GROUPS: Bielarus, Bulgaria, Latvia, Poland
Children’s Folk Dance Group „Ligo” is a part of one of the oldest and most experienced folk dance groups in Latvia – „LIGO”. It is already the sixth season, since the folk dance group „LIGO” welcomes children of different age to commence their first dance steps under the leadership of Anita Pielena-Pelena. Moreover, in six years our group of 83 dancers has expanded to 284 dancers in nine age groups. The youngest children are only 2 years old, whereas the oldest ones have already reached their teenage years.
Children folk dance group „Ligo” have participated in folklore festivals in Slovakia (2011), Lithuania and Estonia (2012), Belarus and Ukraine (2013).
The only one in Poland Integration of Polish Dances Club was established in 2004 at the School with Integrated Sections no 2 in Poznań. Its participants are disabled children and members of Children’s Folk Group “Cepelia -Poznan”. Through their involvement dancers desire to overcome barriers and show to their contemporaries that dance is most of all a great aesthetic feeling, wonderful fun, panacea for the concerns and inconveniencies of everyday life and meeting the needs of social contacts. The founder, choreographer and master of education of the group is Jadwiga Banaś. Multiple performances inPoznań, at the festivals in Kołobrzeg,Warsaw,Olsztyn always aroused applause of audience, leaving an unforgettable impression. The group won the First Prize at the VII Festival of Disabled People’s Artistic Creativity inGniezno as well as Audience Award. They also representedPoland at II Worldwide Festival of Disabled Children “Smiling Child” in Istanbul.
Children's Regional Ensemble "Mali Grojcowianie"
The beginnings of the ensemble date back to 1995, to the initiative of farmer’s wives’ association and Jadwiga Jurasz, the current director and choreographer. The ensemble performs games, rhymes and dances adapted to children age. It presents customs, music and dances of Beskidy Mountains highlanders. Since 2002 the ensemble is affiliated with the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts - Polish Section CIOFF. The team was a multiple winner of the Regional Review of Children's Regional Ensembles in Wisła and participant and winner of the Carpathian Festival of Children's Regional Ensembles in Rabka, the International Festival of Children's Regional Folk Ensembles CHILDREN OF MOUNTAINS in Nowy Sacz, International Children's Festival of Folklore in Zielona Góra, Festival of Children and School Youth Dance Ensembles - Gorzów Wielkopolski, Festival of Christmas Carols in Będzin, International Festival of Christmas Carols "Żywiec Carol".
Folk Dance Group „Detstvo” at Municipal Children’s Complex-Pazardzhik was created in 1962. The activity of this Folk Dance Group continues the traditions of the Bulgarian dance folklore. The motto of this folk dance group is “With a child’s smile towards creative work and beauty”. Folk Dance group “Detstvo” comprises about 180 children.
Folk Dance Group „Detstvo”, with art Manager Elena Tetseva, is a group with its unique image and traditions. It has won the recognition of the word’s public culture and it has been appraised with great medals and awards at international festivals and competitions.
It was great interest that the public received and welcomed the group in many countries such as: Yugoslavia, Romania, Russia, France, Greece, Syria, Turkey, Taiwan, England, Italy, Belarus, Cyprus, Egypt, Portugal, Macedonia, Israel, Georgia.
Dance Group "Wiljanoczka" was formed in 2001 and works by the Art School of Michał Kleofas Ogiński in Smorgon, nearGrodno. The repertoire of the ensemble, apart from dances from the Smorgon region, such as trasucha polka, or wiesiałucha polka covers choreographic versions of dances from other regions ofBelarus. These are historical dances, referring to tradition and customs.
The ensemble took part mostly in concerts inBelarus, and it participated in festivals inLithuania,Latvia,RussiaandPoland. "Wiljanoczka" is accompanied by a folk music band "Gulanok".
The Children's Folk Group "Cepelia-Poznań" of the Youth House of Culture No 3 in Poznań was founded in 1988. Approximately 80 children in the age of 6 to 15 take part in dance, vocal and folk instruments workshops. Our folk band consists of professional musicians, who also take part in workshops. Children present their skills during performances in Poznań, Wielkopolska district and all Poland. They are also ambassadors of Polish culture abroad as they performed in France, Croatia, Holland, Germany, Russia, Austria, Macedonia, The United Kingdom, Latvia, Hungary, Cyprus, Taiwan, Italy, Turkey, Bulgaria and India. In the Vatican children performed for the Pope. The Children's Folk Group "Cepelia-Poznań" is a member of the International Council of Associations, Festivals and Folk Art (CIOFF).