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The Krakowiak is a fast, syncopated Polish dance in duple time from the
region of Krakow. This dance is known to imitate horses, the steps mimic
their movement, for horses were well loved in the Krakow region of
Poland for their civilian as well as military use. It became a popular
ballroom dance in Vienna ("Krakauer") and Paris ("Cracovienne")—
where, with the polonaise and the mazurka, it signalled a Romantic
sensibility of sympathy towards a picturesque, distant, and oppressed
The polonaise (Polish: polonez) is a slow dance of Polish origin, in
3/4 time. Its name is French for "Polish”. Polonaise is a widespread
dance in carnival parties. Polonaise is always a first dance at a
studniówka ("hundred-days"), the Polish equivalent of the senior
prom that occurs approximately 100 days before exams
Mazur is a traditional Polish folk dance from Masovia regioin. This
is a cheerful , dynamic dance which was danced on manors.
The oberek, also called obertas or ober, is a lively Polish dance.
The name "Oberek" is derived from "obracać się" which in Polish
means "to spin". This dance consists of many lifts and jumps. It is
performed at a much quicker pace than the Polish waltz and is one
of the national dances of Poland.
The Kujawiak is a Polish folk dance from the region of Kujawy in
central Poland . It is one of the five national dances of Poland, the
others being the krakowiak, mazurka, oberek, and polonaise.
The music is in triple meter and fairly slow.
The dance usually
walking gracefully in a
quarter-note rhythm, on
knees, with relaxed turns
and gently swaying.