History

History

PAFDC Special Performance, Polonaise Ball, Miami - 2008

The Polish America Folk Dance Company’s accomplished members have on numerous occasions performed dance suites on international stages and frequently presented dances of assorted international origins. In 2001, PAFDC attended the LINUM Festival of International Folk Dance Groups near Budapest, Hungary. The company appeared in Montreal, Canada as part of the “Trojak” production. This popular show is a traveling performance program in partnerrship with the Krakowiak Polish Dancers of Boston and the Podhale Polish Canadian Folk Dance Ensemble of Montreal. In 2003, at the invitation of Lady Blanka A. Rosenstiel, PAFDC presented authentic folk dances from Ireland, France and Italy at the annual Bal Polonaise in Miami, Florida. Other noteworthy performance venues include The Plaza Hotel and Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the Taj Majal in Atlantic City, and the White House. Demonstrations of handicrafts, embroidery patterns and hand-made costumes at the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan served to display our members’ artistry in folk art. Presentations of ancient Polish traditions such as Dozynki, the harvest festival, Andrzejki, St. Andrew’s Eve, and Jaselka, the Christmas Pageant, are part of the active repertoire. In more intimate settings, PAFDC regularly performs at weddings, anniversary celebrations, fundraising events, and parties.

PAFDC at PFDAA Chicago Festival - 2007

PAFDC was one of the founding members of the Polish Folk Dance Association of the Americas in 1983. And both Stanley Pelc and Daniel Dziadura served as past Presidents of the Association. Comprised of 35 Polish folk dance groups in the United States and Canada, the Association regularly sponsors weeklong Polish folk dance festivals in different cities throughout the North American continent. In August 2003 PAFDC hosted the 13th Festival of the PFDAA at Columbia University in New York City, which culminated with a sold-out Gala Concert at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Then in July of 2007 PAFDC traveled to the PFDAA Chicago festival to participate in the workshops directed by several renowned Polish choreographers. The participating dance groups performed a collection of dances at a Gala Concert that celebrated the end of the weeklong program. Furthermore, during the festival Margaret Pawelkiewicz was chosen as the PFDAA Sgt-at-Arms/Parliamentarian extending PAFDC’s involvement with the Polish Folk Dance Association of the Americas.

In 2003, PAFDC received the Merit of Culture medal from the Republic of Poland for its continued efforts in preserving folk culture in the United States. Daniel Dziadura accepted this prestigious award from the Vice Consul at the company’s 65th Anniversary banquet on behalf of al PAFDC members past and present who have dedicated their time and talents to support the company throughout its existence.

PAFDC has come to be recognized and admired by the local New York City performing arts community as well as local government having been invited on many occasions to perform at City Hall in Manhattan and Brooklyn Borough Hall. It has been featured in Brooklyn Bridge magazine, the Polish Daily News or Nowy Dziennik, and receives an annual grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

The 2008 Mazowsze Summer Song and Dance Workshop

Our 70th Anniversary concert celebration, to be held on November 15th at Symphony Space on Broadway, will feature a medley of festive songs and dances replete with traditional folk motifs. PAFDC will proudly debut the five new dance suites choreographed by “Mazowsze” dancers Magdalena Ciastek-Zalipska and Piotr Zalipski at our Summer Dance Workshop 2008. This anniversary performance promises to showcase our splendid history and highlight our new, featured dances that will illustrate to the audience the range of possibilities we anticipate for the future.

The Polish American Folk Dance Company is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible and are used to help achieve the goal of proliferating Polish folk culture to Polish and American audiences. For more information about making a tax-deductible donation to the company, please contact Executive Director Andrzej Buczek.

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Merit of Culture from Republic of Poland

The Polish American Folk Dance Company (PAFDC) proudly received the recognition of Merit of Culture from the Republic of Poland for promoting Polish folk culture in the United States.

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Repertoire and Costumes

PAFDC has a repertoire in excess of 25 folk dance suites from different regions of Poland and owns over 600 individual costumes. See current list of repertoire and some photos of our beautiful costumes.
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