Scandinavian tunes for dancing the schottische, waltz, and polka will be included in the mix when the Ole Olssons Old Time Orkester performs a concert with dancing at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Isanti County Historical Society (ICHS) in Cambridge.
Art Bjorngjeld, Paul Wilson, Mary Abendroth, and Char Bostrom will also include music to dance the polska, snoa, mazurka, and hambo. Joining the musicians is dance teacher Elise Peters, who will intersperse basic Scandinavian dance instruction throughout the evening.
The location is at the northwest section of the Isanti County Fairgrounds in Cambridge, 33525 Flanders St. NE.
On Thursday, Sept. 5, Bostrom and Bjorngjeld return to the ICHS to give instrumental folk music workshops from 10 a.m. to noon with a specific focus on Scandinavian dance tunes.
Donations will be accepted for both the evening event and the morning classes.
The intent of these activities is to support the development of a Scandinavian music and dance community and provide instruction for dancers and musicians in a fun environment. The ICHS premiers its new building as a venue for concerts with dancing through this project.
These activities are sponsored by the ICHS and the Spirit River Scandiband, and made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. For more information call 763-689-4229.