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.

1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays  
Scandinavian Folk Dance Class, Santa Cruz, 7:30-9:30 pm, Market Street Theater/SCO Clubhouse, 222 Market Street, Santa Cruz CA. Instruction in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Finnish folk dance by Ellen Moilanen. $2/session for SCO members, $3 for others. Everyone welcome. For information see  or call Ellen M. at 831-336-9972 or <> .  On vacation July, August.  Restarts September.

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.

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.   

Fridays weekly
Scandinavian Fiddle Class, 7:30-10:00 pm.  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.

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       April 1, May 6, June 3
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  Summer house parties July 1 at Linda and Jim's in Palo Alto, August 5 at Jeanne and Henry's in San Jose.

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 Feb 18, April 8, Oct. 14, Dec. 16, 2017
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 Feb 13 $10, April 9 $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, February, June, July, August, September or November. 

Second Sundays monthly - not currently meeting
Bameleikkaring (Children's Norwegian Dance)
classes,  1:30 - 3:30 pm, at  Nordahl Hall, 580 W.  Parr Ave., Los Gatos. Contact Ginny Hansen (925) 634-0266  (both location and day may change, so call ahead).

Special Events

June 10-17, 2017
Scandia Camp Mendocino, Mendocino Woodlands CA featuring music and dance of Valdres, Norway and music and dance of Sweden.  See for information and registration.

JULY 10, 17 & 24, 2017 El Cerrito CA, MONDAYS
4:30-6:00. Basic Scandinavian Dancing skills practice
Skills practice for beginning Scandia dancers, but experienced dancers are encouraged to come & help those who are learning the basics of Scandinavian turning dances.
6:00-6:30  Dinner break (pack in your own "sack dinner")
$8 for everything, including Beginners Skills Practice, or 
$5 for Valdres/Class workshop and Evening Dance Program.
(All money goes to musicians and venue rental)
6:30-7:15ish  Valdres Workshop & Practice,  Eric Gjøvåg playing hardingfele
7:15-8:30  Teaching & Review, Fred & Toby. 
(July 10 will include Malung review)
8:30-10pm  Dance Program, To include some live music.
We will spend the first 45-60 min. of each class in July on Valdres, so that you can continue to practice what you’ve learned and learn some new figures too!  Please let us know what additional dances you would like to have taught.
We found some youtube videos of Norwegians dancing Valdres, so you can see what the natives look like……
(Scroll down below to find the links)
Hope to see you Monday night.  We welcome contributions for snacks, if able.
See you soon,
Fred & Toby
ps:  It’s okay to arrive early.  (Nothing scheduled beforehand).
Hillside Community Church  
1422 Navellier St.
El Cerrito       
(About 12 blocks from El Cerrito Del Norte BART
For Mother Earth:  Please Carpool or BART if you can)

Knut Arne and Friends dancing Valdres on stage:
A “Wowie":   1st place couple in Lanskappleik  2013 competition: Valdres Springar Class B:

October 27-29, 2017
Camp Norge Folkedans Stevne, Alta, CA.  Teaching and teachers TBD. Info and registration For more info contact Zena Corcoran or Meg Laycock

Last update 7/10/2017

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