Leaders of collective

Anastasia Borovskaya

Anastasia Borovskaya (before marriage – Usacheva) is one of the leaders of “Zabava” and the main assistaint of the director.
She’s been a member of the ensemble since 1993, when her mother brought her younger sister to “Zabava” and Asya came as well, just in order to see what it was all about. Asya liked singing and dancing and then became an important member of “Zabava”, enjoying the warm atmosphere of folklore friendship. When Asya was a graduate of the department of History of Saratov State University, she devoted her diploma to the folklore movement in Russia. Nowadays she is working on this topic as a magister of Saratov Politechnic University.

Asya has got nature-born musical abilities, which she inherited from her grandmother who was Ukrainian, she has also always been interested in traditional culture, so it is quite logical that she became an effective researcher. Asya makes a lot for “Zabava”, for instance: deciphering expeditional materials, developing methodical recomendations in the sphere of Russian traditional clothing, costumes and dolls making, weaving etc. She is always ready to share the experience with youngsters. To say in one word, she is an irreplaceable member of our group!







Anjelika Glumova

Anjelika Glumova – the founder and the irremovable leader of Zabava. She graduated from the State University of Saratov in 1988. As a student, she used to be a member of several Saratov folk groups. In 1987 she founded Zabava – the group of her own, nowadays known as a profound folk ethnographic studio.

Angeliкa regards her major objectives as follows:

  • organizing activities of all the branches of Zabava,
  • carrying out ethnographic expeditions, festivals of traditional culture, calendar festal days,
  • involving talented young people into the group,
  • deciphering and systematizing the folklore samples acquired during the expeditions over the Saratov and the Volgograd regions,
  • preparing and recording radio and TV programs, CDs and DVDs of folk songs and dances, and much more in the same strain.

Semen Glinin


Glinin – became a member of “Zabava” in the fall of 2008. He is a great singer
and harmony-balalayka etc.-player. Semion is interested in different types of
Russian traditional culture and always helps us in organizing folklore parties
and “evenings”.
Now Semen - the accompanist of our ensemble.










Vadim Kovalskiy

Vadim Kovalskiy graduated from the Theatre Faculty of the Saratov State Conservatoire. He has been engaged with Zabava since 1993. Ethnical choreography being the subject of his study, he masters most of Russian dancing styles and has been teaching dancing in Zabava for 10 years. He holds seminar-cum-workshops and master classes on traditional dancing all over Russia and abroad (Poland, Germany, Netherlands).

Since 2003, Vadim Kovalskiy has been teaching and directing ethnical dancing at the Chair of folk chorus leaders at the Saratov State Conservatoire. He is often invited to judge diverse folk contests and festivals.