German group performs at Wakonda School October 9

German group performs at Wakonda School October 9 by Ally Eckert OK-LIVE Ensemble came to Wakonda School Oct. 9 and performed for the first- through 12th-grade students.

The group is from a town near Berlin in Germany. Made up of mostly girls age 13 through 18, they showed Wakonda their amazing talents. Several of the performers were instructors including two dancers in their mid 20s and three members of the party band.

The group is actually like a music class here in America. In Germany, schools don't offer any arts or sports programs so students have to find a community club to join.

Several of the girls were part of a dancing group called The Showlights and two girls, the Fandilianas, did an act with hula hoops. They also have a party band made up of five people, two of which are girls only 13 and 14 years old. The party band is called Let's Dance. There was also a sword girl named Juliane.

The group recently performed at Menno's Oktoberfest. The group has performed in Bali and in South Dakota. They recently went to the Black Hills to see Mount Rushmore and the Franklin Hotel in Deadwood let them stay free for two nights because they performed there.

The assembly was sponsored by First Premier Bank and the Yankton Concert Association.

The group members commented on how much they enjoyed performing in America because they said their audiences here are much more appreciative than they are in Germany.

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