Nordic Dancers of Washington, D.C.
Velkommen! Tervetuloa! Välkommen! Velkomnir!
We are a Nordic folk dance group that was founded in 1972. The group preserves the traditions of community dance groups (folkdansgille, folkdanslag, tanhuryhmä) that were brought to this country by immigrants from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The group is composed of about twenty people, including many who were either born in one of these countries or are of Nordic descent and others who were drawn to the distinctive music and dances. The group's repertoire consists of traditional village dances, both for couples and groups, and set dances choreographed from traditional forms and figures.
The Nordic Dancers believe that everyone has something to learn, both experienced dancers and newcomers, and that learning together is part of the fun. The group provides opportunities for everyone to improve or refresh basic skills, develop new ones, and try new dance steps and dance forms. Each year brings a different set of dances while offering opportunities to do enduring favorites.
Newcomers are always welcome. No partners or dance experience necessary.
And we welcome everyone, of all ages, heritage, skill level, orientation, and gender! While many of our members have some kind of connection to the Nordic countries or cultures, not everyone does, and that's not necessary-- just an interest in dancing and learning together with us.
Our season starts in September after Labor Day and runs through late May, usually before Memorial Day; we meet nearly every Wednesday night, but check our calendar to be use. New dancers are always welcome.
More information is available in this information brochure.