January thru April, 2014 - Scandinavian Folk Dance: Basics for Beginners
WHAT: This winter we will offer a series of classes for beginners. Each four-part class will cover steps and techniques of a basic ballroom-type dance, such as the polka or waltz (but with their special Scandinavian folk character), along with several related line- or circle-type group dances. The full 4-month series will cover several popular folk dances of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland that we regularly enjoy at our twice-monthly recreational dances. Each month's class will be taught at a fun, approachable beginner level. We encourage you to take as many classes as possible.
WHEN: Tuesdays each month, January thru April, 7:30 - 9:15pm. Note: the class was originally scheduled for the first three Tuesdays each month; as a bonus, we added the 4th Tuesday.
January 7, 14, 21 and 28: Polka with Circle and Line Dances. The Scandinavian Polka has a lighter beat vs. the Central European varieties. Circle and Line dances include walking, marching, and other easy dance steps generally in 2/4 time.
February 4, 11, 18, and 25: Waltz and Mixers. The Scandinavian Waltz has its own character and forms the basis for many social mixer dances done in 3/4 time.
March 4, 11, 18, and 25: Schottis and Snoa. These lively dances are danced as both couples turning dances and as social mixer dances in 4/4 and 2/4 time.
NEXT! April 1, 8, 22, and 29: Polska. The Polska (Sweden) and Pols (Norway) are based upon very old dances that originally came to Scandinavia from central Europe in the 1600s and were later modified by additional motifs from Poland, hence their names. They are danced in 3/4 time but are quite different from the much newer waltz, being unique to Scandinavia and not at all related to the Polka, a dance from Bohemia. Note: no class April 14, Tax Day!
WHERE: Performing Dance Center, 2019 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
WHY: Here are some great reasons: Get ready for Roo Lester's Hambo Workshop coming here May 9-10, learn the basic steps for the first time, get more practice time, or just have fun dancing.
HOW: Attend these dance lessons in a small group setting.
COST: $20 per person per month, covers 4 evenings of dance instruction. Attend all four evenings and earn a coupon for a Second Saturday or 4th Monday Salt Lake Scandi Dance ($5 value).
BRING: Water bottle, smooth-soled, low-heeled, comfortable shoes. We change dance partners often to facilitate learning so bring a partner if you have one but it is not necessary.
Please email Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to Preregister. Payment due first day of class. Must have a minimum of 7 participants to hold the class.
Last updated 23 Jan 2014