Russian and Eastern European Folk Dance
This traditional Russian Dance Ensemble was formed in 2002 by a group of character dance enthusiasts. The ensemble has earned a reputation as a leading presenter of folk character dance in the Washington-Baltimore area. They’ve performed at venues such as the Russian Embassy in DC, The Lyric Opera House, the Russian Noble Society Ball, Northern Virginia Community College, the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, and the Russian Festival in Baltimore. They regularly perform with The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra and The St. Petersburg Quartet.
Kalinka is an iconic style of Russian folk dancing. The name “Kalinka” comes from a popular Russian folk song written in 1860 by composer and folklorist, Ivan Laringov. With agile movements, fast knee-bending, high jumps, and beautiful Russian singing, Kalinka dance shows have captivated audiences all over the world!
To celebrate their 20th anniversary, the Kalinka Dance Ensemble will engage the audience in a rich tapestry of Russian, Eastern/Central European dance, live music, authentic folk costuming, and traditional singing.