Norsk Folkedans Stemne 2016, August 19-21

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Norsk Folkedans Stemne on August 19, 20, and 21, 2016, at the Treacy Levine Center aka Camp Brotherhood. Reaching back to our Norwegian, North Dakotan, and Minnesotan roots!

Celebrating 35 years of cultural exchanges for learning Norweigian and music! Velkommen til Gudbrandsdalsdansere: Ingrid Tuko and friends bring the dances and music of Gubrandsdal to the Pacific Northwest featuring Springleik from Skjåk and Våga, pols, masurkas, rils and reinlender.

Ingrid Maurstad Tuko brings a select group of dancers and musicians to this year’s stemne: Ingrid learned to dance at home. She remembers at the age of 5-6 dancing the masurka standing on her grandfather’s feet! He also taught her the Masurka from Bingen which she will be teaching at stemne. Ingrid also enjoys teaching children dances from Norway. Currently, she is the chair of National Costumes with Noregs Ungdomslag.

Nils Slapgård started to dance Norwegian folk dance at 18 years old in a leikarring, dance circle, in Trøndelag, and has been dancing ever since. He will be 73 very soon and plans to dance until he turns 100! He has taught several courses in song dances, figure dances, children’s dances and other folkdances from Noregs Ungdomslag, a national organization. He was an instructor for many years in Trøndelag. Nils and Ingrid have taught Norwegian folk dance in several countries during the last 28 years and have returned to teach at Norsk Folkedans Stemne at least three times.

Rikard Skjelkvåle is a third generation fiddler from Skjåk. His grandfather, Rikkar (1890-1976) was one of the most central fiddlers in the special tradition from Skjåk, with the most legendary fiddlers in Gudbrandsdalen, Fel-Jakup (1821-1876). Rikard has learned to play in the old style in Lom and Skjåk and teaches both children and adults. He is a member of Lom Spelemannslag, one of the best in Norway, winning many prizes in national competitions.

Hallvar Opheim brings his torader to stemne for all of you making special requests to learn more music from him. He is knowledgeable about many types of folk music. He is teaching some great music from Lom and Skjåk. This is a return trip for Hallvar and we welcome him back. He is well known for his instruction on this instrument in Norway. Rikard, Hallvar and Ingeborg Elise will play together and as soloists during the performance.

Ingeborg Elise Moen is born in Bingen (we have one Masurka from there!) She is 24 years old, and has been playing violin/fiddle since she was a little girl. This year she won the fiddle class at the Buskerud-kappleik (competition) at Gol. She played for leikarringen in Hokksund many years and made a CD when she was 16! Along with playing fiddle, she also composes tunes.

Gudbrandsdal is in the Oppland fylke. Oppland is the home place of Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson who wrote the Norwegian national anthem, Ja vi elsker. This fylke is one of the few which is bordered only by other Norwegian fylker. It is in the center of the lower region of Norway. Because of its location, much Norwegian history has taken place here including Priller Guri’s famous warning, the Olympics, Kristin Lavransdatter and author Sigrid Undset, the Birkebeiner route, and so much more. The beautiful valleys of Gudbrandsdalen and Valdres are a sight to behold and home to some favorite regional folk dances called springleikar–different variations of the dance will be taught at Norsk Folkedans Stemne.

Look forward to performances and instruction in Innherredspols, Masurka fra Bingen, Reinlender, Skjåkspringleik and Vågåspringleik at Norsk Folkedans Stemne.

On August 17 at 6 PM enjoy a wild salmon dinner buffet created by Tom and Bonnie! Performance follows with our featured Norwegian artists Gudbrandsdalsdansere, dancers from Gudbrandsdal, who are performing the elegant and beautiful regional springleik dances of this area. The event is sponsored by Leikarringen of Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001, Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001, and Norsk Folkedans Stemne. Proceeds benefit the educational programs of Norsk Folkedans Stemne, a 501c3 organization. Afterwards, there is dancing for everyone. Seating is limited so buy your tickets early. Dessert will be in honor of Ernie Pi who often served ice cream with berries at our events.

August 17, Wednesday

  • 6 PM Dinner
  • 7:30 PM Performance followed by public dance with our local Norwegian musicians

Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th, Seattle WA 98107

Adults 13 and older: $20 after 8/7/2016 tickets are $25
Children 6-12: $10 after 8/7/2016 tickets are $15
Children 0-5: Free
To purchase tickets:

Tickets may also be purchased by sending a self addressed, stamped envelope along with your check made out to Norsk Folkedans Stemne to:
Norsk Folkedans Stemne
PO Box 17099
Seattle WA 98127

You may also purchase tickets on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 10AM-3PM at:
Leif Erikson Hall
2245 NW 57th Street
Seattle WA 98107

FREE PARKING AT Banner Bank NEXT DOOR for attendees only.


What is a Norsk Folkedans Stemne (nynorsk): In Norway, a stemne is a gathering of folk dancers and musicians sharing their knowledge of dances and music. Now in our fourth decade, we carry on this living tradition with select group of dance and music instructors. Norwegian folkdance groups from Canada, the United States, and Norway share this wonderful opportunity to dance favorites, learn new dances and music, and information.

Come and enjoy the immersion for all levels of dancers from beginning to advanced into all the types of Norwegian folkdancing and music from the bygdedansar Skjåkspringleik, Vågåspringleik, and Innherredspols; runddansar including Masurka fra Bingen, reinlendar; songdansar such as Flauman går inspired by Norway’s struggle for independence; and turdansar og rekkedansar (figure dances and longways dances) such as rils, Fandango from Austlandet and Storelvdal. Our website will have updates as to the dances being taught.


Norsk Folkedans Stemne is an independent federal and state nonprofit corporation. We accept donations large and small to continue our purposes to teach, share, and promote understanding of Norwegian folk dances, music, songs, heritage, and culture through our annual gathering of Norwegian folk dancing groups from the United States, Canada, and Norway. All monetary donations are tax deductible in the United States.


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