Stoughton Norwegian DancersStoughton Norwegian Dancers

The Stoughton


The Norwegian Dancers endeavor to entertain, culturally enlighten and instruct audiences with respect to traditional Scandinavian folk dance and authentic Norwegian bunads (costumes). The group is made up of Stoughton High School School Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors and every Spring goes on tour, bringing their authentic dance, humor and fun to audiences across the United States.

  • Upcoming Performances

    The Stoughton Norwegian Dancers practice year round and perform approximately 60 times every school year from October through May. This year's 2018-2019 Stoughton Dancer's are in full swing! Please check out this year's calendar at upcoming performances!

    Join the Stoughton Norwegian Dancers for Syttende Mai in Stoughton, Wisconsin. For 65 years, our group has been pleasing audiences with lively Norwegian folk dancing & athletic performances in beautiful bunads..

    Wednesday, May 15th - 12 noon @ the Wisconsin State Capitol Building, 2 E. Main Street, Madison - King Street entrance of the Capitol. Representative Gary Hebl will read the Wisconsin State Legislature's joint resolution proclaiming the weekend of May 17-19, 2019 to be Syttende Mai weekend in the State of WI.

    Saturday, May 18th - 2 pm Street Performance under the festival tent at S. Division & Main Streets

    Saturday, May 18th - 3:45 pm & 5:30 pm Performances at the Community Building, 320 North Street; the 5:30 performance includes all alumni

    Sunday, May 19th - 1:30 pm in the Norwegian Parade on Main Street

    Sunday, May 19th - 3:45 pm Final performance for the school year with a special send-off of our Senior dancers at the Community Building, 320 North Street

    While downtown, visit the Dancer Parents in the food trailer at the corner of S. Division & Main Street for your food & beverage needs. We'll have Norwegian meatballs (get them before they're gone!), lefse, Varme Polse (Norwegian-style hot dogs), warm & gooey deep-fried chocolate chip cookie dough bites, brats, the best cotton candy around, sno-cones, soda & water!

    Don't miss the Luncheon on Saturday & Sunday at River Bluff Middle School, 235 N. Forrest Street. Serving from 9 am - 5 pm (or until sold out). Try the Uff-Da Special of Norwegian meatballs, lefse, a Norwegian treat & herring OR Varme Polse. Meal served with waffles w/strawberries & whipped cream, soda, coffee & water.

    Norwegian napkin treats, along with American & Norwegian home-baked goods will be available for sale at River Bluff also!

    All proceeds benefit the Stoughton Norwegian Dancers & we THANK YOU for your support.

    Raffle tickets will be available at River Bluff and the food trailer. Top prize is $750 cash! Tickets are 6 for $10 or 15 for $20.

  • The History of Norwegian Dancers

    In the spring of 1953 Ms. Reek, a phy ed teacher for the district, selected six junior girls and told them to find six boys for a folk dance group that would go public for the upcoming Phy Ed demonstration. The group was accompanied by a single accordion player. And so the dancers began. Click here to read more.

  • Request a Performance

    The Stoughton Norwegian Dancers entertain audiences of all ages from 2 to 102. The Scandinavian dances are complexly choreographed and full of fun, humor and gymnastics and the live music brings joy to all who listen. Click here for more information.

  • Request Information

    Thank you for your interest in the Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers. We love hearing from alumni and friends. Please contact the Dancer Director, Staci Heimsoth, with questions or comments that you might have.

    If you have a female bunad or shoes to donate or sell please contact Liz Nelson at