Alix Cordray

Status:  
Specialty:  
Range:  

Active
Norwegian
Norwegian, Scandinavian

Alix Cordray

CLICK TO ENLARGE


Alix Cordray is an active Norwegian dance instructor in Oslo and gives numerous workshops. Alix grew up in international folk dancing (especially Balkan) in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. She danced in and later directed Westwind International Folk Ensemble, and taught at the Mandala folk dance coffee house in San Francisco.

She moved to Norway in 1975, where she has gradually focused more and more on Norwegian dance. Starting in 1977, she has toured the United States teaching Norwegian dance many times. Alix is also a trained dancer, including extensive training in modern dance (Graham technique), a Masters of Arts in dance from Mills College, has a Royal Scottish Country Dance Society teacher certification, and has university work in Norwegian dance in Norway.

She currently teaches two recreational groups, Hordaringen and Springarn’n. Springar'n is a music and dance group from the Follo district south of Oslo (on the eastern side of Oslo fjord). The group stimulates interest in and the use of four main types of traditional Norwegian dance: gammeldans (old-time dance such as the waltz, reinlender, masurka, and polka), bygdedanser (dances of the 1600s such as springar, gangar, rudl, pols, and halling), rekkedanser (longways dances), and turog sangdanser (figure dances and song dances), and promotes interest in traditional folk music and bunads (folk costumes).

Dances Alix taught include Alf Steiners reinlender, Alixs Barnemasurka, Allemannsmars, Åttetur fra Asker, Barnereinlender, Busserull (Oslo version), Danse vanlig, Dobbel Reinlender, Eikerril, Familievals - Familiereinlender, Fandango fra Ostlandet, Finnskogspols, Galopp fra Værnes, Halling, Hansens Msurka, Innherredspols, Jeg Gikk Meg Ut i Lunden Grønn, Jig Circle, Klappdans fra Henning, Komletrø, Kørsdans, Krossadans med Seks, Krossadans med Tre/ni, Linerender, Lottistårdshei, Nord-norsk Masurka, Oppdalsril, Over the Border Schottis, Pols, Rørosringlender, Rørospols, Reinlender fra Hadeland, Reinlender fra Vestlandet, Rødals Reinlender, Sandsvaerril, Seksmannsril, Sekskorsedans, Skrupolka, Snuspolka, Song of Norway (Ro Jjorden Hei Huskom i Hei, Opp i Hallingdal), Sørlandsspringar, Springdans fra Hadeland, Springleik fra Vågå, Springpolka etter Arnesen, Stabberinglender, Stegvals, Stigar'n, Stjernetur, Stockrosen, Stopparen, Stordans, Strekkbukse Polka, Tele ved Kleng Spelemann's Grav, Telespringar - Telegangar, Tremmansril, Tretur fra Hordaland, Tridans fra Meråker, Tuluttooq, Tyrolervals, Vals Mixer, Vassdragspolka, Vindusvisker vals, and Wienerkryss fra Hardanger.