Scandinavian Folk Music and Folk Dance
Events in Northern California

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Regular Events

Mondays Weekly
Scandinavian Dance Class in Sacramento CA
.  Six week sessions.  7-9:30 pm at Hamilton Street Park Community Center, 4855 Hamilton Street, Sacramento CA 95841.  Contact Marida Martin: (916)358-2807 or 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.

Tuesdays  (mostly)
Open Sessions for Fiddlers and Nyckelharpers (aka fiddling with Fred) 8:00-10:30 pm  at the home of Fred Bialy and Toby Blomé, 1925 Hudson Street, El Cerrito. Contact ahead of time for updated schedule of gatherings or to be put on Fred's list . Contact: Fred or Toby, (510)215- 5974, <>.

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      Sept 3, Oct 1, Nov 5, 2016, Jan 7, 2017, Feb 4, 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  Location and Other Changes:  No dance in DecemberJan 7 is the holiday party, starts at 8 pm, no teaching.

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 
Oct 8 tentative dates Dec 17, Feb 18, April 8 depending on Nature Friends availability
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

October 1, 2016,
Sacramento Scandinavian Festival, 10 am - 4 pm, Divine Saviour Catholic Church, 9079 Greenback Lane, Orangevale CA.  Admission $4.  For more info see

October 21-23, 2016
Camp Norge Folkedans Stevne, Camp Norge, Alta CA.  Dance teaching by Mikkel Thompson and Ginny Lee. Pols fra Drevje will be taught, and Springar fra Hallingdal and Pols fra Nordland will be reviewed.  Music by Toby Weinberg and others. For more info contact Zena Corcoran or Meg Laycock For a flyer/application contact

October 23, 2016
Special Scandinavian Dance Party, Sunday, 10/23, 6:30-10:30 pm, $8 at Old St. Marys Cathedral, 660 California St., San Francisco (between Grant & Kearny) 7 blocks from Montgomery BART! Parking:  Street Parking and St. Mary’s Parking Garage (reasonable rates on weekends). Featured Musician: Peter Michaelsen, from Port Towndsend WA.  Bay Area Musicians will include:

Eric Gjøvåg, Hardingfele:  Valdres/Telespringar
Fred Bialy, Late night Springleik set with Peter
Other Bay Area Musicians TBA 
Nyckelharpa Allspel, Fiddle Allspel and more.
More details later.

Please bring finger food to share.  Drinks will be provided.

SUGGESTION:  Reluctant to come to San Francisco for a dance?
Combine it with something fun to do in the city in daytime:
Exploratorium, Art museum, Walk on Ocean Beach, City Walk, other?
Hope to see you there…..this is an “experiment”  : -)
Toby & Fred

November 20, 2016
Scandinavian Dance Party, Hillside Community Church, El Cerrito
info: Toby & Fred

April 21-23, 2017

Camp Norge Folkedans Stevne, Camp Norge, Alta CA. Details TBA. For more info contact Zena Corcoran or Meg Laycock

Last update 10/4/2016

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