On January 30, 2020, in a collaboration among the Prescott Rotary Clubs (SunUp, The Prescott and Frontier Clubs) and the ERAU Rotaract club, we hosted, the Kaluga Russian Dance Troupe under the auspices of the Golden Gates - Cultural Youth Exchange Program. This was a fundraising project for the Rotary Children’s Fund.
The Kaluga Russian Dance Troupe does this to raise funds for orphans worldwide, promote cultural awareness and build bridges of understanding with people throughout the world. Their program offers audiences an entertaining and authentic glimpse into Old Russia through music, song, and dance. Centered on masterpieces of Russian folklore representing their cultural diversity, the program includes audience participation though clapping and learning Russian songs and words. Lilting balalaikas, dynamic bayan accordion, unique Treshotki and Loshky, humorous dances, and superb vocals combine for an exhilarating and educational experience.
The thirteen members of the troupe were home hosted for two nights in Prescott and the hosts and the troupe members reported a great time helped immensely by the use of translation apps made communication easier. They all asked to sign up again for next year!  Many thanks to Marjorie Bernardi and Steve Finucane, Kevin Pitts, Bud and Linda Ackerman, Art and Sharon Harrington, Jerry and Janet Fohrman, Dennis Light, Chuck Abbott. A.J. and Vickie Sheridan, and Kathryn Tuberty for being home hosts. And to Todd Clancy, Richard Hernandez and Jim Clemens for logistic support. Thanks also to the Camp Pinerock management team Trish and Rich for the use of the Tabernacle. And special thanks to Olga Waesche for inviting the troupe to meet with her Russian Language class and arranging a Planetarium tour at ERAU and for flowers at the performance.