Orlęta Polish Dance Ensemble

  • When: 8th Mar 11:30am
  • Where: South Stage
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The Orlęta (Orlanta) Polish Dance group was formed 25 years ago by a group of parents in Lower Hutt. The first costumes were sewn by the parents and funded by a Lotteries grant. These costumes have been gradually replaced thanks to fundraising by the parents and donations from the wider community. Orlęta (Orlanta) has performed in many concerts, festivals and National Polish celebrations. They have participated in reunions and featured in the concerts of Polart in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Tasmania and represented the Polish community at special events and festivities.

Today the youngest of our dancers will share their love of dance with you. They will perform a suite of dances from the Silesian regions of Poland, a childrens action song about a bee, whilst the more senior dancers will dance a Kujawiak (Kooyuviuk),Krakowiak (Krukovyuk) and a dance from the Beskidy mountain region.

The beaded jackets costume and boys costumes as well as the white and red costumes represent the city of Krakow (Krukov) and have been purchased through the Polish Costume company – Perfekt. The Kozaki (kozucky) boots and leather Kierpce (kiarrrptze) have also been imported from Poland and made to measure. New dancers are always welcome to join Orlęta, which boasts Wellington, Lower Hutt as well as senior performance groups.

Polish Folkloric dance is rich in music, dance steps and costumes. The dancing is varied in tempo and style and can take a number of years to perfect.