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Kudrinka LogoKUDRINKA is an adult and youth folk and modern dance ensemble of about 50 dancers in Moscow. Kudrinka is celebrating its 41-year anniversary this year. Kudrinka is led by Irina and Alexey Salnikov, and Marina Borden is choreographer and teacher of modern, tap and jazz dance. Kudrinka dancers are divided by groups with the youngest starting at age 6. The adult group includes dancers from age 16 to 26.

Kudrinka’s delightful repertoire is strong on ethnic dances – Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Moldovan, Hungarian as well as Latin dances – but also includes modern, tap, character and jazz dances.

In the summer of 2014, 22 dancers and leaders of Kudrinka traveled to Chicago to participate in the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival and a concert at the Sondheim Center for Performing Arts in Fairfield, Iowa.

in January 2014 Kudrinka won a Silver medal and Special Prize for Best Stage Presence and Appearance at an All-Russia Dance Festival in St. Petersburg. They had previously won top prizes at a St. Petersburg festival in 2012 including a prize for choreography. Kudrinka also won prizes at a competition in Odessa, Ukraine in 2013.

In 2007 and 2008, dancers from the Kudrinka Dance Ensemble were invited to participate in the prestigious Cathy Row Ultimate Dance Competition in Mason, Ohio. This competition is an annual event of Cathy Roe Productions. Competition categories include Jazz, Tap, Ethnic, Modern, Character, Lyrical and others. The Kudrinka dancers brought back several prizes and trophies including First Place in Age Category 17-19, First Runner Up, Senior Group Dances and First Runner Up, Senior Duet/Trio Dances. In 2008 they were selected for the BEST ENTERTAINERS award among other prizes at the Cathy Row Ultimate Dance Competition.

The invitation to Kudrinka from the Cathy Roe organization stated, “We consider this to be an incredible opportunity for these young professionals. They will have the chance to compete with and meet other dancers from the United States, participate in our Master Dance Classes taught by our experienced staff of dance professionals, gain international exposure, and become more familiar with the cultural aspects of our country. Cathy Roe’s Ultimate Dance would be thrilled and honored to showcase these talented dancers.“

Kudrinka was originally formed as (and continues to be) a a non-professional artistic organization of the type that were developed at cultural centers for workers and families of various Soviet era enterprises, in this case Mosmetrostroi (the constructors of the Moscow metro system).

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Posted August 23, 2010 by Charles

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