ScandiFest 2013 - May 10-11, 2013
ScandiFest 2013 was a Great Success!!
We learned the following dances:
- Schottis and variations
- Emergency Polska I
- Emergency Polska II
- Bingsjöpolska and springdans (video1 and video2)
- Svensk Mazurka
- Åttetur frå Asker
- Enkel Engelska
- Familje Sekstur
- Ti-Ti-Tyy Jenka
- Byte Schottis
Photo credit: Mange takk (many thanks) to Andi Holmen of Red Lodge, Montana, for all of the following photos.
Dance and Music Workshops
Leslie Foley and Bob Hamilton will lead the dance workshops, teaching schottis, polska, mazurka, and circle mixers. They both have many years experience both dancing and fiddling.
Beginners are welcome and encouraged! Intermediate dancers will refresh and polish.
Friday evening and Saturday morning dance workshops are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Saturday afternoon's workshop is appropriate for ages ages 6 and up.
Irene Myers was classically trained but has been playing and studying Swedish fiddle music since 1976. She has studied music in Sweden and led numerous music workshops. In addition to the workshops, a few private music lessons are available (see registration form). The workshop will be fiddle oriented and teaching will be in the traditional way – by ear. However, other instruments are welcome, and instruction will include time with printed music, which will be available. Participants will be encouraged to join in the Allspel at the dance party.
See detailed bios on the instructors below.
|Friday May 10||7:30-9:30 pm||Introduction to Schottis and Polska||Introductory Session 1|
|Saturday May 11||9:00-11:30 am||Continuation of Schottis and Polska, including Bingsjöpolska.||Session 2|
|12:00 noon-1:00 pm||Lunch*|
|2:00-4:30 pm||Beginners and Family Workshop:
Circle Mixers and Mazurka
|Session 3 (2:00-4:00)|
|4:30-5:15 pm||Allspel Rehearsal|
|6:00-7:00 pm||Scandinavian Catered Dinner*|
|7:00-9:30 pm||Dance Party featuring Live Music by our guest instructors and an Allspel with local musicians|
* Pre-registration required for Lunch and Dinner!
The evening party and dinner are open to everyone (not just workshop attendees). Come have some fun with us! Parents are responsible for their children.
Thanks to the generous grant from the Utah Arts Council, the party admission will be free for everyone!
Dinner may be purchased by pre-registration only. Dinner is catered by Copper Grill. Dinner menu includes:
- Swedish Meatballs
- Mashed Potatoes
- Red Cabbage
- Swedish Fresh Cucumber Salad
- Cookies, Eclairs, and Brownies
- Vegetarian Option: Baked Portabella Mushroom, stuffed with Ricotta cheese and diced vegetables, topped with breadcrumbs
Potluck snacks for the workshops are encouraged.
photo credit: Natalia Hamilton
Bob Hamilton: I started dancing in 1978, doing Scottish Country Dancing while I was at University in Tucson, Arizona. I did that intensively for several years, then moved to Seattle to go to grad school. In Seattle I first encountered Scandinavian couple dancing in 1984 and haven't looked back (although I also quite enjoy contra dancing). I've been in a Swedish performance dance group, and also have been a member of the Skandia Folkdance Society for many years. I have "danced up" in Sweden and have the bronze medal (awarded for completion of the first cycle of testing that continues for 5 years). I started playing the fiddle in 1989, and have attended the Malung School of Folk Music summer session for two summers. I play in various ad hoc trios, quartets and quintets and play for dances several times a year. I have also taught polska dancing, usually the polskas from Eastern Dalarna, for Skandia dance classes.
Irene Myers: Coming from Minnesota, I have nordic roots but traditional nordic folk music first became a true concept for me when I heard Swedish polskas played for dancing by a Seattle-area foursome of fiddlers led by Bud Johnson. That was 1976 and I was hooked! I have been actively playing in and/or directing groups ever since then, including Hjärtspel, Sus, Michaelsen & Myers, Swedish Steal, Speldosan and currently Hale Bill & the Bopps. I have led numerous workshops on repertoire, technique/styling and harmony.
We in the Northwest have been blessed by the teaching of a host of visiting Nordic folk musicians over the years, including greats such as Bjorn Ståbi, Ole Hjorth, Pers Hans Olsson, Pål Olle Dyrsmeds, Jonny Soling, Kalle Almlöf, Bengt Jonsson, Jon Holmen, Eva Rune, Kajsa Ekstav, Mats and Ulf Andersson. I had the wonderful opportunity to spend the academic year 2009/2010 in Malung, Sweden, immersed in the teaching of Jonny, Kalle, Patrik Andersson, Jonas Hjalmarsson, Fredrik Lundberg and other faculty. This and other visits to Sweden have also afforded the chance to perform with Swedish folk groups from duos to spelmanslags on numerous occasions in various parts of Sweden. In 2011 I took part for the first time in the annual Zorn Uppspelning and achieved the “diplom” level.
In 1986 I served on the coordinating committee for the first Northwest Spelmansstämma and produced the first Allspel recording of local common repertoire in conjunction with that event. I also directed the next two Allspel recording projects completed in 1994 and 1998. (A fourth has come out earlier this year.) Prior to the Allspel CDs I coordinated Speldosan’s recording ‘Nordic Homespun” in 1984 and most recently our 2008 CD by Hale Bill & the Bopps.