Cleveland Lithuanian folk dance group ŠVYTURYS was founded in 2003. At that time, 16 high school age dancers danced in the group. Neither the leaders nor the dancers thought this group would expand and live on to this day.
Today, the group consists 50 dancers divided into three age groups: college, high school and grammar school. Over 16 years of artistic work, Svyturys has organized three Youth Folk Dance Festivals: “JUVENTUS 2010”, “JUVENTUS 2013” and “JUVENTUS 2017”. Seven friendship festivals for young dancers and singers from other cities. Syvturys has participated in four North American Lithuanian folk dance festivals. In 2007, 2014 and 2018, Svyturys young dancers of Lithuanian descent performed at the Lithuanian Song Festival’s Dance Day in Lithuania. Svyturys has toured - Detroit, Toronto, Chicago, New York, Miami, St Petersburg, Ottawa, Stockholm, London.
The group is led by Aušrinė Širvinskienė and Eglė Žukauskienė. Technical and administrative matters are taken care of by Ričardas Širvinskas, Marius Juodišius, Beata Čiurlionienė and Virginija Rubinski.