Russian Dancers Perform At Capital Region Schools

by Sandra Foyt on February 9, 2010

in Arts and Culture


Students at Robert C. Parker School were treated to a performance by Var’enka folkdancers from Albany’s Sister City in Tula, Russia, as part of a month of events that will culminate with the Russian Winter Festival on Saturday, February 13, 2010. 

Watching the graceful young dancers, the children picked up on how much they shared with people living so far away.  They realized that climates must be similar when the performers were bundled into winter coats and hand mufflers for one dance.  In another, the dancers carried a string of donut-shaped breads on a long string necklace.  The kids decided that the breads looked like our bagels.

The folkloric dances were lively and entertaining, but the costumes were truly splendid with a new ensemble for each dance.  You can see most of the beautiful dresses and props on this Flickr photoset.  Or, you can catch the performance at the festival this weekend.

The Tula-Albany Alliance
Russian Winter Festival
February 13, 2010, 12:00-6:00 PM
Washington Armory
195 Washington Ave, Albany, NY
Cost: $7 Adults, $3 from 5-12 yrs.

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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