Local German Dance Groups


Children’s Dance Showcase

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.

On Sunday there is a special Children’s Dance Showcase at 4:00 pm in the Sprecher Oktoberfest Tent featuring all of the children’s dance groups!

Young At Heart Dancers

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.

Bavarian Dance Group

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.

North American Gau Dancers

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.

D’Wendlstoana Dance Group

The club’s name is derived from the Wendlstein, a mountain in Bavaria, Germany. The purpose of the club is to provide for and carry on the Bavarian Schuhplattler dances, uphold and foster the Bavarian Alpine traditions, Tracht (ethnic dress), music, language, and to provide social entertainment for the members and guests. The club is open to anyone interested in preserving the colorful traditions and customs. They meet Thursday evenings at the Bavarian Bierhaus.

Sheboygan Dance Group

Founded in Sheboygan, WI, 1934
D’Werdenfelser was founded by Bavarian immigrants who wished to preserve their culture, especially the Schuhplattler.  The group features specialty/show dances.  They practice the 2nd Sunday of the month at 4pm at The Other Place in Sheboygan Falls.

German Folk Dancers

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 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

North Germany Folk Dancers

Founded in Milwaukee, 1977
Pommersche Tanzdeel Freistadt represents North Germany and does traditional folk dances in authentic 17th century tracht.

Donauschwaben Dancers

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.

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