Old-Time Dance in the Upper Midwest – Article from Vesterheim, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2009

Norwegian-American old-time music has witnessed dramatic changes since immigrant families would invite their neighbors into their parlors to dance a few waltzes, but through the generations a link to the original purpose of sharing music, stories, laughter, and dances with one another has remained unchanged.

In this article, Anna Rue, Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, gives a history of Norwegian-American dance music in the Upper Midwest of the United States.

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Haave’s Orchestra
Haave’s Orchestra, Granite Falls, Minnesota. Photographer: Matthias Bue. Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum Archives.