| To promote and preserve our rich culture and heritage, introduce our community to traditional Donauschwaben folk dancing, to instill a love and appreciation for dance and to be a symbol of Donauschwaben culture in Canada.
The Donau Dancers of the Schwaben Club is an ever-evolving group of dancers committed to the evolution of Donauschwaben folkdance. The group began in 2001 and includes dancers over the age of 35 years, with no upper limit.
The inspiration for the Donau Dancers group was the “Trachtengruppe”, a large, active Schwaben Club senior dance group which performed from the 1970’s to 1994.
The Donau Dancers have brought their unique dances and costumes to many events; cultural, corporate, local, and international. They have been involved in numerous multicultural festivals in Canada and abroad, travelling to Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit, Mansfield, Frankenmuth, Toronto, and Windsor.
During the Kitchener Oktoberfest, North America’s largest Bavarian festival, the dancers are always a hit, and have thrilled audiences at numerous venues throughout the region. They also march in Canada’s grand Thanksgiving parade. Building new relationships with other Donauschwaben groups and instilling a love and appreciation for dance come hand in hand with the Donau Dancers.
To add a further challenge, the group’s repertoire contains a series of folkdances performed to contemporary German hits. This means that their dances range from the slower, traditional style to the energetic, out-of-the-box style.
If you are interested in joining the Donau Dancers or wanting to book the dance group for a performance, please call the Schwaben Club at 519-742-7979.
Dance practices take place Thursday evening from 6:30 to 9:00 pm and every second Sunday from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. All are welcome!