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Spisz

Spisz comes from a small region of Poland in the borderland of the Carpathian mountains, just north of Slovakia. The region is an reflection of the historical relations between Poles, Hungarians, and Slovaks. It is a very vibrant and exciting dance that has drawn its style and costume from the crossed over relationship of those ethnic groups With its fast “czardasz” melody and crisp representation, this is definitely a highlighted dance for SPK ISKRY.

 

Choreography: Krysia Kovach & Robert Langtry
Music: Kapela Zgoda

Goralski

Goralski comes from the deep Carpathian Mountains of Southern Poland, a dance of the mountaineers from Podhale. It’s a region home to the indigenous “Goral” or “Highlanders” people of Poland. Highlander culture is distinctive as it is rich in its architecture, music, painting, and its colourful costumes are highly original, representing the unique environment in which they were created. This dance is a couple dance, however partners do not dance with each other, but around each other in an effort by the men to impress their women. It is one of the most intriguing dances and therefore one of the best known, an SPK ISKRY classic.

Choreography: Sandro Barbosa
Music: Stanislaw Moniuszko, Opera Halka

 

Zbojnic

Zbojnic is another dance from the mounatineers “Goral” Podhale region which originated from the men who roamed the region. It is a men’s dance that displays their very strong culture and folklore commitment throughout the Carpathian Mountains. The men dance around each other in an effort to show their strengthen and ability in performing complicated footwork.

Choreography: Krysia Kovach
Music: Trebunie Tutki

 

Beskid Zywiec

From Poland’s high Beskid Mountains this dance combines the entire regions elements under one performance. Elements including: Kon – The Horse, Siustany, Pasterze, Sarna, and Hajduk, all of which offer the different steps and vibes of the collective region. Beskid Zywiec is an exhibit of the regions high leaps, energetic style, and acrobatic patterns. It is performed with the couples dancing with each and also the men trying to show of their footwork, with the women responding with their own. The stages and flow of the dance will make sure you are always entertained.

Choreography: Krysia Kovach
Music: Pan Kozbiol i Kapela

 

U Dunaja

Performed only by women, the music and steps are influenced by the vast and rich culture of the traditional “Gorale” (Highlanders) in Southern Poland.

Choreography: Krysia Kovach & Robert Langtry
Music: Kapela Harnasie

 

Rzeszow

This Rzeszow dance from the southeastern region of the Polish-Ukrainian borderline is influenced by various of ethnical groups that dominated or habited the area. It is a dance of variety and humour with its distinct characteristics and amusing costumes. The men and women taunt each other in song between various steps and movement. It is lively and dynamic tinted with a spirit of humorous moments and songs.

Choreography: Bozena Langtry
Music: Various musicians from Rzeszow, Poland

 

Festiwal Cyganski

This dance is a representation and the influence by Roma people (Gypsies) from around Europe. The steps and characteristics are shared from Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.This unique dance has lots flair from its Roma brothers. Fast and precise, this dance doesn’t miss a beat and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Choreography: Krysia Kovach & Robert Langtry
Music: Romowie

 

Krakowiak

This dance originates from the old capital city and vibrant centre of Polish folklore, Krakow. The Krakowiak is one of the most popular and characteristic Polish folk dances with its representation of historic traditions and art. It’s filled with high energy, even tempo, and easy strides demonstrating spirited abandon and elegance at the same time.

Choreography: Sandro Barbosa
Music: Mazowsze



PAST:

Szcawnica, Beskid Slask, Polka Sadecka, Nowy Sacz, Wielkopolski, Zywiec Mieszkanski, Kolomajki, Kaszuby, Lubelski, Opoczno, Polonez-Mazur, Mazur, Polonez, Winogrona, Swietojanski, Sarocz, Przepioreczka, Polka Warszawska, Lowicz, Lemki, Kujawiak, Kujawiak-Oberek, Jurgow

NON-POLISH DANCES:

Szatmari (Hungarian), Kalotaszegi (Hungarian), Pirot (Serbian), Moldavian, French-Canadian