Online scrapbook of how our Club, along with other local groups celebrate the local Czech history!
Learn what the Czech Heritage Club does and why we want to promote Czech culture.


 New Prague Czech Singers

Primarily Czech immigrants settled the town of New Prague, Minnesota, so the Czech influence has always been, and still is strong here. As part of that Heritage in the Bicentennial year of 1976, Gladys Tupy was asked to form a Czech singing group to be in the parade. It was at this time the New Prague Czech Singers made their debut. Each person had to make his or her own kroj (costume). In two months, they learned two songs, which were sung over and over in the parade. After that they were asked to be in other parades, sing at parties, nursing homes and other events, so they kept on singing. In 1989 Adeline Bisek took over as Leader, and in 2006 Jan Rezac took over as Leader.

 

 

Concertina players have been Jerry Minar, Larry Novotny, John Novotny, Ben Novotny and currently (2010) Alvin Chlan. All of the musicians played mostly by ear, but can also play from notes. The New Prague Czech Singers are proud to preserve their heritage through the gift of singing.

After many requests, the group made a record, then cassette and in 2008 a CS was recorded.

The New Prague Czech Singers have expanded to include Heritage and Cultural Studies for senior citizen and tour groups. They practice the first Tuesday of each month at Mala Strana nursing home in New Prague, MN.

The New Prague Czech Singers hope to keep on singing the wonderful Czech songs for many years to come
Zpívejte S Námi ty Naše Ceské Písnicky!!!!
(Sing with us our Czech songs)

Current Members:

Elsie Smisek, Alvin Chlan-Concertina Player, Donald Tupy-Clarinet Player, and Lorraine Bisek. Gladys Tupy-Assistant, Fritz Flicek, Lynn Havlicek-piano/music teacher, Dennis Havlicek, Adeline Bisek, Harold Shimota, Emily Dvoracek, Joe Rezac-Assistant, Clarence Smisek, Angie Shimota, Arnie Ziskovsky, Deb Ziskovsky, Betty Chlan, Ellen Brezina, and Colleen Buszmann.
Jan Rezac-Leader/Director.


 Domácí Czech Folk Dancers

The Domácí (Hometown) Czech Folk Dancers started in 2000 directed by Arnie and Deb (Dvorak) Ziskovsky. Their mission is to preserve Czech customs and traditions through music, dance and song. They promote this through dance performances done with precision, accuracy and enthusiasm.

The costumes (kroje) are imported folk dress from southern Bohemia, where the majority of the communities' ancestors originate. The choreography is modeled from traditional dances and performed to authentic Czech folk music. The authentic folk music includes instruments native of the Czech Republic as the dudy (Czech bagpipe) and the dulcimer.

The Domácí Dancers started as an adult group with 12 members. Throughout the years, the membership included young adults. Today, the group primarily is a children's group with members between the ages 4 - 13.

Arnie and Deb are both of Czech descent, graduating from New Prague High School. They have been participating in Czech folk dancing since 1984. The idea for the name of their group, Domácí, was due partly when they moved back to their hometown to live on a family farm.

 

 The Ziskovskys acquire their repertoire directly from the Czech Republic. They have traveled there many times and attended folk dance camps for the purpose of bringing dances back to the group. While on their travels to the old country, the Ziskovskys attend local folk festivals as well as visit relatives.

Czech folk dancing is a traditional folk art that has been in the MN Czech Country (New Prague and surrounding communities) since ancestors arrived in the 1800's.

The first group performances were done by the local Sokol organization. In 1976 the 'New Prague Czech Dancers' formed. They promoted the Czech heritage in many festivals and parades throughout the Midwestern states.

Today, the Domácí Dancers continue to promote the heritage. The group today not only offers its members the opportunity to learn folk dances, but also language, singing and traditions. They have performed at a variety of venues including nursing homes, expos and plays as wells as ethnic festivals.

The Domácí Dancers want to pass on the traditions of our Czech heritage, especially to younger generations. They continuously encourage enrollment of new members of any age.

 

2013 Members
Michaela Goettl, Izak and Joey Jirik, Tatum Kubes, Olivia and Sylvia Lemke, Kailey and Korey Mach, Anna Novak, Christina, Connor and Cynthia Raduenz, Katrina and Kaylee Reeder, Lauren Reiland, Lea and Owen Sirek, Sarah Stresnak, Madeline Svoboda and Grace Tumasmith. Directed by: Deb and Arnie Ziskovsky.

Link to video of Domácí Czech Folk Dancers in action

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More pictures of the Domácí Czech Folk Dancers

Article from Jordan Newspaper - July 2014
15 year Anniversary of Domácí Dancers


2010-2011 Miss Czech Slovak MN Queen Diane Jindra, yert (Devil) David Kubista, Svatz Mikulaš (St. Nicholas) Duane Jirik, And?l (Angel) Amy Jirik and 2010 - 2011 Miss Czech Slovak Princess Michelle Malecha

 Christmas Traditions
St. Nicholas, or Svaty Mikulas is just one of the Czech legends we promote. Svaty Mikulas was a bishop and known for aiding the poor. Because he was such a good hearted person, the tradition started of celebrating his feast day on December 6th by giving gifts. Many local residents participated in this celebration and dressed as Svaty Mikulas, an angel and several devils visiting homes. Svaty Mikulas would question children if they had been good. If so, they would be rewarded with sweets; if not, the devil would give them coal or a rotten potato.

Photos from the 2010 European Christmas

Photos from the 2011 European Christmas

Czech Crafts: Wood carving and glass blowing are both Czech traditions that are still done today. Wood carving includes Christmas ornaments which are very popular during the Christmas season. Glass items can be seen all year round.
Ornaments are available for purchase

National Folk Costumes (Kroje)

A Kroje is a traditional Czech costume
Usually consisting of skirt, blouse, vest, apron and hat for the women.
Most are heavily embroidered.

Men wear pants, shirt, vest and hat also with embroidery
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