WAWEL FOLK ENSEMBLE
Celebrated their 40 th Anniversary in 2005, Wawel has proudly performed the music and dances of their forefathers since the Ensemble's founding in 1965 as the first adult Polish performing troupe in the Detroit area. The group's name was inspired by the Wawel Castle in Krakow, Poland's former capital.
The Ensemble's performances are many and varied - from featured full-length concerts to special appearances with full symphony in concerts of Polish classical music. Wawel has performed for some of the Detroit area's most prestigious organizations, and at several Governors' inaugurations, for Pope John Paul's visit, and was honored to perform at a special luncheon for former President Ronald Reagan.
In July of 2008 the Ensemble participated in their 7 th International Folk Festival, which was held in Rzeszow, Poland. As in years past, the troupe attained worldwide recognition when they performed in Poland, receiving awards, and touring various Polish cities. In 1980 the Ensemble was presented with the Oskar Kolberg Award for strengthening the ties between Polonia and Poland. As charter members of the Polish Folk Dance Association of the Americas, the group has participated in each of the U.S. festivals to date. Tom Skurski, is serving once again as the President of the Association In the past, Donna has also served on the PFDAA Board of Directors as their Secretary for 3 years and Treasurer for 9 years
Wawel's former director/choreographer and co-founder Marcia Lewandowski, has been an inspiring force of the preservation of their Polish heritage. The ensemble's current leadership, Tom Skurski - Director and Donna Skurski - Artistic Director brings with them over 30 years of experience in ballet and Polish folk dancing. They with the other members of the ensemble strive to keep their Polish heritage alive.