Thule Lodge Dance Team To Visit In Fall

Members of the Thule Lodge Swedish Folk Dance Team are pictured above. Submitted photo

The Thule Lodge Swedish Folk Dance Team will be visiting Sweden from Sept. 30 through Oct. 10.

The trip will include folk dance workshops with two folk dance teams in Stockholm, two in Avesta, one in Orebro and one in Mora. Other invites are being considered. The purpose of the trip is primarily educational with some time visiting the culture on the side. One can learn the steps to folk dancing by reading a book or watching a video. One can not learn the “feel” of the dance, the sway of the body, the sense of connection to the music, the communication clues with your dance partner, the internalization of the rhythm, the muscle memory of what comes next or a realization of the meaning of the movement without dancing with an experienced dancer. The Thule Team has learned much of the basics and can offer a great performance but when compared to folk dancers in Sweden there is a gap. The local dancers can grow more to deliver a smoothness of movement and dancing together as one collective entity. Each participant is required to attend 80 percent of weekly practices to receive support from the team as well as contribute at least 45 percent of the cost. Nineteen dancers, three musicians and 10 family/ friends, who pay all of the cost, will make the trip.

The Thule Folk Dance Team has been part of the Jamestown community for more than 75 years. There are no teams in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo or Rochester. The Thule Folk Dance Team offers to perform for the community including at the Scandinavian Folk Festival, Allen Park Band Concerts and senior citizen centers. To contact the group for a program, call 665-0883.

A Swedish meatball dinner will be served at the American Legion Ira Lou Spring Post 149 at 364 Fluvanna Ave., next to Arby’s, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15. The cost is $10 which covers the complete dinner including dessert and coffee/juice. The public is welcome to attend.

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