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St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Dancers

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers
2011 Cleveland International Folk Festival
June 26, 2011

Ethnic folk dance has been a tradition in the parish of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church since its founding in 1917.

The dance troupe was formally organized in 1985 and is comprised of over fifty children, teens and young adults who have extensively at parochial, civic and primarily international related events throughout the greater Akron area, northeast Ohio and neighboring states.

They perform original folk dances and variations of dancers dating back to the Czarist era which originates from Russia, Ukraine and other parts of eastern Europe. Their instructor, Rosemary Pyrch Simpson studied and instructed in the Pittsburgh area.

They began their excellent performance at the 2011 International Folk Festival with the traditional presentation of bread and salt.

Traditional presentation of bread and salt by the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

Traditional presentation of bread and salt

Traditional presentation of bread and salt by the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

Traditional presentation of bread and salt by the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers



Traditional presentation of bread and salt by the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

This was followed by the Troika Russian Folk Dance

Troika  dance by the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

Troika  dance by the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers



Troika  dance by the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

Next was a Russian Soldier's Polka Folk Dance.

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers



St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

Dance of the Boyars



St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

Siberian Dance from the Ural Mountains



St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers



St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

Cossacks Dance



St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

The Poor Young Peddler Dance has 10 tempos and the speed increases throughout the dance.



St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Russian Youth Dancers


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