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World Folk Dances in Warsaw
May 7, 2008   
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The Brigham Young University International Folk Dance Ensemble from the Unites States will arrive in Warsaw to give their only concert in Poland May 15. The 40 dancers together with seven members of the Mountain Strings musical ensemble, which not only provides accompaniment for the dancers but also performs show-stopping traditional music, will perform at the capital's Sowiński Park.

Combining ethnic traditions with exquisite costumes, the group showcases dance styles from across the world and shows off the traditions of the United States at international folk festivals. The ensemble was founded in 1956 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006, visiting the Baltic states and the Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville, an international folk dance festival held in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada.

The group has a wide repertoire of folk music and dances from North America, Western and Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Under Edwin G. Austin as artistic director, the ensemble has won international recognition in over 40 countries. The ensemble performed at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in 2002. It also performed during the Olympic Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, in 1988.

The organizers of the concert in Warsaw are the Culture Center of the Ochota District and the Stefan Żeromski Culture Center. Victor Ashe, U.S. ambassador to Poland, is the honorary patron of the event. The Warsaw Voice is a media patron.

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May 15, 7 p.m., Sowiński Park, 17 Elekcyjna St., Warsaw, Admission free
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