Board of Directors:
- Barbara Martin, director
- Marie (Stawasz) Boyle, assistant director/instructor
- Cathy Michalak, treasurer
- Deanna Sypula, costume coordinator
- 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
Polish Language Instructors:
- Group Two: Ania Doman
- Group Three & Four: Marzanna Owinski