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Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers to perform at Colfax High School Jan. 15

COLFAX —  The internationally-known Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers will present a “Norse Morning of Fun” at Colfax High School Monday, January 15, at 9:30 a.m.

The performance will take place in the high school gymnasium and is sponsored by the School District of Colfax.

Students and faculty will gather for the special assembly, but members of the community, and people from surrounding communities, are invited as well.

Plenty of seating will be available, and chairs will be set up for those who do not wish to sit on the bleachers.

The Norwegian dancers will present a program that includes humor, gymnastic skills and audience participation and will appeal to people of all ages.

An addition to the performance will be Colfax Elementary fifth graders who will play a special role in the program and will perform several dances with the Stoughton Norwegian Dancers.

The fifth grade students have been working hard to learn the dances with their elementary music teacher, Carrie Christensen, and they will have a practice prior to the performance with the Norwegian dancers from Stoughton.

The Stoughton Norwegian Dancers perform approximately 60 times every school year and have performed at Disney World, in Washington D.C., and at the Sun Bowl in Arizona for the king of Norway.

The dancers hope to make their sixth tour to Norway in June of 2020.

The event at Colfax High School is the Norwegians’ answer to “cabin fever,” and the combination of colorful Norwegian bunads (authentic folk costumes), music and exuberant ethnic Scandinavian folk dancing produces elements to relieve “the winter blues.”

From 1953 until 1994, accordions accompanied the dancers, but today, keyboards programmed to sound like accordions provide live music for the performance.

“Seeing the reactions of young children to our dancers is always a thrill for our group,” said Staci Heimsoth, the current director of the dancers who is in her seventh year with the group.

“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,” she said.

“We encourage everyone who possibly can to come and see these dancers in the school setting on Monday, January 15, at 9:30 a.m.,” Heimsoth said.

The event is free, and all are welcome to attend.