The Kopernik Polish Folk Dancers were organized in 1976
to give the community an opportunity to learn and appreciate the many national
and regional dances of Poland. The group's many local, statewide
and out-of-state performances have included appearances at the Convention
Hall in the State Capitol, Albany, the Syracuse War Memorial, the Broome
County Arena, Roberson Center, SUNY Binghamton, the Ithaca Barge Ceremony,
the New York State Fair and festivals in Hunter Mountain, Amersterdam,
and Buffalo, New York, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
In 1981, the Kopernik Polish Folk Dancers received special recognition when director Valentina Kozlowski was awarded the Polish Merit of Culture Medal for the propagation of Polish culture in American society. In 1982, the group was selected to perform at the World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. Striving for authenticity, the Kopernik dancers have imported many beautiful costumes from Poland which add color and interest to the presentation of the folk dances.