GROUPS: Czech Republic, Georgia, Poland, Ukraine, USA
Folk Dance Group "SHEVARDENI" - GORI
Folk Group “SHEVARDENI” was founded in 1998 in the city of Gori. Its performances are often shown on TV in Georgia. In the programme of the ensemble there are many folk songs and dances, which show the cultural traditions of different ethnic parts of Georgia, happy and funny songs, lyrical and wavy dances, etc.The repertoire is full of Georgian folklore, which allows you to easily learn the culture, habits and the history of Georgian people. The Group “SHEVARDENI” takes part in many international folk festivals in different countries such as Poland, Egypt, Hungary, Turkey, Spain and Ukraine.
Georgian choreographic ensemble “SHEVARDENI“ carries on with its activity and makes its contribution to the development of Georgian choreography.
WICI Song & Dance Group - CHICAGO
The WICI Song and Dance Theater was established in 1972. Its mission is to preserve and promote American Folklore through song, dance and music. We embrace the traditions of our ancestors portrayed through authentic costumes and original choreography. In addition, WICI implements valuable artistic projects that bring satisfaction to our viewers. The beneficiaries of our activities are children, teens and adults. WICI strives to create an open dialogue with our audience, by offering an interesting repertoire and our artistes continue to be solicited to perform around the world. The group has participated in various international festivals and dance contests. WICI has received first place in many competitions, some of which include the International Contest in Rosemont Theater (USA) and the International Krakowiak Festival (Poland). Since 1972, well over 4,000 young people and adults have participated in WICI projects
Children's Folk Group "Cepelia-Poznań"
The group works at the Youth House of Culture No 3 in Poznań and 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, Serbia, Bulgaria, Maroco 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).
Children's Folkloristic Group "DRAHANEK" - BLANSKO
Group consists of dancers, musicians, singers. Program of the group consists of typical dances and music from ethno region of southern Moravia – part of the Czech Republic. Interesting is typical singing by dancers before start of the dance, when the boys express interest in dancing with girls. Group shows different habits and customs, both by boys and girls, separately and together. In the repertoire the Group has games for boys during grazing, girls playing and singing in the meadow, boys try to imitate adult men at work in the field. At the time of program-performance - dancers wear costumes specific for region, which the costume is intended for.
Children’s Folk Dance Group “Polisyanochka”
The dance group participated several times in folk festivals in Lithuania, Slovakia, Spain, Poland, Germany and Bulgaria.
Folkloristic Group "MARYNIA" - WRONKI
Folk Group ‘Marynia’ has been created in 1993 in Cultural Centre in Wronki to develop traditional dances and music of Szamotuly area. With time the repertoire has been expanded with dances of other regions of our country. Nowadays 'Marynia' presents folklore of over 10 regions of Poland. More than 80 children, young people and adults from Wronki and surrounding villages are taking part in dancing and singing sessions on a weekly basis. Main purpose of the Folk Group 'Marynia' is to develop polish traditions with particular emphasis on folklore of Great Poland region. Directors and choreographers try to keep the artistic program and costumes as authentic as it is possible. ‘Marynia' not only gives concerts in Wronki city and community villages, in region of Great Poland but as well in other parts of Poland, Europe and World. In 2013 artistic program of the Group has been verified by Expert Board of the International Council of Organizations of Folklore of Festivals and Folk Art CIOFF. After close examination Folk Group 'Marynia' received certificate entitling to represent Polish Section of CIOFF in Poland and abroad.
CHILDREN'S SONG AND DANCE GROUP "ŁANIKI"
at the Poznań University of Life Sciences
"Łaniki" are a folk group that above all promotes dances and songs from region of Wielkopolska. The repertoire includes dances from other Polish regions, including Lublin, Kurpie, Kashubia, Silesia, Żywiec and
national dances such as krakoviak, oberek, cracovienne, polonaise and
mazurka. The band gives concerts in schools, community centers, at various events, and charity actions, and participates in international folk festivals. "Łaniki" also go to international folklore festivals and meetings, i.a. to Greece, Sweden, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy, Finland, Scotland, Germany and Hungary. Thanks to the university authorities that provide the band with facilities for rehearsal and rooms for costumes, "Łaniki" have the opportunity to develop their activities. The band include children aged 5 - 18. Dance and vocal classes are conducted in three age groups. Many members of "Łaniki" later perform in the Song and Dance Group "Łany".