Sunday, 1 April 2012

Lithuanian National Dancing group


It was not long after the first group of Lithuanian displaced persons arrived in Adelaide that a dancing group was formed and began performing. There first performance was on January 2nd, 1949. At that time, the “new Australians’ would have been a curious site, as a result the group were invited along with other Eastern European groups to perform at various functions. By May 1950 the group has 10 dances in their repertoire, with 20 dancers, all with national costumes and had by that time performed over 24 times. At that time no name had been given to the group apart from Adelaide Lithuanian Folk Dancing group.

Woodville Carnival and Carols, Woodville oval, 23 December 1949
•The United Nations Arts Festival, Adelaide Town Hall, 20-22 October 1949
Glenelg Commemoration Celebrations Carnival Concert by New Australians, Monday 26th December 1949 at 8pm. (Four dancers)
•Garden Fete at “Thorpe”, Crafers February 25
•International Goodwill Week Ball in Glenelg town hall, 24 February 1950
Nurioopta Festival Night, 14th April 1950 with Estonians
•St Dominic’s Priory College concert for building fund, May 1950
•Teachers College May 1950
•F.H Faulding Social Birthday Dance, 17th May 1950
•Grand Variety Entertainment by New Australians, Port Adelaide Town Hall, 6th July 1950
•The New Australian Service, Music Lovers Grand Ball, Adelaide Town Hall, 19th October 1951
•Popular Concert presented by New and Old Australians, Adelaide Town Hall, October 26
•Lithuanian artists concert in Lobethal, 8th December 1951
•Student nurses annual ball at Palais Royal, 5th September 1952
•Henley & Grange Carnival, 23 January 1953
•Charity Coronation Ball, Palais Royal 27th May 1953, over 1200 guests

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