Sunday, October 22, 2:30–5:00, is when we return to the dance floor for more Scandinavian dancing. In this kickoff dance Charlie will be teaching Knut Arne’s Reinlander/schottis, a beautiful, slow, and easy couple turning dance from Norway (and probably Sweden). We’ll also be dancing the springleik (see a preview here).
Sunday, November 12, 2:30–5:30, we’ll be having a live music party with New York fiddler Patrice George, who plays with New York Spelmanslag (“Swedish Folk musicians from New York [who] bring a taste of the home country to the northeast”) and Scandia New York, sponsors of Scandinavian dancing events in New York City. For more info on Patrice, see here. You won’t want to miss this very special event.
♦ December 10, 3:00–5:30: Review of previously taught dances.
WHAT IS IT?
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 are held at Temple Beth Torah in Wethersfield on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, with exact times announced here when the dance is posted. Music for these events is in the form of recordings, with occasional live music scheduled. Dances are taught by Charlie, who’s been teaching these dances 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 upcoming dances posted on this page when scheduled. See a video of one of our dances here.
Although there is no charge to attend HCD Scandi events, donations are gratefully accepted and are 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.