Experiencing Norway is to feel, indulge, immerse, dare, wonder, and encapsulate oneself in the beauty within

  Linda Spencer, with young skandia dancers, Norway, 2006


Linda Spencer, with young skandia dancers, Norway, 2006

You've likely read that Norway is voted one of the most beautiful places in the world. It also gets high marks for best places to live.  I have no question in my mind to these statements being true. Many people are gravitating to this country to visit, explore, live, work and indulge in its overall beauty. I am even tempted to move there months out of the year myself.  

I have fond memories of when my 'Young Skandia Dansers' folk dance group was touring in Norway in 2006.  We were visiting Ulvik, an area deep in the heart of Norway and stayed with folk dance families. We were shown around the area and after lunch our girls were asked to come and dance with their young folk dance group.  They taught our girls some of their dances and then we shared our dances with them.  It was very clear to me that there was a distinct difference in the two dance groups. Our dances were concise, articulate, and we loved dancing perfectly for them. When the Norwegian born dancers danced for us it was different.  They were experiencing their dancing. Having preformed these dances from an early age, it was as if they were born to feel their musical stomp and rhythm. It just came naturally for them! There was no better group, just a difference. And when the two groups came together, there became an emotional bond in each of them that words could not describe. They all came to life. And we as an audience came to life. The beauty of the Norwegian music, created from beauty of the land encapsulated us in that moment.                                           
This is an experience I will cherish and never forget.
 

  Dansers in Norway, 2006


Dansers in Norway, 2006