National Dances of Poland

The Five National Dances of Poland

The National Dances of Poland are The Polonaise, Kujawiak, Mazur, Oberek, and Krakowiak. We have a video example and description of each of these Polish folk dances. Enjoy!

Polonaise

The Polonaise or Polonez, evolved from a dance called the Chodzony (Walking Dance) in the 15th century. As you might guess from the description the dancers walk around the dance floor. It was danced even by royalty and nobility.


Polonaise or Polonez – Traditional Polish Dance


Kujawiak

The Kujawiak has its origins from the Kujawy region. It is a simple slow dance with much dignity that appeared in the 19th century.
It is a beautiful romantic dance.

Kujawiak – Taste of Poland Event at Polish Home. PKM dances the Kujawiak. Oct. 27, 2007


Mazur

The Mazur’s origin is from Kujawy, but got its name from Mazovia the region around Warsaw. This dance was known in the 16th century and it’s rhythm was used by Chopin to create some of his master pieces. Mazur was embellished into an intricate swift moving elegant dance, cherished by the social elite and eventually became the Polish National Anthem.


Mazur – The “Swir swir” or “chirp chirp” Mazur, a national dance of Poland, danced by the nobility.


Oberek

The Oberek came from the Mazowsze region of Poland. Its name comes from the Polish verb obracac sie which means to spin. It is the fastest of the Polish Folk Dances. Obereks were very lively and difficult to dance and it’s rhythm mostly remained a polish treasure.

Oberek – Nowa Huta Song and Dance Ensemble Krakow-Poland


Krakowiak
The Krakowiak origined in Krakow and the Malopolska region back in the 16th century. The Krakowiak has a syncopated rhythm and again was a musical base for Chopin. It is truly known as Poland’s true national dance.

Krakowiak – Kraowiak Dance performance by House of Poland Constitution Day celebration (Konstytucja Trzeciego Maja)
May 4, 2008

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  1. Ready at last! Our researches of European Social Ballroom Dances are now on a set of 4 CD/DVD-s- data discs. We offer the content to you for free. Although copyrighted by the author, Mr. R. Cwieka, (me), he hereby gives you permission to make copies of the said discs and distribute them to your dance friends, the general public and to libraries. DO YOU WANT THE DISCS? (FIRST, I SHALL SEND THE INITIAL CD.) SHALL I SEND IT TO YOU? Here are the contents:
    POLONAISE: STORY OF A DANCE
    MAZUR-MAZURKA: THE BRILLANT GLORIOUS DANCE
    The title, MAZUR-MAZURKA: THE BRILLANT GLORIOUS DANCE, is a compendium or a catch-all title for the following works, which deal with aspects of the Mazur-Mazurka Dance:
    MAZUR: THE ELEGANT POLISH RUNNING-SLIDING DANCE
    POLISH MAZUR-MAZURKA DANCE MANUALS &
    SUPPLEMENTAL POLISH MAZUR-MAZURKA SOURCES

    RUSSIAN MAZUR-MAZURKA DANCE MANUALS &
    SUPPLEMENTAL RUSSIAN MAZUR-MAZURKA SOURCES

    GERMAN MAZUR-MAZURKA DANCE MANUALS &
    SUPPLEMENTAL GERMAN MAZUR-MAZURKA SOURCES

    ITALIAN MAZUR-MAZURKA DANCE MANUALS
    SWEDISH MAZUR-MAZURKA DANCE MANUALS
    SUPPLEMENTAL ENGLISH MAZUR-MAZURKA SOURCES
    SUPPLEMENTAL FRENCH MAZUR-MAZURKA SOURCES
    SUPPLEMENTAL AUSTRIAN MAZUR-MAZURKA SOURCES

    THE ŻYWIECKIAN MAZUR

    THE ELEMENTS OF AND THEIR COMBINATION IN FIGURES FOR POLISH
    FIGURE DANCING

    THE MAZUR-MAZURKA DANCE FIGURES WORKBOOK &
    THE MAZUR-MAZURKA DANCE FIGURES AUDIO INSTRUCTIONS*

    SUPPLEMENTAL HOŁUBIEC COUPLE-TURN SOURCES

    SOME MORE MISCELLANEOUS NOTES, FRAGMENTS, ETC., ABOUT THE
    SLIDING-GLIDING MAZUR STEP: FINALLY DONE 2007

    A SUPPLEMENTAL SIMPLE ANALYSIS OF SOME PICTURES OF THE PZDP

    THE KRAKOWIAK DANCE WORKBOOK
    THE KUJAWIAK DANCE WORKBOOK
    THE OBEREK DANCE WORKBOOK
    THE GORALSKI DANCE WORKBOOK
    DANCES AND FOLKLORE OF THE ŻYWIECKIAN TOWNSPEOPLE

    *As of this writing, The Mazur-Mazurka Dance Figures Audio Instructions, do not exist in book form.(But we do have a soft-covered Workbook of all these Figures which is available.) They are a series of 4 DVD-data discs, done as DATA-SOUND RECORDINGS, TALKING, VERBAL INSTRUCTION which are in ENGISH for each of the figure-sequences, that is, of the complete choreographies for almost 300 hundred Contemporary Social Ballroom and Stage choreographies. These are used in conjunction with the THE MAZUR-MAZURKA DANCE FIGURES WORKBOOK which illustrates all of the figure-sequences, that is, the figures are drawn.. This is about forty hours of verbal instructions—a real treat for dance lovers. (To obtain these, for free, contact the author at cwiekara@shu.edu) Would anyone or group of dance-lovers like to make a video record of these complete choreographies? Or donate copies to your local library. Or place any of the works on your web-site OR make computer-animations. Feel free to do so.

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