Tanhuajat Finnish Folkdancers 

Finnish-American Concert with 
  Pekka Pentikäinen and Ruthie Dornfeld  

24th October, Finnish Lutheran Church, Ballard, WA
Tannsikurssi 2004 
  Finnish Folk Dance and Music Workshop  

Oct. 22-24, Richmond Masonic Center, Shorline, WA

The Tanhuajat Finnish Folkdancers have been learning and dancing both traditional folkdances and more modern choreographed dances since 1974. Using authentic Finnish National Costumes (kansallispukut), the group brings Finnish dance to a larger audience in all of its color and flavor.

Over the years, Tanhuajat has performed internationally in Finland, Canada and the United States in authentic costumes. This has included appearances in the Finnish Canadian Grand Festival, FinnFest USA, various county fairs and festivals in Washington and Oregon, as well as regularly scheduled ethnic performances in the Seattle area. The most recent Finnish tour was in 1995, where the group performed in Lappeenranta and Savonlinna. These performances have inspired other groups to add some of the many Finnish dances to their repertoire. As well, Tanhuajat has played host to groups touring from Finland and other countries.

Tanhuajat also gives presentations on the history of Finnish dances and the traditional costumes. Sirkku Vasama, our dance leader, and Nancy Hsu, one of our members, have been adding and updating summer costumes. They have made beautiful new red shirts for the men and lovely dresses and aprons for the women. All with sewing skills have pitched in to help.

Our non-professional group is open to all persons of whatever ethnic background, and currently about half of the members are not Finnish but simply interested in Finnish dance or Finnish culture. It is also open to all persons regardless of your perceived skill level in the beginning!

As new cycles of learning and performing are always beginning, Tanhuajat encourages any interested individuals (dancers or non-dancers!) to call, or drop by any time to one of their regularly scheduled practices...

7:30 PM, Wednesday nights
Finnish Lutheran Church
located in Ballard, at
8504 13th Ave. NW
Seattle, WA, 98117

Tanhuajat is available for performances and presentations on the dances and costumes. If interested in any of these subjects, please contact Sirkku for more information:

Phone: (206)609-9945
e-mail: svasama@aol.com

See you at practice or a performance!

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