2012 for the White Eagle Folk Dance Academy is a year of highlights and achievements filled with many performing opportunites, fundraising events for charitable organisations, and new adventures. We are well on our way to unfold our three-stage plan for financial stability. The first stage of incorporation has been completed and with our house in order, we move on to stage 2. With our membership growing and the steadfast support of our partners we look forward to reaching our goal early in the year of 2012. As we proceed forward with these plans, we also continue to grow the repertoire and perfect the dances. In 2012, all day Sunday rehearsals have been introduced once a month. These 7 to 8 hour rehearsals allow the artists the much-needed time to work on minute details in both dance and vocals.
Along with the extra training and financial improvement , we also continue a hefty performing schedule in new and past venues that allow us more and more exposure to many more people. With new costumes arrived and more on order the shows become even more spectacular and the popularity of the Academy grows. Perhaps we will see you at our next show….
Copernicus Senior Residence Toronto
On January 21 at 13h30, The Academy will be giving a one-hour show for the residents and staff of the Copernicus Senior’s Home in the heart of the Polish Neighbourhood on Roncesvalles Avenue in Toronto. Senior citizens are an important target audience for the Academy, and as such this first time performance at the John Paul II Care Centre is very dear to our hearts. All the dancers pay their own way, give of their own time and accept no money for this performance. We have prepared extra vocal numbers so that the seniors, who mostly come from the Polish community of Ontario, may join in the show.
Polish-Canadian Folk Ensemble Tatry of Oshawa
On January 21 at 20h00, the Academy will perform and take part in the Annual Fundraising Ball for our sister group The Polish-Canadian Folk Ensemble Tatry in Oshawa Ontario. (See our calendar for details and maps) Artists from the Academy have joined forces with the Tatry dancers over the past 5 years on several occasions to travel to festivals in New York, Mexico, China and Europe. The two ensembles also meet two to three times a year at each others events, in our respective cities, to help each other in fundraising events.
Fondation de l’Institut Canadien-Polonais du Bien-Etre
Located in the Rosemont district of Montreal, Canada, the Canadian-Polish Welfare Institute is a 126-bed residential and long-term care center (CHSLD) that provides quality care and services for individuals who, due to a loss of physical or psychosocial autonomy, are no longer able to live independently. The Institute accepts seniors of Polish or Slavic origin and provides them with services in a milieu adapted to their culture, customs and traditions. On February 4 at 18h00, the Institute will hold its Annual Fundraising Ball, to raise much needed funds for the patients in their care center. The Academy is honoured to be part of this event, alongside artists from the Ukrainian-Canadian community of Montreal. Our dancers will not only perform, but will volunteer their time to help serve and greet the guests. The Ball will be held in our hall located at 1956 Frontenac Street (across from the Frontenac Metro Station)
Ste-Rose en blanc – Winter Festival
On Sunday February 5 in the afternoon, the Academy will be giving three 20-minute shows under the tent at the Annual Winter Carnival “Sainte-Rose en Blanc” held in Ste-Rose in the City of Laval, across the river from Montreal. Along with showing traditional dance, the artists will be encouraging the spectators to join in and participate by teaching them a Polish Folk dance or two.
The White Eagle Folk Dance Academy invites you to attend our Annual Fundraising Ball being held on March 17 at 20h00 at our hall located on 1956 Frontenac Street. (see our calendar for map) Our sister group, Tatry from Oshawa, will perform along with the Academy and the ever-popular dance band “Korona” will be playing for our entertainment. Tickets are only 20$ per person and can be bought by contacting Pawel Kowalski at 514-805-6134 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . The bar and kitchen will be open along with great prizes to be won, come raffle time. Many more surprises await you – Get your tickets today!
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
The day following our Annual Fundraising Ball, on March 18th at 12h00, the Academy and Tatry dancers along with the musicians will mount a float and take part in the 186th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Montreal. “St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in the City as far back as 1759, after the Conquest, by Irish soldiers of the Montreal Garrison. In 1817, the beginning of the Irish community here, the observance of St. Patrick’s day was marked by special dinners and the celebration of religious services.
Salt Spring Island Folk Festival
April 27-29 will find Richard Schmidt, the Artistic Director of the The White Eagle Folk Dance Academy teaching at the Salt Spring Island Folk Festival on beautiful Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. Accompanying him will be Renata Jarko, one of the female dancers from the academy who will assist in showing the near one hundred registered campers from around the world the beauty of Polish dances. Please visit their site and get involved. What better way to find some peace and harmony in your life than by folk dancing surrounded by the fantastic scenery of B.C. Also teaching Croatian Folklore that weekend is Zeljko Jergan .
More to come…
There is even more great events coming and we promise to keep you posted. Visit our site often and try and keep up with us.
May will find us back in Oshawa
June in Syracuse
July in California
August in South America
September on a Folk Tour of Poland
and the rest of the year will find us around town doing what we do best
“Bringing you Spectacular Folklore”