Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble is Western New York's largest Polish-American cultural and dance ensemble based in Cheektowaga, N.Y. Its founding members include families from the American-Polish communities in and around Buffalo, N.Y. that have been involved in the promotion of Polish heritage in the area for many years.
In an effort to provide families with a culturally enriching experience, they formed this community dance group, centrally located and open to all ages from pre-school to senior citizen. They are a family-oriented ensemble spanning several generations. Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble is not just about dancing, but passing on the honored traditions of our Polish heritage to all our traditions.
They currently have some of the most highly trained Polish folk dance choreographers in Buffalo. Their artistic director, Janet Stanek, is both a dancer and choreographer for the Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble. She began her dance career at age five with the Polish National Alliance dance troupe. With a love for dance, Janet continued on to Msgr. Adamski's Polish Saturday School for both language and dance and culture instruction.
Throughout the years Janet has taught dance at numerous local schools such as Dom Polski, Echo Polonia Tancierze, Solidarity Dancers, and St. John Gualbert's grammar school dance ensemble - "Cieszyn", Janet is also co-founder of the Wiez Dance Ensemble.
In addition to dance, Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble has culture lessons including folklore, holiday traditions, regional customs crafts, history and simple language games and songs. The group takes part in public performances throughout the year, dressed in traditional folk wear from various regions of Poland.
Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble's mission is to promote and sustain Polish heritage within the family, through study and performance of the traditional folk dances of Poland and cultural enrichment sessions.
Harmony is a proud charter member of the Dyngus Day Buffalo organization and a member of the Polish Folk Dance Association of the Americas as well. Harmony performs in both private and community events of all kinds.
The Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble welcomes both children and adults.
It's always a delight when Harmony makes an appearance at community events. These next two videos show
them dancing at the Broadway Market and at Central Terminal on Dyngus Day.
Below: Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble
Performing at the 32nd Annual
Cheektowaga Polish-American Arts Festival
July 17, 2010
Above and Below: Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble
Performing at the Rediscover Amherst Street Festival
June 19, 2011
Buffalo's North District Common Council Member, Joseph Golombek, Jr., joining in on the fun.
Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble
Dyngus Day 2012
Right: Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble
opened their performance at the 2011 Cheektowaga Polish-American Arts Festival with a spirited redition of "God Bless America".
The song was performed as a tribute to Harmony dancer, Captain Matthew Ryan, and his men in the New York Army National Guard Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron of the 101st Calvary, as well as all our men and women serving in the Armed Forces. Matthew will be deployed in Afghanistan again this November.
Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble Performing at the 33rd Annual Cheektowaga Polish-American Arts Festival
July 17, 2011
LEFT: Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble
performing at the 34th Annual Cheektowaga Polish-American Arts Festival on July 12, 2012 BELOW: Harmony at Zupapalooza 2015 in Cheektowage, N.Y.