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Repertoire

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 that 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!

Polonez

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).

Mazur

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.

Kujawiak

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.

Krakowiak

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

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 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

Short Numbers

White Mazur, Small Polka, Small Krakowiak. These are most popular for private events.

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.