Beat the winter blues with an exploration of Swedish song and dance. A weekend to socialise and enjoy some Scandinavian culture.
The Danish call it ‘hygge’, the Swedes say ‘mysigt’, we might call it ‘that cosy feeling you get doing something wholesome with friends’. Halsway Manor is excited to bring you a full weekend of Scandinavian cosiness in the heart of winter. Try your hand at Swedish dance (with the Third Beat Dance Collective) and/or Swedish song (with Klara Andersson). There will also be some traditional food, Nordic crafts, a dance evening and a few surprises! There will be opportunities for everyone to have a go at everything at some point during the weekend or you can stick to either Swedish song or dance if you prefer.
The perfect antidote to these cold months. This is a weekend in which to relax, snug up by the fire in your cosiest Scandinavian jumper and enjoy a weekend of singing songs and dancing to Scandinavian music. The menu for the weekend will include some typical Swedish fayre.
Who’s it for?
This weekend is for anyone who would like a winter break in which to enjoy an insight into the traditional folk dance, song and crafts of Scandinavia. Suitable for the complete beginner in singing, dancing and crafting through to those with more experience who would like to spend a relaxing weekend exploring a new cultural tradition. If you play instruments, bring them; there will be time for informal music sessions in the evenings.
This weekend is for you. The team will work responsively with participants to shape the weekend and there will be a choice of activities. As a guide, the plan for the weekend is as follows – but Ella, Andy, Lucy and Klara will adapt the plan as the weekend progresses:
Friday – Introductions, dinner and then a choice between a dance workshop in Rhythm and Svikt with dancers from the Third Beat Dance Collective, or an Introduction to Scandinavian Song with Klara Andersson.
Saturday – After breakfast, the whole groups will gather for a collective group warm up and singing in the Main Hall followed by a choice of dance and singing workshops in Slangpolska, Schottis, and Polska during the day. With a mid-morning Fika break and a Scandinavian feast for dinner. There will be an afternoon music session for musicians or crafting sessions. Dance in the evening followed by singing into the night in the bar for those with energy.
Sunday – another breakfast and group warm up and song to start the day, followed by Swedish language and stamma survival tips. Another opportunity to enjoy the Scandinavian tradition of Fika, and morning and afternoon workshops offering a choice of song or dance. The group will gather for a final song, and another dose of Fika to warm your heart and soul before departure at 4.30pm.
The Third Beat Dance Collective is comprised of Ella Sprung, Andy Parr and Lucy Huzzard, all of whom studied for a diploma in Swedish Folk dance at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Sweden. They bring a contemporary look at the intricacies of partner dance, and shine a new light on what traditional dance can offer for connecting with our bodies, the music and each other.
Klara Andersson has been taught traditional songs in the home since childhood. She plays Swedish pipes and recorder and started dancing ten years ago, now she has a bachelor degree in folk dance pedagogy. In 2015-2016 she studied folk singing at a folkhögskola in western Sweden where her interest for “trall” (Swedish diddling) grew bigger. Her repertoire of songs is varied and she has a love for singing with harmonies, especially if there is a nice groove or a melancholic melody!