Scandinavian Folk Music and Folk Dance
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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 http://www.folkdance.com/scandi/class.htm 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 http://sites.google.com/site/scandsantacruz/  or call Ellen M. at 831-336-9972 or <mikelblock@gmail.com> .  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 vtglass@vom.com  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, <bialy10@comcast.net>.

Wednesdays Weekly  
Nordahl Grieg Leikarring dance class and performance group. Everyone welcome. Masonic Hall, 980 Church St., Mountain View, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Info:  http://www.ngls.net Contact: Anne Huberman or Greg Goodhue: (408)259-9959,408-259-9959, <http://www.ngls.net>, <goodhue@hotmail.com>.

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 fjtripi@juno.com 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 http://sites.google.com/site/nordicfootnotes/scandinavian-music-sessions or call Jeanne Sawyer 408-890-6102 jsawyer@SawyerPartnership.com  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 <mikelblock@gmail.com>, (831)336-9972, or <http://www.scc-santacruz.org/>.

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 http://sites.google.com/site/nordicfootnotes/home or contact Jeanne and Henry 408-890-6102 jsawyer@SawyerPartnership.com , Sarah Kirton (650)968-3126 sarah.kirton@sbcglobal.net ,or Jim Little and Linda Persson (650) 323-2256 jglittle@aol.com.  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 bialy10@comcast.net . 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 
tentative dates Oct 8, 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 fjtripi@juno.com . Location may vary.  Does not meet in January, February, June, July, August, September or November. 

Second Sundays monthly
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 uffda7@pacbell.net  (both location and day may change, so call ahead).


Special Events

September 17, 2016
Scandinavian Dance Party, Hillside Community Church, 1422 Navellier St., El Cerrito ,     Map:  http://www.hillsideswedenborg.org/contact/  $8  Music by allspel, nyckelharpas, duo and solo sets by Jeanne Sawyer and Anders Holstberg, Eric Gjøvåg, Hardingfele, Fred Bialy, Springleik , Tim Rued, (and possibly Sylvia too!)
info: ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net

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 https://www.facebook.com/SacramentoScandinavianFestival.

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 zmcorcoran@aol.com or Meg Laycock meg@jstub.com For a flyer/application contact goodhue@hotmail.com

April 21-23, 2017
Camp Norge Folkedans Stevne
, Camp Norge, Alta CA. Details TBA.
For more info contact Zena Corcoran zmcorcoran@aol.com or Meg Laycock meg@jstub.com

Last update 9/15/2016

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