The Group

Polonia is comprised of 39 members in three member groups: Junior Intermediate and Senior. Polonia's dancers range from age 4 to 30 including a substantial number of pre-teens and teens. It should be noted that membership in the Polonia Polish Folk Dance Ensemble is not limited to youth or adults of Polish ancestry. All individuals with an interest in Polish dancing are welcome to join.

Our Directors

Lisa Novak (nee Abrahamowicz) was born in Regina to parents of Polish descent. Lisa began dancing at the age of five. In the fall of 2010, after 19 years as a dancer, Lisa assumed the role of assistant director of Polonia's senior group. In 2009 she also assisted in teaching the junior and intermediate groups of Polonia. She is a strong advocate for the arts and in 2013 completed her Bachelor of Education in visual arts. In the fall of 2014 Lisa assumed the role of director of the senior group.

Iryna Smela (nee Sidorevich) was born in Minsk, Belarus, and immigrated to Canada in 2007. Throughout her childhood Iryna participated in many forms of dance, from ballet at a very young age to Irish dancing as a young adult. Iryna began Polish dancing at the age of 23 with Polish Dance Group Karolinka in Brest, Belarus. Upon Iryna's arrival in Canada, she joined Polonia and danced with the ensemble in 2007 and 2008. In the fall of 2014 Iryna assumed the role of director of the junior and intermediate groups. She takes great joy in teaching the youngsters traditional Polish folklore through song and dance.