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Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers to perform at Colfax January 19

COLFAX  —  It is billed as the Norwegian’s answer to cabin fever.

The internationally known Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers will present a “Norse Morning of Fun” at Colfax High School January 19.

The Stoughton Norwegian Dancers have been thrilling audiences for 61 years all across the United States, Canada and in Norway. They perform approximately 60 times every school year and never leave their audiences disappointed. They have performed at Disney World, in Washington DC, at the Sunbowl in Arizona, for the king of Norway and countless other places across the country and in Norway.

The Dancers will be making their fifth tour to Norway this coming June.

The performance will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Colfax High School main gymnasium, 601 University Avenue, and is sponsored by the Colfax School District.

Students and faculty in the district will gather for this special assembly, but the community and surrounding communities are invited as well. There will be plenty of seating, and chairs will be available for those who do not wish to sit on the bleachers.

The combination of colorful Norwegian bunads (authentic folk costumes), rousing music and exuberant ethnic Scandinavian folk dancing produces the necessary elements to relieve the “winter blues.”

This lively group of dancers will present a program that includes humor, gymnastic skills and audience participation that appeals widely to all ages. From 1953 until 1994, accordions accompanied the Dancers.

Today, keyboards programmed to sound like accordions, provide the live music. An absolutely wonderful addition this year is the Hardanger Fiddle, the National Instrument of Norway.

An exciting addition to the performance in Colfax will be the fifth graders who will play a special role in the show as they perform several dances with the Stoughton Dancers.

This group of fifth grade students has been working hard to learn the dances with the elementary music teacher, Carrie Christensen, and will have a practice prior to the performance with the Stoughton Dancers.

This performance is really a unique opportunity for community members to see the Dancers perform for an elementary school audience.

“Typically our public performances do not have large numbers of school children seated together,” states Staci Heimsoth, the current director in her fourth year with the group.

“Seeing the reactions of the young children to our Dancers is always a thrill for myself and the Dancers. Adults who see the Dancers love the performances, but I feel they miss out on the best thing, and that is seeing how the Dancers interact with their younger audiences. It is because of School District of Colfax that the Stoughton Norwegian Dancers will be performing and that it will also be open to the public. We encourage everyone who possibly can to come and see these Dancers in the school setting on Monday, January 19.”

There is no admission to this event, but donations are always appreciated.

For photos and more information on the Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers, please visit their website www.stoughtonnorwegiandancers.net