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Alpine Dancers & Singers

The Alpine Dancers are a performing and teaching folk dance group specializing in couples and trio dances from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. They perform throughout the greater Washington area.

The Alpine Dancers were founded by Herbert and Carol Traxler and formally established as a performing group in 1991. The Alpine Dancers specialize in teaching and performing intricate figure dances from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Their repertoire consists of a wide variety of dances -- from graceful to highly energetic. In addition to performing, another specialty of the Alpine Dancers is engaging audience participants to join them in some of their dances.

The Alpine Singers, most of whom are also Alpine Dancers, perform Austrian and German folk music. Some of the songs are in German and some in a regional German or Austrian dialect. The singing repertoire includes songs for all seasons, with special music for Advent and Christmas. They are often accompanied by Alpine Folk Harp or guitar and Blockflöte (recorders).

The Alpine Dancers and Alpine Singers hold regular practices on Sunday afternoons twice a month at the New Carrollton Municipal Center. New dancers are always welcome. For information on the Alpine Dancers and Singers, contact Herbert and Carol Traxler or visit their web site (www.geocities.com/alpinedancers).


Herbert & Carol Traxler

The Traxlers are the founding leaders of the Alpine Dancers, a folk dance group who perform Austrian and German folk dances throughout the greater Washington area. Herbert is from Vienna, Austria, where he sang with the celebrated Vienna Choir Boys and attended school and college. Carol is from Wisconsin. The Traxlers met while singing in the Washington Saengerbund, and they married in Washington in 1988. In March 1999 the Traxlers were honored by the Republic of Austria with the Decoration of Merit in Gold for promoting Austrian culture in the USA, especially the Viennese waltz and Austrian folk dance.

The Traxlers continually expand the dance repertoire of the Alpine Dancers by selecting and teaching dances from materials brought back from regular trips to Austria and from dance festivals and workshops in Austria and the United States. In January 2001 several of the Alpine Dancers joined the Traxlers in Vienna to participate in several balls, a folk dance festival, and several folk dance evenings with local groups in Austria.

The Traxlers are also known in the Washington area for their Viennese waltz lessons. They have taught the Viennese waltz to the cotillion of young ladies and gentlemen who performed at the two Viennese Opera Balls in Washington, as well as to the hundreds of interested Washingtonians who attended their waltz lessons at the Smithsonian, the Austrian Embassy, and the White House. They specialize in teaching the Viennese waltz as it is danced in Vienna, where the object is to flow around the ballroom, turning in each direction, navigating smoothly between the twirling couples.


The Alpine Dancers & Singers

The Alpine Dancers and Singers perform genuine Austrian, German and Swiss folk dances and songs throughout the Washington, DC area and beyond. Formally established in 1991, the Alpine Dancers specialize in intricate couples and trio dances predominantly, but not exclusively from the Alpine region, ranging from graceful to highly energetic. They often teach and engage the audience to join them in some of their dances. Founded about 5 years later, the Alpine Singers perform regional folk and Christmas music in German or the Alpine dialect.

The founders and leaders of the Alpine Dancers, Herbert and Carol Traxler, continually expand the dance and song repertoire of the Alpine Dancers and Singers by selecting and teaching dances from materials brought back from regular trips to Austria and from dance festivals and workshops in Austria and the United States, for which they often serve on the organizing committee. For these achievements, and for their ongoing promotion and teaching of the Viennese Waltz, the Traxlers were honored by the Republic of Austria with the Decoration of Merit in Gold in 1999.


Contact Carol Traxler at 301-646-0721 (cell) or 301-577-3503 (home) if you have questions.