Located in Eastern Poland is the city and region of Lublin where folklore is to this day still very popular. The folk music and dances of this region can be traced back to the 16th century. Lubelskie dances are not complex but offer simple movements and figures, but when done with vigour and grace can be quite beautiful. I have combined two Lubelskie dances below. The first is “Osa” which originated in Tatary (one of the districts of the present day city of Lublin) followed by “Mach”, a fantastic show-off dance done at weddings, consisting of four parts that begin slowly and elegantly and increase in tempo as we dance through all four partitions ending with a whirlwind of spins. I was taught this dance in the early 1970’s by my teacher Leokadia Magdziarz and was subsequently throughout the years, shown several other interpretations and variations by experts from the region. My thanks and appreciation to Jan Pogonowski, Zenia Stepowicz and the late Ignacy Wachowiak for their contribution.
On January 28, 2012 the Societe du Patrimoine d’Expression du Quebec (SPEQ) held their annual “Bal de Jugon” at the head office on Alexandre-de-Seve Street in Montreal. SPEQ is the provincial partner of Folklore Canada International and as such representatives from both organisations were present. The White Eagle Academy is a proud member of both and sent two delegates to represent the group that evening, in which many of the province’s member-groups attend.
The evening was hosted by SPEQ’s president, Mr Vartan Cherikian, who welcomed everybody and made the appropriate introductions. Mr. Theodore Sobczak, our musical director and his daughter Tamara, an artist in the ensemble were called upon to accept our certificate of participation at the Folklore Canada International concert held in October 2011.
A montage was presented that evening highlighting the accomplishments of all the groups and the White Eagle Academy was especially magnificent in the costumes from Nowy Sacz. These accolades from the multi-cultural world only serve to strengthen the commitment of the ensemble to show the world the beauty and diversity of Polish folklore. We thank both SPEQ and FCI for this recognition and look forward to many more years of collaboration.
The following letter was received from the “Fondation de l’Institut Canadien-Polonais de Bien-Etre”. The Academy is very honoured to have been chosen to collaborate with them for several years now during their annual fundraising Dinner-Dance as they raise funds to help our senior citizens live more comfortably.