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

Special location on May 19, 2019, 2–5:30 pm: Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, Massachusetts

May 19, 2019

The May Scandinavian Sundays is a joint event with Mostly Waltz for Boston, 2–5:30 pm at the Mostly Waltz location, the Concord Scout House in Concord, MA. The afternoon begins with a Hambo workshop led by Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales, 2–3 pm: Learn this popular Swedish turning dance regularly done at Scandinavian, Mostly Waltz, international, and contra dances. After teaching the basics, Tom and Diane will focus on ways to improve your Hambo, including some interesting variations. The open dance session, 3–5:30 pm, features a mixture of Scandinavian dances and waltzes with some quick teaching, and wonderful music by Becky Tracy (fiddle) and Keith Murphy (piano, guitar, mandolin). Becky and Keith are dynamic performers of traditional music from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ireland, France, Scandinavia, and beyond. Tracy’s fiddling pulses through tasteful arrangements of dance tunes and resonates with beauty on traditional slow airs. Keith’s gentle and expressive singing in English and French is balanced by the drive and power of his guitar playing and foot percussion. Combined, they produce a range and richness of sound that is striking for a duo. Their playing is seamless, the result of years of playing together and touring across the US and Canada, and in Europe. Please join us for this special afternoon!

  • 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!