The Braham Area Community Center will hold its first major pre-grand opening event this Friday.
The Scandi dance will feature Scandinavian music from Ole Olsson’s Oldtime Orkestra as well as dance lessons and food Friday, Feb. 7. The dance lesson begins at 6:30 p.m. with the dance from 7-10 p.m.
It coincides with the Scandinavian races in Mora called the Vasaloppet.
“We wanted to have a dance that coordinated with a lot of Scandinavians that will be in town for the big race happening in Mora,” event coordinator David Braddock said. “Braham is considered central to most of the big towns around here.”
He hopes people from surrounding cities and towns will come to participate, including residents of Mora, Lindstrom, Isanti, Cambridge, Stanchfield and others.
Visitors who are new to Scandinavian dancing can get a lesson at 6:30 from Ole Olson’s band member Bruce Bostrom – think shadish polka, the Scandinavian waltz and hambo.
Fellow band member Char Bostrom is excited to be playing at the event and watching people dance. She tells visitors not to be intimidated by the new moves.
“If you can watch, you can do those dances,” Char Bostrom said. “I’m excited to see who comes.”
Presale tickets for the dance are $8 and available in Braham at Tusen Tack, Home Town Liquor, Kline Oil and Braham Country Floral; in Cambridge at Northbound Liquor and American Jane’s Bar & Grill (former American Legion); in Rush City at Unity Bank; in Mora at Freddies and K & R Retail Meats; and in Pine City at Voyager Bottle Shop.
Braddock’s favorite part are the mixer dances.
“I hadn’t really done it that much,” Braddock said. “You feel a little dumb. But then you get out there and you figure out what the steps are. And everyone’s kind of in the same place. A few people actually know what they’re doing, and that actually helps because then you don’t get way off track. It’s a lot of fun.”
He and his wife Cheryl Braddock have previous dance studio experience, and they are also planning a sweetheart’s dance for Valentine’s Day. Look for their Irish dancing to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in March and country dances in the future.
The Braham Community Center is at 655 Eighth St. SW, Braham.