The group was established in 1971. At first known as the "Ostdeutche Jugenddanzdeel", and later as the "Danzdeel Salzkotten" the group has made a significant contribution to the cultural life of the town of Salzkotten and the surrounding area. We began with 8 and now have over 100 members dancing in the "Children's", "Teenie", "Oldies" and "Old Friends" groups, as well as our choir which was founded in 2003
Our view is that folk music and dance should't be something that has long been forgotten – and that is what we try to show in what we do. When we dance and make music or do other things together our faces show how much we enjoy our performances (repertoire). Most of our songs and dances have their origin in Pommerania and Westfalen, as does our costume.
As early as 1980 on a course about costumes we found an outfit which reflected our origin - the Jaimund Feast Day costume from Lower Pommerania. Group members and parents used materials hand-woven as described in original documents and produced costumes with finely detailed decoration.
Ever present in our performances are the carnival figures. These consist of the "Erbsbär" (straw man), rider of the "Schimmelreiter" (pale horse) and "Schnabbuk" (billed goat) and delight our audiences whenever they see them. These costumes used to be worn to celebrate the passing of winter. We depict this through the so-called "Fasching dance".
Making international friends
We aim not just to preserve German traditions. Making friends both with groups in the neighbourhood and also dancers from beyond the borders of Germany is something we have made one of our prime tasks.
In 1982 we became members of CIOFF, an association involved with the organisation and conduct of international folklore and dance festivals.
Through attending numerous international events such as the Wewelsburg International Youth Festival Week we have developed close contact with groups
from inter alia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, England, Scotland, Ireland, Latvia and the USA.
Regular travel abroad allows us to build on existing friendships and develop new ones.
For many years we have had a close relationship with the DJO, now known as "Deutsche Jugend in Europa". We have been members ever since our establishment and have enjoyed considerable support from them throughout.
We are also very committed to the "NRW against the Right movement". For this work our group has even been awarded a prize from the Paderborn Youth Support Fund.
Apart from lots of songs of all kinds of type - presented by our own choir - our repertoire contains among other things the following dances and some dance choreographies of our own creation:
RepertoireHummelfolge, HAF-Folge, Balladentanzfolge, Paartanzfolge, Rheinländerfolge, Matrosentanz, Horlepiep, Triolett, Sauerländer Nr.4 und Nr.5, Faschingstanz, Schlunz, Bauernhochtied, Berliner Tempo, Maike, Puttjerster, Russenpolka, Schneidertanz, Webertanz, Pippilangstrumpf, Oxstädter Mühle, Mexikanischer Walzer, Familienwalzer, Fröhlicher Kreis, Abendtanz, St. Bernhardswalzer, Blau ja Blau, Bingo, Eldenaer Kegel, Fischeallemande, Tampet, Geestländer Quadrille, Gumbinner, Hamburger Kontra, Heidjer, Hetlinger Bandriler, Holzpuppentanz, Hahn im Korb, Hamburger Matrosenpolka, Kolberger Innungstanz, Letkiss, Mayim, Miserilou, Schlittenfahrt, Schnupftabakspolka, Schwarzerdener, Schweinchen Dick, Sonderburger Doppelachter, Deeper Fischertanz, Holsteiner Dreitour, Durch die Tore, Folge mir, Levi Jackson's, Ostländisches Viergespann, Ostgota, Westgota, Rheinländer, Mühlradel, Müngersdorfer, Nickeltanz, Tupfpolka, Sternpolka, Schwedentanz u.a.
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