Pomorze, Nova Scotia's Polish Folkdance Ensemble, was born in 1983. During the last several years the ensmeble has been "dormant" however, it has recently started up again and rehearsals are once again in progress. See the information below on how to get involved. During its past incarnation, Pomorze grew from a small group of enthusiasts to a well-organized company with a full repertoire. During that time Pomorze gave over one hundred fifty performances at occasions such as the Polish Dance Festival of the Americas in both Boston and Montreal, the Canadian Polish Dance Festival in Toronto, the Seventh and Eighth International Festival of Polish Folkdance Ensembles in Rzeszow, Poland, the Canada Games Festivities in Cape Breton, the visit of His Holiness Pope John-Paul II in Halifax, The Nova Scotia International Tattoo, the first annual 'A Day in Poland' celebrations, and many multicultural events and celebrations.
Pomorze's performances in Poland earned them the Medal of Honour from amongst the fifty-five companies from eleven countries who participated. Pomorze also produced two half hour television programs for Halifax Cablevision entitled Zabawa - Poland Dances.
Pomorze's costume collection is one of the best of its kind in Canada with six complete colourful sets of eight men's and women's costumes for the dances in the repertoire. All the costumes are authentic folk costumes, for the most part made in their respective regions of Poland. The collection also includes smaller numbers of costumes from other regions. The original music to which the dances are performed was scored for eight instruments and recorded by local musicians.
Their dances include exciting and original choreography's for some of the most intriguing of Polish dances. They include full company choreographies for:
All the dances are from original choreographies done specifically for our group by some of the better choreographers in Canada and Poland. No one else dances these numbers!
Pomorze has recently started activities again. For further information or to get involved with the ensemble, please contact:
Practices are at St. Anthony's Church Hall, 27 Farrell St., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and take place at: