Students of all ages were captivated by lively dance and folk songs from Russia. The dance ensemble was lead by “Misha,” a spirited master of ceremonies, who told folk stories and entertained while he also taught the students simple Russian phrases. The music and dance was a blend of old world traditional folk songs, as well as classical ballet. The ballet came in the form of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. In Russia, the bear is an important cultural and political symbol of statehood.