SPK Iskry

Welcome


Welcome, Witamy! To the home of the Polish Folk Dance Ensemble S.P.K Iskry. Iskry is a group of 40 plus performers who prides itself on preserving the Polish Culture through traditional song and dance. We have had the thrill of entertaining and captivating audiences across North America and Europe with a repertoire rich in depth. From all of Iskry we hope that you enjoy your visit and have a cultural experience while with us.

HISTORY OF ISKRY


The Polish Dance Ensemble SPK Iskry was founded in 1967 by Mr. Henryk Lorenc to mark the Centennial of Canadian Confederation. Iskry (translated into English as “sparks”) prides itself on preserving Polish culture and ethnic tradition through song and dance. One of the ensemble’s distinctive characteristics is its diversity of vibrantly coloured, hand-crafted costumes which have been imported from Poland, or have been carefully replicated in Winnipeg. Presently, Iskry’s wardrobe boasts over 15 different cosutumes depicting the numerous regions of Poland.

Iskry has had the thrill of entertaining and captivating audiences across North America and Europe with a repertoire rich in depth, ranging from the romantic Kujawiak/Oberek to the exciting and dynamic Goralski. Some highlights of Iskry's career include performing at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Quebec and participating in the prestigious World Festival of Polish Folk Dance and Song in Rzeszow, Poland during the summers of 1993, 1996, 1999 and 2002. Members of the ensemble also had the privilege of attending a private audience with his holiness Pope John Paul II at the Vatican during their 1999 visit in Europe. At the last festival Iskry became world champions after winning the Mazur Dance Competition. For their success the ensemble was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award from the city of Winnipeg by Mayor Glen Murray. The group has also had the privilege participating in the 2003 Levee for The Honourable Peter M. Liba, CM., O.M. Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. Each summer, Iskry performs for thousands of visitors at the Warsaw-Poland Pavilion – a mainstay of Canada's multicultural festival Folklorama in Winnipeg.

Interested in booking SPK Iskry to perform for you? Contact us today and we'll bring the "sparks" to your next event!

ISKRY TID-BITS

Choreographer & Artistic Director: Krysia Kovach
Assistant Instructor: Robert Langtry
Inauguration Date: 1976
Current Number of Members: 43
Highlights: 2002 World Champions in Mazur Dance Competition 2002, 1976 Olympic Games, private performance for Pope John Paul II.


MEET THE EXECUTIVE

President: Robert Langtry
Vice-President: Patricia Dasiewicz
Treasurer: Samantha Czajka
Secretary: Marcin Ratajczyk
PR/Historian: Kasia Dolna
Special Events 1: Jola Wojciechowska
Special Events 2: Sylwia Kosinska
Costume Rep 1: Magda Pawlak
Costume Rep 2: Jennifer Psiurski
Past President: Bernas Pacak