Here's a video of my daughter performing at the supermarket.
Fasching in the Supermarket
Fasching is the time of year the dances are performed. Fasching is the German word for Carnival. The competitive season lasts from November through March and groups can qualify to compete at the National level. Teams are judged on their costume, music, routines, gymnastic ability, flexibility, accuracy of their formations and similarity of dancers.
Dancers must look exactly alike. Therefore, they whiten their shoes, wear wigs, hats and lots of make-up. (At first I wasn't excited about the make-up, but my girls have learned to dread this part of the costume and never want to wear make-up.)
Just before Fat Tuesday, or Faschings Dienstag as it is called in German, dances are performed all over the area. Several shows are open to the public. They usually begin at 8:11 and contain a variety of music, dance, and skit entertainment. Carnival is the traditional time to speak out against the government and make fun of life's daily routines. Much like the sketches on Saturday Night Live, many acts are funny and politically incorrect.
Show dance is the other type of traditional German dance. They are meant to tell stories and could be thought of as scenes from theatrical performances which are danced based.
There are also shows for kids, seniors, as well as special appearances. In the six days leading up to Faschings Dienstag, my girls and I performed at 10 different venues which included two trips to homes for handicapped, one supermarket, three kinder fasching, one senior fasching, and three shows for the public. All the performances were followed up with a parade to mark the end of the season.
He even met Elvis!