Dr. Jerzy Dobrowolski → 1956 - 1981
Dr. Jerzy Dobrowolski, created and led the group for 25 years.
Danuta Wolkowicka-Gilmour → 1981 - 1982
Danuta Wolkowicka-Gilmour led the dance group for a year and a half.
Ryszard Jurewicz → November 1982 to 1984
Ryszard Jurewicz, a longtime dancer of the Polanie Dance Group, led the dance group for two years.
Mrs. Elizabeth Zawidzka → exact dates unknown
Mrs. Zawidzka was the manager and instructor of the dance group. She had previously danced in Poland with “Mazowsze”. She introduced new techniques of teaching like pairing new dancers with more experienced dancers to speed up learning.
Ms. Helena Rozanska → 1981 to 1987
Helena Rozanska led dance classes at the Polish Saturday School.
Teresa Krzaniak-Jurewicz → 1987 - 1988
In 1987, Teresa Krzaniak-Jurewicz was certified by the Ontario Multicultural Council in the field of dance. At the request of Mr. Wieslaw Kuran, she began to teach a group of children, aged 5-14 years, at the Polish Saturday School.
HIATUS: Fall of 1987 - January 1988
Richard Jurewicz → 1988 - 1989
The Senior group performed from 1988 to 1989 under Richard Jurewicz’s guidance. At the time, there were only two groups: 5-8 years, 9-13 years. They met every other Saturday after classes at Polish School.
Ms. Aileen Szkwarek → 1989
In 1989, Ms. Aileen Szkwarek, a qualified dance instructor, arrived in Ottawa from Thunder Bay. At the request of Mrs. and Mr. Jurewicz, she agreed to teach, and brought in a number of new dances. The group consisted of dancers aged 14 to 40 years old.
Mrs. Genowefa Cahill → exact dates unknown
The management of the entire dance group fell to Mrs. Genowefa Cahill in 1994. She continued until she left for Russia with her family.
Teresa Jurewicz → exact dates unknown
Teresa Jurewicz led the group of dancers aged 8-13. However, expecting a child, she had to resign from this job.
Natalia and George Talkaczew → May 1995 - 1996
Her work was taken over by paid instructors, Natalia and George Talkaczew. They led the middle and oldest groups from May 1995 to 1996.
Magda Golędzinowska → 1991 - 1995
The youngest group, aged 4-8, was led by Mrs. Goledzinowska who danced with the oldest group since 1991.
Zbigniew Zieliński → 1995 - February 1998
In the period from 1995 to February 1998 the average age of the group was between 8 and 13. The group was led by Zbigniew Zieliński, who was paid for his work as an instructor. The group consisted of 12 to 16 children.
Andrzej Żwirko → 1999
Mr. Zwirko ran classes for 16 Mondays.
Mrs. Irene Baker → 2000 - 2005
Mrs. Emilia Pohl encouraged Mrs. Irene Baker to lead the group of kids. Mrs. Baker agreed, and taught for a short time. Dr. Dobrowolski and Helena Rozanska helped show her the basic dance steps. She would record this and use it to teach the dancers.
Dorothy Olszewska → exact dates unknown
Mrs. Mirowski → exact dates unknown
Mr. Mark Mirowski suggested that his wife, a ballet instructor, help Mrs. Baker lead classes. Shortly after, the group led by Mrs. Mirowski joined Mrs. Baker’s.
Dr. Andrzej Borowiec → 2005 - Present
Prior to moving to Ottawa he was an instructor of the children and youth dance group “Promyk” in Thunder Bay for 5 years. He completed a Polish dance instructors' course in Lublin, Poland. Since then, Andrzej has been leading the “Senior” and “Beginner” classes, as well as choreographing much of Polanie’s current repertoire.
Marta Janczarska → 2007-2013
In the summer of 2007 Marta Janczarska, completed the first year course for dance instructors in Lublin. She helped lead classes for children and youth, and was also a very effective promoter of the dance group and recruited many new participants. Mrs. Janczarska also choreographed one of Polanie’s most popular suites, Opoczno.
Rachel Domaratzki → 2008 - Present
Rachel started learning Ukrainian dance at the age of 7. In 2005, she joined Pomorze Polish Folkdance Ensemble in Halifax to learn Polish dancing, and when she moved to Ottawa in 2008 she was happy to become a member of Polanie. She has been teaching the younger groups since 2010 and performing on stage since 2008.
Joanna Pachulski → 2014 - Present
Joanna began Polish folk dancing in Ottawa when she was 5, like many of the children in the Saturday dance classes at which she assists. In July 2014, she completed the first year of the Polish folk dance choreography course at the University of Rzeszow and has assisted with teaching the “Intermediate” classes on Saturdays since 2014.
Monika Kardyś → 2017 - Present
Monika joined the group in 2017 and completed two years of the Choreography course in Rzeszow. She helps teach the “Beginner” and the “Senior” classes. In collaboration with Marta Janczarska and Marcel Podsadowska, a more active performance group was created. This group holds additional practices and actively performs both within and outside of the Polish community.
Marcel Podsadowska → 2018 - Present
Marcel has completed two years of the Choreography course in Rzeszow and acts as an assistant instructor when required. He has also contributed to the more active performance group which was created in collaboration with Marta Janczarska and Monika Kardyś.