Lee Otterholt

Sunday, January 13, 2013
International Folk Dance Workshop 1:30 pm
at The Movement Center

We are pleased to welcome Norwegian-American Lee Otterholt back to Harrisburg for an introductory International Folk Dance workshop.  No partner and no experience necessary.  Wear soft-soled shoes and comfortable clothing.

Born to Norwegian-American parents in Wisconsin, Lee spent most of his adult life in Norway, where he founded and led the Center for International Folk Dance in Oslo.  He was a professor of folkloristic dance at the Norwegian National College of Ballet and at the University College of Oslo.   He was also one of the choreographers responsible for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 1994.  A long-time favorite of our international dancers, and acknowledged authority in the field of ethnochoreography, Lee specializes in ethnic minorities of the Balkans, e.g., Serbians in Greece, Albanians in Croatia, etc.

The Movement Center
2134 N Second St, Harrisburg, PA 17110

International Folk Dance Workshop: 1:30pm

Ticket Info:

  • $16 General Admission

  • $12 SFMS Members

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  • $10 Students

    — ages 3 to 22

  • Admission is at the door. No advance registration required.
  • For more information, call Bart at  717-234-3844

About Lee Otterholt

Born in the U.S. of Norwegian-American parents, Lee Otterholt has worked most of his adult life in Norway as a professional dancer, dance teacher and choreographer.  In Norway he founded the Center for International Folk Dance and was a professor of folkloristic dance at the Norwegian National College of Ballet and the University College of Oslo. He also taught at the Folk Arts High School. He was responsible for establishing four folk dance clubs and three performing groups in Norway; he also produced teaching materials (videos, books and CDs) on folk dance for use in the Norwegian school system.

Lee has also choreographed for professional stage theaters and television.  He choreographed the “Norwegian Rhapsody” suite for the Folkloristisch Danstheater of Amsterdam in 1992. In 1994 he was one of the choreographers of the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

Whenever he can, Lee brings improvisation, self-expression and spontaneity back into the folk-dancing traditions where these elements are a central part of the tradition. He never loses sight of the fact that recreational folk dancers dance because it is fun and because these dances mean something to us — just as they were fun and meant something to the village dancers before us!  Lee devoted most of his international career to Balkan dance, especially the “often-overlooked” folk culture of European ethnic minorities.