Scandinavian Folk Dance: Basics for Beginners—
weekly classes—by the month.
Help build our community spirit!
Next classes are Monday, September 9 and 16, 2019
—Mark your calendar!!
2nd and 3rd Mondays: September–October and January–April ($15 for two classes/month, plus a coupon for a 2nd Saturday or 4th Monday dance.) 7:30–9:30 pm. Please arrive 10 minutes early to register and pay.
Minimum class size is 8.
* More questions? email SaltLakeScandiDance@gmail.com.
WHAT: a series of classes for beginners. Each three- or 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. Over the course of several months we will cover the most 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: Classes are typically held two or three weeknights each month, January–May, and September–October, 7:30 - 9:30pm.
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.
Waltz, Mazurka, and Mixers. The Scandinavian Waltz has its own character and forms the basis for many social mixer dances done in 3/4 time.
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.
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.
WHERE: LOCATION The E. W. Garbett Center, aka The Old North Church, 700 North 200 West, Salt Lake City, 84103
TIME: 7:30–9:30 pm; doors open at 7:15. Please arrive early to sign in, change shoes, etc.
WHY: Here are some great reasons: learn the basic steps for the first time, get more enjoyment from our twice monthly dance parties; prepare for our semi-annual workshops, get more practice time, or just have fun dancing.
HOW: Attend these dance lessons in a small group setting.
COST: $15 per person for 2 evenings or $22 per person for 3 evenings. Pay in advance or at the first class meeting (2nd Monday of each month.)
BRING: 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.
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Please email us at "firstname.lastname@example.org" for more information and to Preregister. Put "attention Tom or Gwen" in the subject line. Payment should be postmarked one week prior to first day of class. Must have a minimum of 8 participants to hold the class. Bring a friend!
Last updated 28 Mar 2019