Norsk Folkedans Stemne 2017 Update

(Stemne dates will be August 18, 19, 20 this year)

2017 registration form

The best-laid plans of mice and wo/men often go awry! New instructors for August stemne! Two weeks ago, BUL Ervingen cancelled their trip to Norsk Folkedans Stemne. Because this was after the date we could cancel with at least some refund from Fort Worden, it was decided to pursue seeking other instructors to provide the great weekend you have come to expect. It also means some changes for our Salmon Dinner on August 16! We are happy to report the State passed a budget so we don't have to worry about Fort Worden being closed as well!

We are excited to have Roo Lester returning who will be teaching Finnskogspols and other dances with Jerry Walsh from Seattle, fiddler Peter Michaelsen who will play for them, Erik Rudd teaching halling, and fiddler Jeff and Jane Anderson (torader) who are both teaching and taking over coordinating the evening dances while Bill Boyd takes a much needed break.

We are seeking additional instructors for figure dances, song dances, and children's dances as we have some emails out to others and are awaiting responses. If you have recommendations, please let us know. We understand some of you may have planned on attending because BUL Ervingen would be teaching. Refunds will be available if you no longer wish to attend. (not sure how the housing will work though yet)

A schedule will be available in a couple weeks when we complete our pursuit of additional instructors.
Roo Lester 
Roo Lester, a California native, began folk dancing as part of rainy day Physical Education at school. Norwegian dance classes with Ingvar & Jofrid Sodal at a dance camp while in college inspired Roo to study Norwegian folk dance, especially the turning dances including bygdedans, runddans/gammeldans and mixers. She wrote her thesis on “The United States Scandinavian-Dance-Community and Norsk bygdedans.” Roo traveled around the USA attending courses in Norwegian and Scandinavian dance. Since 1983 Roo has traveled extensively in Norway and Sweden studying dance and participating in dance and music events. Roo’s teaching is infused with a great love of dancing and a desire to help others to love it too.  Her hallmarks include her clear, positive teaching that incorporates background information, styling and technique and her ability to present the basic concepts of dance to dancers of all levels in a fun and lighthearted manner. She is a master teacher who can smoothly guide the student from a basic exercise through to a turning step with all parts of the progression seeming equally accessible. Roo is recognized as one of the foremost exponents of Scandinavian dance in the US. 
Since 1988 Roo has lived in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.  Roo will be accompanied at stemne 2017 by Jerry Walsh.

Jerry Walsh has been a stemne participant, but never one of our instructors until now! He is known for his precision in both Norwegian and Swedish dance. Jerry often travels to Scandinavia to learn new dances, improve his dancing, and to perform. One of the prime movers of Springdans Northwest and a Skandia member, he is not far from a dance floor! We look forward to his teaching with Roo.

Peter Michaelsen is returning to stemne! He now lives in Port Townsend with his family. For over 30 years, Peter has played Scandinavian music, making numerous trips to "the old countries" to study and perform. He plays both regular fiddle and Norwegian hardanger fiddle, and is a mainstay of the folk music scene in the Pacific Northwest, where he teaches Scandinavian fiddle styles. We look forward to his playing at both the classes and the evening dances.

Erik Hans Rudd  has been dancing since he could walk. A former member of Leikarringen of Portland and the Bavarian Dancers, and current member of the Tirolean Dancers of Oregon, folk dancing has been a big part of his life forever. He started dancing halling when he was a teen and has performed halling over the years at Scandinavian festivals throughout the Northwest and at Skogfjorden, the Norwegian camp at the Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, Minnesota. He is a polyglot who speaks English, Norwegian, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese, and is always seeking to learn more! He has lived in Sandane, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway; Montpellier, Hérault, France; and Itupeva, São Paulo, Brazil. Now 28, he is involved with Swing Dancing and Capoeira. Lots of fun!

Jane Anderson has been playing at dances in the Puget Sound area for many years with her husband Jeff Anderson. She is a self taught musician, introduced to Nordic music through family links. Jane’s father played fiddle and accordion. Jane was a late-bloomer who began playing the button accordion at around age 40. She has some new tunes to teach, too!

Jeff Anderson is from Waterville, Washington, and has been playing fiddle since the age of 15. For over thirty years he has played for shows and dances. Both of his grandfathers were Norwegian-style fiddlers from North Dakota, and he is carrying on the musical traditions of his family. Both he and Jane play with Nordic Spirit, formed in 1999.

Look for additional instructors in the next few weeks as our new schedule is a work in progress.

ART HARE: One of our biggest early supporters of Norsk Folkedans Stemne passed away on Father's Day, June 18, after a serious fall in May. Art did all the filming for our dance instruction videos, he also loved to do our scheduling, photography, instructing, and so much more for us. He continued to teach many of the dances taught at stemne throughout the year so we wouldn't forget them! Driving me home from stemne was another volunteer job he took on as I was frequently too tired to be driving a car! We will miss this wonderful man who did so much for the Scandinavian dance community. Bonnie Berglund has created a memorial t-shirt for stemne featuring a hare for us to remember him. A display will be at stemne about Art's contributions. You are welcome to bring your stories and photos. On Tuesday, September 12, a memorial dance and celebration of his life will be held at Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th Street, hosted by Leikarringen of Leif Erikson Lodge and Skandia Folkdance Society. More details to follow. Potluck salads, desserts, etc are appreciated. RSVPs are appreciated when that info becomes available. 

REGISTRATION: The 2017 registration form for Norsk Folkedans Stemne is available online. 

INGRID HAMBURG:  We are expecting a visit from our former Leif Erikson Lodge member and queen, Ingrid Hamberg, with her husband David. They have decided to leave the instruments at home, but hope to make it to the salmon dinner. They are celebrating their one year anniversary.  

Check our website for further updates on programs, schedules, and instructors!

CAMPING is full at the Fort, but available at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Didn't get camping at Fort Worden? Here is the link to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds recommended by Don Meyers and Carla Wulfsberg
Carla has offered to conduct tours around Fort Worden has she has attended many events here.


Wild Salmon dinner buffet and Norwegian folk dancing performances with featured artists of Roo Lester and Jerry Walsh, Jeff and Jane Johnson and others to be announced
on August 16, 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
Children 6-12: $10
Children 0-5: Free 
FREE PARKING AT Banner Bank NEXT DOOR for attendees only

On August 16 at 6 PM enjoy a wild salmon dinner buffet created by Tom and Bonnie! Performance follows with our featured instructors. The event is sponsored by Leikarringen of Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001, Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001, Norsk Folkedans Stemne, Leif Erikson Building Association, the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association. 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! 

MEALS: Please note, those of you wanting the meal program also need to have your registration in by July 27. Fort Worden is not as flexible as our former camp.  See previous email for descriptions.

Here are links to info you may want to know.
More links to Fort Worden information:
Various ways to get to Fort Worden!
Fort Worden Buildings Map

Stay safe out there!

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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