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“Polka” means Polish girl but is commonly known as the dance, the Polka. It is not one of Poland’s National Dances. Polka is a regional dance found in some of the 45+ ethnographic regions of Poland. The American polka music was created by having taken Polish folk songs, and turned them into pop dance tunes. Poland's national dances are: The Krakowiak, the Mazur (Mazurka), the Polonez (Polonaise), the Kujawiak, and the Oberek. These dances which originated in the Polish countryside, were so popular, that they found their way to the Royal Court, and were even incorporated into classical works by Polish composers. Fryderyk Chopin, the most beloved of Polish composers, used the themes and rhythms of his native land which made them part of the world's musical heritage. The other dances are from different ethnographic regions of Poland.
Our Dance Group is named after one of the prestigious national dance of Poland - ”POLONEZ”
POLONEZ’s Group repertoire ranges from national and regional dances of Poland,
as well as some dances from neighboring countries.
Over the years, the group has built up a repertoire of dances and songs, as well as a vast collection of costumes from across many regions of Poland. Costumes make a very significant contribution to the success of all POLONEZ productions, helping to define the distinct character of each Polish dance. One of POLONEZ ‘s characteristics is its diversity of hand-crafted vibrantly colored costumes, which have been imported from Poland or have been carefully replicated in Canada presently. POLONEZ’s wardrobe includes over ten different costume sets which represent the numerous regions of Poland.
From the slow and romantic Kujawiak, to the lively and exhilarating dances of the Żywiec Mountains, we display the vibrancy and beauty that is Poland.
Here are the dances that POLONEZ performs:
POLAND’S NATIONAL DANCES:
Kujawiak and Oberek - Lowicz Dances
REGIONAL DANCES OF POLAND:
Goralski Suite ( (Highlander Dance)
Polish Flowers Dance
Children Group Dances:
Zok - (Zhok) Moldavian Dance
Czardasz - (Csardas) Hungarian Dance
POLISH CANADIAN DANCE SOCIETY
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
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