The Alpine Dancers

 

The Alpine Dancers are a truly authentic and polished Austrian folk dance group who love to perform for audiences small and large. They perform at a variety of events throughout the year, including KW Oktoberfest of course – check out our upcoming events tab to find out where you can catch their performance next.


 

The 2014 Alpine Dancers

Sonja Kroisenbrunner-Biselli (Choreographer), Dietmar Biselli (Vorplattler), Maximillian Biselli (Music), Felix Biselli, Lore Kump, Anne Kroisenbrunner, Hans Kroisenbrunner, Stephanie Grebinski (President), Julia Poje, Laura Kump, Karin Stieg-Drobig (Treasurer), Reinhard Drobig, Krystal Melnychuk, John Kroisenbrunner, Marita McQuoid (Secretary), Ryan Mausser and Madeline Baker

 



Our History Together

Back in the earlier years of the Alpine Club, a group of club youth performed at various club functions throughout the year to add entertainment to these events.

Later in 1979, the Alpine Dancers, as we know them today, were officially formed under the direction of Hans Kroisenbrunner Sr. After a short few months of practice, the Alpine Dancers started performing for club functions and later began attending out of country events such as the Gottscheer Treffens in New York, Milwaukee and Cleveland beginning in 1983.

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Our Many Performances

~ Gottscheer Treffens – 1983 to present

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(Click here for more photos from various Gottscheer Treffens)

~ European Tour – 1992 (The 2-hour program consisted of not only our traditional folk dancing and Schuhplattlers, but also required 2 costume changes, including an authentic native Indian feather headdress)

~ 50th Jubilees for HRM Queen Elizabeth II – we were honoured to be asked by the DKK (Deutsch-Kanadischer-Kongress) to represent the German speaking community at this special celebration amongst a mere 8000 invited guests crowded the Trade Centre in Toronto on Wednesday, October 9, 2002. Everyone anticipated at least seeing Her Majesty and Prince Phillip close up.

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~ Christine Cushing Live on the Food Network – 2003

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~ Canada AM on CTV Network – 2003

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~ Opening Ceremonies for Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest – Various Years

~ Kitchener Christkindl Market – Annually

~ Tulip Festival in Ottawa – 2005

~ Breakfast Television on CityTV Network – 2006

~ Toronto Park Picnic – 2003

~ Waldfest, Buffalo – 2003 and 2004

~ St Catharines Festival of Lights – 2004

~ Germanica, Delhi – 2007

~ Timmins Multicultural Festival – 2007

~ Toronto Christmas Market – 2010 to Present

~ Various Weddings and Corporate Functions

~ German Club Functions across South-Western Ontario

~ and of course a number of performances during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest at many of the festhallen

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Alpine Dancers at KW Oktoberfest

Yearly, during the nine day festival here in Kitchener-Waterloo – our group performs an average of 20 shows both at the Alpine Club and at other festhallen.

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Since 2008, we have also competed in the So You Think You Can Tanz competition. We have been crowned champions of this annual showcase in 2009, 2011 and 2013. This friendly competition also earns us the spot to perform at the upcoming festival opening ceremonies.

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Fundraising and More

“Ein Abend im Alpenland” (An Evening in the Alps) was started by the Alpine Dancers and serves to this day as our only fundraiser and is held annually at the Alpine Club.

 

All “Tracht” (costumes) equipment and supplies are purchased with those funds and are supplied to the dancers and remain the property of the Alpine Dancers.

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Upcoming Performances

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