Our History


In the fall of 2001 Wolf Noack, a former ballroom dance teacher and native of Germany, began a German/Austrian folk dance group with twenty high school girls. Some of the girls asked if their parents could join the group as they found it necessary to drop out due to involvement in sports and too many other high school activities. The new members were from every age group, eighteen through seventy something and all walks of life including builder, doctor, nurse, engineer, school principal, etc.

Practice is once a week with some couples coming from as far away as Seattle. New members are always welcome. A local seamstress created the ladies’ costumes and the men bought used lederhosen. A year or so later Projekt Bayern, an organization that was formed to preserve and enhance the Bavarian theme in Leavenworth purchased brand new trachten for the dancers, which numbered eighteen by then. With the new costumes came a new name, Edelweiss Tanz Gruppe (Edelweiss Dance Troupe).


One of their first performance Maifest 2002 in old "Trachten"

Mt Vernon 2007 all new Trachten                                Men in new "Trachten"