Szkice Polskie
A romantic,enchanting Kujawiak combined with a quick paced Oberek, performed in stunning costumes.

Suita Slaska
A medley of captivating spmgs amd damces from the Upper Silesian region. The most popular, the Trojak
sequence, weaves a slow, dignified melody with a livelier, vivacioua dance composition.

Przyspewki i Tance Rzeszowskie
Flirtatious songs and dances of the Rzeszow region tht include The Polka Dzwon and Grozny Polka.

Taniec Rycerski/Knights’ Dance
The traditional, stately dance of the Polish knights.

Tance Mieszczan Zywieckich/Dances of the Zywiec Citydwellers
A medley of dances and songs from the city of Zywiec, which includes the polonaise and waltz performed
in formal, elaborate costume. This dance reflects the 18 century urban influences of fashionable lacework

Skalne Podhale-Tance Goralskie/ The Highlanders’ Dances
The highlander’s music accompanies him throughout his life. From high in the Carpathian Mountains and
completely unlike any other traditional Polish dance this routine features numerous acrobatic feats cleverly
performed by the men to impress the women, and the audience, including the characteristic axe leaping!

Danced by peasants for centuries and formally called The Walking Dance, the Polonez eventually gained
popularity among Polish noblemen at which time the name was changed to Polonez. Moreover, it became
the national dance that was popular in all the regions of Poland. The 17th century French chronicler
Jan Le Laboureur commented, "Je n'ai vu jamais rien de plus grave, de plus doux, ni de plus respectueux."
(I have never seen anything more dignified, more soft, nor more respectful).

The Mazur is one of the Polish folk dances classified as one of Poland’s five national dances. It originated
in the Kujawy region, as did the Kujawiak, and got its name from Mazovia which is the central region of
Poland around Warsaw whose inhabitants are known as Mazurs. As with many other Polish folk dances,
the Mazur had its varieties in which the patterns depended on the social status of the dancers.
Thus, there was an urban Mazur and a distinct variation composed striclty for the gentry and nobles.
This dance became widespread immediately after Poland lost its independence. it arrived
at the courts of Paris and London and other fashionable gathering places of western Europe.
The Mazur was ,for the Poles, the last reminder of Poland as a once-great nation.
In fact, the Mazur even became the Polish National Anthem.
The Dabrowski Mazurka, created in 1797, became the song of the Polish Legions.

The Kujawiak is one of the five Polish national dances. It hails from the Kujawy region of Poland.
The name “Kujawiak” was given to this stately dance in the nineteenth century. From its inception
the Kujawiak was designed to present its dancers with a semblance of dignity. Devised as a deliberately
slow-paced, informal dance but danced to a three-count meter is what gives the Kujawiak its distinguished air.

The Krakowiak is a lively Polish folk dance from the city of Krakow located in the Malopolska region.
It too is classified as one of the five Polish national dances. The Krakowiak is counted in
a 2/4 meter with a characteristic syncopated rhythm.

Dances of the Warszawiaki/Tance Warszawskie
Dances and melodies popularized by Warsaw street minstrels in pre-WWII Poland

Dances from Lublin/Suita Lubelska
A medley of festive wedding dances, including the Cygan and Mach, the Lublin
dances come from Poland's eastern border.

Dances from Opoczno/Tance Opoczynskie
Polka Tramblanka and Oberek Opoczynski danced in
the vivid striped woolen costumes of central Poland.

Dances from Kurpie/Suita Kurpiowska
Dances from the White and Green forests of eastern Poland.

Courtship in Lancut/Zaloty Lancuckie
Flirtatious girls try to capture the boys' attention until an unexpected visitor arrives.

Tavern Scene in Old Lowicz/Karczma Lowicka
A tavern provides a merry atmosphere for unwinding after a long, hard day of working in the fields.

Kashubian Medley/Wiazanka Kaszubska
The Baltic seaport of Gdansk provides a colorful setting
for dances influenced by the movement of the sea.

Dances from Nowy Sacz/Tance Sadeckie
Dances from southeastern Poland provide ample opportunity for teasing and flirting.

Chopin Mazur

White Mazur, Polka and Small Krakowiak

Various dances performed for Special Occasions
Tango, Swing, Waltz, Minuet and
Mury (danced to the music of Jacek Kaczmarski,
this dance improvisation was performed for President Walesa
with its depiction of the struggles of the Solidarity movement) and
many other dance numbers as requested.

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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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