About Polanie

The Polanie Dance Group is a non profit organization operating in Ottawa.  The group has been established in 1956 and now operates as a part of youth group of the Polish Combatants Association of Ottawa.  The mission of the group is to share and promote Polish folklore dance and pass on the Polish folklore heritage to future generations.  The classes are conducted in friendly and fun atmosphere and are open to all nations and all skill levels.

There are 3 age groups:

  1. Beginner: 5-9 years – Saturday 12:15-12:45 p.m. at St. Nicholas Adult High School (893 Admiral Ave.)
  2. Intermediate: 10-13 years – Saturday 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Nicholas Adult High School (893 Admiral Ave.)
  3. Senior: 14 years+ – Monday 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Dom Polski (379 Waverley St.)

The dance year starts in September and ends in May with an end of the year gala concert.  Please visit our Gallery Pages for pictures and videos from previous performances.  In addition the group has frequently performed in many festivals and cultural events in Ottawa area and beyond.




Andrzej Borowiec
Andrzej has been an instructor of Polanie Dance Group since 2005.  Prior to moving to Ottawa he was an instructor of children and youth dance group in Thunder Bay for 5 years.  He completed Polish dance instructors course in Lublin, Poland.


Rachel Domaratzki
Rachel has been performing Eastern European dancing since the age of 7, and has been teaching Polish dance since 2010. She loves working with our youngest dancers and seeing how much they learn!


Joanna Pachulski

Joasia 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 is eager to share the dances she learned there with fellow Polanie members.


Julien Morissette

Julien has been member of the group since 2010 and he also completed the first year of the Polish folk dance choreography course at the University of Rzeszow.  This year he will be putting his newly acquired skills into practice.



Emilia Pohl
Emilia is a decades-long volunteer who has invested countless hours of work in Polanie, as Treasurer and now also as Administrator, to maintain and propagate Polish folk dance culture both within the Polish diaspora and the Ottawa community at large.  In addition to being the curator of the costume holdings of the ensemble, Emilia also liaises with the local Polish Combatants’ Association (SPK) which so generously supports the dance group.



Sponsors and Supporters of the Group

  Stowarzyszenie Polskich Kombatantów w Kanadzie, Koło nr 8 w Ottawie / Polish Combatant’s Association in Canada, Branch No. 8 in Ottawa
Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ottawa/Ambasada Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej w Ottawie 
Polish Heritage Foundation of Canada / Fundacja Dziedzictwa Polskiego
Kongres Polonii Kanadyjskiej (Ottawa) / Canadian Polish Congress (Ottawa)
Kościół Św. JackaSt. Hyacinth Church
Stowarzyszenie Inżynierów Polskich w Kanadzie
Stowarzyszenie Inżynierów Polskich w Kanadzie / Association of Polish Engineers in Canada
Carnival of Cultures
White Eagles Soccer Club
Wilno Heritage Society


If you’d like to become a sponsor, please contact us today.

Our Calendar

Practice Times


Saturday 12:15-12:45

St. Nicholas Adult High School (893 Admiral Ave.)


Saturday 12:15-1:15

St. Nicholas Adult High School (893 Admiral Ave.)


Monday 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Dom Polski (379 Waverley St.)

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