Mazury - Dance Company of the Polish YMCA
Mazury Dance Company is an internationally acclaimed Polish folk song and dance group. It is one of the largest and longest-established Polish dance groups in the UK. Set up in 1949, we have more than 120 members across three groups. Over the years we have performed Polish national and regional songs and dances to audiences throughout the UK and Europe. Our colourful and beautiful costumes, energetic and exuberant dances, evoke the unquenchable spirit of Poland! As a charity ourselves we strive to raise money and awareness for both ourselves and other community organisations like us, through both our performances and various events throughout the year, please get in contact if you would like to join us.
Mazury 70th Anniversary Show
Sunday 3rd March 2019
Come join us for an exciting celebration of our 70 years of Polish dancing, singing and music at the stunning New Wimbledon Theatre
Tickets are now on sale for the Mazury 70th Anniversary show via the Wimbledon Theatre box office or website. To purchase tickets please click here to be directed to the New Wimbledon Theatre website for more information. Tickets: £15-£16 (subject to booking fee - Please note there is NO BOOKING FEE if purchased IN PERSON from the theatre box office itself!)
➤ Rehearsals - Take place on Fridays
Junior group (age 7-11): 6-7pm (Waiting list at present)
Middle group (age 11-16): 7-8pm
Senior group (age 17+): 8-10pm
➤ Rehearsal Location
All Saints Church Hall, Elm Grove Road, London W5 3JH
☎ Mazury CONTACT
Mazury Dance Company: Polska YMCA, 20 Gunnersbury Avenue, London W5 3QL
Zosia Lesiecka +44 (0)7515 362170 | Polska YMCA +44 (0)20 8992 5699
Mazury in the community
Aviva Community Funding Grant - We are finalists!
Thank you to everyone who voted for us in the Aviva Community Funding Programme, we are pleased to say through your support we have are now one of the finalists looking forward to hearing the winners at the end of January 2019.
Collecting for St Mungo’s
Christmas 2018: For a fourth year Mazury members are collecting for St.MUNGOs, a charity that helps the homeless. Throughout December & January, our rehearsal space at All Saints Church opens its doors as a night shelter, providing emergency accommodation over winter to the homeless. It offers somewhere warm to sleep, hot meals, care & companionship. Your donations are always very gratefully received.
Items needed in particular are:
*Thermos Flasks *Shower gel/ shampoo *Deodorant (roll on, unisex) *Women’s sanitary items *NEW Boxer shorts/Pants (Mainly Lge/Med) *NEW Men’s socks *Gloves/hats
*NEW Ladies’ socks/ underwear (M & Lge 12/14/16+) *Warm coats and jackets are also needed; should you be thinking of purchasing a new one for yourself this year, and would like to pass on your old one, we’d love them too!
We will be collecting at the next three Friday lessons. Items may also be dropped at Polska YMCA (20 Gunnersbury Ave, Ealing). Should you wish to make a financial contribution, this will be put towards the purchase of the aforementioned items (please message us for details). Thank you again www.mungos.org
What Have we been up to?
To see more visit our News page to see what we have been update
Most Recent Show:
11th November 2018: Royal Albert Hall- Koncert ‘Sto Lat’- marking Poland’s Independence Day celebrations
What’s coming up? Lots!
We have an exciting year ahead as we approach our 70th Anniversary in 2019, with an an eclectic mix of events already in the diary, we do hope that you will join us along the way to celebrate! If you would like any further information on these, please get in contact
2 February 2019: Bal Polski, Hurlingham club
3 March 2019: 70th Anniversary Show at The New Wimbledon Theatre, London
5 October 2019: Mazury’s 70th Anniversary Ball, Copthorne Tara Hotel, South Kensington
Bal Polski tickets
Mazury shall be performing at the 47th Bal Polski on 2nd February 2019 at London’s Hurlingham Club. For tickets and Bal information please visit http://www.balpolski.org.uk/
What lies at heart?
"Hard work, ambition, talent, good luck, serendipity and above all, friendship, are what make Mazury" (Wlodek Lesiecki)
The primary reason we exist is to bring people together. Passion, fun and a commitment to upholding Polish culture and traditions through dance and song lie at our heart! We welcome people of all ages and abilities, with our youngest members starting from just 7 years old, with many people still dancing several decades on. Running all three groups are Artistic Director & Choreographer Zosia Lesiecka and her husband and Dance Instructor & Choreographer Lucjan Santos-Witkowski.
Music & Song
Maryla Kolendo, our Musical Director, is the talent and creativity behind our music and song. Passionate and knowledgable, Maryla will source original scores, and transpose pieces for the 7-piece band and choir.
Leading the way in keeping our costumes in order is Wisia Saller. Volunteers (comprising of group members, friends and family) embroider, maintain, sew and make our costumes and props. National costumes of Poland vary by region. We make every effort to maintain authenticity and to stay true to the origins and variations of each regional costume.
Get in touch
If you would like further information, or if you or your child would like to join, please either use the form on our Contact page or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that any information provided will only be used for contacting you regarding Mazury and Polish YMCA activities and events.