History of Krakusy
The Krakusy Polish Folk Dance Association, also known simply as Krakusy, is a Calgary based youth group formed in 2002 which aims to promote Polish culture and rich heritage through folk dance and music. The ensemble exists to enrich and foster the artistic development of youth and to entertain audiences with its dynamic interpretations of traditional Polish folk dance. Since the very beginning, Krakusy focuses on teaching unique dance styles, on educating the young dancer about the fundamentals of Polish folk and national dances, the Polish folklore history and traditions, and on fostering a sense of artistic pride and responsibility from a young age.
Over the years, Krakusy has performed at various multicultural events such as Canada Day Festivities, Alberta Culture Days, the Lilac Festival, Spruce Meadows “Christmas Market”, Christmas Nativity Play, Remembrance Day, Independence Day Festivities as well as many smaller venues (schools, churches, community halls, etc.). On numerous occasions, Krakusy has represented Alberta and Canada at the International Folk Music Festivals in Poland.
Throughout Krakusy’s existence, the ensemble has contributed to celebrating Canada’s, Alberta’s, and Calgary’s multi-cultural heritage, by promoting the rich Polish culture among many nationalities. Krakusy has had an opportunity to perform at many events and venues with groups from other nationalities, thereby enhancing the beauty and strength that Alberta and Canada enjoy through the many immigrant groups and individuals of various nationalities. Krakusy currently has dancers that are 1st and 2nd generation Canadians, who have chosen to continue to cultivate their connections to the cultural heritage of their parents and grandparents.
Krakusy also welcome youths from all ethnic backgrounds!
The Krakusy Polish Folk Dance Association was formally registered as a non-profit organization under the Societies Act in Alberta in 2012.