The Children’s Dance Group
The Kindertanzgruppe has been run by Marie Lawlor with the help of Kathy Hoke and Bonnie Bauchle.
Practice typically has taken place on Saturday mornings during the summer months. Performances usually include Oktoberfest and the Indiana State Fair.
We are always happy to add new dancers to our group. Some have started as early as 3 – or even much younger if you count the Chicken Dance. Some of our teen dancers have left us for college and summer jobs, but when they are back in town, they dance with us when possible. Feel free to bring your child to watch a practice or two and participate if the mood strikes or not if it doesn’t. We are a very flexible group. There is no cost to participate and we have plenty of costumes for the kids.
All practices are in TGAK ballroom from 10:00 – 11:30 Note – little ones can expect to be finished closer to 11:00 – if enough teens are present, we will practice teen dances at the end.
We do not want to see the Children’s Dance Group fold because of lack of interest. But without the children there simply can not be a dance group.
PARENTS: Get your children interested. Try doubly hard if you have German heritage in your background. For heritage and culture to survive we must have young folk to carry the load on to the next generation.
GRANDPARENTS: If the parents aren’t trying to instill interest in the younger generation, see what you can do to encourage the kids to get involved. It is fun, educational, and good exercise to boot.
If you are just not sure if the kids would like the program or not, bring them by some Wednesday night at 7:30. The adult dance group practices from 7:30 until 9:00 each Wednesday except the 2nd Wednesday of the month.. This will give the youngsters a taste of what German folk dancing is all about. Of course the adult group will be doing dances much more difficult than what the kids are taught. However, some of the kids have really surprised us and blended in quite well with the adult group on some of their easier dances. If you bring your kids we would even do one or two dances they would be capable of doing and they could join in. Nothing sells quicker than watching somebody else really having a good time.