HALLING- NORWAY

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HAILING DANCE, NORWAY

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Halling dance is mainly performed by young men during auspicious occasions such as a marriage is a Scandinavian.

This “folk” dance is said to have originated from Norway mainly from the rural areas. This dance basically possesses a quick “rhythm” and is considered to be extremely “acrobatic” in style.

Furthermore, this dance is said to be closely linked to districts such as Valdres and Hallingdal and is commonly referred to as “laus” (i.e. lose dance) in this region.

Movements that includes neck jump which is referred to as nakkespretten, hooked dancing also known as kruking, going over the head which is called hodestift, and a key move called “hallingkast”. In the hallingkast a performer is supposed kick down a hat that is usually held by a girl on stick.  As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world since this “traditional” dance is mainly performed by “Norwegians”.

History/origin of Halling:

This “acrobatic” dance form is said to have close links to the Valdres and Hallingdal districts in Norway, and is commonly referred to as laus (i.e. lose dance) in these region. However, according to a few scholars this word laus used to describe this dance is extremely misleading. Furthermore, this dance is essentially “traditional” and has been created mainly to celebrate auspicious occasions such as marriages.

Costumes used in the Halling:

Traditional Norwegian costumes are used that includes an overcoat, white shirt, trousers, and pair of long boots for men. While the females use a colourful and vibrant long dress along with a pair of boots. In addition, a hat is used as a prop in this dance.

Music involved in the Halling:

The musical instrument mainly used in halling dance is the “hardanger fiddle”.

Training availability and the technique involved in the Halling:

In terms of technique, this dance involves extremely complex body movements that include neck jump which is referred to as nakkespretten, hooked dancing also known as kruking, going over the head which is called hodestift, and a key move called “hallingkast”. In the hallingkast a performer is supposed to kick down a hat that is usually held by a girl on a stick.  As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world since this “traditional” dance is mainly performed by “Norwegians”.

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