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Russian-American community center serving the Capital Region of New York State.Our goal is to introduce, celebrate and promote traditional Russian arts and culture to the community. 


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Dance School

folk dance

Vladimir Nikitin, Artistic Director and Founder,  offers dance classes in a fun and friendly atmosphere for children of all ages and abilities. Our professional instructors provide expert teaching and training with a strong foundation in Russian dance technique and artistry, while fostering a love of dance and Russian culture. 



Saturdays: 2pm - 3pm (children 5-9), 3pm - 4pm (10-13 years old)
Tuesdays: 7pm - 8pm (children 5-9), 8pm - 9pm (10-13 years old)
Where: New Russia Cultural Center
            1550 Broadway Rensselaer NY 12144
Fee: $100 per person, (5 Sessions)
Artistic Director & Instructor: Vladimir Nikitin

Introduction to character dance. Dancers learn body placement, intricate rhythms, and folk dance steps. Classes include instruction in basic ballet and Russian Folkloric dance technique.  At the end of 10 classes session a dance will be choreographed and staged by the class.

1. To register online click here.
2. Medical Info & Release Form.

stretching routine

Streching routine at the begining of the class.


танец 2Russian folk dance was and still is an important part of Russian culture. Traditional Russian folk dance has its origins in various groups, including those with Slavonian and Tatar origins. Some of the first Russian folk music and dance appeared around the 10th century when the Slvaik tribes moved into Russia. As well, Russia witnessed various invasions from other countries. In turn, a cultural mix of music and dance helped develop Russian folk dances. 

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Costumes were beautifully designed with great detail. Typically, the clothing for the dances was based on specific events, such as holidays, and would vary between these events. Women wore holiday headdresses, embroidered shirts, belts, and ornamented aprons. Men wore shirts, a belt, narrow pants, and high boots. The color red was incorporated in many of the costumes because it is associated with beauty in the Russian tradition. Russian folk dance traditions continue to play an important part in the culture of Russia's many ethnic groups.

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girls dance attireboys dance attireyoga mat




Appropriate [dance] attire is required. Boys: white t-shirt & black shorts. Girls: black gymnastics tank & pull-on skirt, low heel shoes, their hair must slicked back in a bun.  Yoga mat: for every student.

Artistic Director (founder) VLADIMIR NIKITIN


Vladimir NikitinVladimir Nikitin, Russian character and ballet dancer, currently is involved in the New York based, world renowned group Russian folk ensemble  Barynya. Vladimir arrived to the United States of America from Kazan, Tatarstan. In 2011 he graduated from Kazan University of Culture and Art, choreography department.  Vladimir was agraduated from the Kazan State University of Culture and Arts, the Department of Choreography, 2011-2015 was a soloist in the dance ensemble "Kazan" in the city of Kazan. In 2009-2015 he was an invited soloist with Great Russian Nutcracker.  In Spring  2018 Vladimir starts the Russian Children Dance Ensemble at the New Russia Cultural Center. This new Russian folk ensemble for children and adults will present character dancing,including Russian, Cossack, Siberian,  Ukrainian, Roma Gypsy, Jewish traditional dancing. 

For questions call Vladimir Nikitin at 917-291-3227 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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