Rossijanochka, Russia – 2014

The multiple award wining Rossijanochka Folk Dance Troupe from St.Petersburg, Russia is returning in 2014!

Rossijanochka’s eighteen 12-17 year old performers perform an amazing variety of lively, intricate, and often acrobatic folk dances from around the world. The superb quality of their dancing, enhanced by their colorful handmade costumes, have delighted our high school, middle school, and elementary school audiences on their 3 previous tour with us. (Their last visit was in 2009).

To enable audiences to connect with the dancers on a deeper level, their 50-minute performances will be followed by one or more workshop sessions where students meet, ask questions of, and dance with the young Russians. Also each performance will be introduced by an “Up Close and Personal” video showing the dancers at home in their native St.Petersburg.

Rossijanochka will be touring the Tri-State area from April 23-May 10,2014.

  • To meet the needs of different age groups, there are elementary, middle and high school versions of the program.
  • Performances run around 50 minutes.
  • The program can be performed on stage or in a gym. The minimal technical requirements will be sent to schools with the booking contract
  • Besides being entertained, we want our school audiences to get an insiders’s feel for the culture of the performers. Thus each performance includes:
    • An “Up Close and Personal” video which takes students “back home” to see the schools, homes, and rehearsals of the performers.
    • Numbers where students interact with the performers by singing and/or dancing together.
    • A question and answer segment between the young performers and students ( time permitting).

Some of the many comments from schools Rossijanochka visited in past International Young Performers’ Tours

“This makes our social studies curriculum come alive. Our students are so fortunate to have a truly international exchange with children their own ages and from another country to really experience first-hand the spirit and culture of Russia.” (Debra Kaplan Dobbs Ferry Schools Superintendent)

My students were enthralled by the performance. They were captivated for the whole hour. The video clip was extremely interesting and gave the students a good understanding of Russian culture. Overall, the concert was amazing and my kids were blown away that children their age were such disciplined and talented dancers. (Rye Country Day School, Sara Ingrassia, 4th grade teacher)

They were able to personalize their experience, especially being able to sit and talk with the dancers during lunch. No longer were these people foreign, they became real people with real stories. (RCDS, Jac-que Robinson, theatre arts staff,)

Fabulous. These dancers were top of the line – overflowing with energy and grace. The costumes were colorful and beautiful. The kids loved the opportunity to dance with the Russians. A greater understanding of the bigger world teaches our children tolerance and promotes unity. These programs are the best! (Debbie Studnitzer, PTA Cultural Arts committee member at Laurel Plains School)

Rossijanochka, was very impressive. All of the dancers were incredibly skilled and dazzled the audience with their extraordinary talent. The Rope dance was spectacular and shocked and awed the audience. Rossijanochka was amazing and we were very lucky to have the opportunity to watch [them]. (King School, K.P. Shelton, 11th grade student)

We give the tour a perfect 10 in every aspect. (Alyssa Nollman, Parent Arts Coordinator, Rowayton Elementary School)

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