We would like to Congratulate Mr. Michael Dziadkowiec on completion of his 4 years of schooling at Polonijne Studium Choreograficznego w Rzeszowie this past summer in Poland. Since 2016, Michael has been dedicating his summers to complete his education. Additionally, we would like to congratulate Michael as he will be taking over the choreography for Polanie Dance Group.
We would like to thank Mr. Richard Jaminski for all of his dedication to our group, and we will miss him.
History and Achievements
The Polanie Dancers of the John Paul II Polish School in Lemont, IL are a children’s Polish folk dance group which was first organized in 1982. The original group emphasized the folk culture of the Podhale region. It later became a drama and singing circle.
In 2000, it was reorganized to teach songs and dances of the various regions of Poland and, after a competition was held to select a name, it was known as the POLANIE DANCERS of the St. John Paul II Polish School. The name “POLANIE” is from the Slavic word pole [POH-leh] meaning “field”. In addition to learning Polish folk culture, the children – ages 4-17 years of age – also perform American dances and dramatic sketches. The current Artistic Director and Choreographer of Polanie is Richard Jaminski. Dance Instructors are: Choreographer Michael Dziadkowiec, Patricia Szyrzyna and Olivia Cislo, assisted by Dominika Gornikowska and Alexandria Cislo. Mirek Cislo and Monika Gruszka are the Coordinators.
The group participated in five International Festivals of Children’s Polish Folk Ensembles in Iwonicz Zdroj, Poland (2003, 2006, 2009, 2015 and 2018).
The POLANIE DANCERS of the St. John Paul II Polish School, Inc. are subsidized by the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America.
Practice sessions are held each Saturday from 12:15pm to 2:30pm in the lower level of St Cyril’s school.
Parents are asked to pick up their children from the downstairs entrance, located between the main school doors and the gymnasium doors.
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