Mazury Dance Company of the Polish YMCA in London was founded in 1949 and today consists of over 120 dancers, singers and musicians in three groups from age 8 upwards. Mazury’s performances over their 65+ year history range from charity fundraising and social events to shows at prestigious UK and European venues to audiences of thousands. Mazury’s Kapela (folk band) is made up of professional musicians, some of whom have played regularly with the band for over 30 years.
A a group, Mazury have appeared on television in over thirty countries, including Come Dancing and a New Year's Day musical show, as well as several popular network game shows. They have performed at most of the main London dance venues, taken part in a Ken Russell film, cut an LP record, recorded a CD and participated regularly in such prestige festivals as the Festival of the Pyrenees, Arundel Castle, the Cheltenham Spring Festival, Charleston Manor, the UK Festival of Polish Folklore, the Festival of the Beskid Mountains, and the Festival of Kasubian Culture in Poland.
Mazury have performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and several other heads of state, and have entertained the Prince and Princess of Wales. In 1992 Mazury took part in the celebrations in Poland marking its return to a free and independent country, and we represented Poland at the Foreign Office on the occasion of Poland's entry into the EU. Mazury’s 65th anniversary in 2014 was marked by a sell-out gala performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre and a tour to Poland to dance in the Festival of Beskid Culture and at Wawel Castle in Krakow.
The costume collection of Mazury is enviable with over 3,000 items, most of which have been produced by members, families and friends of Mazury. Over the past 6 decades, members of the group have woven materials, sewed and embroidered costumes, made belts, ornamental axes and brooches. Mazury's costumes are available for hire.
Artistic Director & Choreographer
Zosia became Mazury’s Artistic Director in 2010. She has taken on the role with an enthusiasm and energy that could only have been equalled by her predecessor.
Zosia’s passion for dance started at the age of three when she first began ballet lessons. Officially joining Mazury aged eight, Zosia danced under the watchful eye of her father for over 20 years. After finishing her degree in Drama and History of Theatre Arts, Zosia returned to London to assist in teaching the Junior and Middle groups, also running her own ballet and yoga classes.
INstructor & choreographer
Lucjan (known as ‘Lulu’) has been a member of Mazury for 20 years, originally joining on the recommendation of one of his Polish School teachers. Immediately recognising his natural ability as a dancer, Włodek took advantage of Lulu’s interest in gymnastics by inventing increasingly difficult solos for him. A skilled Capoeira dancer, Lucjan embraces both his Brazilian and Polish heritage and both countries’ rich dance histories and cultures.
He currently teaches secondary school science and extra-curricular dance classes. He works with Zosia in the instruction of all three groups.
Musical Director of Mazury since 1988, Maryla Kolendo is a full time music teacher specialising in choir and ensemble work. She has expanded the musical repertoire of Mazury and reorchestrated most of the dances. Mazury’s 18-track CD was recorded under her direction in November 2004. Maryla has also run a chamber choir, taught at her local Polish school and is resident organist at her local church.
Wisia took on the mantle of Wardrobe Director when the Polish YMCA first moved from their old Queensway home to their current resendency in Ealing, during her time she has reaserached and grown Mazury's costumes to over 3000 items, with the help of a team sewers, embroiderers and fixers. Although no longer an active dancer in Mazury, having danced along side her husband Rysio for many years, Wisia is still very active in running Mazury's costumes empire in between looking after the family and spending time in France.