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Weekly rehearsals are held every Thursday from 6:30-9:30 pm at Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church gymnasium in McKees Rocks.

If you are interested in joining Slavjane, please email Dean Poloka or call 412-877-9351.

Please click HERE for an Application to join Slavjane.

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Slavjane's 40th annual concert is currently scheduled for Saturday June 11, 2016. More information will be made available soon.

If you are interested in ordering a DVD copy of previous concerts, please contact Dean Poloka at 412-877-9351 or email

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Saturday June 11 - 40th Annual Concert

Saturday June 218 - Simply Slavic Festival, Youngstown, OH. Time TBD.

Sunday July 10 - St. Elias Byzantine Catholic Church Festival, Munhall, PA. Time: TBD.

Thursday July 28 - Byzantine Catholic Family Fun Day at Kennywood Park. Time: 11:45 am.

Saturday August 6 - St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church Rusyn Food Festival, Ambridge, PA. Time: 3:00 pm. 

Sunday August 21 - Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church Picnic, Robinson Park, PA. Time 2:30 pm.

Saturday September 3 - St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church - Cambria City Ethnic Festival, Johnstown, PA. Time: 5:00 pm.

Sunday October 30 - St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church Carpatho-Rusyn Festival, Uniontown, PA. Time: 3:00 pm.

Sunday November 6 - University of Pittsburgh Slovak Festival. Time: 1:15 pm.

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The Slavjane Folk Ensemble is a dynamic, dedicated group of 34 young performers from ages 4 to 18. Throughout the year they tirelessly rehearse and display their representation of the Slavic heritage and culture, especially that of the Carpatho-Rusyns.

Founded in 1959 and incorporated since 1973 by "Mr. Slavjane" Jack Poloka (1938-2010), Slavjane has performed extensively in the Pittsburgh and tri-state areas. Slavjane has also performed at Epcot Center in Florida, in Washinton, DC, Rahway, NJ, Atlantic City, NJ, Baltimore, MD, and in the former Czechoslovakia - in the summer of 1992, Slavjane was the first Carpatho-Rusyn group from the United States to perform in the annual Medzilaborce Arts and Sports Festival. Slavjane had the prestigious honor of being invited to perform at the Rusyn World Congress and Rusyn Youth Rally which was held in Krynica, Poland in June 2005, returning from a successful 2-week tour of the Rusyn homeland that included performances in Uzhorod in Transcarpathia; in southern Poland Lemkovyna; in Presov and again at the annual Medzilaborce Arts and Sports Festival, representing the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, the Greek Catholic Union of America (GCU), the Rusynys of the United States and North America, the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, and the Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church, McKees Rocks, PA. The ensemble also performs at the Pittsburgh Folk Festival representing the Carpatho-Rusyns.

Supporting Slavjane is the parents organization, Spiritial Director Fr. Frank Firko, Dean Poloka-Program Director and Choreographer, Darlene Fejka-Music Director, Susan Fejka-Junior Ensemble Director, Cara Kassabov-Assistant Program Director, Tom Ellis-Music Instructor, Ashley Spenser-Choreographer, Katie Bushaw-Instructor. Slavjane maintains a very active schedule of rehearsals, performances, social events and fund raisers.

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