Richard Schmidt received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Polish government fourteen years ago for his dedication in promoting Polish culture abroad and he hasn’t slowed down since. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of “The White Eagle Folk Dance Academy” in his hometown of Montreal, Canada, as well as the Artistic Director for The Lechowia Polish Folk Dance Company of Toronto.
His instructional workshops and choreography have been complimented by decades of studies under several of Poland’s top dance specialists. He has choreographed and taught for folk ensembles in Europe and North America since his teens and he is much sought after on the International Folk Camp circuit both in the Americas and Asia. With two successful folk tours of Poland under his belt, Richard’s vast network is sure to provide you with that special activity or thing that personally interests you. His easy going temperament, his fluent English, knowledge of Polish and French, understanding of Poland’s culture and his excitement and joie-de-vivre add to the comfort and experience of all his guests!