Ada Dziewanowska (Karczewska)

Polish dance and folklore teacher

Born Jan. 19, 1917, Poznan, Poland; came to U.S., 1947; daughter of Jozef and Maria (Stan); married M. Kamil Dziewanowski; children: Barbara, Jan.

Education: certified in Polish dance, M. Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin (Poland), 1979.

Career: native speaker, Harvard University, Cambridge (MA), 1960-72; dance instructor, Cambridge Adult Centertr., 1961-78; artistic director, choreographer, Krakowiak Polish Dancers, Boston (MA), 1963-72, Syrena Polish Folk Dance Ensemble, Milwaukee (WI), 1979 -; instructor, numerous workshops and camps, United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, 1967 -; choreographer, various American and Polish - American ensembles, 1970 -.

Author: records and cassettes, dance descriptions and notes on the history and background of Polish dances, based upon research on Polish folklore, since 1969; several articles on Polish dance and folklore.

Member of: Polish Folk Dance Association of the Americas; American Council of Polish Culture (A.C.P.C.); Wisconsin Dance Council; Polish Ethnochoreological Society, Warsaw (Poland).

Honors: 1st prize (group), International Festival, Rzeszow (Poland), 1969, 1972; Golden Badge of Merit, Polonia Society, Warsaw, 1986; Chivalry Cross - Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, L. Walesa, President of Poland, 1994.

Affiliation: Roman Catholic

Languages: Polish, English, French

Hobbies: camping, hiking

Home: 3352 N. Hackett Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53221

From: "Who's Who in Polish America" 1st Edition 1996-1997, Boleslaw Wierzbianski editor; Bicentennial Publishing Corporation, New York, NY, 1996