Scandinavian Dance Class-Beginning & Intermediate

We teach Scandinavian Folk Dancing in the greater Sacramento area during the school year and sometimes during the summer.  The class is handled as short courses of four to six sessions each for enrollment.  We break for holidays during the class period.  The class covers basic and some intermediate level dances, as well as good dance technique.  Students may request advanced dances during the request period, but generally the classes emphasizes more fundamental skills.  No previous experience is required, and singles & couples are welcome. Partners are rotated frequently to speed the learning process and give everyone a chance to participate.  Classes began in November 2006 and continue through the present.  The teaching leaders are Barry Moore and Sandra Kesler, and they are assisted by other experienced Scandinavian dancers.  For information, call David Hill at 916-724-9120, davehill (at) sbcglobal (dot) net       

In Sacramento

 

Monday evenings 7:00 - 9:30 pm, except during holidays.  Beginner dances are normally taught 7:00 - 7:45 pm, with intermediate dances taught 7:45 - 9:00 pm. 

Check the City of Sacramento's website for the starting and ending dates of each session.  Held at the auditorium of the Coloma Community Center,

4623 T St., Sacramento, CA, 95819.  http://www.cityofsacramento.org/ParksandRec/Recreation

 

See a flyer on the class here.

 

To register, call (916) 808-6060, Monday - Thursday.  Purchase a six-class punch card for $36 or drop in for $7 per evening. 

Registration form and on-line registration instructions

 

A link to a map and transit options is here.  The Center is east of downtown, near the UC-Davis Medical Center, and south of the Fabulous Forties neighborhood. 

 

Attire

Bring appropriate folk dance shoes.  Low heels with arch support work well.  For men, a broken-in pair of leather-soled dress shoes works. For women, a durable shoe with a low heel and leather sole works.  Avoid wearing shoes with soles entirely of rubber, as they don't allow for easy turning and they tend to resist the steps.  A shoe with a rubber heel and leather under the ball of the foot is traditional, as it gives some traction while also allowing the wearer to turn. 

Dress for comfort, with casual clothes to allow easy movement.  Water is available in the building. 

Class Schedule

Classes generally begin with easier dances and proceed to intermediate dances later in the session.  Dances of any level may be requested during the request period, usually in the middle of the session. 

                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Photo by Sandra Kesler

Dance holds, positions, and footwork breakdown

Photos of correct dance holds and positions:
Various basic holds
Polska holds
Norwegian holds
 
Essential footwork in turning dances.  (See the page, "Couple Dance Types.")

Photo by Marida Martin

01 Jan 2020 EDSD. 

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