After we moved to Babenhausen there was an add in the local newspaper from Turnverein. They were looking for new instrutors. I checked them out and decided to try starting a group there. It ended up being pretty successful. Like with the Rodgau group we did exhibitions, arranged seminars usually with a party for everyone.
The group in Rodgau-Jügesheim was my first group. They were part of the Catholic Youth Group. We did lots of demonstrations and organised parties/seminars. This is a picture of that group…we had just done a demonatration. The guys colorful „Russian“ costumes I sewed myself.
I also with this group learned about the German „Fasching“/carnival. Sometimes we had „original“ costumes, some which I managed to buy and we were often in the press. As you can see in the following press-picture I used longplay records…we didn’t have cassets yet. That meant dragging my records plus the record player every time!!
And we marched in local parades. The following pictures are from one of those parades.
Here I’m wearing one of my oroginal costumes.
And this is of one of the many seminars I organised. We had dancers attending from all over Germany. And at the end of all the learning we would have a fun party with various dances being done, often on request. And sometimes the visiting groups performed.
These pictures are of one of those visiting groups performing. The gal here with the microphone, Conny, was the teacher of that group. I knew her already for many years, we danced together with the Frankfurt group „Slawia“.
A Square Dance group from Wiesbaden also visited us and performed. And I was able to join in! The orange dress I, of course, sewed myself. My partner here was actually from a group in Hanau. And he sold me a „professional“ record player with speakers and microphone
And my husband visited with our 2 kids!
Our/My first Fasching perfomance was a can-can.The dresses, of course, sewed myself and I kept them for many years for many years.
Once a year we arranged a party at the local Grill place. It involved a lot of organising.
Here I’m dancing a Ukrainian dance at an exhibition with Klaus Wand, who I also knew from the group „Slawia“.
When I was in High School and about 16 yrs. old, I started going every Sunday with my best girl friend, Terry, to Balboa Park where we learned and danced international folk dancing. It was a very fun time! I danced there for years and years and even visited there on all my trips home.
I met many guys and gals…..it was always interesting on my visits to see who was still dancing and who had passed on. It was always sad to find out that one of my favorite dance partners, like Andy Moffitt, no longer lived.
Performing with Rodney Henderson on the stage of the parks great organ!
Me wearing my self-made Russian costume. This was taken I believe in 1969.