Scandia Camp Mendocino
Dance Classes

Scandia Camp offers a sampling of the rich variety of dances in Norway and Sweden, where dances often have their own unique style from region to region and even town to town. Scandinavian dances are primarily couple dances, but individual participants can still learn the steps and character of the dances from the classes. All of the dance classes will be both progressive, building from one class to the next, and stand alone for those who are unable to attend all the sessions of a specific class. For attendees without a partner, holding onto a pillow can make the turning sections easier. As with many Zoom classes, participants will be muted. Questions via the chat will be shared with the teachers/presenters.

Norwegian Dance Classes

Øyvind Sandum and Karin Brandsbol will focus primarily on springleik, a dance from the Otta valley (Ottadalen) region of Gudbrandsdal. It is a couple dance with variations in style that are unique to each town in the valley. Øyvind and Karin will be teaching the style from Vågå including the basic step and the most common motifs, turns and optional variations. The basic step will be emphasized each day with the addition of different motifs throughout the three days of teaching.

Ida (Ida Bjørgen Røstad) is the fiddler for the classes.

 
Times are in Pacific Daylight Time.
Date Time Where Featuring
SATURDAY - JUNE 12 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Dance Hall Øyvind Sandum
Karin Brandsbol
Ida Bjørgen Røstad
SUNDAY - JUNE 13 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM Dance Hall Øyvind Sandum
Karin Brandsbol
Ida Bjørgen Røstad
MONDAY - JUNE 14 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Dance Hall Øyvind Sandum
Karin Brandsbol
Ida Bjørgen Røstad
Swedish Dance Classes

Britt-Mari Westholm Dahlgren and Eric Dahlgren will present dances primarily from the Dalarna region. Each day will focus on one or two different dances, starting Saturday with Bingsjöpolska. This dance offers an entry into the polska (dances in 3/4 rhythm) tradition of Sweden and gives students skills for dancing to many of the various styles of polska music played today.

 
Times are in Pacific Daylight Time.
Date Time Where Featuring
SATURDAY - JUNE 12 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM Dance Hall Britt-Mari Westholm Dahlgren
Eric Dahlgren
SUNDAY - JUNE 13 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Dance Hall Britt-Mari Westholm Dahlgren
Eric Dahlgren
MONDAY - JUNE 14 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM Dance Hall Britt-Mari Westholm Dahlgren
Eric Dahlgren
Class Resources:
Scandinavian Dance Fundamentals

Roo Lester and Larry Harding will work on key dance skills that include developing balance alone and as part of a dancing couple while learning techniques for leading and following and applying these skills to several dance types.

 
Times are in Pacific Daylight Time.
Date Time Where Featuring
FRIDAY - JUNE 11 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Dance Hall Roo Lester
Larry Harding
SATURDAY - JUNE 12 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Dance Hall Roo Lester
Larry Harding
SUNDAY - JUNE 13 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Dance Hall Roo Lester
Larry Harding
Class Resources:
Hambo 101

Hambo is likely the single most well-known and requested Swedish dance in many dance genres. Roo Lester and Larry Harding will work on the 8-measure pattern, the steps, partnering and holding one another together while turning to fun 3/4 meter music typical for this dance.

 
Times are in Pacific Daylight Time.
Date Time Where Featuring
FRIDAY - JUNE 11 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM Dance Hall Roo Lester
Larry Harding
Class Resources:
Scandinavian Waltz

Roo Lester and Larry Harding will teach waltz styles from Norway and Sweden, highlighting their similarities and differences. They will offer suggestions how to maneuver more comfortably on the dance floor.

 
Times are in Pacific Daylight Time.
Date Time Where Featuring
SUNDAY - JUNE 13 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM Dance Hall Roo Lester
Larry Harding
Class Resources: