The Swiss Folk Dance Club Alpenroesli was formed in November 1981 by 9 members of the Swiss Club Matterhorn, Calgary Alberta. The founders of the Club were: Maya Ackermann, Margot Bigler, Edith Furber, Kaethi Gyger, Maria Krohmer, Roesli Rutzer, Marianne Spielmann, Helga Wagner and Li Zahnd. Naegli Nigg played the Schwyzeroergeli and Heidi Arikan the Accordion.
Folk Dance in Switzerland is an art form that continues to change and develop both in form and function. The main elements and dance forms have their roots in the 18th and 19th century. They are: the "Schottisch, Walzer, Laendler, Marsch and Polka". Most of the dances the club performs have been created during the past 100 years and include both very traditional old dances as well as contemporary dances to popular folk songs.
The Club is the only Swiss folk dance group in Canada. The group has been able to participate at the Unspunnen Fest in Interlaken, Switzerland in 2006 where the dancers had the opportunity to showcase their skills and learn more about the development of Swiss folk dancing. The Club also performed at the North American Yodeling Fest in Banff in 2009. The highlight in 2010 was the participation at the Eidgenössische Trachtenfest in Schwyz, Switzerland. This event happens only every 12 years! The Club regularly performs for the Swiss Community and at public events.
Dance practice details:
Ramsey Community Hall, 1136 - 8th Street SE Calgary 7:30 to 9:00pm
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