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Kudrinka Concert: All Countries Will be Our Guests, April 24 at 16:00   Leave a comment

Invitation to a Concert by the Kudrinka People’s Collective Dance Ensemble

Theatre at the All-Russia Center for Creative Arts, Derbenevskaya Ulitsa 16, Metro Paveletskaya

Join Kudrinka for their annual spring concert, which showcases their classic folk and modern dance repertoire, and new dances.
Kudrinka YouTube Channel
Moldovan Dance

Folk dance, modern dance, tap dance, character dance

Free admission

PlyasovayaA Kudrinka performance, with their colorful and stunning costumes, is a celebration of diversity of the people and cultural traditions of many countries. Kudrinka folk dances come from many countries of Eastern and Central Europe but also include Irish, Latin American and Spanish dances. Many of their dances reflect American tap, jazz, pop and even break dance traditions. 
Come and see us for yourself, and bring your friends!!!

How to Get There:

Public transport № 13, 632, 106 or 158 from Metro Paveletskaya to Derbenevskaya Ulitsa

About Kudrinka Dance Ensemble

KUDRINKA is an adult and youth folk and modern dance ensemble of about 50 dancers in Moscow. Kudrinka is celebrating its 42-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.

Kudrinka Website (Russian language)

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Posted April 16, 2016 by Charles in Concerts, Performances, Upcoming Events

Kudrinka Dancers Perform in the US Midwest: July, 2014   Leave a comment

Kudrinka Dance Ensemble, a folk and modern dance ensemble from Moscow, returned to the United States in July for several performances in celebration of the 40th anniversary of its founding in 1974. Kudrinka was invited to participate in the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival near Chicago (July 20) and other events in the region in late July. Eighteen dancers and the three leaders of Kudrinka arrived in Chicago on July 17.

Alexander Vysokin

Alexander Vysokin

Polina Golkina

Polina Golkina

Makar Vasiliev

Makar Vasiliev

Tatiana Rogacheva

Tatiana Rogacheva

Yan Borden

Yan Borden

Dasha Mishina

Dasha Mishina

Petr Salnikov

Petr Salnikov

Anastasiya Ryzhova

Anastasiya Ryzhova

Kudrinka performs dances from cultural traditions of many countries. A Kudrinka concert is a celebration of the unity in diversity with its display of dance from many cultures, as a beautiful garden contains many different flowers. Kudrinka dancers regularly perform at Moscow city holiday events.

C Yarmaka (In the Market)

C Yarmaka (In the Market)

A Kudrinka performance is a celebration of diversity of people’s from many countries. Kudrinka folk dances include many countries of Eastern and Central Europe but also Irish, Latin American and Spanish dances. Many of their dances reflect American tap, jazz, pop and even break dance traditions.

Kudrinka dancers last traveled to the United States in 2007 and 2008 to participate in a dance competition at which they won top prizes including first place in their age group and “Best Entertainers”.

Kudrinka dancers come from diverse backgrounds and professions: scientists and engineers, entrepreneurs, university students, housewives. One of Kudrinka’s leaders is head of furniture restoration at the Moscow State Historical Museum. Many have grown up as part of Kudrinka since childhood. What they share in common is a love of dance and the willingness rehearse long hours three nights a week to prepare for Kudrinka concert performances.

Posted June 16, 2014 by Charles in Performances, Upcoming Events

Spring Concerts for 2014 Coming – March and April   Leave a comment

Melting snow and the arrival of spring marks the end of Kudrinka’s year and time for new plans. In mid-March and mid-April, Kudrinka’s loyal Moscow fans are treated to two “Otchyotniy Konserts” – two completely different concerts of over 35 dances each that give the ensemble a chance to show off their full range of performances. Every member of Kudrinka participates, from the youngest age 5-7, the youngsters age 8 to 10, the middle group from 11 to 14, and the senior and adult group.

Old City Kadrille

Old City Kadrille

The opening number, Old City Kadrille, is a traditional Russian folk dance that was originally derived from a French royal dance. This is an old favorite, and we see group leader Alexei Salnikov and his son Petr on stage with Makar Vasiliev.
Off to a Fast Start

Off to a Fast Start

Chetvyorka (Four)

Chetvyorka (Four)

Chetvyorka (Four) is a favorite with two male and two female dancers, a dance that brings a gasp to the audience at its culmination.
Oh my aching knees

Oh my aching knees

Penguin Tap

Penguin Tap

As a regular, I have my favorites, but each year Kudrinka’s leaders add new dances to the repertoire – some modern, tap, or character dances. One of this years new dances is a piece called Penguin Tap performed by the middle group. Cute costumes. Matroshki, a Russian traditional dance on the theme of Matroshka dolls, has been performed by Kudrinka’s younger girls for many years.
Matroshki (Matroshka dolls)

Matroshki (Matroshka dolls)

C Yarmaka (at the market)

C Yarmaka (at the market)

The costumes are wonderful, the dance skills are great, but I particularly enjoy the expressions, the beaming smiles, and the silent acting skills of these performers. Many of the dances are not just folk movements but reflect the origins of folk dance in village merrymaking and clowning. They tell stories, like this Ukrainian dance, C Yarnaka or At the Market – the girls have come to retrieve their husbands after a day in the market.
You're Coming Home!

You're Coming Home!

Tabakeryaska (Moldova)

Tabakeryaska (Moldova)

Everyone loves the big dances, lots of colorful costumes, leaps, and exciting music, but even in these dances there can be humorous moments and with the Kudrinka performers expressions, you can tell they’re having a great time.
Where are the girls?

Where are the girls?

Text by Charles Borden, Photos of Vladimir Sazanov

Posted February 10, 2014 by Charles in Concerts, Upcoming Events

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