Scandinavian Folk Music and Folk Dance
Events in Northern California

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Regular Events

Mondays Weekly
Scandinavian Dance Class in Sacramento CA
.  Four to six week sessions.  7-9:30 pm at Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St., Sacramento, CA, 95819.  See for more info. Classes continue in summer.

Tuesdays Weekly 
Scandinavian Dance Class, Petaluma CA.  7:15 to 9:15pm at Hermann Sons Hall in Petaluma.  We encourage anyone interested in Scandinavian dancing to come, beginners especially.  No partner needed.   Teaching by Vince Taylor, Emma Charlebois.   Info: Vince Taylor  or (707) 996-8300 Classes continue in summer. On vacation July, August.  Restarts September.

Tuesdays weekly
Scandinavian Fiddle Class, 7:30-9:45 pm.  usually at the home of Anita Seigel in Los Altos, location may vary. See or call Jeanne Sawyer 408-890-6102  for information and location/time changes. You may ask to be placed on our class email list. Continues throughout summer.

Wednesdays Weekly  
Nordahl Grieg Leikarring dance class and performance group. Everyone welcome. Masonic Hall, 890 Church St., Mountain View, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Info: Contact: Anne Huberman or Greg Goodhue: (408)259-9959,408-259-9959, <>, <>.

Thursdays Weekly  
Scandiadans 7:00-10:00pm, at Oakland Nature Friends, 3115 Butters Dr., Oakland CA. New session starts in September.  Hwy 13 to Joaquin Miller Rd, east (up the hill)~ 1/2 mile, second right onto Butters Dr., go another 1/2 mile. On the right, look for post with 3115 on it (also “Scandiadans” sign). Take steep driveway down to a large parking area. Call Jane or Frank Tripi at (510) 654-3636 or for information.   Teaching 7-8:30 pm.   

1st Fridays Monthly
Scandinavian Cultural Evening 7:30 p.m., usually at Scandinavian Cultural Center, 240 Plymouth, Santa Cruz.  See special events calendar section for more info.  Contact: Michael or Ellen at <>, (831)336-9972, or <>.

1st Saturdays Monthly      Feb. 1, Mar. 7, Apr. 4, May 2*, June 6, 2020
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 or contact Jeanne and Henry 408-890-6102 , Sarah Kirton (650)968-3126  ,or Jim Little and Linda Persson (650) 323-2256   *May 2 dance is at Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S. El Monte Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022

Second (or Third) Saturdays before the Second (or Third) Saturday Dance
Open Sessions for Fiddlers, 2 - 5 pm afternoon before 2nd (or 3rd) Saturday dance at the home of Fred Bialy, 1925 Hudson Street, El Cerrito, (510) 215-5974 or . This is a practice session for the Quarterly  Second (or third) Saturday Scandinavian Dance. Call ahead as meetings occasionally canceled or moved, and times may vary.

Second (or Third) Saturdays Quarterly 
dates March 14, May 9, October 10, December 19, 2020
Scandia 2nd or 3rd Saturday Dance (note dates above) usually at Oakland Nature Friends, 3115 Butters Dr., Oakland CA. Highway 13 to Joaquin Miller Rd east to Butters Dr.  Cost  $7. Musicians are encouraged to come and play. Dance teaching 7:30-8:30 pm, dance 8:30- 11:00 pm. For information call Jane and Frank Tripi at (510) 654-3636 or . Location may vary.  Does not meet in January, March, May, June, July, August, September or November. 

Special Events

February 14-16, 2020
Golden Gate Nordic Music and Dance Festival - Scandomania!, Petaluma CA.
The former San Francisco Bay Area Scandia Festival is being revived by Fred Bialy and Toby Blomé.   Scandomania! is sponsored by the Northern California Spelmanslag, a non-profit public benefit corporation.   

In 2020 we will be featuring Slängpolska from Southern Sweden with accomplished and well-respected dance teachers and musicians from Sweden.  The festival will start with a get acquainted dance on Friday evening.  Dance and music workshops will take place all day Saturday and Sunday with dance parties both evenings.  For more details and registration see 

We hope you will join us to kick off the 1st Annual Scandomania!

Special thanks and acknowledgement to Nobi Kuratori and Brooke Babcock for enriching our lives by providing Scandia Festival to our community for many years.  

For questions and suggestions, please contact us:

Fred Bialy:
Toby Blome:


March 27-29, 2020
Camp Norge Spring Folkdans Stevne, Alta CA. For info: Meg Laycock (408) 255-2111 or  Zena Corcoran

Microsoft Word - Flyer-Spring-2019-Stevne -- WORK.docx

April 11, 2020

Scandinavian Dance Workshop, Potluck and Dance Party  Hillside Community Church 1422 Navellier St., El Cerrito CA (12 blocks from El Cerrito Del Norte BART)

4:00 - 6:00 pm:   Dance workshop, All levels welcome. Dances taught: TBD.
6:00 - 7:00 pm:  Potluck
7:00 - 10:30 pm:  Dance Party to live music from local groups.

Beginner’s Workshop at Fred & Toby’s: 
1925 Hudson St. El Cerrito, Near El Cerrito Del Norte BART
1:00-3:00 pm:  snoa, schottis variations, intro to polska turning and more.

Due to limited space, to attend the beginner’s workshop at Fred & Toby’s, and for more details, please contact us:
Microsoft Word - Flyer-Spring-2019-Stevne -- WORK.doc
June 13-20, 2020
Scandia Camp Mendocino, Mendocino CA. Dance & Music of Gudbrandsdal, Norway. Dance & Music of Dalarna, Sweden. For more information and registration see

Last update 1/26/2020

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