ELVERHØJ MUSEUM OF HISTORY & ART

Danish Days Memories

MUSIC & FOLK DANCING

A source of pride since Solvang’s earliest days, folk dancing and musical entertainment have long been a part of the town’s culture and are always highlights of the  Danish Days festivities

This is the fourth and final installment in a 3-day series of Danish Days memories marking what was to have been the 84th annual Danish Days. Today we celebrate the Solvang traditions of folk dancing and music with history, photographs and video.

Young dancers at Atterdag College, 1939.

Traditional Danish folk dancing was incredibly popular in Solvang’s early years and was a way of defining Danish culture and identity. Danish folk dancing incorporates spirit and humor, and takes practice. Atterdag College students and instructors participated in public folk dance demonstrations throughout Southern California, wearing a mix of traditional Danish folk dress and Danish-American lace-up costumes.

Atterdag dancers practice. A group performed at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles.

In Solvang, the love of dance and music helps to keep alive a proud Danish heritage in the hearts of many second and third generation Danish-Americans.

In the 1960s, Danish Days included performances by the Danish Choir, a popular group of talented local singers and musicians.

The Solvang Village Band, riding on top of the Carlsberg Beer Wagon, has provided musical entertainment at Danish Days parades and festivities since the early 1960s.

The Solvang Village Folk Dancers includes several generations of multiple families that dance in the streets and around town during Danish Days. (Dave Wilkes photo)

Danish Days Bands & Folk Dancing (Video 3 min.)

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Danish Days will resume in 2021 on the third weekend of September. Organized and executed by a team of volunteers which includes locals as well as others who return each year to participate, including multiple generations of musicians and folk dancers. 

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