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Podhale Folk Dance Company

 The Podhale Folk Dance Company of Montreal, Canada, a non-profit organisation and registered Canadian charity, educates. cultivates and popularizes the rich folklore of Poland. Through songs and dance, its students learn the Polish language, folk traditions and customs of various regions of Poland. The artistic repertoire of Podhale is very diverse and rich. The ensemble has successfully performed not only in Montreal, but has given full-length concerts around the world.

The ensemble’s various accomplishments were frequently featured in the media. They were also recorded through many program booklets and archived. Here are some detail about the Jubilee: In 1965, the Ensemble was started with the initiative of the late Mrs. Victoria Janiak. The name “Podhale” was adopted later.

During this time, the Ensemble performs at EXPO 67. Working with the Ensemble at that time were Mrs. Zofia Boniecka, dance instructor and Mr. Jerzy Różycki, dancer from the Song and Dance Ensemble “Mazowsze”. There are many members; the contemporary Polonia of Montreal is large. Committees, presidents change through the years.

In 1972, the Ensemble, with a large membership travels to Rzeszow to attend the World Festival of Polish Folk Ensembles Diaspora – with little or no support from Montreal’s Polonia. In Poland, the Ensemble does their first tournée. It performs in Warmia and Mazury region and in the area of Rzeszow, exploring Poland.

The existing committee represented by the late Mr. Stanislaw Marchewka and the late Mrs. Helen Paluch decides to sponsor from Poland a fully qualified, professional choreographer. The efforts made in that direction with the Canadian authorities, enable in 1973 Mrs. Leokadia Magdziarz, choreographer and artistic director of the “Bandoska” Ensemble from the Regional House of Culture in Rzeszow, to come to Canada.

Thus began a new era in the Ensemble’s work, which has lasted for more than 50 years. The expanded repertoire, new dance positions allow the Ensemble to prepare interesting performances and presentations in Polish communities in Canada and the United States.

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