"Poland" takes place in UNESCO

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The centuries-old Polish dance has been given a place on UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The magnificent Polonaise was performed at aristocratic balls and country festivals and inspired composers such as Frederic Chopin.

Elegant, graceful and steeped in history.

This is the "Poloneza", a traditional Polish dance that dates back to the 18th century.

Her music gained international recognition through the work of Polish composer Frederic Chopin.

And now the majestic dance has also sealed its importance - in December it was added to the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

"When the motion was being prepared, this initiative had a lot of support on social media. Thousands of people on Facebook and other social media supported the UNESCO entry, says Joanna Cicha-Kuczynska of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

The group performing today is from the Warsaw University Dance Theater "Warszawianka", with music composed by Witold Jarosinski and choreography by Jan Losakiewicz.

The dancers have clear ideas about what gives the polonaise its special character.

"The most important thing in polonaise is that the whole group can dance the choreography together, and among the personal characteristics, the most important is the dignity of the men and the ethereal nature of the women," says dancer Marcin Pracki.

Some credit the dance's longevity to the political role it has had over the years.

This slow-paced dance evolved from a popular form called the "walking dance."

From the 18th century, under the French name "Polonaise" - or Polish - it was widely played among the European nobility.

Polonaise inspired famous composers of the time, such as: Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and later Chopin and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

It still opens the carnival season at the Vienna State Opera Ball.