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Natalia Goncharova, muse of Pushkin

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Natalia Goncharova was born on 8th of September, 1812. Her tricky destiny was to be a wife. To be a wife of  the most known Russian poet - Alexander Pushkin. Not many people liked her, but Pushkin adored his Natasha.   By many people Natalya Goncharova was considered arrogant and simple. The crowd thought, she understood more in balls in poetry. Natalya Goncharova was considered arrogant and simple. No heart, no soul, no cleverness. Many people made...


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Khorovod - Russian folk dance

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Folk dancing is among the most outstanding popular art forms, an aesthetic representation of various events from everyday life, a product of creative imagination coupled with a strong sense of ethnic identity. Throughout their centuries-old history, the Russian people have created folk epics of great artistic merit, folk tales that are full of popular wisdom, delicate lace with most elaborate designs, wonderful pottery and woodcarvings, as well as a wide range of...


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Khorovod - folk dance of Russia

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The khorovod is another Russian folk dance we want to talk more. The name means circle dancing and chorus singing at the same time. The khorovod dance is one of the most ancient folk dances that has Slavic roots. This dance was performed at folk festivals and pagan rituals. Khorovod was performed in the following way: women stand in a circle and move from east to west, as the Sun goes across the sky. Foreign visitor noticed that Khorovof reflected some traits of...


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kalinka dance

Kalinka: Russian song and dance

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Kalinka is considered an icon of Russian folk dancing. The name of dance comes from a simple but incredibly popular song written in 1860 by the composer and folklorist Ivan Laringov. Kalinka translation is a snowball berry. Speedy tempo of the song increases with every new refrain. Thanks to Laringov the Kalinka song is acknowledged as most popular Russian folk song all over the world. The song popularity brought the dance on the biggest stages. The steps of the Kalinka...


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Kadril (Quadrille) - Russian folk dance

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Kadril' is  well known under different names such as Quadrille, Kadrille or Rigodon. The dance doesn't have Russion origin, it was fashionable in late 18th- and 19th-century and was usually performed by 4 couples in a quadratic shape. As a new dance type in Russia, the quadrille was first introduced in ballrooms in the nineteenth century. At that time Russia was closely connected with France. Later kadril' became popular among all parts of the...


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Russian dance Barynya

Russian dance Barynya

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Russian dances seem to be old as the world. There is a great number of Russian folk dances, that differ from one region to another. One of the most popular Russian dances is barynya. The word ''barynya''is translated from Russian as ''landlady'', was used as an addressing for to a higher class woman by simple folk.   Barynya dance can be defined as a fast one and combines chastushka songs with frenetic dancing. This kind of...


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Kamarinskaya dance

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Today Kamarinskaya is mostly known thanks to the Russian composer Mikhail Glinka's ouverture. In fact, Kamarinskaya is a traditional Russian folk dance based on the melody repeated over and over. While dancing, the main melody is replayed so many times until the dancers run out of any energy. Repetitve motive is very important in Russian folk music. When you think, it is all over, it just starts up once again on the higher level. Given the energetic nature of the...


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Testing new costumes

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We are pleased to present a new Russian dance costume in Pavlovo Posad style. The Russian dress is made of artificial silk and decorated with lace. This Russian costume goes perfect for traditional folk dances and other performances. The silk dress looks great on stage and not only! As you can see, the dress is outstanding even on early spring day.   And here are some backstage pictures how we do Russian dances before photoshooting.  ...


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Russian dance: which one is the most popular?

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Surprisingly, some Russian dances are well known all over the world. Russian folk dance has always played an important role in Russian culture. Many folk dances called Russian, in fact, have Slavonian and Tatar roots.   Cultural mix of different music and folk dances helped develop so popular style and invent such traditional Russian dances as khorovod, barynya, kadril, kalinka and others. Many of them were performed and practiced by the lower classes....


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Russian cossack dance

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The Russian Cossack dance , also known as Kazachok or Kozachok dance, in Ukrainian Hopak dance, or squat dance.  History tells, that Cossack or Hopak was firstly danced in southern Russia and Ukrainian military communities in the 1600s. The roots of so poluar today Russian dance  are mainly from very ancient Croatia , then mixed with some Tatar elements. In fact, old Cossack dance has nothing in common with the actual Russian dances. It was marked by a...


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