Carol Ann Sersland learned the Telespringar (or spring
dance from Telemark) from her father, a life-long folk dancer
who emigrated from Telemark, Norway to Minneapolis in 1924. Carol
grew up in an environment where Hardanger fiddle (the instrument
used to accompany the dance) music and Telespringar were a normal
part of her family's social activities. She started dancing and
performing Norwegian dances when she was five years old with
the Sons of Norway Junior Dancers. Her first performance of Telespringar
was with her father at the 1968 Nordic Fest in Decorah, Iowa.
They danced to the highly regarded Hardanger fiddler Anund Roheim.
They were also invited to perform in Washington, D.C. at the
Smithsonian Institution's Folk Life Festival in 1974 and 1976.
Carol traveled to Norway to attend the International
Summer School in Oslo and then spent a year studying folk music
and dance while attending a Folk High School in Telemark. Here
she heard her first "kveding", or folk songs sung in
traditional style (unaccompanied), and learned her first tunes
while living in the mountains.
Carol is the leader and dance
instructor with Det Norske Folkedanslaget (a Norwegian folk dance
group in Minneapolis). She has taught Telespringar and Telegangar
at numerous dance workshops and has received first prize placement
in folk dance competitions in Norway. She is a founding member
of the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America, and has served
on the Board as an Officer and Director
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