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The Westside School has enjoyed a lifetime of interesting and successful events since its inception, when Maria Siwula, a very active and dedicated Polish Roman Catholic Union of America. (P.R.C.U.A.) leader organized it. Together with P.R.C.U.A. supervisor, Joseph A Drobot (late  became the president of P.R.C.U.A.) and a budding new choreographer Shirley Hojnacki Galanty, Mrs. Siwulas' dream of the first P.R.C.U.A. Dance school in Michigan became a reality.    Our home was the old "Graystone Theatre" located on Michigan Avenue. There was a need and a desire to introduce and educate the Polish American Youth to their heritage and Culture, including its customs and traditions by providing classes and exercises that the youth would enjoy and appreciate. Word spread quickly and within a few short months' preparations for the first recital held in the Gymnasium at St. Andrews' began.

    In 1983, the Westside Dance School adopted a new name and officially became knows as the P.R.C.U.A. Wieliczka Dancers. The name Wieliczka represents the beautiful and oldest salt mines in Poland. Salt is considered a very important substance of life to all poles. It is also represents strength, nourishment and endurity. Wieliczka identifies with their name it has survived and preserved the   Polish heritage as we now have "our childrenís children" enrolled in Wieliczka.

    Today Wieliczka continues to instill in their youth that special pride and knowledge of their Polish heritage together with its many beautiful costume and traditions. We hope to continue through song and dance to share the wealth of our heritage with all, for many more years.

We are grateful to all the individuals who had the foresight to organize P.R.C.U.A. Schools and programs for our youth. We are proud to be members of the Polish Roman Union of America and are appreciative of their help in subsidizing our school.

We are proud of all of our many accomplishments and countless contributions to the Polonia Community.