Marek Skaliński was an Artistic Director with a unique vision. Before coming to Polanie, he was involved as a dancer and the chairman in the university-sponsored Song and Dance Ensemble “Krakus” in Cracow, Poland. During his career, he had been awarded the “Order of Merits” in Culture Promotion by the Minister of Arts and Culture un Poland, he was a recipient of Silver and Gold Orders awarded by the Polish Canadian Congress and the prestigious Immigrant Distinction Award in the Arts Category. As an Artistic Director, he was able to bring the audience in with stories through his choreographies. He was also able to collaborate many times with different folk groups through producing many multicultural shows such as “European Folklorama” (1996), “The Moment in Motion” (1997) and “In the Spirit of the Youth” (1999).