Dance company of the Polish YMCA
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Dances & Music

Mazury's Repertoire

 

Krakowiak

In Mazury we are proud of both our Krakowiaks, performed by the young and old of our group, it is often considered one of Poland's most iconic dances. 

Krakowiaczek
The "Little Krakowiak" performed by the youngest members of Mazury. The Krakowiak is the most popular national dance of Poland.

Krakowiak
Often performed by our Seniors as a show's finale, the most popular of national dances, with the high spirit, formations, songs and costumes of this region symbolisie the spirit of Poland.


Polonez

The Polonaise, a grand walking dance which gained great popularity not only in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, but also in the courts of Europe. Performed in the costumes of the Polish nobility of the 18th/19th century. Choreography by Włodek Lesiecki.

Kujawiak

A romantic dance from western Poland. The Kujawiak is one of the five national dances of Poland and was used as a theme for several of Chopin's works. Choreography by Jan Ciepliński.

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Mazur

Mazury have long performed two examples of a Mazurka both requiring engery and stamina that belies the impressive grace of which they are performed.

Mazur Ulański
The Mazurka, perhaps the best known of Polish dances, was danced by both peasants and nobles, and gained great popularity in the salons and courts of Europe. It is performed by Mazury in the uniforms of the 1st Lancers (1830), to music based on the mazurkas traditionally associated with the lancers. Choreography by Włodek Lesiecki.

Mazur Straszny Dwór
The Mazurka, perhaps the best known of Polish dances, was danced by both peasants and nobles, and gained great popularity in the salons and courts of Europe. Mazury perform the splendid Mazurka from the opera ‘Straszny Dwór’ (The Haunted Manor) by Stanisław Moniuszko. First performance with the John Lewis Opera Society, London, April 1983. Choreography by Włodek Lesiecki.

Oberek

The Oberek, also known as the Round Dance, is popular throughout Poland and showcased by Mazury in both of our two versions. 

Oberek Łowicki
The Oberek, also known as the Round Dance, is popular throughout Poland. One version, with its characteristic brightly-striped and richly embroidered costumes, hails from Łowicz in central Poland. Choreography by Włodek Lesiecki.

Oberek Opoczyński
Another version of the Oberek, which is one of Poland's five national dances, also known as the Round Dance, from Opoczno in central Poland.


Góralskie

One of our newer numbers the Góralskie is a medley of songs and dances from the Carpathian mountains, including the Zbójnicki, the dance of the legendary mountain brigands whose leaders enjoyed mythical status akin to that of Robin Hood.


 

Some of our Singing Numbers still to come.....