An electrical engineer, musician and a business man married a Russian woman in 2005 and realized that he also married the culture. Dan became involved with the Russian speaking community in 2008 and became part of an organizing committee for all the events. He has always been interested in family traditions and ethnic differences, his family lived in Saratov, Russia for 100 years and 1800 before they moved to the USA. Recently Dan found some Ukrainian roots in his DNA report and started learning Russian language at the classes offered through Russian Heritage Society. Balalaika is one of Dan’s favorite Russian instruments, he enjoys picking his favorite songs on this unique instrument.