Hardanger Fiddle Teachers
Sarah Kirton plays both Swedish and Norwegian traditions (on regular violin) and Norwegian hardingfele traditions (Valdres and Telemark). She has been playing Scandinavian music since the early 1980s and has studied both here and in Norway. She spent a year and a half studying with Olav Jørgen Hegge in Valdres in rural Norway in the late 90's. She is a member of Nattergal, a group that plays Scandinavian music, and is a founding member of the Northern California Spelmanslag. Sarah taught at AmeriKappleik.
Toby Weinberg AmeriKappleik.
Anne Røine has deep roots in Valdres, learning Valdresspringar from her uncle Harald Røine and from Brit B. Totland. When she lived in Voss, she won Landskappleik three times for her springar and rudl from that area. Now dancing Valdresspringar again, she won Jorn Helmestemnet in Vadres last year. She is the featured dancer in the video on Jan Beitohaugen Granli’s CD lite nemmar. She writes, “The rhythm and music are very important to dancing, as is the interaction between partners.”
Erik Røine, the father of Anne, started folk dancing at the age of five. He first learned Valdresspringar when he was twelve and danced actively for many years. He was a student of Thorleif Bolstad and Gullik Kirkevoll, among others. Now considered a “tradition bearer,” he brings a strong sense of the rhythm, strength, and drive that are in the dance.
Mikkel Thompson, teacher of beginning dance and gammaldans, has been dancing all his life. He learned gammaldans (waltz, reinlender) through family tradition while growing up in northern Minnesota. He started dancing other types of folk dances in the early 1980’s, including springar and gangar in 1985. Mikkel was the artistic director of the Nordahl Grieg Leikarring and Barneleikarring in San Jose, California, from 1985 to 2002. Mikkel has traveled to Norway numerous times to study dance. He lives in Stockholm and in Minnesota.