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Heikinpäivä features variety of workshops in coming week

HANCOCK — When the Kivajat Youth Folk Dancers traveled to Finland, one of their hosts was Minka Järvenpää, a leading folk dance instructor in Turku, Finland. Since that visit, Kivajat leader Kay Seppälä has been eager to return the favor.

That happens this month, when Järvenpää visits the Copper Country for Heikinpäivä 2020, and will lead a pair of Finnish folk dance workshops. On Monday, Jan. 20, she’ll offer a workshop for children, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center. For only $5 per participant, young people will learn some Finnish folk dance techniques that’ll have them smiling and twirling around the dance floor in no time.

The following day (Tuesday, Jan. 21), Järvenpää will lead a Finnish folk dance workshop for adults. This is hosted in partnership with the Copper Country’s International Folk Dance group, and begins at 6:45 p.m. Again, only $5 per person gives each participant a flurry of lessons in traditional Finnish folk dance, and will have everyone prepped for the Heikinpäivä dance that’ll take place Saturday evening, Jan. 25.

Other classes slated for the coming week include a workshop in making the läveri (a Karelian folk instrument made from reeds), a workshop on crafting rings from birch bark, and a session with Ralph and Jaana Tuttila on the art of singing Finnish favorite tunes.

For information about these and other Heikinpäivä activity, call (906) 482-1413, find Heikinpäivä on Facebook, or visit Finlandia.edu/heikinpaiva.