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Jan Sejda was one of the original members of the Polish national dance ensemble Mazowsze and a noted expert on Polish culture and customs. In Poland he studied ballet, theater arts, and choreography and traveled throughout the Polish countryside, obtaining and preserving the regional folk songs and dances of Poland. He was an outstanding choreographer and directed performances involving over 3,800 singers and dancers in Silesia, Poland.
After Jan (pronounced yahn) moved to the United states, he founded the Kujawiaki Dancers and Singers, and was it's director from 1965 to 1972. The ensemble was a student group of Alliance College (which closed in 1987).
Jan moved to the San Francisco bay area and became the artistic director of Khadra International Folk Ballet and the choreographer for the Łowiczanie Polish Folk Dance Ensemble. At folk dance camps and seminars, he gave sessions involving a variety of folk arts, costuming, folk songs, stories, and even Polish paper cutting.
Jan died in 1982.
Among Jan's publications are
Dances Jan taught include Blogoslawiony, Chodzony Polonaise, Chodzony Sląski, Gołabek, Hej Na Moscie, Jan's Krakowiak, Jesiotr, Kolomajki, Kuczmierz, Kujawiak, Krakowiak, Krakowianka, Kujawiak, Kujawiak Weselny, Łęczycka Polka, Łęczycka Walc, Mazur, Mazur Przepiorecka, Mysliwiec, Oberek, Oberek Kumoterski, Okragly, Piekla Placki, Powolny od Radziejowa, Skoczek, Sleeping Kujawiak, Szklana Gora, Tompany, Tramblanka, W Ogrodzie, Wislak, Wolny, Zasiali Gorale, Zaloty, and Zielona Rutka.