group’s Königsball was again a night to remember. A fairytale
Sterling Heights - On Saturday, February 8th, was the
Königsball of the Jugendgruppe. Despite the frigid weather, the
Carpathia Club was nearly filled with friends and family who had come to
enjoy the evening. The night went pretty much the same as it has for years,
with a few exceptions.
The King, Daniel Kapraun, was actually absent for the program. Thankfully,
our past king, Michael Bering, was willing to step in and escort the current
Queen, Brigitte Schwager, for the Royal March. Once the Queen was settled in
her place at the head of the stage, the Kinder & Middle Groups
performed a dance for everyone to enjoy. Following them was the procession
of the Royal Menu, which included delicious looking meats, wines, cakes and
a very inedible snow shovel. Then it was time for the Jugendgruppe to
perform their new dance.
While the introductions were done in the same format as it has been for the
past several years, it can be said that this one had one big difference.
Among the 28 dancers we had, nine of them were performing their very first
Königsball with the Jugendgruppe. Seven had recently moved up
from the Middle Group, and they are: John Tisch, Elena Miller, Evan Schleis,
Sebastion Cole, and Joseph, Francesco, and Maria Nava. Though this wasn’t
the first Königsball she’d been to, for Heather Hacker, who moved to
Detroit from the Milwaukee Donauschwaben, this was her first time dancing at
one. And one young man needs to be recognized above all. David Isbell came
to the group knowing we were in need of more boys. He had no dance
experience at all, but learned fast and did a wonderful job. That being
said, congratulations David, on a wonderful job and the Jugendgruppe
thanks you for helping us out.
It should be noted that the Nava triplets, now in the Jugendgruppe,
represented for the first time three generations of the same family to dance
in the group. Starting with their grandparents, Maria, then Krautner, and
Franz Dosenberger, whose daughter Christine danced, and now her children
Joseph, Francesco and Maria.
The music for this year‘s dance was Lehar’s
“Gold and Silver Waltz,” and was choreographed jointly by Karin Schwalbe
and my-self. Though the dance went extremely well the night of Königsball,
both my mother and I learned that choreographing elegant ballroom style
waltzes and marches is quite a challenge. They don’t work quite the same as
the Volkstänze we are used to, and they are much more difficult to
teach, especially with many in the Jugendgruppe being absent due to
work, school, and other things. In truth, the only time we ever had everyone
do the dance together was the night of the actual performance. Thankfully we
have a group full of talented dancers who made the dance look easy and
The rest of the evening carried on with music by the Tradewinds and a
floor full of dancers. We even had a second Royal March when King Daniel
arrived. The last event of the evening was the raffling of the Royal Menu,
though I have to add that the snow shovel was not part of it.
Regardless of any difficulties that arise with preparing for Königsball,
it is still one of my favorite events of the year, and I have no doubt it’ll
be a great time again next year. It is always a pleasure to mix up the types
of dancing we do, but now it is time for the Jugendgruppe to get back
into the swing of traditional Volkstänze and begin preparing for our
busy schedule this year. We hope to see you at our own Club Fests and
for the Landestreffen der Donauschwaben in Milwaukee, WI.