Dance is Our Passion!
Wawel was formed in 1963 by Krystyna Wator, with the aim of performing and promoting Polish culture and heritage in Wollongong through song and dance. Over the fifty years since its inception, many dedicated dance teachers have taught children and young adults a variety of Polish folk dances. K. Wator had started than E. Narejko, M. Szajewska, L.Kendra, J.Walczak, D.Rudowicz-Dominiak, J.Gebhardt, K. Patynowska, T. Duda followed. The Ensemble performs in an extensive range of authentic costumes from different regions of Poland.
Since 1989, with the artistic direction of Ryszard Pulawski, Wawel has performed regularly at the Polish Association in Wollongong, as well as performances at local venues such as the Wollongong Entertainment Centre, Town Hall, Performing Arts Centre, Viva La Gong and annually at the German Club. Wawel has also been involved in larger events over the years such as Bicentennial Pageant of Nations 1988, Adelaide PolArt 1994/1995, Brisbane PolArt 2000/2001 and Sydney PolArt 2003/2004.
Over the years the original aim of the group has been held with high regard. Wawel continue to keep alive the beautiful legacy of Polish dance, culture and heritage within the local community.