Speledans - Boston Scandinavian Dance Group
Tue Nov 23 1999
Speledans is the Boston area's Scandinavian folk dance organization.
We put on public dances on a fairly regular schedule. The
schedule is often sparse during the summer (because so many of us are off at
Scandinavian dance events). The usual schedule each month is:
Here's where the dances are usually held:
- First Saturday evening: Dance (some teaching during early part of evening)
- Second Sunday afternoon: Gammaldans (beginners welcome)
- Third Saturday evening: Dance party (some teaching during early part of evening)
- Church of Our Savior
25 Monmouth Street, Brookline, Mass.
(If there is a weather-related parking ban in Brookline our event will be cancelled.)
- Sat Jan 1, 8-11 pm: No dance (Y2K fatality ;-).
- Sun Jan 9 2-5 pm:
- Sat Jan 15, 8-11 pm:
- Sat Jan 21-23: Dave Golber's ski and dance weekend inWilmington, Vermont..
- Sat Feb 5, 8-11 pm:
- Sun Feb 13, 2-5 pm: Gammaldans.
- Sat Feb 19, 8-11 pm:
- Sat Mar 4, 8-11 pm:
- Sun Mar 12, 2-5 pm: Gammaldans.
- Sat Mar 25, 1:30-11 pm: Spring Workshop
- Sat Apr 1, 8-11 pm:
- Sun Apr 9, 2-5 pm: Gammaldans.
- Sat Apr 15, 8-11 pm:
- Sat May 6, 8-11 pm:
- Sun May 7, 7:30-9 pm: Start of Telespringar class
- Sun May 14, 2-5 pm: Gammaldans.
- Sat May 20, 8-11 pm:
- Sat Jun 3, 8-11 pm:
- Sun Jun 11, 2-5 pm: Gammaldans?
- Sat Jun 17, 8-11 pm:
- Speledans presents its third annual SPRING WORKSHOP & Dance Party:
This coming Saturday, March 25, 2000
Both events at Church of Our Saviour
- 25 Monmouth St (corner of Carlton St), Brookline, Mass.
WORKSHOP: 1:30 to 6pm. Admission $8. Featuring
- Polskor fr. Föllinge, by Rita & Chris Leydon
- Polska och Bakmes fr. Ramsele, by Wendy Ernst & Morty Isaacson
- Live music by John Chambers, Matt Fichtenbaum, plus friends.
Evening Dance Party: 8 to 11 pm. Admission $6.
- Quick Reviews. Live Music
Telespringar (Norwegian Couple Dance)
taught by David Golber and Clare Stanley.
Five classes 7:30-9 PM Sunday nights
May 7, 14, 21 and June 4, 11 at the Cambridge YWCA, 7 Temple Street, Central
$10 per class.
Students will be strongly urged to purchase two recordings to accustom their
ears to this beautiful music - cost about $35.
All classes taught to live Hardanger fiddle music by Toby Weinberg.
Bring non-rubber soled shoes to class.
Contact: David Golber, 617/661-3670, email@example.com.
Telespringar has an enormous repertoire of moves, done to powerful and subtle
music - different from anything you've ever heard before. Swing is the
closest thing to it. The intense give and take of leading and following
carry the partners into a world where the beat of the music merges with the
pulse of the dance. Hardanger fiddle player Toby Weinberg, featured soloist
at the Cambridge Christmas Revels in 1993, will provide live music for all
classes. Bring non-rubber soled shoes to class.
Some related Web sites:
- Folk Arts Center
- The Boston area's folk dance clearing house.
If you want to know about folk dancing in the Boston area,
contact these folks.
The Boston Phoenix
- A weekly publication that tells you what's happening around Boston.
- MIT Folk Dance Club
- An international dance club that does a lot of teaching.
Primarily Balkan, with a few Scandinavian dances at most events, and
occasional Scandinavian workshops.
- The Fitchburg area's Finnish folk dance performing group.
- Boulder Colorado dance group
- Send email to Eric Meyer
- American Nyckelharpa Association
- Skandia Folkdance Society of Seattle
- Scandinavian Dancers of Vancouver BC
- Northern California Spelmanslag
- (Hardanger Fiddle Association of America
- Scandinavian folklore mailing list.
- Roo Lester
- Some Speledans members:
John Chambers &
Shelley Drowns (musicians)
Hilkka & John Williams
Erica & Morty
Wendy & David Ernst
Matt Fichtenbaum (musician)
Jim & Heidi Hipple.
Toby Weinberg (musician)
Musicians might be interested in checking out the phenomenon of
shareware, emailable music using the abc notation system. I have a
music directory / that is full of music in abc notation;
the Scand subdirectory contains some Scandinavian
tunes that the Boston gang plays.
Please send updates and corrections to
John Chambers at MIT
John Chambers and Shelley Drowns at the World (and ISP).
The nice banners at the top came from Glenn R. Wichman at the Nordic-American Web Ring.
You can find them at http://www.wichman.org/norden/.