1st costumes

Girls in Syracuse 2011

In the beginning

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With material bought at a bargain price in Zacatecas, Mexico, the Academy’s first costumes were designed and prepared to fit the very first choreography – the national dance “Oberek”. As the inventory of the ensemble grows, these costumes although light and practical are replaced for the much heavier original counterparts for the female artists. The men’s apparel continues to be used regularly as their appearance on stage is indistinguashable from the original and is much easier to perform in due to the lightness of the material.


2011-05-01_Brebeuf_gp in discussion


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The Oberek is one of Poland’s five national dances and as such can be performed in any of Poland’s regional costumes. Most ensembles, however, usually choose costumes from the centrally-located ethnographical region of Mazowiecki where we find “Opoczno”. Costumes in this region, like it’s next neighbouring regions of Lowicz, Sieradz and Kurpie are all easily recognisable due to the striped pattern of the material. These colourful stripes represent the agricultural fields of different produce that are abundant in central Poland.

Nowy Sacz

Nowy Sacz Nov 2011


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Found in the foothills of Southeast Poland, the Sadeckie region is one of the more colourful and beautiful regions of the country. In the town of Nowy Sacz the influences of the neighbouring areas of Krakow, Rzeszow and the mountain folk are prevelant in the songs and dances. It is also one of the prettiest costumes in Polish folk with the contrast of the black and the pink. Some of the quickest polkas can be found here and the men love to strut their stuff and show off for the ladies.

In the mountains

Spiskie at FCI - Oct 29 2011

Mountain Dances

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Up into the mountains we go to one of the most picturesque places on the planet in the region of Podhale. With a completely different folklore than that of the rest of the country, the gorale or mountain folk are some of the warmest and kindest people you’ll ever meet. With the men off hunting and providing for the family for weeks on end, many of the songs and dances of the region originated into groups of men and women as they entertained themselves during the long evenings. Embroidery is abundant in all of the attire and if you travel there today, you will delight in seeing the locals still wearing traditional dress.

Masquerade Ball Anyone?

Polish Festival Syracue 2011


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To the music of Fryderyk Chopin (Polonaise, Mazurka and Waltz), one of Poland’s celebrated Classical composers, the Academy perform these dances in Victorian dress. Queen Victoria, a contemporary of Chopin, loved his music and also enjoyed to dance away the evening at a masquearde ball. She particularly loved the mazurka commenting that “It is like gliding across the dance floor“. It seems the British Empire has always had great taste when it comes to Pop culture.


Cammie and Tom Syracuse 2011


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Originally from Bamberg, Germany, the merchants who emmigrated to the area around Poznan, Wielkopolska in the 18th century, when the King decided to open immigration, brought with them their folklore and their style of dress. While the gentlemen remained quite austere in black and white, the ladies went all out with colour, lace and flowered headpieces. As city folk their folklore is more upscale and gracious.


2011-05-01_Brebeuf_boys in trees


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Found in southeastern Poland, the region of Rzeszow is so full of folklore that it is broken down into many sub-ethnographical regions, such as Krosno, Przeworsk and Lasowiak to name a few. There are hundreds of “polkas” alone in this area and they can be quite speedy and intricate. The songs are full of sarcasm and double entendre and are meant to poke fun between the sexes.


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