A distinct cultural aspect of Polish history is the song and dance, which accompanied everyday events and annual festivities. It was this that caught the imagination of a group of teenagers from the Brockley-Lewisham Parish, and in the 1970s, they formed a Polish dancing group. Karolinka was accordingly established in 1978, under the guidance of Maura Kutereba and Jerzy Pockert and took its name from a popular song from the Silesian region of Poland.
Karolinka made its debut in Poland in 1991, in the new Post Communist era and successive trips to Poland followed, cementing friendships with other Folklore groups from all over the world.
Maura’s daughter, Jolanta Kutereba was already producing major pieces of choreography in the mid 1990’s and subsequently took over the coaching of the adult group, standards of professionalism continued to rise.