, it is highly-competitive. Fred Astaire Dance Studio teachers are from different countries of former Soviet Union as well as USA. Pictured are Artur Klimov and Olga Efimova. Studio in Latham will celebrate 20th anniversary in 2018.  There is a new location in Saratoga Springs with co-owners Grey Masko and Elizabeth Hayner.
OConner dance studioDance Fire Studio & Fitness was founded in 2017 by Natalia O’Connor. Natalia has Russian background and was born in Bloomington, Illinois. She spent her childhood in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, and fell in love with dancing at the age of 7 and have been dancing ever since. Natalia O’Connor is a professionally trained ballroom dancer who has performed and competed across the world on the amateur circuit since the age of 10. Having worked as an instructor in many places around the country and world, including Russia and Romania, she is the proud owner of the newest ballroom & fitness studio in the Capital Region
soviet postersSoviet Posters - 15 copies of the historical Russian posters from the Soviet era.  1st Floor.
red division 33rd Rifle Division Red Army  - Reenacting group portrays a typical squad of a Russian rifle division in the Great Patriotic War.  1st Floor.
photo boothPhoto Booth - Russian traditional costumes for dress up.  1st Floor.
children cornerChildren Arts & Crafts - kids make their own kokoshnik (traditonal head set) and paint matryoshka (nesting doll). 2nd floor.
crafts smallCraft Vendors - A wide variety of arts, crafts and merchandise related to the Eastern European style is available at the festival.  If you are interested in participating, please review our rules and complete the vendor agreement.  2nd floor.
russian panckaesBliny - Russian Panckes with caviar, jam and sour cream.
golubtsyGolubtsy - Cabbage leaf stuffed with beef & rice, served with baked pirozhki.
kotlety ala rusKotlety a la Rus - Chicken grilled to perfection, layered with tomato covered with melted cheese.  Served with oven-baked pirozhki.
pirozhok smallOven-baked pirozhki
shashlikShashlik - Russian Shish Kebab, pork and chiken meet cooked on open fire grill. (Russian Shashlik wil be cooked outside on a long narrow open style bbq (without wire grills), called a mangal. Metal skewers are required, called shampuri.)
Beer Baltika In Russia  beer (пиво pivo) is the second most popular alcoholic drink after vodka. The biggest Russian brewer is St. Petersburg's Baltika.

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