Dance Group of Kaunas Culture Centre SUKTINIS
Artistic leader Laima Mintauckite – Rekasiene (since
is the oldest folk dance group in Lithuania. The group
was founded in 1936 as the girls’ folk dance group.
In the course of years, the small dance group grew into
a large group, which now includes two compositions of
dancers, ensemble of kokle (musical instrument similar
to harp/zither) players, instrumental ensemble and a
vocal group. In 1962, in connection to the group’s 1000th
concert, it was awarded the honourable name SUKTINIS.
The name was awarded for the attained achievements and
for promotion of Lithuanian folk art in high artistic
SUKTINIS was the first group in Lithuania
that started to show thematic concert programs, which
have received awards in contests.
In 1976, for the first time Folk Dance Festival Soki
tripki was held in Lithuania. During many years,
it has become a traditional international festival,
which takes place every two years. The best Lithuanian
ensembles participate in the festival and admirers of
folk dances are given possibility to get acquainted
with folklore of various nations.
By hosting guests in their home, participants of SUKTINIS
have made it possible to perform in Latvia, Estonia,
Moldova, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland
and other countries.
In 1994, the group passed a competition and entered
the International Folklore Association C.I.O.F.F. and
was invited to the International Festival in USA.
SUKTINIS has developed nice traditions,
such as evenings of ethnographic dances and games. Every
year, “christening” of new members of the group takes
place and this humorous theatrical performance always
attracts many spectators.
Under the guidance of the choreographer Laima Rekasiene,
leader of the orchestra Tads Kviklis and leader
of the vocal group Rinalda Burinskiene, SUKTINIS
will keep giving pleasure to many admirers of folk art
in Lithuania and in other countries. Thanks to the fact
that folk dance group LELDE from the Culture House DRAUDZIBA
has invited SUKTINIS to visit Riga during
the Song and Dance Festival Riga 800,
we will also have a possibility to see this rich in
traditions artistic group. Folk dance group SUKTINIS
is dancing, singing and making music already for the