We’re carrying on the tradition of West Michigan Polka DJs Bob (Jasiu) Whitcomb, Ernie Pickem (Ernie Pierogi) and Jerry Baczewski (Jerry Golombki). Jerry and Ernie
got into Polka Radio at the feet of Grand Rapids’ legendary Polka DJ, the late Bob Whitcomb, and took over for Jasiu when he retired in 1980.

After about 15 years on various other West Michigan radio stations, Jerry and Ernie brought their act to WYGR starting February 29, 1992. Despite the passing of both
Polka DJs (Ernie in February 1998, Jerry in February 1999), WYGR has continued the great Polka Radio tradition.

By the way, Jerry & Ernie’s Polka Pops was dubbed “the nation’s premier Polka show” by a New York writer due to the great variety of musical styles featured: Chicago-style, Cleveland-style and traditional Polkas, your favorite Waltzes and Obereks, and more! Great music from great artists, every weekend on WYGR.

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Polish Roman Catholic Union of America - PRCUAVisit the PRCUA Facebook page throughout the month of May as we feature a virtual parade of our amazing dance schools and groups. See how passionate our younger generations are about their Polish traditions and their PRCUA membership.

Spotlight on PRCUA Polanie Dance Group

The Polanie group was established in January of 2000 and since its beginning has been affiliated with the St. John Paul II Polish School in Lemont, IL. The founders of the group were Barbara Eckert, school director/choreographer, and Elizabeth Sliwa (now Tomala), serving as the choreographer/dance instructor.

The children, ages 4-16, learn dances from several regions of Poland, putting on skits from Polish legends, and incorporate several modern dance numbers in their programs as well. Originally, costumes were borrowed from Southwest Center of Polish Song and Dance and other local groups; later, they were sewn by parents and some were purchased from Poland. The first set of costumes owned by Polanie were Kraków costumes imported from Poland. The name "Polanie," from the Slavic word pole [POH-leh], meaning "field," was chosen through a competition.

Throughout the years, the artistic direction of the group has been held by Micheline Jaminski, Anthony Dobrzanski, and Richard Jaminski, with the collaboration of many choreographers and dance instructors.

New dance suites have been added throughout the years, the costume wardrobe has been further enhanced, and professionally recorded music arranged with the help of the multi-talented Richard Jaminski. The Polanie Ensemble traditionally performs at the opłatek and święconka celebrations held by the Polish Club of Lemont and the St. John Paul II Polish School, as well as performing throughout Lemont and neighboring areas. The ensemble participated in the International Festival of Children’s Ensembles in Iwonicz Zdrój for the fifth time in 2018.

In September 2019, Richard Jaminski passed the directorship to Michael Dziadkowiec (a recent graduate from the renowned Choreographers Course in Rzeszów, Poland).

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of Polanie as well as the 40th anniversary of the St. John Paul II Polish School.

Our heartfelt congratulations on another successful school year!
Well done! Bravo! Great Job! Stay safe!
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Polish Roman Catholic Union of America - PRCUAVisit the PRCUA Facebook page throughout the month of May as we feature a virtual parade of our amazing dance schools and groups. See how passionate our younger generations are about their Polish traditions and their PRCUA membership.

Spotlight on the PRCUA Polonia Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble

Polonia Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble was founded in December of 1984 under the artistic direction of the internationally known Polish choreographer Cecylia Rożnowska and her daughter, Anna Krysinski. Its establishment happened under the auspices of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, with the support of Vice President Regina Ocwieja and District 7 Director Shirley Dudzinski.

Polonia Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble includes four groups, determined by the age of the dancers: Krasnoludki, Mała Polonia, Młoda Polonia and Polonia Ensemble.

The purpose of the Polonia Ensemble is to impart to the next generation the richness and beauty of Polish folklore, with its uniqueness, diversity and power of expression. The ensemble is distinctive from many other Polish American dance groups because it prides itself on maintaining authentic Polish folk dance choreographies and wearing authentic folk dress. In its repertoire, the ensemble also performs dances of American culture, such as rock and roll, Charleston, swing and jive.

Dancers of the Polonia Ensemble are ambassadors of Polish culture, representing Chicago’s Polish American community. They have performed at many international festivals, including the following countries: Poland, Taiwan, Hungary, Bulgaria, Peru, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Spain, Portugal, Ecuador, Columbia, France, China, Haiti, Greece, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Croatia, Canada, and, most importantly, twice for the late Saint John Paul II at the Vatican and during his historic visit to Israel.

Currently, Jaclyn Krysinski—granddaughter of Cecylia Rożnowska and daughter of Anna Krysinski—is following in her grandmother’s footsteps as Polonia’s choreographer and dance instructor. Mieczysław Dziś, a multi-instrumentalist and singer, has been leading the ensemble as music and choral director since the inception of the school.

Our heartfelt congratulations on another successful school year!
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