Sunday, May 06, 2007
Sunday: A Day of Rest?
That might have been the original plan, but Sunday May 6, 2007 was a busy one for members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble.
In the morning, the Ensemble participated at the 11:00 mass and procession at St. Hyacinth's parish in Detroit, Michigan. The mass and procession were celebrated by His Eminence, Adam Cardinal Maida, Archbishop of Detroit in celebration of the parish's 100th Anniversary. St. Hyacinth is the 9th oldest Polish parish in the Archdiocese and has a long tradition of serving Polonia and America.
In the afternoon, the Ensemble presented its Rzeszow suite at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights, Michigan at a talent competition sponsored by the United States' Postal Service.
The Ensemble is now busily preparing for its upcoming summer season. Performance this summer include: the Milwaukee, Wisconsin's annual PolishFest and the Polish Folk Dance Association of the Americas Festival held in Chicago, IL. Wawel's next public performance will be on June 8, 2007 at the Detroit Festival of the Arts on the Wayne State University Campus.
Gwiazda: Dancing with the Stars
On April 29, 2007, the PRCUA Gwiazda Dancers presented their 47th Annual Recital at the St. Florian Church Hall in
The program began with the singing of the American and Polish National Anthems followed by a welcome and introductory comments from Gwiazda’s Choreographer, Ms. Laura Hejza.
The recital began with Gwiazda’s presentation of the national dances of
Gwiazda continued its presentation of the national dances of
Following the national dances, Gwiazda took its audience on a virtual tour of
From Kurpie, Gwiazda moved east to the region of Kaszuby located on the
Gwiazda next took the audience southwest almost to the Russian border to the region of
Following a quick costume change, the Ensemble returned to present their own versions of some toe tapping American Polkas. Included were Group 4 dancing to the Regina Polka, Group 2’s Hanusia Polka, Group 3’s interpretation of the classic Zosia polka and Group 1’s presentation of the Sally Polka.
Next Gwiazda took its audience westward and across the pond with its American numbers. This year’s theme was Dancing with the Stars. Performances included Group 4’s Quick Step to Sing, Sing, Sing, Group 2’s Jive to the chartbusting hit SOS by Rihanna, Group 3’s Disco to Shake your Grove Thing and Group 1’s Cha Cha to Everbody to the Cha Cha.
After a second intermission, the entire Gwiazda dance school concluded its performance with a suite of dances from the mountains of Zywiec. Included in the suite were Siustu, Sarna, and Hajduk. The audience was wowed by the athletic stunts and intricate footwork demonstrated by the dancers.
Congratulations go out to all Gwiazda students and parents on a fine performance, especially Ewa Sztandera, who received her 5 year trophy. Special thanks to Ms. Laura Hejza, Choreographer - Group 1 & Alumni, Ms. Basia Grabas - Choreographer, Groups 2, 3, and, 4, Dominika Koper, Assistant Teacher, Cindy Cervenak, Director, the Officers of the Gwiazda Dancers: Kim Hancasky, President and April Kobeski, Vice President, Natalia Maska (2004), who provided Polish narration for the recital, the Alumni Members of the Gwiazda Dancers and to St. Florian’s pastor, Fr. Tomasz Sielicki for the use of the Parish’s facilities for practices and the recital.
After a busy 9 months, its time for some well earned rest and relaxation. See you in September.
Congratulations also go out to Wawel members recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Warren Polka Boosters. They include Alumni member Jim Chmielewski, Vice-President, Adella Pietryzk, Corresponding Secretary and Nick Nowakowski, Procedure Director. The Warren Polka Booster's next dance is its Beach Party themed dance on July 28, 2007.
Congratulations to all!