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Gelungenes Volksfest bei den Carpathen


On Sunday, June 28 Carpathia Jugendgruppe, Kulturgruppe and Schuhplattler dance groups performed at the Austrian Society’s Waldfest at the Austrian Park, by Hayes Road and 26 Mile. Let us tell you something about the groups that performed that day!

Our goal is to preserve and promote the folksongs, dances and traditions of the Germanic people. The Germanic people were traditionally found living in areas including Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Another group of ethnic Germans, the Danube Swabians, or Donauschwaben, refers to the German-speaking population who lived in Hungary, Croatia, Romania and other settlements throughout southeastern Europe, especially in the Danube River valley. Carpathia Club, Inc. is Detroit’s largest German cultural organization and the home of the Danube Swabian ethnic Germans in Metro Detroit.

On this day we brought you two sets of dances! In the first set, we started with “Maike,” a dance from the northern German region of Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia). “Kreuzkönig,” our second dance, is a unique two-couple dance from central Germany. The third dance is the “Haushammer Schuhplattler,” a traditional style of folk dance popular in the Alpine regions of Bavaria and Tyrol. The fourth dance is the “Sauerländer Quadrille #5,” a dance from Neheim-Hüsten, in the western border region of Germany.

Beginning our second set, we took you to the Alps of Austria for the “Hoch-Tirol Ländler.” The Ländler is a traditional couple dance of Bavaria and Alpine Austria involving many turns. The Ländler dance greatly influenced the evolution of the waltz. The “Lüneburger Windmühle” is a dance from the Lüneburger Heide in northern Germany, an area known for its heathland, and their moorland sheep called the Heidschnucke. For the third dance, we brought you another Schuhplattler dance, the “Gamsprung.” Did you know that schuhplattlern began as a courtship dance, with young men trying to impress the ladies with their strength and agility?! To conclude our program, the Jugendgruppe performed “Drah di rum,” a quick-paced circle dance. We hope you enjoyed our program!

Freitagabend: Wie man sieht, gefiel den Gaesten die Musik der Tradewinds.

First Set

“Maike” - Kulturgruppe

“Kreuzkönig” – Jugendgruppe

“Haushammer” – Schuhplattler

“Sauerländer Quadrille #5” - All groups combined

Second Set

“Hoch Tirol Ländler” – Kulturgruppe

“Lüneburger Windmühle” - Kulturgruppe

“Gamsprung” – Schuhplattler

“Drah di rum” – Jugendgruppe

The Jugendgruppe is under the direction of Cindy Schleis and Kathi Steiner Cole. Rehearsals are on Sundays from 6-8 pm. The Kulturgruppe is under the direction of Carsten Grotloh and the choreography is by Steve Talan. Rehearsals are on Mondays from 7-9 pm. The Schuhplattler is under the direction of Carsten Grotloh. Rehearsals are on Sundays from 5-6 pm. There is also a Kindergruppe, under the direction of Andrea Vinson, and they rehearse on Sundays from 5-6 pm. We are always looking for new members!

We invite you to come see us perform at some of our next events: the Carpathia Club’s “Oktoberfest” on Sept. 18-20, the Kulturgruppe’s “A Trip Along the Rhine” on Oct. 24, and “Kirchweih” on Nov. 14. All are welcome!

Kathi Steiner Cole




Kulturgruppe Member

Correspondence Secretary

Carpathia Club, Inc.


Die Carpathia Jugendgruppe wartet auf die Musik - Auf die Plaetze, fertig, los!

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