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.


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