Regular Dance Events
Hardanger fiddle music and dance may be a limited portion or occasional feature of the regularly scheduled events listed below. Schedules are subject to change. Contact the organizers for further information or program details regarding specific dates. The weekly and monthly events listed below are arranged in alphabetical order by state and city.
Anaheim: Skandia South Dance Club
Every Monday, 7 - 9:45pm. Cost: $5 per class drop-in, $4 pre-registered. Downtown Community Center, 250 E. Center Street, Anaheim. Contact Ted Martin at 714-893-8888 or tedmart (at) juno (dot) com or visit https://www.facebook.com/Skandia.South/
Culver City: Scandinavian Dance Classes
Every Wed., 8:00 - 10:30pm, with Cameron Flanders & John Chittum. Cost: $5/class drop-in; $4.00 pre-registered. Lindberg Park, 5401 Rhoda Way, Culver City (west on Virginia from Overland, between Jefferson & Culver Blvds). Contact Sparky at 310-827-3618 or FSotcher (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Los Gatos: Barneleikarring (Children's Norwegian Dance) classes
Bameleikarring (Children's Norwegian Dance) classes meet second Sundays 1:30 - 3:30 pm, at Nordahl Hall, 580 W. Parr Avenue in Los Gatos. Location and dates may change. Contact Ginny Hansen at (925) 634-0266 or uffda7 (at) pacbell (dot) net.
Mountain View: Nordahl Grieg Leikarring Performance Group
Nordahl Grieg Leikarring meets Wednesdays at Masonic Hall, 980 Church St. in Mountain View, 7:00-9:30 p.m. Location subject to change. There is also a meeting on 4th Sundays from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at another location. Contact: Anne Huberman & Greg Goodhue at (408)-259-9959, (408) 437–8793 or goodhue (at) hotmail (dot) com.
Oakland: Scandia 2nd Saturday
Scandia 2nd Saturday Monthly Dance usually meets at Oakland Nature Friends, 3115 Butters Drive in Oakland. Location may vary. Usually does not meet in February, June or July. Cost $7. Musicians are encouraged to come and play. Dance teaching 7:30 - 8:30 pm, dance 8:30 - 11:00 pm. Contact Jane and Frank Tripi at (510) 654-3636 or fjtripi (at) juno (dot) com.
Oakland: Traveling Dance Class
Norwegian dance class meets on second Sundays, September through June, at 2 - 5 pm. Usually at Bjornson Hall, 2258 Mac Arthur Blvd. in Oakland, CA. Everyone welcome to attend. Contact Gerd Syrstad at (650) 363–2743, or Gudrun Tollefson at (510) 638–6454.
Palo Alto: Nordic Footnotes Scandinavian Dance Party
Nordic Footnotes 1st Saturday Scandinavian Dance Party 7:30 p.m. - midnight, usually at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church (location may change), 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California 94025. Entrance to parking lot is on Monte Rosa, just off Sand Hill Road. Teaching session 7:30-8:30 pm before party. Cost $8. For information and directions see http://sites.google.com/site/nordicfootnotes/home or contact Jeanne and Henry 408-890-6102 jsawyer (at) SawyerPartnership (dot) com, Sarah Kirton (650)968-3126 sarah (dot) kirton (at) sbcglobal (dot) net, or Jim Little and Linda Persson (650) 323-2256 jglittle (at) aol (dot) com.
Palo Alto: Scandinavian fiddle group
Scandinavian fiddle group meets most Fridays 7:30-10:00 pm. See http://sites.google.com/site/nordicfootnotes/scandinavian-music-sessions or call Jeanne Sawyer 408-890-6102 jsawyer (at) SawyerPartnership (dot) com for information and location/time changes.
Sacramento: Scandinavian Dance Class
Scandinavian Dance Class meets Mondays over seasonal, six-week sessions, 7 - 9:30 pm at Hamilton Street Park Community Center, Hamilton Street in Sacramento. Pre-registration required. See www.folkdance.com/scandi/index.htm.
San Diego: Scandinavian dance class
Every Wednesday. Contact: Jo at (619) 286-0355.
Vancouver, British Columbia: Scandinavian Dancers of Vancouver
Scandinavian Dancers of Vancouver dance on Wednesday evenings at the Scandinavian Community Centre in Burnaby starting at 7:30. 2nd Wednesdays will be "Live Music" nights at a different location. Drop-in fee for non-members is $5.00. Teaching runs from 7:30 to 8:45 followed by refreshments and dancing until 10 pm. The Scandinavian Community Centre is located at 6540 Thomas Street in Burnaby V5B 4P9. For registration, contact Wendy Cutler at (604) 685-7405 or Deborah at (604) 596-3967 or visit https://www.vcn.bc.ca/scandi/weekly.html.
Boulder: Scandinavian Dancing
Swedish and Norwegian dancing to live and recorded music at The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd. in Boulder. No partner necessary; admission $5. Mondays, 7:30-10:30 pm: First hour teaching, open dancing afterward. Beginners welcome. Contact Nancy Ellinghaus at 303-499-7262. Second Saturdays, 8:00-10:30 pm: Open dancing. Contact Mike Palmer at 303-442-7689. Fifth Saturdays, 8:00-10:30 pm: Bygdedans (regional dance) review and dancing, intermediate/advanced. Contact Eric Meyer at 303-415-1187. https://boulderdance.org/organizer/scandinavian-boulder-scandinavian-dancers/
District of Columbia
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Chicago: Chicagoland Scandinavian Turning Dance Classes
Basics instruction is 6 - 7 pm, intermediate instruction begins around 7:15 pm, social dancing follows instruction; $6 admission. Meets most Sunday evenings, November through May, at St. Lukes Presbyterian Church, located in the southwestern suburbs of Chicagoland at 3910 Highland Avenue in Downers Grove, Illinois. No partner necessary. Call to check exact schedule, location, and to verify meeting. Bring hard-soled (leather) shoes. Contact Roo Lester at 630-985-7192 or DancingRoo (at) aol (dot) com.
Greenbelt: Scandia DC
Scandia DC meets every 3rd Saturday, September through May, 7 - 10 pm at the Greenbelt City Community Center, 15 Crescent Road in Greenbelt. Dance teaching is followed by open dancing. Contact Linda Brooks at linda (at) scandiadc (dot) org, or visit https://www.scandiadc.org.
Takoma Park: Mid-Atlantic Norwegian Dancers
Usually 1st or 2nd Saturday of month, except July. Location varies around the region. House parties with potluck and informal teaching at 6:30, then dancing starting around 8:00. No set fee, just jar for contributions. Bring clean dance shoes. Beginners welcome; no partner necessary. Contact Jenny Foster at pi (at) xecu (dot) net or 301-371-4312, or visit https://MAND.fanitull.org.
Minneapolis: Scandinavian Social Dances
Ongoing in the Minneapolis, St. Paul area. Times and venues vary. Contact Bruce or Char Bostrom at bcbostrom (at) comcast (dot) net or (651) 778-9175.
Omaha: Omaha Scandinavian Folk Dancers
Omaha Scandinavian Folk Dancers meets most Wednesdays at the Scandinavian American Societies Building, located at 7575 Crown Point in Omaha, Nebraska. The event is free, and open to everyone who wants to dance, play, watch, or listen--whether you're experienced or just interested. Contact Jim Solheim at jim (at) jamessolheim (dot) com or 402-393-6108 in advance to confirm schedule for the week.
Bound Brook: Skandinöje Scandinavian dance
Skandinöje meets for dancing Thursdays, usually 2x/month at the Congregational Church, 209 Church Street in Bound Brook, 7:30 to 10:00 pm. Dances taught 7:30 - 8:15 pm. Beginners welcome; no partner necessary. Admission is $7. See https://www.facebook.com/groups/948063655282112 for more information.
Albuquerque: Norwegian and Swedish Dancing
First, third, and fifth Wednesdays, 7:30-10 pm at the Lloyd Shaw Dance Center, 5506 Coal Avenue SE in Albuquerque. Swedish and Norwegian gammaldanser (schottis, waltz, hambo, polka), polskor, and bygdedanser (regional dances) are taught for dancing to recorded music. No partner necessary. Beginners welcome. Admission $3. For more information contact Neal Nelson at 505-265-7482 or dalahorse33 (at) comcast (dot) net.
Ithaca: Norwegian and Swedish Dancing
We have a Scandinavian dance approximately once a month month at Slow Lane in Danby. Pols, springar, polska and gammaldans to live music by Laurie Hart. We also hold a Lucia party in December and midsommar party in June, both with some dancing and lots of music. Contact Laurie Hart at lah32 (at) cornell (dot) edu for more information.
New York City: Scandia New York
Dancing with live music every Wednesday (except summer) at the Town and Village Synagogue, 334 East 14th Street, Manhattan (between 1st and 2nd Aves). Dances taught include gammaldans favorites (schottis, waltz, hambo, polka), and featured polskas or other bygdedans (regional dance) variations from Sweden and Norway. Teaching for beginners is 7 pm to 8 pm; dancing is 8 pm to 10:30 pm. Suggested donation is $10 and light (kosher) refreshments served. Please bring clean, leather soled shoes with low heels for dancing. They will make the turning easier, and protect the wooden dance floor. For more information, see https://sites.google.com/site/scandianewyork or contact Judy at jweissny (at) aol (dot) com.
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Bainbridge Island: Nordic Folk Dancing
Enjoy Nordic and Scandinavian folk dancing to live music each first Saturday evening From October through June at Island Center Hall. located at 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd on Bainbridge Island. Instruction available throughout the evening. 6:00 Potluck Supper is at 6 pm; 7:00-11:00 pm dance. Admission is $7 for adults children are free. Info (206) 842-4055.
Lynnwood: Skandia Folkdance
First and third Fridays of each month at the Cedar Valley Grange, located at 20526 52nd Avenue West in Lynnwood. Dances are taught from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., followed by open dancing until 11:30. Skandia Folkdance Society members pay $7, guests $9. Information: (206) 784-7470 or visit https://skandia-folkdance.org/.
Poulsbo: Nordic dance
Regular Monday evening Nordic dancing with instruction begins at 7 p.m. at the Sons of Norway Lodge in Poulsbo (18891 Front Street). Beginners are welcome, no partner needed, and a donation of $2 a person is requested. Information: Fred (206) 780-3036 or Stan (360) 779-2460.
Seattle: Beyond the Basics Scandinavian
Dance classes will be on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Room 7 of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, located at 6532 Phinney Ave N in Seattle. Room 7 is located in the main building, next to the upper parking lot. Skandia members - $6/session or $25 for the series. Non-members - $8/session or $35 for the series. Contact Tom Berglund or Ingrid Hamberg, this session's instructors, with questions about the class at (206) 784-7470.
Seattle: Fifth Friday Dance
Skandia Folkdance Society's Fifth Friday Dance is 8 - 11 pm at the Epiphany Chapel, located at 1805 38th Avenue in Seattle, Washington. The 5th Friday dances focus on bygde-dance, the "village" couples' dances that are the most popular with folk dancers in Norway and Sweden. The event features Hardanger fiddling from Bill Boyd and Peter Michaelsen, plus pols, polska, and other tunes played on the regular fiddle. There is no teaching. The cost is $9 (Skandia members, $7). Contact 206-784-7470 or visit https://skandia-folkdance.org/.
Seattle: Leif Erikson Leikarringen
Leikarringen rehearsals take place on Tuesdays at 7:30 to 9:30 pm on the 2nd floor of the Sons of Norway Leif Erikson Lodge #1. The first Tuesday of every month is party night! Leikarringen is looking for new members to join the group. Teenagers and adults of all ages and abilities are welcome at rehearsals. Participation in performances is not required. The Leif Erikson Lodge is located at 2245 NW 57th Street in Seattle. There is no attendance fee. Contact Larry Reinert at reinertl (at) mindspring (dot) com or (206) 937-5211, or visit https://www.facebook.com/LeifEriksonLeikarringen.