Orlęta Polish Dance Ensemble

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Orlęta is a dance ensemble of young people, aged 3 – 16 years. The aim of the Orlęta Polish Dance Group is to introduce young people to the beautiful music, traditions and folkloric dances of Poland. It also aims to promote, among young Polish New Zealanders, a sense of identity with their Polish heritage and a chance to share their joy of dance with the Greater Wellington community. Polish dance curriculum is based on both traditional and contemporary themes. The challenge for our young teachers is to continue to interest the children and come up with new and interesting dances and classes. Orlȩta teachers certainly do that in a refreshing and dedicated way. The children’s joy of dance is testament to this.

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Classes

Venue: Dom Polski, 257 Riddiford St, Newtown, Wellington

Group Time and Day Dance Instruction
Juniors

Saturday 12:45 – 1.15

Jennifer Hanson
Pre-school

Saturday 1.15 – 1.55

Jennifer Hanson
Pre-school

Saturday 1.55 – 2.25

Jennifer Hanson
Seniors – all girls 10+

Monday 6.00-7:00 pm

Juliet Rombel
Senior Orlęta and Lublin Fusion  Monday 7.00 -9:00 pm Juliet Rombel

Performaces

Every year, they regularly perform at Polish National celebrations like Trzeci Maj (celebration of the Polish Constitution on 3rd May), Polish Independence Day (11th November) and Sw. Mikolaj ( feast of St Nicholas)

Orleta is often invited to dance at community festivals and accepts invitations to dance at multicultural and cultural events or events organized by the European Forum like Carols at the Sound Shell – Botanical Gardens. Each year the group also performs at a number of rest homes especially where there are Polish residents.

Fundraising

Fundraising has always been one of the Orleta parents’ group’s major activities. Orleta have featured in multicultural festivals not only dancing but also selling tasty pierogi and other tasty Polish foods to raise money for costumes. The fabric for the very first set of costumes was purchased through a Lottery Grant and sewed by the parents themselves. New costumes are constantly needed to cater for the changing shape and sizes of the children as they grow along with the increasing repertoire of regional dances. Many of the more elaborate costumes are purchased directly from Poland to ensure authenticity.

Contact

Chairperson: Ela Rombel
Principal Teacher: Juliet Rombel
Address: PO Box 853
Wellington 6140
New Zealand
Email: orleta@polishcommunity.org.nz

History

The group was founded in Lower Hutt in 1994 by Ela Rombel and a committee of Polish School parents, The first dance instructor was Basia Mazur, a New Zealander of Polish descent. Orleta has had a number of instructors over the years. Maria Polaczuk, Tereska Lepionka, Helena Zawada, Melanie Fyfe, Adela Jones and Aniela Reid have all contributed their dance skills and knowledge to the group at various times. The current instructors are Jennifer Hanson and Juliet Rombel.