LOWICZ – Klapok

I first learnt this dance in 1989 during the World Festival of Polish Folklore in Poland, in which, Sławomir Mazurkiewicz, well-known Lowicz expert from Lodz, used it in his choreography for the finale number involving many dance groups from around the world. He explained to me that like many other regions of the country this clapping (klapać means to clap in Polish and hence the name) dance is meant to be done for fun by people of all ages from young children to the very old. There are many variations of the dance and I have included one that, although quite simple, is very enjoyable to do.