Polanie Polish Song & Dance Association
Polish Folk Dance Ensemble
Polanie is a Polish Folk Dance group operating out of Calgary, Alberta Canada and currently celebrating their fortieth anniversary. Polanie is focused on Youth Development that revolves around the Polish community, their local Parish, and the greater Canadian community. To know Polanie, its essential to examine the three fundamental cornerstones of the organization: a Proud Polish Heritage, the pursuit of Dance Excellence, and Canadian Multiculturalism.
Although Dominik Barcz holds the distinction of being the first ever Polish Immigrate to Canada in 1752, it wasn't until the mid nineteenth century that Poles began to immigrate in substantial numbers. Most of those early immigrates came from the Kashubes of northern Poland and settled in Ontario and Quebec.
The earliest Poles to settle in Alberta was in 1895. The majority were miners from southern Poland and settled in the Banff - Canmore area. True to their heritage, these Polish miners were the first to establish a Polish Society in 1916, and then in 1927 constructed the first Polish Hall. A significant event indeed because such gathering places serve as focal points for cultural celebrations. These Polish Halls became the heart of Polish pride and cultural expression throughout Canada.
The Polanie Polish Song & Dance Association is a mirror of its proud heritage. A reflection of the early Polish roots in Canada, and a European Society steeped in rich cultural traditions and hundreds of years evolution. That Proud Polish Heritage is the fundamental cornerstone the Polanie organization was constructed upon.
The quest to attain excellence in Polish Folk Dance is a fundamental cornerstone of Polanie. It is the focal point of the Association and forms the very core of its mission statement:
Polanie exists to present and promote the rich heritage and artistic tradition of Polish folk and national dance, to cultivate high standards of technical and artistic merit, to enrich and foster the artistic development of youth, and to entertain audiences with our dynamic interpretations of the Polish dance form.
The pursuit of Polish Dance Excellence has been the guiding light of Polanie for forty years and counting. Its a common thread bonding everyone within the association and running right through the heart of the local Polish community.
Multiculturalism is fundamental attribute of being Canadian. In many respects, its the essence of who we are as a nation. The great majority of Canadian's are descendants of immigrants and the immigration policy has had a major impact upon the growth of Canada as a nation. Canada has a long history of multiculturalism and has become a leading voice on this topic. In fact, Canada was the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism:
In 1971, Canada was the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy. By so doing, Canada affirmed the value and dignity of all Canadian citizens regardless of their racial or ethnic origins, their language, or their religious affiliation.
Polanie cannot ignore the topic of multiculturalism as it has had a fundamental impact upon it's evolution.
Polanie welcomes all comments and feedback and would Love to hear from you.
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