German Dance Lessons
Part of Das Ist Lustig LLC
Valina has inspired former students to form their own Folk Dance groups, and to go on teaching and coaching around the Houston area. These youngsters have been helping teams receive top scoring marks at State German contest. Their performing group, "Das Ist Keine Kunst" German Folk Dance troupe (It's a Piece of Cake) receives standing ovations at festivals where they perform all around Texas. They have attracted the attention of German and International festivals all over the US and Europe. They are polished, poised, and fun loving, and it's very difficult to distinguish them from the top performing groups in Bavaria and Austria.
Pictured above is the Das Ist Keine Kunst German Folk Dance Troupe who formed in the spring of 2014 out of students who graduated from Deer Park HS. They wanted to continue their folk dancing, and invited students and alumni from all the other schools to join them. Currently, there are members from The Woodlands, Woodlands College Park, Katy Tompkins, Morton Ranch, Kingwood, and Deer Park.
German folk dance can also be a great activity for your office or corporation! Valina coached 8 men from Centerpoint energy in the fall of 2014. In four one hour lessons, she taught them to sing in German, and to dance a schuhplattler. Their performance was part of an Oktoberfest booth theme that won Grand Champion at the Don D Jordan Scholarship Fund BBQ Cookoff, October 2014.
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Valina was well trained in folk dance by her dancing mother who was a physical education teacher specializing in folk dance. Valina has been dancing on the stage for 39 years, and performing in various forms of folk dance for over 30 years. Her German folk dance knowledge come from the Rathkamp German folk dance group who she performed with for nearly 10 years. She takes all that knowledge to her students. Groups she coaches in German folk dance are placing in the top 5 at the state level.
Valina teaches authentic dances, paying special attention to where the dance originates and how old it is. She also teaches show dances that have been choreographed in Germany, or choreographed in the US by a German folk dance group. She's careful to let her students know if they are doing a dance that is traditional, or a choreographed version based on a traditional dance. After all, students taking German language in school are also learning about German culture. Some students go on to join German folk dance groups after high school, or some go to Germany as exchange students. Valina wants to ensure they know the traditional form of the dance. Some of her dancers have already had the opportunity to share dancing with others in the dance's home country. She also teaches the stylings that make German and Austrian Folk Dance performance distinctive.
Some of Valina's former students have graduated high school and formed a group called Das Ist Keine Kunst German Folk Dance Troupe. The name means "It's a piece of cake" These former students have a passion for the dancing, regularly study new dances and research the background of the dances. These same young adults are also teaching and coaching German folk dance at the local Houston area schools.
Valina is always researching German folk dances. Trips to Europe over the past 13 years have proved fruitful in folk dances to introduce to Texas. Valina spends long hours video recording, breaking down the dances, and describing in writing how each move must be executed. Many of the dances she hopes to teach are still without music. Hopefully Das Ist Lustig can help with that matter.
Videos of groups Valina coaches are available by request only.
Ross and Valina are both passionate about music and dance. They love to share it from the stage in their band and in their dance groups. Even more so, they love to share it with their students. Their passion and enthusiasm is contagious, bringing their students to find themselves in touch with a part of themselves they may not realize they have. Music and dance are the only universal languages we speak. The more people who are able to express themselves with music and dance, the happier this world can be! Browse around and see if any of the things they teach will work for you. Lessons in German folk dance, and Social dance,are currently available.