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This year Polish fest is proud to showcase the talents of a number of folk dance groups throughout the city and throughout the community. We are extremely happy to have such wonderful talent at the event and we invite you to see them all live.


SOKOL POLISH DANCERS
The Sokol School of Dance provides instruction in traditional Polish Folk dance as well as modern contemporary dance styles such as hip hop, disco and jazz. Under the Artistic Direction and Choreography of Anna Wesolowska-Kulbinska, the group practices regularly throughout the week and performs at various concerts, events and venues throughout the year organized by the Sokol Polish Gymnastic Association, Polish Society, as well as the City of Winnipeg. Currently, the dance group consists of four groups: Sokoliki (3 -5 years), the younger group (6-8 years), middle group (9-13 years), and juniors (14 years +). Come join our Sokol Polish Dancers and make fantastic memories. For more information please send us an email at sokolpolishdancers@gmail.com

KAPELA CZERWONA RZEKA
Czerwona Rzeka (Polish for "Red River") is a new Folk band in Winnipeg specializing in Eastern European Folk songs and melodies, including Polish, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian and more! The band started in 2011, when Robika, Rat and ETB dreamed about creating their own Kapela, after attending the nightly Kapela/Tanchaz Parties at the Rzeszow-Poland Music and Dance festival. The band is very interested in Polish, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian folklore and more.

ISKRY
The Polish Dance Ensemble SPK Iskry was founded in 1967 by Mr. Henryk Lorenc to mark the Centennial of Canadian Confederation. Iskry (translated into English as �sparks�) prides itself on preserving Polish culture and ethnic tradition through song and dance. One of the ensemble�s distinctive characteristics is its diversity of vibrantly coloured, hand-crafted costumes which have been imported from Poland, or have been carefully replicated in Winnipeg. Presently, Iskry�s wardrobe boasts over 15 different cosutumes depicting the numerous regions of Poland.
Iskry has had the thrill of entertaining and captivating audiences across North America and Europe with a repertoire rich in depth, ranging from the romantic Kujawiak/Oberek to the exciting and dynamic Goralski. Some highlights of Iskry's career include performing at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Quebec and participating in the prestigious World Festival of Polish Folk Dance and Song in Rzeszow, Poland during the summers of 1993, 1996, 1999 and 2002. Members of the ensemble also had the privilege of attending a private audience with his holiness Pope John Paul II at the Vatican during their 1999 visit in Europe. At the last festival Iskry became world champions after winning the Mazur Dance Competition. For their success the ensemble was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award from the city of Winnipeg by Mayor Glen Murray. The group has also had the privilege participating in the 2003 Levee for The Honourable Peter M. Liba, CM., O.M. Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. Each summer, Iskry performs for thousands of visitors at the Warsaw-Poland Pavilion � a mainstay of Canada's multicultural festival Folklorama in Winnipeg.

DOLINA POLISH FOLK DANCERS
The Dolina Polish Folk Dancers are a non-profit performing group dedicated to promoting Polish culture through song and dance. The group was established in 1949 and has been thrilling audiences locally, nationally, and internationally ever since. Poland is blessed with a rich folk culture dating back several centuries. Customs and traditions vary significantly from region to region, each with its own unique style in dance and costume. Dolina Polish Folk Dancers’ extensive repertoire includes dances and songs from diverse regions performed in a colorful array of authentic costumes, music and choreography.

POLISH SCHOOL OF DANCE S.P.K. ISKRY
The Polish School of Dance S.P.K. Iskry, under the auspices of the Polish Combatants Association, was founded in 1974 by Bozena Langtry. Mrs. Langtry continues today as Artistic Director/Choreographer of the school assisted by choreographer, Krysia Kovach, Instructors Joasia Langtry and Alexis Karsnicki and accompanist Barbara Torka. Consisting of 3 classes, the school has 52 students between the ages of 5 1/2 to 17. The school performs yearly at Folklorama, Warsaw Poland Pavilion, and puts on two annual concerts, the traditional Mikolaj (Saint Nicholas) and a year-end recital in June.

SOKOL POLISH FOLK ENSEMBLE
www.sokolensemble.ca Since 1914, the Sokol Polish Folk Ensemble has performed for audiences throughout Canada and abroad. The group consists of approximately 40-voice choir and 20 dancers. It is one of the oldest performing groups of its kind in North and South America! The Ensemble�s members take great pride in the culture and traditions of their ancestors and seek to preserve and promote these through song and dance. Embrace the experience and be swept away by over 1000 years of Polish history, culture and folklore!

L.A. DANCE ACADEMY
L.A. Dance Academy was founded in August, 2003 as the result of the hard work and dedication of its founder, Lucy Reveco. It was designed to bolster self-esteem and self-confidence while providing exercise and excitement. Focused on bringing the edgy street styles from L.A. straight into the classroom and onto the dance floor, their innovative, non-pressure approach to dance ensures everyone has a rewarding experience.

FUBUKI DAIKO
Fubuki Daiko reinvents traditional Japanese drumming with their eclectic and energetic performances that are part martial arts athleticism, part meditation, and all rhythm. For over twenty years, they have performed at festivals, concert halls, and schools across North America. Collaborations with a wide range of groups including the Winnipeg Singers, Moses Mayes Family Funk Band, the Northern Plains Ballet, and Ron Paley’s Big Band, have continued to fuel their pursuit of excellence and innovation in this ancient art form.
The core members of the group each have over 25 years of taiko experience and received their formative training from the founder of North American Taiko, Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka. After performing at Carnegie Hall with the San Francisco Taiko Dojo and leaving with Tanaka’s blessing, they relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba where they expanded into the current professional touring ensemble. The group’s self-titled CD received a Prairie Music Award for Outstanding Instrumental Recording.

SALSA EXPLOSION
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SELO UKRAINIAN DANCERS
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CROATION DAWN
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