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       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 
Dec 17, tentative dates 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

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

November 30, 2016
Nordahl Grieg Leikarring 30th Anniversary Party. Were you dancing with the Leikarring back in 1985 or 1986? (Or any time since?) Have you played with the Spelemannslag during the past 24 years? Come and celebrate 30+ years of dancing and music-making and performing and touring and generally having a great time! We're celebrating on November 30 at the hall. Everyone welcome. Masonic Hall, 890 Church St., Mountain View, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

December 3, 2016
SWEA Swedish Christmas Fair, 9am-4pm 1111 Gough St (at Geary), San Francisco CA. Admission $8, Seniors (65+) $5, Children 6-12 years $2. For more info and a flyer see

December 2016
Marin/Marin Tour and Fiddle workshop
Marin/Marin, one of the finest traditional Swedish fiddle duos, are returning to the SF Bay Area and will be in touring here and in Northern California December 1-7, 2016. 
Thursday Dec 1 - The Back Room, 1984 Bonita, Berkeley 8 pm Concert
Friday Dec 2 Arcata CA  Gregg Moore House Concert 8 pm
Saturday Dec 3 Santa Rosa CA Howard Booster House Concert 7:30 pm
Sunday Dec 4 Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:00 pm Concert/Dance
Monday Dec 5 Healdsburg CA Kathy Clendenen House Concert 7:30 pm
Tuesday Dec 6 Santa Cruz CA Shelley Phillips House Concert 7:30 pm
Wednesday Dec 7 Palo Alto CA Amaranta House Concert 7:00pm

“It was one of the most compelling fiddle shows I’ve seen: the richness, joy, and excitement that these two masterful players create is astounding.”  Brendon Taffee, Fiddler magazine.

The Marin’s live and breathe music, obvious from this beautiful video...

December 7 Fiddle Workshop in Los Altos:

In addition to their concerts, they will be holding a fiddle workshop in Los Altos, CA on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 2:00pm - 4:30pm, $50.  They will teach beautiful tunes with second voices to learn by ear and they will also provide sheet music.  This is a rare opportunity to learn traditional violin music and technique from two of the best musicians in Sweden.  A house concert will follow that evening at Amaranta House in Palo Alto.  

To reserve a space, ask questions and receive the location details please contact:
Mark Walstrom   510-295-7392
Please include your contact info, instrument and level of experience. 

Mikael and Mia Marin are both very experienced and well known as teachers and workshop leaders for students of all ages and abilities.   Together, they teach fiddle workshops all over Europe and have also specialized in Swedish Baroque music.  Mikael Marin teaches viola and folk music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and is the 5 string viola player in Väsen.  Mia Marin teaches violin at the Eric Sahlström Institute and is the new Swedish fiddle teacher at one of the most prestigious and important folk schools in Sweden, the Malungs folkhögskola. 

Jim Shallenberger and many other teachers use the Marin/Marin tune/arrangement books with their students. 

They will be featuring music from their new cd, Tiden, and have published 2 highly regarded tune books.

Don’t miss this great opportunity! 

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 11/13/2016

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