The Nordic Dancers of Decorah, IA are a unique group of folk dancers. The Nordic Dancers consist of two groups; the Junior Nordic Dancers and the Senior Nordic Dancers. Every five years the Junior Nordic Dancers become Senior Nordic Dancers and third graders audition to become the next Junior Nordic Dancers. In addition, the Nordic Dancers are accompanied by the Nordic Dancers Orchestra, a group of talented young musicians who accompany the dancers for all the dances they perform.
The Nordic Dancers were started in 1966 to dance at Decorah's annual summer festival to celebrate our Norwegian/Scandinavian heritage, the Nordic Fest held anually the last full weekend of July. The Nordic Dancers have danced at many locations including Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington DC, Disney World, Door County, Mason City, Des Moines, Colorado, and the country of Norway. The Nordic Dancers are accompanied by a live orchestra when they dance. During the ten years a group of dancers is together, they will perform approximately one hundred times and learn over thirty dances. The costumes they wear resemble that of traditional Norwegian dress.
The complete history of the dancers is provided here.