Groups

folkedans-r-m.jpgPhoto by Orf3us

Danish Dancers

If dancing is truly the physical expression of the soul's joy, then these are happy folks indeed. Since 1967 a group calling themselves, Dannebrog Dancers, has been learning and practicing, teaching and performing the traditional folk dances of Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Though meeting primarily to enjoy their mutual love of dancing, opportunities to perform for others are certainly not ignored. It is a chance to educate others about traditional costumes and the stories behind the dances, the things that improve cultural understanding and broaden the experience of the audience as well.

The dancing groups usually meet frequently.  No need to know Danish or Nordic dancing steps as the group is happy to teach newcomers of all ages.  Watch the calendar in the DANews for up to date information.  Most often the dancing takes place in the DAC atrium.

Rodspoette Klubben

A social group dedicated to the practice of Danish dining.

Rodspoette Klubben started 44 years ago this traditional Danish event is carried on to today. The dinner is open to all who wish to come, eat, sing, dance and have fun. How do I attend? There is a Rodspoette dinner party scheduled: You RSVP, Show up, Have fun, Go home and Invite your friends to the next one. Are you interested?

There is a social hour, a sit down dinner (fish or schnitzel), some festive singing after dinner and dancing to a live band in the lounge area. The best deal for dinner and dancing in town. If you are interested and are not on the regular mailing list please contact us.

Papegoeje Klubben

One of the most enjoyable family activities of the Danish American Center in Minneapolis is Pappegøje Klubben where families who want their children to be exposed to Danish language and culture meet.

For the Children

This has been a very popular way of getting together; the adults get out of the house after a busy week and the kids get to play with new and old friends. We celebrate such traditional events as Fastelavn and Christmas, and the members volunteer to host or arrange events that are interesting for the children. (link)

Genealogy

Danish-American genealogy group dedicated to research of Danish immigrant roots.
One of the nation's oldest and largest Danish-American genealogy groups meets regularly at the Danish American Center.

Topics of discussion include research in Denmark, preserving old photographs and documents, using research facilities in the Twin Cities, writing query letters, locating ancestral villages and farms, etc.

Everyone is welcome. For more information call Bill Holmquist at 651-748-5017 or call the Danish American Center. 

Reading Circle

Danish Reading Circle Dates to be determined
A group of members interested in reading Danish

Book Club (Bogklub)
Reading Danish/Nordic Literature across the Centuries.
Books have always been an important part of the culture in Denmark. Members in our Danish Reading Circle recall that their Danish ancestors, who emigrated to America, were involved in book discussion groups in various communities in the United States. Our current group at the Danish American Center is continuing this tradition in the 21st century.

The Danish Reading Circle at the Danish American Center was founded in 2001 by Danish speakers, Anne Ipsen and Gitte Mohr, in order to provide an opportunity for Danish speaking members in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to read and discuss Danish literature in the Danish language. The group then expanded to include English speakers, who read English translations of the original Danish literature. In this way, both Danish speakers and English speakers could read and discuss the same books.

The current Danish Reading Circle reads classic and popular literature with a Danish Connection across a variety of time periods and involving a number of genres (fiction, memoirs, crime/mystery, historical fiction, etc.). Books are chosen by members, who vote for 8 books using a list compiled from books recommended by Danish and other sources and those submitted by members of the Danish Reading Circle.

In our current group, literature with a Danish Connection involves reading fiction books, memoirs, etc. which focus on one, or more, of the following:

Are written by a Danish author
Were originally written in Danish (with an English translation)
Take place in Denmark
Take place in the Danish autonomous countries of the Faroe Islands and Greenland
Chronicle the experiences of immigrants to Denmark
Chronicle the Viking experience
Chronicle the Danish immigrant experience in America
Involve characters who are of Danish/American descent
In addition to books with a Danish Connection, we may also read Nordic (Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Finnish) literature.

The books being read and discussed may have both a Danish and English version. Members choose which version to read. The book discussions are in English. The discussions are open and free flowing. If we have a guest discussion leader, he or she may provide us with guided questions. Some of the newer books may have a study guide, author biography and/or website to help guide us in the discussion. Although it is recommended that the book to be discussed be completely read before each monthly discussion, participants are still encouraged to come for the discussion even if they haven't read the entire book.

Being a part of a book discussion group is a wonderful way to get to know other members of the Danish American Center.