Who are we?
Founded in 1964 we are a group of men, women, boys and girls (many from a German background), interested in upholding the German Culture, getting out, exercising and having fun in the process! The dances we perform mostly originate in Middle and Northern Germany and reflect many of the traditions of social life: courtship, work, games and other traditional German pastimes are all represented with a variety of dance styles.
We have also toured throughout Germany to learn new dances and make new contacts, and are a recognised group of performers at many well-known festivals and events. Practice is fun and good exercise and we hold regular social events for our group members whose ages have ranged from as young as 4 years and upwards (no telling where to)! As a group there is no requirement to speak or understand the German language, though several of our members know it natively or have studied it throughout their life.
When do we meet?
Usually we practice once each week on Sundays, with the first Sunday of the month at the German Club (in the CBD) and the other three Sundays at the Donauschwaben Club (in Woodville). The group practices for two hours, covering everything from basic step practice, learning new dances and brushing up on older ones. On occasions we hold an extra practice during the week when preparing for our larger performances (such as the Schuzenfest or a Folk Festival).
Whilst many of our members actively meet throughout the week to pursue other past-times, the group itself holds regular social events. Our group's christmas party and annual dinner are not the only highlights of our year, as we regularly organise other gatherings/dinners or other outings our members might be interested in.
Are You Interested?
Visitors are welcome to come along to practices at any time. We practice every Sunday except public holidays (eg. Mother's Day).