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PIAST at Cleveland Museum of Art

PIAST Polish folk song and dance group
Cleveland Museum of Art
International Cleveland Community Day
October 8, 2017

The Piast dynasty was the first historical ruling dynasty of Poland. The folk song and dance group PIAST is named for them. They are part of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (PRCUA) the oldest Polish American organization in the United States.

PIAST Polish folk song and dance group

PIAST Polish folk song and dance group


They performed at the 2017 Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the Museum.

This first song featured a vocalist singing a traditional song as the others danced behind her.

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PIAST Polish folk song and dance group

PIAST Polish folk song and dance group

PIAST Polish folk song and dance group

PIAST Polish folk song and dance group

This second performance featured a traditional bearded man with wooden horse.



PIAST Polish folk song and dance group

PIAST Polish folk song and dance group

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PIAST Polish folk song and dance group

PIAST Polish folk song and dance group

The repertoire of the "Piast" Ensemble consists of five national dances of Poland: the Polonez, the Mazur,the Kujawiak, the Obertas and the Krakowiak. The regional dances include Kurpie of the Green Forest, a mountaineer dance of Beskid & Zywiec and the Old Warsaw Polkas. The ensemble has different costumes for each dance; most of which are original designs tailored for the group and imported from Poland.

PIAST Polish folk song and dance group

PIAST Polish folk song and dance group

PIAST Polish folk song and dance group

PIAST Polish folk song and dance group


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