Polish Folklore Song and Dance Group
In 1972 Mr Zbigniew Bartus, working with the Polish community in Slough, initiated the formation of a song and dance group, naming it Młody Las, which means Young Forest: a new crop of young people growing in England yet with their roots tied to the traditions and culture of Poland.
The dance group is primarily a youth organisation, aiming to nurture and develop a love for the richness of Poland’s folklore among second and third-generation Poles born in this country and also with the new generation of Polish youth recently arrived to these shores. The dance group has helped with the integration of these young people by encouraging a healthy lifestyle and a commitment to community activities. Młody Las appears all over Southern England, mainly at charity and fund-raising events and, of course, multi-cultural celebrations, as well as traditional folk festivals.
Our current dance director, Mr Milo Baumgart, joined the group as a 14 year old in 2002. Milo attended the famous Polish Folklore choreographer’s course in Rzeszów (Poland) in 2007, obtaining his full teaching Diploma on 23rd July 2010. In order to celebrate 40 years of Młody Las, Milo set the group a challenge – to take part in the internationally renowned XVI World Festival of Polish Overseas Folklore Groups 2014, in Rzeszów. This was a tremendous undertaking for all concerned, requiring hard work and commitment and, of course, the support of the local Polish community, fundraisers and sponsors. The Festival was an incredible experience and success. By going to Rzeszów, Młody Las strongly believes that the trip will leave a lasting legacy for the future of the dance group, providing a platform for aspiration and excellence for future dancers.