2018

Cultural Music and Dance Company From Russia, Ukraine and Georgia

Date: January 12, 2018

Golden Gates Dancers offers audiences an entertaining and authentic glimpse into Old Russia and Georgia through music, song, and dance. The repertoire is centered around masterpieces of Russian and Georgian Dance representing a diversity of cultures, ranging from gently humorous songs, to elaborate lyrical suites, to pulsating dance numbers.

The program is broad and varied, with something to appeal to everyone, including audience participation though clapping and learning Russian songs and words. Lilting balalaikas, dynamic bayan accordion, unique trashotky and loshky, humorous dances, and superb vocals combine for an exhilarating and educational performance for audiences of all ages.

The Golden Gates is group of young talented artists from Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan and more. Performers are picked from Public Schools, Cultural Arts Centers, Music schools and Colleges, Dance Academies in different countries. Each upcoming Group represents culture, traditions, music and dance of their country as part of Golden Gates program in combination with Moscow Nights Trio.

Golden Gates started to tour USA nationally since 2003. Each tour last for 4-5 weeks and covers 20-25 states.

Golden Gates has been building bridges across cultures through music and dance for almost a decade. By introducing their culture to the American People, young cultural ambassadors get great opportunity to learn American Culture, history and people.

This program is highly supported by United Methodist Church in USA and abroad. During last 14 years group visited over 500 UMCs nationwide and raised funds for VIM of UMC (Volunteers in Mission of United Methodist Church), groups that travel world wide helping orphans and homeless children. Group presented their programs at Global Ministries meetings connecting United Methodists worldwide.

This particular Tour Group will be comprised of students for Russia and Georgia. Interestingly these two represented countries are so much in the media and most in the US only know them by news reports, which predominately negative and government focused. This is a chance for real people to meet and get a glimpse of these cultures. Not only do the performances provide insight into these diverse cultures but there is audience participation encouraged as well as some time to explain some background as well as answer audience questions.

In many of the communities these students visit, they are hosted in local family homes. This hosting is a learning experience for the visitors to this country as well as the Families they visit. Years after a visit, many on both sides of the ocean remain friends through the internet. Several of the student performers have gotten the opportunity to be exchange students.

Summary: These touring groups over the years qualify and are welcome in many school systems around the country and have performed in venues large and small across the country. To learn more go to the web site: RussianFolk.com. Families and organizations wishing to become involved please contact Vitaliy Bezrodnov at: 216-214-0828 or MNAgency@gmail.com