1999 Annual Workshops

Folklore Village, Dodgeville, WI, July 16 - 18

The HFAA was proud to bring back to its 1999 Stevne the hardingfele master Vidar Lande, one of the greatest players in Norway, whose vast knowledge and analytical musical ability also make him one of the greatest teachers of the hardingfele. Also, teaching dance was Inge Midtveit from West Telemark in Norway, whose great dancing and teaching were "discovered" by American enthusiasts when he partnered Karin Brennesvik at Scandinavian Week, Buffalo Gap in 1997. Joining Vidar and Inge will be our usual roster of stellar American hardingfele teachers, plus Ron Poast teaching hardingfele construction.

Even if you have never played hardingfele or done Norwegian folk dancing before, you are welcome at the HFAA Annual Meeting!

We returned to our beautiful location at the Folklore Village Farm in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, about a 35-minute drive west of Madison. Folklore Village provides us with a very memorable experience. Located in a peaceful rural setting, we had the opportunity to learn new tunes, receive individualized instruction, ask questions, visit, share stories, and dance. All of the activities took place in the newly air-conditioned and spacious music and dance facility with a great dance floor and many classrooms on 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 will be treated to a Norwegian feast Saturday night at our festive banquet.


The weekend began on Thursday evening with a gala opening concert with Vidar Lande and other members of the teaching staff (location to be announced). 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. Instruction was available in the following areas:


An option was available to audit the fiddle and dance workshops (watching only, no participation). No advance registration is required.



The HFAA was also proud to be able to include on our staff many of the very best American hardingfele teachers and players.