...by integrating runes, stav (staff) rhythm and Old Norse language with traditional dance forms preserved by Nordic immigrants to Minnesota, culminating in inter-active community performances.
The project is led by Kari Tauring, a Nordic Roots storyteller, singer, and teacher of the runes, stav rhythm and song in Minneapolis and abroad for almost 20 years. This project explores how the songs and dances preserved within Minnesota’s Norse Immigrant community reflect and connect with their ancient roots and purpose in the community. These sessions are written for all ages and all cultural heritages to enjoy.
Joining Kari on this journey is Carol Sersland, who started learning Telespringar (Norwegian dance style) at the age of 9 from her father, Harold K. Sersland, a talented dancer who came from Hjartdal in Telemark. Her involvement keeps this new work grounded in authentic Immigrant Era traditions.
The grant-funded "Nordic Roots Dance Project" is complete, however the music and dance continue in the community!
Sunday December 16 at Tapestry Folkdance Center
6pm to 8pm — Admission: $10 Individuals, $15 groups of up to 5.
Kari Tauring, Carol Sersland and friends come together once again for a solstice celebration of dance and song to remember. Watch the video above for a taste of what's to come.
...and keep dancing!