2014 Hardanger Fiddle Music and Dance Workshop

July 17-20, 2014

Folklore Village, Dodgeville, WI

The HFAA's Annual Workshop offered a very special opportunity for getting to know Norwegian Hardanger fiddle music and dance traditions in depth.

Hardanger fiddle (hardingfele) classes: We offer four concurrent full-time classes to accommodate all levels from beginner to advanced, teaching a variety of Norwegian hardingfele traditions. Private sessions with our teachers are also available. Loaner instruments are available on advance request. Even if you have never tried the hardingfele before, you are welcome to join us! 

Dance classes: This is a rare opportunity for dancers of all levels (whether children or adults, beginners, intermediate or advanced) to learn how to listen to the music, relate to the fiddler and partner and build a wonderful dance. 

Mini-classes & jam sessions: Kveding (traditional singing) classes offer you a chance to broaden your Norwegian folk music experience. Spontaneous jam sessions on various Scandinavian instruments may also happen.

Folklore Village is the setting for all workshop activities. Located on the edge of a restored prairie 35 minutes west of Madison, Wisconsin, Folklore Village offers a perfect venue for hardingfele and dance classes, concerts, lectures, and dance parties. Beautiful, air-conditioned Farwell Hall includes a spacious sprung wood dance floor and separate classrooms for fiddle instruction. Across the road, Plum Grove Church (1882) offers excellent acoustics for small lectures or classes. Bunkhouses offer simple accommodations, as does the tenting area. For those who want more privacy or air conditioning, there are motels nearby in Dodgeville.

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