Dances of Austria - image by Maria Rehm
July 15-16-17, 2011
Austrian Folk Dance Workshop led by Herbert and Carol Traxler, Sword Dancing taught by Karin Gottier.

Sponsored by the American Federation of German Folk Dance Groups.

The Venue

The Workshop will be held in the air-conditioned club rooms of the Donauschwaben Society in Chicago, 625 E. Seegers Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016 (northwest of Chicago). Eva-Maria Rill (frauevi@wowway.com) of the Donauschwaben Society may be contacted for registration and workshop information. "Sponsored by the American Federation of German Folk Dance Groups, this weekend is filled with regional dances from Austria as well as ones that feature swords and other props!"

Dance Instructors

Herbert and Carol Traxler at the Kaerntner Ball in Vienna, 2011

Herbert and Carol Traxler are the founding leaders of the Alpine Dancers and the Alpine Singers, specializing in dances and songs from Austria. In 1991 they formed the Alpine Dancers who perform Austrian, German and Swiss folk dances throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area and all along the East Coast. They continually expand their dance repertoire while attending numerous dance festivals and workshops in Austria and the United States. In recognition of their ongoing promotion of Austrian culture and teaching Austrian dances, the couple each received the prestigious Goldenes Verdienstzeichen (Decoration of Merit in Gold) from the Republic of Austria in 1998.

An article (in German) about their work, Die "Alpine Dancers & Singers" – Volkstanz (und Wiener Walzer) in und um die US Bundeshauptstadt, appeared in Der Froehliche Kreis, Wien, Maerz 2008, pp. 4-5.

To reach Herbert & Carol Traxler, send email to caroltraxler@yahoo.com or visit the Facebook pages Alpine Dancers & Singers, Herbert Traxler or Carol Traxler.

Karin Gottier pouring Pommeranian style tea at the NAFGFDG workshop at Folklore Village in 1999 Karin Gottier

Karin Gottier, a respected German and Swiss Dance Instructor, is also the founding organizer of the North American Federation of German Folk Dance Groups and has received the coveted Bundesverdienstkreuz am Band (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.) She also has a stunning, unique collection of traditional costumes that will be displayed during this weekend.

Karin Gottier may be contacted at karin-gottier@webtv.net.

Dance Program (Dances of Austria)

The Traxlers are prepared to teach the following Austrian dances. Attendees will receive a syllabus with the dance directions and have the opportunity to purchase a CD with their music:

1 Bergerlandler (Salzburger Form)
2 Boarischer aus dem Yspertål
3 Daxberger Mazurka
4 Dörfler Mazur
5 Eckerischer
6 Einfacher Dreher
7 Fürizwänger aus Kleinmariazell
8 Handy Mazur
9 Hiatamadl im Kreis (Südtirol)
10 Höllmannsrieder
11 Kautzner Landler
12 Landler aus Friedreichs
13 Lembacher Landler
14 Mazurka aus St. Lorenzen
15 Obfelder Dreier
16 Ottenschläger Landler
17 Rosenwalzer aus Großschönau
18 Spinnradl zu Dritt
19 Veitscher Mazur

These are couples dances, except for one mixer (Hiatamadl im Kreis) and two trio dances (Obfelder Dreier and Spinnradl zu Dritt). The Friday night program will include some dances not on this list.

Volkslieder

Attendees will receive sheet music with these Volkslieder, which will be presented in a special session.

Auf die Berg bin i gern
Kein schöner Land
Und i håb dir in die Äugerl g’schaut
Då draußn im Wåld
Iß mit mir
Kömmt’s lei eina
Der Saarstoana
A ganze Weil
Fein sein, beinånder bleibn

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