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 <> .

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.

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, 980 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. The current session ends June 12, on vacation for the summer,  new session starts Thursday, September 4. 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 throught 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. 6 (at Anita's house), Oct. 4
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

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

Third (Second) Saturdays Quarterly 
October 18, December 20 (3rd Saturdays) 
Scandia 3rd (2nd) 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, 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  (both location and day may change, so call ahead).

Special Events

September 10, 2014
Swedish Folk Music House Concert, (followed by music jam)   featuring  Johan Holland (from Malungsfors, Western Dalarna)  Wednesday, September 10, 8:00 PM (doors open at 7:30 PM)  El Cerrito, CA $10-15 (suggested donation).
The concert will last about an hour followed by a short refreshment break and then music jam.  All instruments welcome.  As space for the concert is limited, please RSVP to or (510) 215-5974.  Address of concert location given out upon RSVPing.

Johan Holland grew up in the tiny hamlet of Malungsfors, and started playing the violin when he was eight.  He joined the Malung Spelmanslag when he was just 13, and has continued to play exclusively folk music. He spent a year at the Falun Conservatory of Music, immersing himself in the music of Dalarna and other lands, following a world music concentration.  In the same year, he also won the coveted Pål Olle Scholarship.  This year, Johan took the year long course at the Malungs Folkhögskola with renowned fiddler and pedagog, Jonny Soling, and led the Malung Lilla Spelmanslag.

Johan is a recipient of the Tällberg Foundation Scholarship, which enables his travel to the U.S.  The Tällberg Foundation is a Swedish non-profit organisation that promotes free and open exchange of ideas and experiences. Established in 1981, the Foundation awards one scholarship per year to a young musician from Dalarna. The scholarship is specifically to finance travel to the U.S. where the recipient has the opportunity to meet and play music with Swedish-American folk musicians. Johan was awarded the  scholarship in 2009, but because of educational and work related commitments, has not been able to travel to the U.S. until this autumn.

This will be Johan’s first experience in the U.S., and he will be traveling to Seattle, the San Francisco area and to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. About his music and the opportunity to share it, Johan said, ”What I like most about playing the fiddle is meeting other musicians and making music together. I meet many interesting and talented people that I would not otherwise meet!”

September 11, 2014
Swedish Folk Music Workshop & Music Jam  featuring Johan Holland (from Malungsfors, Western Dalarna) Thursday, September 11, 7:30 PM at the home of Jim and Linda, Palo Alto, CA. $10 (suggested donation)

The workshop will last about an hour followed by a short refreshment break and then music jam.  All instruments welcome.  Please RSVP to or (510) 215-5974 so we know how many people to prepare for.  Directions proviced upon RSVPing.


Last update 9/3/2014

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