New Ulm Dance Project

The New Ulm Dance Project brought together locals of all ages to celebrate their communities’ rich dance heritage with dance lessons and interviews. 

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The project culminated in the New Ulm Dance Celebration on Nov. 6, 2010 at Turner Hall, with music from Christine Rosholt and Band. A handful of students also interviewed New Ulm seniors about the importance of dance in their lives for recorded for a documentary by the non-profit organization TVbyGirls.

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The New Ulm Public Library sponsored free ballroom dance lessons on Mondays in October 2010 at Turner Hall. Geats Lemyre provided instruction to the all ages group, including the waltz, tango, swing, cha cha, foxtrot and rumba. Seniors and students were paired together for different dances and opportunities to talk about the importance of dance in New Ulm. Each Monday, 50-75 community members turned out to kick up their heels!

The project culminated in the New Ulm Dance Celebration on Nov. 6, 2010 at Turner Hall, with music from Christine Rosholt and Band. A handful of students also interviewed New Ulm seniors about the importance of dance in their lives for recorded for a documentary by the non-profit organization TVbyGirls.

For more information: Contact Project Manager Maren Levad at maren.levad@mnhs.org or 651-259-3480.

New Ulm was founded in 1854 by German immigrants and continues to celebrate its German heritage through food, cultural events, and monuments.  The town is home to the Hermann Monument, Glockenspiel in Schonlau Park, Wanda Gag Home, John Lind Mansion and Schell's Brewery. New Ulm’s most popular festivals are Oktoberfest (held the first and second weekend in October) and Fasching (held the weekend before Ash Wednesday), a German-type Mardi Gras.

New Ulm Resources:

New Ulm Turner Hall Website

American Turner Society Website

History of New Ulm, the Minnesotan Turner Society, and Turner Hall

Minnesota’s Greatest Generation Music and Dancing Resources:

Greatest Generation Story “Barn Dances”

Andrews Sisters Biography

Swing Night at the Wabasha Street Caves

Jitterbug Dance, 1945
 

Project Details

Date: October 2010 - November 2010
Partner(s): Kris Wiley, New Ulm Public Library, Geats Lemyre, Dance Instructor, Barbara Wiener, TvbyGirls, Maren Levad, Minnesota Historical Society, Project Manager
Location: New Ulm, MN

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