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.  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.

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       Jan. 5, Feb. 2 Mar. 2, Apr. 6, May 4, June 1, 2019
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   House Party August 3, 2019 at Jim and Linda's house in Palo Alto

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 16, April 13, October 12, December 21, 2019
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 Fall Folkdans Stevne, Alta CA. For info: Meg Laycock (408) 255-2111 or  Zena Corcoran

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Last update 12/5/2019

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