• Short Summary

    Nearly 700 musicians and dancers from the city of Buffalo in the United States are in krakow in Poland to stage a festival of polka dancing.

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    EXTERIOR GV: church in Rynek Glowny square in Krakow
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    2.
    MVs: visiting Americans in Polish national costume enter square on horseback and foot (2 shots)
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    3.
    American and Japanese visitors assemble (2 shots)
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    MV PAN: Americans dressed in Polish national costume dancing the polka as bands play. (2 shots)
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    5.
    CU: Japanese tourist with camera
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    GV: crowds gathered around dancers in square.
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    CU: horses hooves PAN TO bands and dancers on horsedrawn carts.
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    8.
    MVs: Americans wearing Polish national costume dancing with locals. (3 shots)
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    Initials RH/1810



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    Background: Nearly 700 musicians and dancers from the city of Buffalo in the United States are in krakow in Poland to stage a festival of polka dancing.

    SYNOPSIS: The main scene for the festival was Krakow's market square, the Rynek Glowny. The dancers and musicians of the sunshine Orchestra are in the city for nearly a week bringing back to Europe a dance tradition born in there. The Polka is a dance of Czechoslovakian origin, but was widely danced in Poland before it became popular in other parts of Europe in the 1840s - and then in the United States.

    The Polka became popular in elegant ballrooms in the 19th century, but these dancers have returned to its roots-as a lively, peasant courtship dance.

    Polka came to the United States both as a fashion and as a tradition brought with the Polish immigrants. The word Polka comes from the Czechoslovakian Polka meaning "half step" and the dance is a simple three steps and a hop, danced in two-four time.

    One of the Polish variations on the dance was called the Krakowiak - and for their visit, to the delight of the local audience, the American dancers donned traditional Polish costumes.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACI60420DMJQ28QXJIZVMN71GN
    Media URN:
    VLVACI60420DMJQ28QXJIZVMN71GN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/05/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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