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Have you met the queen yet?

You can, when you read about her…lol!

Людмила Зыкина,

or Lyudmila Zikina, was known as the “queen of Russian folk.” Her talent charmed many Soviet leaders,including Nikita Khrushchev, Leonid Brezhnev and Mikhail Gorbachev. Additionally, “At the start of her career she performed for Stalin in 1949. The feared Kremlin leader smiled at her and said: ‘You’ll go a great way!’ So she did.” (

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This is fun!

YES!  Try the Troika! This is a russian folk dance, where it’s possible to dance in a group of three. It consists of  one  man and two women.  The three dancers “imitate the prancing of horses pulling a sled or a carriage.” (wikipedia)

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See how it is danced: wannabe’s 1  and wannabe’s 2 and professionals

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Wood makes music?


Balalaika is a wooden musical stringed instrument used in Russia since the 18th century. Russian folk music usually is accompanied by the beautiful sounds played by this instrument.

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She misses him. Have you seen him?


This is the name of a famous russian folk song written by the famous poet, Mikhail Isakovsky. It is about a “girl longing for her beloved, who is away on military service.” (absolute astronomy)

Lyrics from www.

Click here to listen to song: Katyusha Song

Расцветали яблони и груши, Apple and pear trees were a-blooming,
Rastsvetali iabloni i grushi,
Поплыли туманы над рекой. Mist (was) creeping on the river.
Poplyli tumany nad rekoj.
Выходила на берег Катюша, Katyusha set out on the banks,
Vykhodila na bereg Katyusha,
На высокий берег на крутой. On the steep and lofty bank.
Na vysokij bereg na krutoj.
Выходила, песню заводила She was walking, singing a song
Vykhodila, pesniu zavodila
Про степного, сизого орла, About a grey steppe eagle,
Pro stepnogo, sizogo orla,
Про того, которого любила, About her true love,
Pro togo, kotorogo liubila,
Про того, чьи письма берегла. Whose letters she was keeping.
Pro togo, chi pisma beregla.
Ой ты, песня, песенка девичья, Oh you song! Little song of a maiden,
Oj ty, pesnia, pesenka devichia,
Ты лети за ясным солнцем вслед. Head for the bright sun.
Ty leti za iasnym solntsem vsled.
И бойцу на дальнем пограничье And reach for the soldier on the far-away border
I bojtsu na dalnem pograniche
От Катюши передай привет. Along with greetings from Katyusha.
Ot Katyushi peredaj privet.
Пусть он вспомнит девушку простую, Let him remember an ordinary girl,
Pust on vspomnit devushku prostuiu,
Пусть услышит, как она поет, And hear how she sings,
Pust uslyshit, kak ona poet,
Пусть он землю бережет родную, Let him preserve the Motherland,
Pust on zemliu berezhet rodnuiu,
А любовь Катюша сбережет. Same as Katyusha preserves their love.
A liubov Katyusha sberezhet.

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