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The Polonez, one of five National Dances from Poland, is one of Poland's most widely-recognized traditional dance forms. At the height of its popularity in the 3rd quarter of the 19th century, the Polonez was enormously popular throughout the ballrooms of Europe, as far as east of Moscow. The dance is stately walking processional with specific figures for couples and groups.The Polonez is still danced in Poland today as the opening dance at student proms.
Lowicz Dances - Kujawiak and Oberek
Kujawiak and Oberek - Two national dances combined: the slow, romantic, lyrical kujawiak builds into a lively oberek with music full of life and temperament. These dances are performed in the unique, handcrafted costumes of the people from the central plain regions of Lowicz - its heartland: Mazowsze .The costumes are one of the most beautiful sets in all of Poland- rich in colorful woven patterns and ornate embroidery. The colorful stripes on the women's skirt and aprons, and on the men's pants, represent the farmers' fields. Even if the women’s costumes weigh over ten pounds each, that doesn’t stop the wonderful dance from continuing. The musical form usually follows include a staccato, the lively Lowicka ( the Polka), a lyrical Kujawiak, and a dramatic finale, Oberek.
The Krakowiak is one of the most popular and characteristic Polish folk dance, being originated in Krakow, the previous capitol of Poland. The dance has many steps and figures. The songs while accompanying the dance, talk about love, war, praise the richness of the costume, charm of the girls, or beauty of the Krakow towns cape.The most distinctive elements of this rich costumes are long peacock feathers in the male dancer’s hat, and jingling brass rings attached to their belts. The costumes for these dances were created with all of the characteristics of fine embroidery, and the beautiful attention to detail for Poland's regional dress is famed.
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