ONLINE: Norwegian Dancing Alone Together
April 5 - April 19
Let’s get moving again! It has been a tough year for dancing and Norway House wants to give participants of all ages and abilities a chance to move to a tune called Tussen i Buchmannhaugen, or The Land Spirit in Buchmann’s Hill. This tune is a gangar from Telemark, Norway and played on the hardingfele, or the hardanger fiddle.
Telegangar, or Telemark gangar, is the dance for such tunes, in 2/4 rhythm. Carol Sersland will teach “Folklore Gangar ‘21”—some non-partnered moves so all ages and abilities can dance to this tune.
Ultimately everyone would love to dance together for 17 Mai, but the reality is that we must continue our social distances for a little while longer. And you will be able to add “Folklore Gangar ‘21” to your list of celebration dances that you can do with Norway House—alone together.
There are three dance sessions in this series, described below:
Lesson One: Monday, April 5 will concentrate on one tune (“Tussen i Buchmannhaugen”) and one choreographed dance (Sersland “Folklore Gangar ‘21”). Participants will have the tools to practice on their own with written notes, music link, and class video.
Lesson Two: Monday, April 12 will review the tune and dance from Lesson One and answer questions. We will explore a few more Telegangar tunes to see how the different tunes change the character of the dance. Additional dance maneuvers will be shared, as well as embellishing our existing figures, e.g getting more twirl out of your turn.
Lesson Three: Monday, April 19 will review the tune and dance from lesson one and answer questions. We will add a few more options to “Folklore Gangar ‘21” choreography and explore the idea of adding a second person to your solo dance. We’ll offer a simple tune for you to sing while you dance.
There are two class sessions per lesson: a morning class (10:30–11:30 am CST) and an evening class (5:30–6:30 pm CST).
More information can be found on the Norway House website.