Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Kivajat Dancers to present highlights from Finland trip, Finnish Folk Music and Dance Aug. 20 in Chassell

The Kivajat Finnish Dancers perform at the 2014 Parade of Nations. They performed at the children's international folk dance festival in Turku, Finland, in July 2015 and will present highlights of their trip on Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Chassell Heritage Center. (Keweenaw Now file photo)

CHASSELL -- Enjoy an evening of Finnish Folk Music and Dance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Chassell Heritage Center. Our local Kivajat Finnish Dancers attended a children's international folk dance festival in Turku, Finland, in July. Come to enjoy an evening with them, as they share their homecoming program and a few highlights from their trip.

These Kivajat dancers demonstrate their skills at fancy footwork during a stick dance they performed at the 2014 Parade of Nations international entertainment in Houghton's Dee Stadium. (Video by Keweenaw Now)

Ilon Kaiku Kantele Ensemble will add a splash of traditional music as well. Both groups, directed by Kay Seppala, are sponsored by the Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University.

Chassell Heritage Center is located at 42373 Hancock Ave, Chassell, Mich. From US 41 in downtown Chassell, turn west on 2nd Street. The building is air conditioned! The doors open at 4 p.m., so come early to enjoy the museum exhibits.

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