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Danse, danse dukke min!

Danse, danse dukke min!

Danse, danse, dukke min!
Nej, hvor frøkenen er fin!
Kavaleren ligeså,
han har hat og handsker på,
bukser hvide, kjole blå,
ligtorn på den store tå.
Han er fin, og hun er fin.
Danse, danse, dukke min!
Her er gamle Lisemor!
Hun er dukke fra i fjord;
håret nyt, det er af hør,
panden vasket er med smør;
hun er ganske ung igen.
Kom du med, min gamle ven!
I skal danse alle tre,
det er penge værd at se.
Danse, danse, dukke min!
Gør de rette dansetrin!
Foden udad, hold dig rank,
så er du så sød og slank!
Neje, dreje, snurre rundt,
det er overmåde sundt!
Det er nydeligt at se,
I er søde alle tre.

Danse, danse dukke min!

Dance, dance, doll of mine!
The girl doll's dress is very fine.
The boy doll is a dandy, too;
He wears gloves and hat and shoe;
White pants, blue coat, him adorn;
On his toe he has a corn.
He is fine and she is fine.
Dance, dance, doll of mine!
The old doll's name is Lise-moér;
She is from the year before;
Her hair is new; it's made of flax,
Her Forehead polished up with wax.
Young again, not old and done.
Come along, my cherished one,
Let us dance a fast gavotte;
To watch, it is worth a lot.
Dance, dance, doll of mine!
Watch your steps and get in line;
One foot forward; watch your feet.
Dancing makes you slender, sweet.
Bow and twist and turn around;
That will make you hale and sound.
What a sight it is to see!
You are doing fine, all three.
Reproduced with kind permission from The Hans Christian Andersen Center

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Composer

Valdemar Fini Henriques was a Danish composer and violinist. Henriques' music is considered open and welcoming, and was very popular in his lifetime. He wrote mostly for his own instrument — the violin — in addition to songs and piano music. 

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Poet

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories, called eventyr in Danish, express themes that transcend age and nationality.

Andersen's fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. Some of his most famous fairy tales include "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid", "The Nightingale", "The Snow Queen", "The Ugly Duckling", "Thumbelina", and many more.

His stories have inspired ballets, both animated and live-action films, and plays.


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