Local German Dance Groups perform on various stages at German Fest throughout the weekend.
Children’s Dance Groups
There are 5 local children’s dance groups with participant’s ages 3 to 18 years of age representing various influences of the different regions of Germany: the Bavarian schuhplattler groups from the mountain regions of Germany; the Pomeranian from the North Sea area; the Mardi Gras troupe representing Karneval or Fasching; the Donauschwaben representing the countries of Austria, Yugoslavia, Romania and Hungary along the Danube River.
Sunday there is a special Children’s Dance Showcase at 4:00pm on the Sprecher Oktoberfest Stage featuring all of the children’s dance groups!
This showcase immediately follows the Children’s Fairy Tale parade which begins at 3:30pm in Glockenspiel Park.
Youth and Adult Dance Groups
There are 9 Youth and Adult dance groups with participants ages 12 and up including well-seasoned dancers who are still young at heart. These groups represent the various influences of the different regions of Germany including the mountains of Bavaria, the North Sea region, the Karneval or Fasching season as well as those who settled along the Danube River and are influenced by the culture of the surrounding countries of Austria, Yugoslavia, Romania and Hungary.
These groups all practice in the Milwaukee area and often are seen performing at various events around town and the Midwest. Some groups have even traveled and performed in Europe as well as Disneyland and Disney World.
Founded in Milwaukee, 1935
D’Holzhacker Buam is a Bavarian culture/dance group dedicated to preserving the traditions of their ancestors. Throughout the year, they can be found participating in events such as German Fest and Holiday Folk Fair, as well as hosting their own annual event in the spring time around Easter. The club meets at the German Fest Office at 7 o’clock on Wednesday evenings from March through November.
Founded in Milwaukee, 1928
D’Oberlandler’s are members of the North American Gau which holds an annual event every two years. Practices are held on Friday nights.
Founded in Milwaukee, 1927
The club’s name is derived from the Wendelstein, a mountain peak southeast of Munich in Bavaria, Germany. The Bavarian Dance Group meets on Thursdays at the Bavarian Inn in Milwaukee. The club keeps the traditions of their homeland through continuing to do the Schuhplattler dances, playing the music and wearing the costumes of southern Bavaria.
Founded in 1972
DANK Dancers offer a variety of German Folk dancing in the Milwaukee area. DANK translates to German American National Congress. They practice on the 3rd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
Founded in 2003, the Danube Cultural Society represents the Danube Swabian culture that was common among the German speaking people living along the Danube River in the countries of Romania, Hungary, Austria, and the former Yugoslavia, now known primarily as Croatia and Serbia.They do a variety of folk dances reflected of the styles of these countries.This group has performed at Disney World and Disneyland.
Founded in Milwaukee, 1977
Pommersche Tanzdeel Freistadt represents North Germany and does traditional folk dances in authentic 17th century tracht.
The United Donauschwaben are a German-speaking people who migrated from the Fulda River and settled in the countries along the Danube River such as Yugoslavia, Austria, Hungary, and Romania.
See these traditions come to life at German Fest’s Trachtenschau, Saturday’s Parade, or on one of the many German Fest stages throughout the weekend!