Leadership

Board of Directors:

  • Marie (Stawasz) Boyle, director
  • Michelle Grytzelius, assistant director
  • Cathy Michalak, treasurer
  • Lucy Gilders, secretary
  • Kate Sikorska, costume coordinator

Choreographers:

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  • Natalia (Jedruszko) Jackson, lead choreographer  

Natalie Jackson began Polish dancing when she was just three-years-old. A former graduate and debutante of the Polish Alliance Dancers and General Pulaski Language School, she began her education on Polish folklore and culture at an early age.

With over 20 years of dancing experience, Jackson is well poised to take on her new role as the choreographer of the PNA Centennial Dancers. She attended and graduated from the four year Polish Choreography course in Rzeszow, Poland, where her focus of study was Beskid Slask. Jackson’s passion for Polish folk dance also took her to the Swiatowy Festiwal Polonijnych Zespolow Folklorystycznych in Rzeszow, Poland. Having attended four festivals with Polanie Song and Dance Ensemble, she comments that, “I’d encourage everyone to attend the festival in Rzeszow. It’s a life changing experience!”

In addition to her time in Poland, Jacksoncontinues her studies by attending the PNA’s Choreography Seminars each year at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Seminary.

She began working as a choreographer’s assistant in 2002, and later started choreographing for Polish dance schools in 2006. She’s an active member of the PNA and frequents the events and meetings hosted by the organization.

“Dancing has always been a huge part of my life,” Jackson said. “I never plan to let it go!”

Natalie Jackson, graduated from the University of Michigan, Dearborn with a Bachelors degree in Business Supply Chain Management. She is currently employed at Maxion Wheels in Northville.

  • Paulina Kowalczyk, choreographer

Paulina Kowalczyk began Polish dancing when she was 3-years-old. A former graduate and debutante of the Polish Alliance Dancers and General Pulaski Language School, she began her education on Polish folklore and culture at an early age.

With over 20 years of dancing experience, Kowalczyk is a talented performer and instrucotr, and a new choreographer for the PNA Centennial Dancers. She attended and graduated from the four year Polish Choreography course in Rzeszow, Poland, where her focus of study was Beskid Slask. Kowalczyk’s passion for Polish folk dance also took her to the Swiatowy Festiwal Polonijnych Zespolow Folklorystycznych in Rzeszow, Poland.

She began working as a choreographer’s assistant in 2010, and later started choreographing for Polish dance schools in 2015. She’s an active member of the PNA and frequents the events and meetings hosted by the organization.

“I cannot see my life without Polish Folk Dance, it has made me who I am today and has brought me the amazing friendships and people I have come to know.”

Paulina Kowalczyk is finishing a Bachelor’s of Health Science from Wayne State University and is then planning on attending University of Michigan Ann Arbor for Dental Hygiene. She is currently employed as a Certified Medical Assistant at Pulmonary and Critical Care.

Polish Language Instructors:

  • Ania Doman, Language 1 Instructor

As a new teacher, Ania Doman is very excited to share her love of Polish language and culture with her students in Group 1. Ania is a former member of Polish Alliance Dancers and Polanie, as well as a graduate of General Pułaski Language School. She has traveled to Poland many times, and enjoys being able to keep in touch with her family overseas. Ania is a graduate of Oakland University and works for Michigan Gardener magazine. Ania lives in Dearborn with her husband, Timothy, and their son, Thomas.

  • Ania Ligendza, Language 2 Instructor

Ania Ligendza has worked as a Polish language teacher for 30 years. She loves children and has enjoyed the enthusiasm of her students and the overall atmosphere at the PNA Centennial Dancers. She is amazed by the desire of her students, who are second and third generation Polish Americans, to learn the tongue of their forefathers. 

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