by Mary Kay Stuvland
Polish folk dance covers a
wide range of styles and tempos that find a home in 38 major regions
and sub-regions of Poland.
In this class Mary Kay Stuvland and Piotr Lacki will teach several
dances from the southeastern plains region of Rzeszow, and its sub-region
of Przeworsk. Polish dances are partner forms, but no partner is needed
to attend - we will do our best to match you, and mix it up. The waltz
form, "Stajer" and the challenging pivoting-sitting polka, "Oginana" will
take up the main part of the workshop; there will be a partner-change
built into the dance. Soft-soled leather-bottomed shoes or boots that
allow for easy turning are best.
Mary Kay Stuvland is Artistic Director of Lowiczanie Polish Folk Ensemble,
a performance group that has been organized in San Francisco since
1975. She has traveled extensively throughout Poland, has studied with
many of its finest choreographers, and has presented her choreography
on stage. Piotr Lacki, born in Tarnow Poland (near Rzeszow) graduated
from State Chroeographer's Academy in Krkaow, Poland and has been Resident
Choreographer for Lowiczanie for three years.