Bilgoraj is situated in south-eastern Poland in the region of Lublin. The unusual white costumes make this dance visually stand out from others. The girls dance with their shawls and many of the men's steps show off their long sweeping coats. It is a playful, lively dance.
Rzeszów is the capital of the south eastern border region of Poland. Dances from this region are very varied but are all very lively with plenty of opportunities for the men to show off exciting moves to their lady partners.
The Kaszuby region is located in the northern part of Poland by the Baltic Sea and greatly influenced by the people of the sea. The dances are mostly gentle, joyful and as graceful as their accompanying songs.
The Mazur or Mazurka started as a peasant dance, but was gentrified and became a popular dance of noble persons in the salons of Europe. The dance is firey with changing rhythms but is also very dignified. The Mazur is one of the National Dances of Poland.
Songs and dances from the Lublin region in central eastern Poland are fun to dance and fun to watch with fast polkas and obereks as well as beautiful and romantic waltzes leading to a dance with a changing tempo and a story to tell.
Powisle is an area belonging to the Lublin region, encompassing the mid - eastern section of the Wisla river. The melodies and songs are yearningly haunting, once sung by the boatmen on the river. The dances, performed to varying rhythms, are characteristic of this region.
The region of Podhale is the most southern tip of Poland and includes the Tatra mountains. The dance, music and folklore of the highlanders is dramatically different from the rest of Poland with influences from Hungry and Slovakia making this a very lively and wild dance. This dance can be danced in a single pair (Goralski), a group of men performing tricks with axes (Zbojnicki) and in a group (Suite Goralski).
The Kujawiak is from the Kujawy region lying to the north west of Warsaw on the west side of the river Wisla. It is a beautifully slow and majestic dance that portrays a love story between a single couple. This dance is frequently combined with a fast paced oberek to produce a fully rounded dance showcasing elegant steps and acrobatic kicks and lifts in the same suite. It is one of the five National Dances of Poland.
Kraków is a beautiful and historic city which used to be home to the kings of Poland. The Krakowiak dance is one of the five National Dances and is often seen as the dance most representing Poland. The dance is based on a galloping step and has exciting syncopated rhythms. The costume is one of the most colourful in Poland with a multitude of colours and bells dangling from the boys belt.
Slask is a large and rich area in the west of Poland. The dances are generally very gentle and graceful with occasional lively polkas. There are many beautiful songs from this region which are the focus of this elegant suite.
Zywiec is in the Carpathian mountain range. The dances are very energetic, with men showing off their gymnastic skills and the ladies showing off their voices in song. This dance showcases a range of tricks from dancers jumping over their own leg to swinging axes at each other. This dance is a favourite amongst the folk dance community.
This dance is fun-loving with many lively Polka's, Oberek's and joyful waltzes. Sharing many stylistic similarities to dances from Rzeszów and Bilgoraj, The dance is characterised by it's fast pace, cheer and upright posture.
The Polka is a very typical Polish dance and is found in many of the regional dances. It is very fast with lively music and allows pairs to show off their dancing skills. Our Polka is danced with only one pair but the dance is exciting enough to fill a whole stage.
The dance from which Polonez Manchester takes its name. Proud and graceful, the Polonez or Polonaise gained popularity in the courts of Poland and was used to open all great occasions by the country's nobility. It is one of the National Dances of Poland and is both stately and dignified.