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Traditional Polish Dance in Ohio - 2011 Zatanczmy Polish Folk Dance Concert
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Zatańczmy Highlights
"Zatańczmy!" is Polish for "Let's dance!". The expression sums up the joyful collaboration that has brought Polish song and dance troupes from Ohio and Erie, PA together again for all to enjoy. It is said that the most compelling element of a people's identity is its folk culture. If that is true, then Cleveland is a captivating place. Historically home to one of the most vibrant Polonia populations in America, the Cleveland region is respected internationally for its work in promoting the culture, music, dance and costume of Polish ancestry.

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Zatańczmy Polish Folk Dance Concert 

 November 19, 2011

Saint Ignatius 
High School 

Breen Center for the Performing Arts
2008 West 30th Street
Cleveland, Ohio
Traditional Polish Dance in Ohio - 2011 Zatańczmy Polish Folk Dance Concert
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Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle
Youngstown, Ohio

KURPIE: The Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle The Kurpie region in North Eastern Poland is noted for retention of its traditional folk art, distinctive architecture and unique costume. Once covered over by two forests, the region was populated by inhabitants who, over centuries of isolation, developed a unique culture of their own. This video celebrates Majowka, the first picnic of  spring, by heading into the woods in an afternoon of song, dance and a visit from the woodland gnomes (Polskie krasnoludki).

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Lajkonik. Kraków 1905-1910
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Na dziedzińcu Klasztoru Sióstr Norbertanek.
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Henryk Sienkiewicz Polish School

ŚLĄSK: The Kozirajka, Grozik and Zajaczek (Drybek) are dances from the Upper Silesia region of Southeast Poland. The dances are characteristic of the region by rapidly changing tempos from slow to fast, as the area is known for its fondness of fast paces song and dance.




The Alliance of Poles Henryk Sienkiewicz Polish School is dedicated to providing the community with the opportunity to learn about Polish culture, language, dance and history. Classes are available for preschool age through adult.

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Górale - Wiwaty - Syrena Polish Folk Dancers

SPRINGTIME IN A PODLASIE VILLAGE (Wiosna w Podlaskie): As the harsh winter leaves the villages of eastern Poland, spring ushers in an array of color, beauty, fun and love for the people of Podlasie. Many of the dances and songs have strong influences of the bordering cultures of Ruthenia, Ukraine and Russia but, still show a typical day in a Polish village. Some of the folk traditions that are found strictly in this area are, Zuraw, a children's stork dance or possibly the custom of "paying for your dance". The songs and dances of Podlasie have been passed down from generation to generation and have been preserved for many years. They are accompanied by a traditional "kapela" or folk band as it was done long ago.



Górale - Wiwaty - Syrena Polish Folk Dancers
Górale - Wiwaty - Syrena Polish Folk Dancers
Górale - Wiwaty - Syrena Polish Folk Dancers
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The Echoes of Poland

ŻYWIEC: Intricate footwork is key to the mountain style from the Żywiec region's Beskid Mountains of southwestern Poland. Singing is an integral part of the mountain traditions where all dances are begun by a song. The music is lively and primarily played on the fiddle.

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The Echoes of Poland.
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Polonez & Mazur: The Polonez and Mazur are national dances which were performed throughout Poland. They originated in the 18th century as stately dances of the aristocracy. The Polonez was the open of a ball and the Mazur was the concluding. Costumes are traditional dress from the era.
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Living Traditions Folk Ensemble

Lachów Sądeckich: Ziemia Sądecka, the region around the Dunajec and Podrad Rivers, is in southern Poland at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Some of the original Lachy people who settled in part of this region, were influenced strongly by the cultures of nearby Kraków and that of foreign traders on the rivers. This created the unique Sądecki culture. The men, in their famous brilliant costumes, are known for their showmanship. Even the youngest children take part in village culture by singing about the kuku birds and the shoemaker.
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The Echoes of Poland

ŁOWICZ: Located in Central Poland, the Łowicz region is well known for its colorful costumes and romantic folk dances. The women wear heavy wool dresses with beautiful bead work and brilliant-colored embroidery in floral motifs unique to each village,
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The Echoes of Poland.
This page was created to showcase the Polish dance groups that participated in the 2011 Zatańczmy Polish folk dance concert in Cleveland, Ohio. This event takes place every other year and is a celebration not to be missed!
Krakowiak Finale

The Krakowiak is considered the most representative national dance of Poland. The Krakowiak finale celebrates Kraków, capital of Poland from the 12th through the 16th centuries and still the cultural center of Poland today. The tiniest members dance to  "Hej, na Krakowskim Rynku", describing the main town square experience in Kraków. You hear the famous Hejnał trumpeter (not in the video) alerting Kraków to the Tartar invasion, and see the legendary Lajkonik. Finale Krakowiak was choreographed by Agnieszka Kotlarsic and Children's Krakowiak by Cathy Piłat Katrenich.
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Let's see... "The role of the ciupaga is of great importance: the way it is held, shaken, put down, or picked up. As it used to serve also as a weapon, it is always handled carefully, and rightly so, because in spite of caution, injuries do happen during rehearsals of Zbojnicki." YIKES!