Annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
Folklore Village Farm
July 3 - 6, 1997
Aune Nokkala and Oiva Ylonen teaching Finnish folk dance
with accordion player Dennis Halme
Join us for great folk dancing to live music, delicious Scandinavian foods,
children's and family activities, and traditions of the summer solstice.
Aune became director of the Karelia Region Folk Dance Activities in 1970.
Since moving to the USA in 1980 she has been an instructor and a dancer
for the Kisarit Finnish American Folk Dancers (MN), and an instructor at
several Tanhukurssi Minnesota.
Oiva has been involved in Finnish folk dance for 45 years. One of the original
members of the Kisarit Finnish American Folk Dancers, he served as director/instructor
for about 20 years, and was the principal organizer and translator for
all the Tanhukurssi Minnesota.
Dennis has a wide repertoire of Finnish dance and folk music, and he has
artistic mastery of the accordion. He has been the principal musician for
the Kisarit Dancers since 1978 and accompanying musician for the Tanhukurssi
Minnesota seminars. Dennis has also entertained and accompanied extensively
in the USA, Canada, and Finland.
Aune and Oiva will teach a variety of Finnish dances: couple dances including
Humppa, Jenkka (schottisch), Polkka, and possibly a Minuetti. They will
also lead figure dances (sets, circles, line), teach Finnish songs, and
present a fascinating "culture hour".
Dennis will provide music for dance workshops and evenings and lead musical
"jam sessions" playing some beautiful and fun Finnish tunes.
The weekend will also feature Laulupaasi, a small group of women from Madison
who play the Kantele, Finland's national instrument. Laulupaasi will present
traditional melodies in a mini-performance Friday evening.
There will be a Scandinavian Majstang to be decorated, raised and danced
around on Friday afternoon. In the Finnish Juhannus (midsummer) tradition,
Saturday evening's program will include a specially constructed bonfire
Other activities will include crafts (himmell, hardanger embroidery, leaf
printing, and card weaving), children's activities, music jam sessions,
and a fundraising auction.
For additional information or to receive a flyer, please contact Folklore
Village at 608-924-4000. Flyer information can be obtained by contacting