1998 Annual Workshops

Fifteenth Anniversary Workshops

Folklore Village, Dodgeville, WI, July 27 - August 1, 1998

We pulled out all the stops this year to provide for you a very high quality experience at our Gala Fifteenth Anniversary Workshops. This year we featured the superb hardingfele master Leif Rygg, in his first appearance as a teacher in this country. His teaching has won rave reviews from those who have attended his classes at the Ole Bull Academy in Voss, Norway. Joining him was Knut Blikberg, one of Voss's best dancers who is also renowned for his teaching abilities, teaching the Voss springar dialect called vossaspringar, the vossarull, and other dances from his area. Thus, we celebrated and learned a part of the Vestlandet tradition from Voss! Even if you have never played hardingfele or done Norwegian folk dancing before, you are welcome at HFAA!

Our event was held from July 30 through August 2nd at Folklore Village Farm, near Dodgeville, Wisconsin, about 35 minutes from Madison. Folklore Village provided a very memorable experience. Located in a peaceful rural setting, we had the opportunity to visit, share stories, learn new tunes, ask questions, and dance. All of the activities took place in the airy and spacious music and dance facility with a great dance floor and many workshop rooms in the lower floor. Three meals per day were provided to all one- and two-day registrants. The Folklore Village cooks have had extensive experience preparing sumptuous Scandinavian smorgasbords and desserts, and we were treated to an exceptional Norwegian feast Saturday night at our festive banquet.


The weekend began on Thursday night in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, a charming town about fifteen minutes from Dodgeville, with a gala opening concert with Leif Rygg, Knut Blikberg, and other members of the workshop teaching staff supplemented by local musicians. Friday morning we convened at Folklore Village for breakfast, followed by hours of varied workshops in all aspects of Norwegian fiddling and dancing. Friday night included a dance party at Folklore Village, followed by another solid day of workshops on Saturday. Our weekend climaxed with the Saturday night banquet, concert and dance, also at Folklore Village.


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