“Ivan-da-Mar’ya” Folk Dance Ensemble was created in 2008 by choreographer Maria Levochkina at the Russian Community Center in Redmond. Both children and adults actively participate in the ensemble, making the performances interesting for all age groups.
The purpose of this ensemble is to introduce the Greater Seattle Area with Eastern European culture.
Our ethnically diverse repertoire consists of Russian, Moldavian, Ukrainian, Jewish, Gypsy, and Greek dances.
We do our best to never miss a single major folk festival in Seattle. Some of the events that we performed at are: Northwest Folklife Festival, Crossroads International Folk Festival, Annual Slavic Festivals in Redmond, Redmond Lights, Annual Russian Bazaar in Seattle, and other numerous events.
“Ivan-da-Mar’ya” has also aided spreading Eastern European culture abroad by representing Seattle at a Slavic Festival in Vancouver, B.C in summer 2010.
We have not forgotten the elderly; we have performed at retirement homes and at events honoring the veterans. Every year, we perform at the Victory Day celebration on May 9th. The biggest of these was the 65th Anniversary Celebration held in Kane Hall in 2010.
Our crowning achievement to this date however, was our independent concert “Ivan-da-Mar’ya Welcomes Friends”. This gala concert was held on 6/05/2010 at the Russian Culture Center in Seattle.
We invite anyone who loves or wants to try dancing to come and join us!