Scandinavian dance is predominantly Norwegian and Swedish traditional dance, and that is the focus of this website. Scandinavia includes Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finnland, Iceland, and Greenland, traditional dances from all of these countries are welcome and celebrated here.
This website exists to make it as easy as possible for you to find out about Scandinavian music and dance events throughout the US as well as the festivals and workshops in Norway and Sweden.
Whether you are an experienced dancer or you’re just starting out, you can find tips, stories, and culture to make your life more fun.
Arianna Marie Golden, the founder of this site, grew up in the Scandinavian dance community in the San Fransisco Bay Area. Her parents, Susan Overhauser and Patrick Golden, are excellent dancers themselves and her mother is a world-class hardingfele and flat-fiddle player who has studied with several of the Norwegian hardingfele tradition bearers. She also founded the Northern California Spellmanslag. Susan still plays for dancing. If you want to invite her to play for your event, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what her fees are. Her specialty is Hallingspringar, but she has a broad and varied repertoire.
Arianna learned to dance mostly by one of her parents saying “you know this” and dragging her around the floor until she figured out what steps she was supposed to use. This is the traditional way to learn, but unfortunately, Arianna doesn’t know all the names to all the dances she can do. She is busily trying to rectify that by going to workshops and dances wherever she can.
However, this is somewhat complicated because Arianna seems to move at the drop of a hat from one part of the country to another. She has had to go without Scandinavian Dance for years at a time due to poorly consolidated information. Her frustration about this has led to the calendars you can find here.
Beyond mere scheduling problems, however, Arianna is sad that many of the dancers who taught her when she was a small child are getting on in years. They can’t always quite keep up with her, and that makes her sad. She wants you to help bring younger dancers into the global Scandinavian dance community because the more dancers there are, the more fun everyone has.
If you organize events in your area, we’d love to have you announce them on our blog. You can sign up to become a contributor here.
If you notice anything that is incorrect or missing, please contact us.