| The Schwaben Dancers are a high-energy, German folk dance group who love to entertain and electrify their audience. They perform numerous times throughout the year, at many different locations and events. Over the past few years, they have travelled as far as Hungary, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Detroit. They have also travelled closer to home to Niagara Falls, Orillia, Toronto, Windsor, Leamington, Delhi and Milverton (just to name a few). They have performed at Casino Rama, the main stage at the Vancouver Olympics Torch Relay 2010, and at the Toronto Waterfront Festival: Tall ships Challenge.
They are especially busy during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, North America’s largest Bavarian festival, where the Schwaben Dancers perform through-out the region — and march in Canada’s greatest Thanksgiving Day parade.
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The Ladies' Tracht is worn for more formal occasions and performances. It consists of a burgundy skirt worn with a black lace apron tied in the back. Under the skirt, there are two starched white petticoats to add additional fullness. On top, a black velvet vest with a white cotton blouse is worn. White trachten socks and black character shoes finish this costume.
The Men's Tracht consists of a black vest with silver buttons and the Club crest. This is worn with a white dress shirt (with the sleeves rolled up above the elbows for performances) and black dress pants. Any leather-soled, black dress shoes can be worn, and white socks are traditional and mandatory. Men also have the option to decorate their vests with pins.
If you are interested in joining or wanting to book the dance group for a performance, please contact our dance group president, Kim Westwell at Schwaben Dancers President; or you can call the Schwaben Club at 519-742-7979.
Dance practices take place Sunday afternoons, from 3:30-6:00pm @ the Schwaben Club. All are welcome!