All attendees must be fully vaccinated, though masks are optional (please bring your own). Also, as was the case prior to the pandemic, drinking water and paper cups will be provided, but if you prefer not sharing the water spigot with others, feel free to bring your own water. For details on special COVID related requirements, see the home page. Finally, because of the possibility of last-minute changes, check back here before coming to ensure our dance is still on.

Sunday, September 18, will be the first HCD Scandi dance of the new season, and to celebrate this kickoff event the featured dance will be the schottis (aka schottisch or reinlender), an easy couple turning dance popular in north and central Europe. Variations, including the stigschottis (fast and fun) and mellparing (slow and beautiful), will also be taught. To get an idea of the fun you’re in for, see this demo of the schottis. For the fully vaccinated only. Masks are optional.

Sunday, October 16, will feature the telespringar and the telegangar, two dances from Telemark, Norway. Swinglike dances with easy figures, they’re fun to do, and traditionally they’re danced at outdoor concerts. See an example of the telespringar here and the telegangar here. For the fully vaccinated only. Masks are optional.

Scandi is short for Scandinavian, as in Scandinavian Dance, and features dances popular in the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the Alpine regions of Europe—and now, thanks to HCD, right here in Connecticut. You’ve maybe heard of schottis, hambo, polska, springar, springleik, pols, snoa, mazurka? How about Alpine zwiefacher? Well, now you can learn them and dance them compliments of HCD’s newest dance series. These are couple turning dances, some of which even resemble swing dances. For a typical example, see the hambo here.

HCD Scandi dances will be held on Sunday afternoons from 3:00–5:00 at Temple Beth Torah in Wethersfield. Music for these events will be in the form of recordings, with occasional live music scheduled. Dances will be taught by Charlie, who’s been teaching these dance since 1977 and has been teaching at and running Scandinavian dances in this area since 2007. These are not monthly dances like other HCD events; rather, they are held intermittently, with future dances posted on this page when scheduled.

Although there is no charge to attend HCD Scandi events, donations are gratefully accepted and will be applied toward rental of the hall and other related expenses.

The HCD Scandi Committee is a committee of one—Charlie— who will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Get in touch with him concerning HCD Scandi by completing the form below. Also, if you’d like to be notified of upcoming HCD Scandi events, be sure to indicate that in your message.

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