We dance in Vancouver, BC, Canada, but we like to get around and see what's going on in the rest of the world. Here are links to some groups we like to visit and some websites with information that might interest you.
Some web pages of local interest are:
Burnaby International Folk Dancers Instruction and request dancing on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 9:30 (Basic Steps instruction 6:30 to 7:00) at Charles Rummel Centre, 3630 Lozells, Burnaby, from September to early June with a break at Christmas. Website: http://burnabyfolkdance.org. Phone Jane at 604-522-2031.
Dale Adamson's Blog Dale runs the Surrey International Folk Dance group, organizes local workshops, and has a blog page with information and a calendar of upcoming online international folk dance events of interest to folk dancers wherever you live.
Fanatullen Folkdance Society of Red Deer Alberta The Fanatullen Scandinavian Dancers learn, teach and demonstrate folk dances from the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. For almost thirty years, the Fanatullen Scandinavian Dancers have met weekly from September to April, Monday evenings at Festival Hall 4214 - 58 St. Red Deer, AB. They offer lessons for children age 5 and up and dance sessions for adults. Singles are welcome and Scandinavian heritage is not required.
Folk Dancing in Ottawa There are dozens of links here related to dancing of various kinds in the US and Canada.
Mission Folk Music Festival, in Mission, BC, usually takes place the weekend following the Vancouver Folk Music festival. They have often featured one or two Scandinavian bands.
Nordic Dancers Northwest, runs a monthly dance in Mt Vernon, WA. The website includes a list of dances taught in the last couple of years, along with links to videos of many. In addition, you can find links to recent videos taken of Vancouver's Danish workshop and the band Dansaspel's final performance at the Bothell Scandia Ball.
Nordic Folk Dance Society in Calgary, Alberta.
Norsk Folkedans Stemne In Norway, a stemne is a gathering of folk dancers and musicians sharing their knowledge of dances and music. Locally, this gathering happens every year in August a bit north of Seattle.
Northern California Spelmanslag This site has some great sheet music transcribed from workshops, and online copies of their newsletters going back to 1996 with interesting articles and links to Scandinavian music and dance sites. The April 2009 issue has links to online dance videos.
Northwest Folklife Festival Memorial Day weekend (weekend with the last May Monday attached) at Seattle Center: 15-18 stages all day/all evening, all kinds of folk music and dance. Musicians come mostly from the Pacific Northwest, and many are likely to be people you know. Almost free.
Rogue Folk Club There are links from here to other dance groups in Vancouver.
group If you like receiving email, you might like to subscribe to a Scandinavian discussion
group. This mailing list is happy to have anyone with an interest in Scandinavian music,
dance, and folk traditions. Any topics of discussion related to this area are fair game,
as are requests for or posting of information. There there may be
several items per day if a hot item gets going, but lately it has only
been several per week at the most. You can also opt not
to get mail and just read postings on the site.
Scandinavian Community Centre in Burnaby, BC, where we do most of our dancing, has activities that may be of interest and their website often has a description of events taking place at this location.
Skandia dance group, Seattle Get your links here! Our Seattle neighbors have lots of interesting activities of their own, but also, their links are so complete that we're reluctant to begin to duplicate them on this page.
Surrey International Folk Dancing This active group in Surrey, BC puts on weekly dances and special events. They are running both Zoom dancing on Monday afternoons and in-person group dancing on Thursday evenings.
Vancouver Country Dance The home page is subtitled 'high energy dancing to live music'. This site has the schedule for contra dancing and English country dancing around Vancouver.
Vancouver Folk Music Festival This yearly event in July is one of the major folk festivals in Canada.
Vancouver International Folk Dancers This group no longer dances in the winter, but they run the summer dancing at Ceperley Playground in Stanley Park from mid-June until mid-August, and they put on a Christmas party with live music. For more info, email Susan Pinkham, phone 778-580-7508. The two VIFD Music Books are available from Susan for $25 per book.
Further away, these links were recommended to us:
American Nyckelharpa Association's music pages have sheet music and sound clips for lots of tunes, particularly nyckelharpa allspel tunes.
Blue Rose Scandinavian Folk Music is Karen Myers's site for musicians, with the ultimate aim to make the spelmanslag (band) repertoire available online. So far, a lot of dances are listed within dance category, with the first line of each section (itself a wonderful resource). Every tune has a link to full sheet music pages, and about 25% have links to workshop recordings, with more recordings on the way. Sheet music is also available indexed by the workshop at which it was taught. Tunes from workshops may also have an mp3 available.
Dancilla.com With a database of 30.000 dances, more than 3.000 videos, 800 MIDIs, 1.000 dance-instructions, articles and pictures, Dancilla.com says it offers the worldwide largest archive for the dance-community and everything what is related to dancing, like traditions, costumes, songs, music. It has over 900 dances from Sweden, more than 60 from Denmark, 16 from Finland. The videos seem to be mostly from workshops rather than staged performances. This site is being converted to a wiki; the easiest way to find a dance is from the Full List of Dances.
Digelius Music in Finland Mail order pages for recordings from Finland, Samiland, Sweden, Norway, Greenland, Iceland and Baltic countries.
Folk Dance Musings. Andrew Carnie's Folk Dance Instructions site has many many dances from many many countries, written up as blog entries, which you can browse alphabetically or by country. Most tunes listed have dance instructions and links to several or sometimes many YouTube videos, and a list of source materials used in writing the blog entry.
Folkets Hus Spillefolk There's lots of written music from all over Scandinavia and a few other countries at the website of this kind of community centre organization in Copenhagen, with midi soundclips to go with the music (and some mp3 files and YouTube videos available, sometimes several videos for one tune). And there are just enough hints in English for the Danish language-impaired to be able to get around easily enough, or your browser might offer to translate the page. Click the 'Nodesamling' link at the top, or under the 'English' link, select Fiddle Tunes.
Folk Tune Finder How cool is this? If you can sing part of a tune but can't remember what it is, if you can play up to 10 notes on a visual keyboard, this site will suggest some possibilities. 200,000 tunes are indexed. Or you can key in part of a name, and it will show you incipits for tunes with that in the name.
FolkWiki This Swedish site for sheet music has over 4400 mostly Swedish tunes, listed with incipits so you can see the start of each tune in the list. You can search a tune name, or list tunes by song type, composer, geographical origin, key, plus some other criteria. It says you can search for phrases in the music. There is a small collection of other Nordics. In Swedish, but my browser offered to translate it.
GO' Danish Folk Music GO' Danish Folk Music is an independent business that offers for purchase Danish produced folk music. It also has links to some other sources of Danish music.
The Hardanger Fiddle Association of America The unique site in North America for information about the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle (hardingfele) and about the HFAA, its annual music and dance workshop and its quarterly journal, Sound Post; also sources for instruments and music, including sound clips, links to teachers, and links to other sites relating to Norwegian music and festivals.
Henrik fra Stevns on YouTube. Henrik describes the site: "I teach folk dance and traditional danish dance. Primarily this channel is for my project "Schottis 2018". I have decided to do 52 instructional videos, one a week, throughout the year 2018 to show the many ways in which it is possible to vary the schottis. For those, who do not yet dance the schottis, some of the videos will be on the basics. The first videos are in danish, but I may do some videos in english later." There are English subtitles, and the instruction is very clear.
North Atlantic Tune List The NA Tune List describes itself as a somewhat random reference source for mostly traditional dance and fiddle tunes from several regions around the North Atlantic: Scandinavia, the British Isles, Quebec, Cape Breton, Métis (Saskatchewan & Manitoba), New England, Appalachia, and more. Tunes pages are well presented, with sheet music and audio and video links. The Other Resources page has some helpful links.
Richard Robinson's Tunebook This is a collection of traditional tunes - Scots tunes, Irish tunes, Scandinavian, French, Balkan and more - and new tunes in traditional styles. A few of our sheet music pages point to this site, but the URL has changed.
Spillemandsdansen works with Folkets Hus (see above) and other groups to provide tunes and videos from their pages. It's all in Danish, but easily manageable to English speakers unless you want to understand the dance descriptions.
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