Youth folk dance group “Matreshki DC”
The children’s and youth folk dance group “Matreshki DC” at the Russian Orthodox church of St. John the Baptist enjoys a well-earned popularity on the east coast of the USA. Most of the dancers grew up as members of this parish, and their dance performances are now part of all the celebrations at the church: holidays, the annual Russian Bazaar and so on.
The ensemble has existed since 2012 and began as a small group of enthusiasts. Since that time the number of participants has grown several times over, and the ability of the dancers has grown as well.
“Matreshi DC (Dance Company)” has become a welcome guest at annual concerts such as Maslenitsa at the Russian Embassy to the USA, the Russian Festival in New York, and other events, making by these means its investment in the preservation and advancement of Russian culture abroad. Dances such as Russian Matreshkis, Samovar, Kalinka, Kazachok, Balaika, the Russian Waltz, Gypsy Dance and others are included in their repertoire. New dances are added every year; this year a Polonaise and a Waltz were unveiled at the charitable Tatianin Ball held at the Russian Embassy. The ages of the participants range from five to nineteen years old.
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