Folk dance workshop with the Pilsudski Institute of London

The Pilsudski Institute of London invites you to come and dance one of Poland's national dances – the Krakowiak. Join the fun and learn more about a dance that inspired Fryderyk Chopin's Rondo à la Krakowiak.

Known for its 'galop' step imitating galloping horses, the krakowiak originated as a peasant dance in the 16th century; however, in the 19th century, it became a popular dance in European ballrooms and was considered a Polish national dance. Famous musicians, including Fryderyk Chopin, composed various krakowiak pieces.

Lidia Letkiewicz of the Pilsudski Institute will host two dance workshops on Saturday, 18th September, where dancers and non-dancers alike can join in to learn more about the history of the dance, the costumes, as well as learning simple krakowiak choreography based on some of the basic steps like 'cwał' (galop), 'krzesany' (striking of the foot), 'kulawy' and 'porębiańska.' Dancers can join individually or with a partner.

Booking Details
Pre-booking: Required
Booking Contact: Olga Topol

Booking closes: 16 September 2021 12:00

COVID-19 Considerations
This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival. If the guidelines change the event will be moved online.