Who we are…
The Enzian Dance group was established by Alois Ettinger in 1971 when the German Club Cairns was founded.
After 2003, the group folded and another entertainment group filled the void in the community, but by 2017, the German Club was looking to host its own group again so the Alpine Dancers were established by Martin Bogner whose family had long been associated with the club. Martin brought his passion for music and dance to the group along with his love for Bavaria, adding his experience living a large slice of his life as a real Münchener (in Munich).
Early in 2019, Martin left Cairns for a new adventure in Brisbane and the group was taken over by Chris Zilm who was also to become Vice President and Treasurer of the German Club. Chris had started his career as a Schuhplattler with the famous Bund der Bayern in Adelaide in 1983 so was pleased to add to Martin’s legacy. Shortly after taking on the challenge, the group elected to become a fully fledged activity group of the German Club and on the club’s 48th birthday, the group was relaunched as Enzian Tanzgruppe to cement the relationship fully with the club again.
The dancers continue to entertain audiences in the club and at community events with Schuhplattler, Ländler and Volkstanz (folk dance) as well as Alpenglocken (Alpine Bell) ringing. All this and audience participation, sing-a-longs, competitions and much fun.
An offer to the community to young people to come and try authentic Bavarian dancing saw two, then five, then six, seven and currently nine young ones energetically come together for free to learn new dances and styles. The support of the club meant that Dirndl and Lederhose were shipped from Germany and the group started to perform and win hearts and attracting even more enthusiastic dancers. Enzian Kids was created. They have already performed at multiple club events, the Edge Hill SS fete and are looking forward to Oktoberfest with loads of new dances.
Our dances promotes the traditional and original Bavarian style and we work hard to make shows fun, and good examples of what an authentic performance can be.
We are one of a kind in Australia with our kids group and adults presenting the best of Bavaria to our audiences. This is truly a show you do not want to miss!!!!
Contact Chris :0478 112 489
We practice Wednesdays from
Our performances in the German Club are always popular and end up involving members of the audience as we slip into party mode after our spectacular Holzhacker (Woodchopper) dance.
What we do…
The group performs regularly at the German Club in Winkworth Street, and is available for performances at community events, parties and private events.
Have your own Oktoberfest, Bierfest, Carnival themed event. We have floorshows to suit any time of the year – and Christmas parties – ho ho ho!
Our floorshows not only showcase Bavarian traditional culture – we know how to get a party started. We can tailor floorshows to meet your wishes and can include sets of:
- Schuhplattler (Shoe slapping dances)
- Watschen (fighting)
- Holzhacker (Wood chopping – watch the manly display there!)
- Volkstanz (folk dancing) including the Länder (like the Captain and Maria in Sound of Music), Zillertaler Hoczeitsmarsch (Who on earth would actually do this at a wedding??) and many more.
- Childrens’ Dance Group
- Alpine Cow Bell ringing performancAudience participation: Singing, dancing, Hofbräuhaus-style ‘Schunken’, strong man/woman competition,
Our host can also MC an event for you and is experienced at weddings, parties and dances. With our Bavarian themed nights, we also get the audience moving with Hofbräuhaus-style ‘Schunkeln’, competitions like the strong man/woman, best moustache/beard manipulation/arrangement, fancy dress awards and then there’s the famous nailing the block of wood competition (safety glasses included).
Then there are the beer drinking songs, audience participation and action dancing (The Germans love this stuff!), a toast or two (and learn some German in the process!)
The German Club Cairns’ Enzian Kids (Children’s and Youth dance group) practice weekly on Wednesdays from 5-6pm during school term (and most holidays) at the German Club, 57 Winkworth Street, Cairns!
It is FREE!
What to wear…
For practices our boys and girls are asked to wear shorts, T shirt and runners
What to bring…
Drink bottle, towel and snacks
Parents and Carers are welcome!
Can you become a member of the German club? Yes!
We would be pleased to have you as a member of the club – and you can also stay to dance with the adult group for fun and fitness too!
Beginners always welcome. You don’t even have to be German.
Give me a call and we can get you slapping yourself with joy!