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Through the initiative of Steve and Lucy Ozdoba and choreographer Jacek Niemirski, the Polish Folk Dance group, Polonez, was founded in 1989 in association with Zgoda Polish Friendship Society, which is located in Vancouver. In the beginning, the group was small and largely composed of older enthusiasts, followed by their sons, daughters, nieces, and nephews. It wasn’t long before the group could perform with 8-10 couples.
The First Performances
After the first year of hard work, Polonez gave their first performance at the Polish Community Center in Vancouver. The first few performances enticed more children and youths to join the group, and to help promote and maintain Polish culture and traditional folk dances.Today for over 80 active members, Polish folk dance is not only an interesting and dynamic hobby, but also enriches the lives of the dancers and their audience.
Over the years, Polonez has become a permanent future at the variety of multicultural events in the Greater Vancouver area, all over BC.,Canada and abroad. In fact, in 1993, 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2011, the group participated in an International Polish Folk Dance Festival in Rzeszow, Poland. This was an amazing experience for the dancers and it became a benchmark in the history of Polonez. It was during the first trip that many of the dancers realized why it was so important to maintain the Polish culture, and its traditional folk dances. From October 2005, Polonez become a non-profit organization and started a new chapter as an independent society. The success of the group has been possible due to the strong support of the Polish community, and hard volunteer work from the parents involved with Polonez for many years. The Polish Canadian Dance Society is continuously working to further the Polish culture in Vancouver, with our travels and performances in Canada and all over the world.
The Order of Merit Polish Republic Award was presented to Mrs. Malgorzata and Mr. Jacek Niemirski, by the Ambassador of Poland from the Republic of Poland in Vancouver. It was given during the 20th Anniversary Gala Concert of POLONEZ in 2009, for their outstanding achievement in promoting and propagating Polish culture in Canada, as well as throughout the world.
President : Jacek Niemirski
Treasurer : Mira Suchecki
Program Director : Malgorzata Niemirski
Public Relations Rep : Anna Slazkiewicz
Secretary/Costume Designer : Malgorzata Krupa
POLISH CANADIAN DANCE SOCIETY
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
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