Scandinavian Sundays

Music and dancing, 1:30–5 or 5:30 pm on selected Sundays

Park Avenue Congregational Church parish hall, 50 Paul Revere Road at Park Avenue, Arlington Heights, Arlington, Massachusetts

March 17, 2019

Our musicians’ workshop for all instruments begins at 1:30 pm with Bruce Sagan, focusing on schottis tunes. The dance workshop, starting at 2:30 pm, presents Laura Stern and Tom Roby: “Spice Up Your Schottis!” This fundamental turning dance is an easy entry point to the rapture of rotation, but also has room for many variations at a wide variety of skill levels. Some of these have been codified in choreographies (Gammel reinlender, Schottis från Idre, Stabberinglender, et al.); however, the most fun is had by improvising on the spot. All moves can be done lead/follow. After the workshops, the open dancing and requests session runs from 3:45 until 5 or 5:30 pm, with music by Bruce (fiddle), Nan Nelson (bass), and Chris Rietz (guitar), who frequently play in Ann Arbor, MI as the trio Veselba.

  • Admission $12
  • FAC members $10
  • Young adults $6

The Folk Arts Center and Scandia Boston present the “Scandinavian Sundays” participatory dance series featuring music and dance from Sweden and Norway. Dances are held once or twice a month on Sunday afternoons, presenting workshops for musicians and dancers and open dancing to live music. The series offers a wide variety of couple turning dances: Hambo, reinlender/schottis, waltz, various polkas, pols, and polskas. Beginners are encouraged; it’s not necessary to attend with a partner; all genders are welcome!

Your donations to the refreshment table are much appreciated. To protect the hall’s wooden floor, please change from street shoes to clean shoes before dancing. To make turning easier, leather-soled dance shoes or other shoes that slide easily are recommended. For the comfort and well-being of all our dancers, especially those with allergies or asthma, please do not wear perfume or fragranced personal products. Thank you!