Sunday, May 19, 2013

Spring Dance Festival

The 2013 Spring Children's Dance Festival was held in Zholti Vody over the weekend.  Tanya and I went Saturday morning to watch Masha's performance.  The theme of the first groups of dancers seemed to be traditional Ukrainian and Russian dances.  The costumes were beautiful and certainly a great deal of effort had gone into the training of the kids who appeared to range in age from about 5 to 17 years.

Masha did the same routine as previously, a solo Turkish dance, but in a brilliant yellow costume and she had several new moves.  I asked Tanya why she danced solo and it is because she loves to dance but her left leg, a problem since birth, will not allow her to do the fast footwork, splits etc of the traditional dances, so they give her one with less footwork.  At any rate, she was invited to a competition in Kyiv.

We only stayed two hours and after Masha was finished we took her for pizza.  I asked Masha when she was going to Turkey to live in a harem and she laughed and laughed.

Not knowing anything about choreography, I supposed many of the groups could be doing the same routines as last time but just in different costumes and different music.  They are complicated enough routines that it would make sense.

A word about the red boots.  These were THE height of fashion in "the olden days" and the Cossack warrior who could bring his girl a pair of red boots was certain to win her heart.  The things you learn from watching Ukrainian cartoons.

The MCs

Masha performs
Ukrainian costumes and dance

These gals are steppin' out

Too cute for words
The Finale

Red boots

Russian costume and more red boots

Ukrainian costumes and dance


  1. Kids, costumes, and choreography. Pretty good deal.

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  2. Enjoying the life in Ukraine series, Al.

  3. Red boots, eh? If they were good enough for the Cossacks, they're certainly good enough for me.

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  5. Hi Al, Found your blog but not your email I am sure you remember our time together on STEP project. I am going to be in Ukraine this July, working at a camp close to Lviv for 2 weeks. then looking at several days if sightseeing (Aug 2 to 4) Are you in Kiev area?
    my email is


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