Ingvar and Sally Sodal
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Ingvar Sodal was born in Norway and raised in a rural farming area in the Trøndelag region near Trondheim, 350 miles north of Oslo. He started dancing in his teens and has been involved with Scandinavian folk dancing nearly all his life. In his early 20s, he became a Certified Folk Dance Teacher in Norway and a member of the National Board of Folk Dancing (Leikrådet). As a certified instructor, Ingvar taught folk dancing at all levels in Norway. He was a member of the Norwegian National Advisory Board for Folk Dancing and Folk Music in Norway for four years, a leader and instructor for exhibition groups in Norway.
In 1962, Ingvar moved to Colorado to study at the University of Colorado in Boulder and soon became an active instructor in Scandinavian folk dancing there as an instructor for the Boulder International Folk Dancers. He was the founder and leader of the Boulder Scandinavian Dancers, holding workshops and regularly scheduled teaching sessions. Ingvar has taught at many camps and workshops throughout the United States.
Ingvar teaches to recordings produced in Scandinavia by the best folk orchestras the Scandinavian countries have to offer. The company he and his first wife, Jofrid, formed (and which Jofrid now manages), Norsk, Ltd., imports Scandinavian music and books and cross-country ski equipment. Ingvar and Jofrid had a daughter, Silja. Ingvar subseqently wed his current wife, Sally, and the couple resides in Boulder, Colorado.
In 2012, Ingvar was nominated for the Colorado Dance Alliance's "Service to the Field" Dance Award for Individuals.
Professionally, Ingvar is a bioengineer. He was a director of the Bioengineering Group at the University of Colorado Medical Center, involved in medical research.
Ingvar's published folk dance-related articles include:
Ingvar also has authored articles in bioengineering, medical, and other scientific journals.
Dances Ingvar has taught include Ålandsflickan, Åttetur, Åttetur med Mylne, Bingsjöpolska, Bodapolska, Doła Masurka, Eikeril, Familje Sekstur, Familjevals, Feiar med Vals, Fyramannadans, Gammalpolska, Hambopolska, Innherredspols, Masurka, Parisarpolka, Polka med Bakmes från Kall, Polska med Bakmes från Kall, Reinlander, Rørospols, Rund Mazurka, Schottis med Bakmes från Kall, Seksmannsril, Snoa, Spillemoendene frå Himmerland (Rheinlander Polka), Sprätt Mazurka, Springleik frå Gudbrandsdal, Stigarn, Stigaren, Stigvals med Bakmes från Kall, To Ting, Vågåspringleik, Vestlandspringar, Vossarull, and West Trøndelag Pols.