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Traditional Polish Dance - Polski Taniec Ludowy
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Traditional Polish Dance
Cracovia's repertoire of dances includes Poland's five 
national dances (Mazur, Polonez, Kujawiak, Krakowiak, 
Waltz) as well as modern dance, contemporary dance 
and ballet:
Cracovia Polish Dance Ensemble
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Cracovia Polish Dance Ensemble: Waltz/Walc  
Cracovia Polish Dance Ensemble: Polka 
Cracovia Polish Dance Ensemble: Cyganski (Gypsy)  ***Alleluia!***
Cracovia Polish Dance Ensemble: The Kaszuby 
Cracovia Polish Dance Ensemble: Krakowiak 
The Krakowiak is a fast, syncopated Polish dance in duple time from the region of Krakow and Little Poland. This dance is known to imitate horses, the steps mimick their movement, for horses were well loved in the Krakow region of Poland for their civilian as well as military use. In terms of its choreography, the krakowiak is set for several couples, among whom the leading male dancer sings and indicates the steps. According to the description in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the krakowiak is directed by the leading man from the first pair. As they approach the band, "the man, tapping his heels or dancing a few steps, sings a melody from an established repertory with newly improvised words addressed to his partner. The band follows the melody, and the couples move off in file and form a circle (with the leading couple back at the band). Thereafter verses are sung and played in alternation, the couples circulating during the played verses.
Cracovia Polish Dance Ensemble: Oberek 
The Oberek, also called Obertas or Ober, is a lively Polish dance. The name "Oberek" is derived from "obracać się" which in Polish means "to spin". This dance consists of many lifts and jumps and is performed at a much quicker pace than the Polish Waltz. You can find out more about the Oberek HERE.
Cracovia Polish Dance Ensemble: Mazur  
The Mazurka (in Polish, Mazurek). Polish folk dance in triple meter, usually at a lively tempo, and with an accent on the second or third beat:
     
Brawo! 
Dziękuję!
Cracovia Polish Dancers Dancing to "British Grenadiers"
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The  Polonaise is a dignified ceremonial dance in 3/4 time, frequently employing dotted rhythms, that often opened court balls in the 17th – 19th century. It likely began as a warrior's triumphal dance and had been adopted by the Polish court as a formal march as early as 1573. The dancers promenaded with gliding steps accented by bending the knee slightly on every third step. It often appeared in ballets, and it was used as a musical form by composers such as George Frideric Handel, Ludwig van Beethoven, and especially Frédéric Chopin, whose piano polonaises were martial and heroic.
Polonaise rhythm:
Polka rhythm:
Waltz rhythm:
Polonez
Krakowiak
Zofia Stryjeńska, 1927
Zofia Stryjeńska, 1927

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Polka
Mazur rhythm:
Oberek
Zofia Stryjeńska, 1927

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Mazur
Zofia Stryjeńska, 1927

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to learn more about this dance.
Kujawiak
Zofia Stryjeńska, 1927

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to learn more about this dance.

Mazowsze: Kujawiak
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The Kujawiak is in triple meter and fairly slow. The dance usually involves couples walking gracefully in a quarter-note rhythm, on slightly bended knees, with relaxed turns and gently swaying. The first reference to a Kujawiak appeared in 1827. Folk names for the dance include 'sleepy' and 'lulling'. Composers who have written for this dance include Henryk Wieniawski. It is often lyrical and calm (supposedly representing the Kujawy landscape), and usually in a minor key.

One great thing about being Polish is having the opportunity to enjoy great dancing, either as a spectator or as a participant at the many festivals and parties we like to attend. Here are a few wonderful examples. Many more videos can be viewed thoughout this website. 



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perform the Polonez
Singing in the Rain
Ensembles of the Polish Folk Dance Association of the Americas (PFDAA):
DOLINA POLISH FOLK DANCERS - Minneapolis, MN (USA)
ECHOES OF POLAND SONG AND DANCE ENSEMBLE - Toledo, OH (USA)
HARMONY POLISH FOLK ENSEMBLE - Cheektowaga, NY (USA)
HEJNAL POLISH-AMERICAN DANCERS OF LONG ISLAND - Long Island, NY (USA)
JANOSIK DANCERS - Philadelphia, PA (USA)
KRAKOWIACY - Denver, CO (USA)
KRAKOWIAK POLISH DANCERS - Boston, NY (USA)
KRAKUSY POLISH FOLK DANCE ENSEMBLE - Los Angeles, CA (USA)
KUJAWIACY POLISH SONG AND DANCE ENSEMBLE - Elmira, ON (CAN)
LAJKONIK DANCING GROUP - Chicago, IL (USA)
LECHICI DANCERS of the PSO - Chicago, IL (USA)
LOWICZ POLISH FOLKLORE DANCE ENSEMBLE - Edmonton, AB (CAN)
MAREK POLISH FOLK DANCE ENSEMBLE - Lopez, PA (USA)
MAZUR POLISH CANADIAN DANCERS - Edmonton, AB (CAN)
MICHAS POLISH DANCE GROUP - Virginia Beach, VA (USA)
POLANIE POLISH SONG AND DANCE ENSEMBLE - Calgary, AB (CAN)
POLISH AMERICAN FOLK DANCE COMPANY - Brooklyn, NY (USA)
POLISH FALCONS DISTRICT II - Milwaukee, WI (USA)
POLISH FOLK DANCE ENSEMBLE SPK ISKRY - Winnipeg, MB (CAN)
POLISH HERITAGE DANCERS - Buffalo, NY (USA)
POLISH INTERCOLLEGIATE CLUB PKM - Philadelphia, PA (USA)
POLONEZ - San Diego, CA (USA)
POLONIA DANCE ENSEMBLE - Regina, SK (CAN)
POLONIA SONG AND DANCE ENSEMBLE - Pittsburgh, PA (USA)
POMORZE POLISH FOLKDANCE ENSEMBLE - Halifax, NS (CAN)
PRCUA CHOREOGRAPHERS - Anna Sokolowski - Chicago, IL (USA)
RADOMIANIE - Dearborn, MI (USA)
SYRENA POLISH FOLK DANCE ENSEMBLE - Milwaukee, WI (USA)
WAWEL FOLK ENSEMBLE - Detroit, MI (USA)
WESOLY LUD POLISH FOLK DANCE ENSEMBLE OF PRCUA - Chicago, IL (USA)
WIANEK POLISH DANCE GROUP - Middle Village, NY (USA)
WICI SONG & DANCE COMPANY - Chicago, IL (USA)
ZAKOPANE POLISH FOLK DANCE ENSEMBLE (P.R.C.U.A.) - Warren, MI (USA)
Gregory Biestek - Grosse Point Park, MI (USA)
Stanley Pelc - Brooklyn, NY (USA)

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ABOVE: Mazowsze Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble - Państwowy Zespół Ludowy Pieśni i Tańca Mazowsze 
BELOW: Cracovia Polish Dance Ensemble from Brampton, Ontario at the 2010 Polish Heritage Festival in Hamburg, New York
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Some of PoloniaMusic.com's photos of Polish folk dancers are now part of a permanent display in the newly renovated Applebees Restaurant on Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga, N.Y. The photos are intended as a tribute to local dance troupes, especially the Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble  and the Polish Heritage Dancers of Western New York, that work so hard to promote our Polish heritage. If you would like to read the Am-Pol Eagle article, CLICK HERE.
 
Thank you, dancers!

 
The recently remodeled Applebees Restaurant at 1785 Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga, New York now displays photographs of the Polish Heritage Dancers of WNY and Polish Harmony Folk Ensemble on some of its walls. Dancers from the Lechowia Polish Dance Ensemble from Toronto, Ontario are also featured.
ABOVE: Lechowia Polish Canadian Folk Dance Company from Toronto, Ontario perfoming at the 2011 Polish Fesitval in Syracuse, New York


Cracovia Polish Dance Ensemble: Uwertura (Overture) and Polonez



Krakowianka Costume
Ages 5-6
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- Wreath
- Necklace
- Blouse
- Vest
- Apron
- Underskirt
- Skirt 
Polonia Music
is currently following:
  • Ychtis - Polish Girl's Dance Group from Poland