The Swedish Folkdancers of New York
( 111 Years Old in 2017)
The Swedish Folkdancers Celebrated their
100th Anniversary in 2006!
You can be a part of this exciting and active group. Click here for more info.
"You just can't have any more fun than with this crazy group"
Join with them on Thursday evenings (see schedule above) at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in the Bronx, NY for 2 hours of great Swedish and Nordic folk dancing and socializing.
Don't worry . . . We will teach you the steps.
The SWEDISH FOLKDANCERS OF NEW YORK were founded in 1906. They have the distinction of being the oldest Swedish folkdance organization in the United States. They are also believed to be the oldest ethnic folkdance group in continuous existence in America. In the 1930's the group split, forming two separate folkdance organizations, but in the 1960's, due to low membership, both organizations regrouped. Today the group is in full swing with some 30 members that enjoy learning and performing the many dances of our ethnic heritage.
The purpose of the organization is to maintain the rich heritage of traditional Swedish folkdances and other Swedish customs.
Exhibitions are performed for many organizations, multi-cultural festivals and events within the north-eastern United States.
The dance leader takes great care in teaching many rare and old dances from the various provinces of Sweden, as well as new ones created recently in Sweden. Authentic folk costumes are worn for all performances.
At the South Street Seaport in NYC in April, 1988, the group performed for the King and Queen of Sweden in honor of the 350th anniversary celebrating the first Swedish settlement in Wilmington, Delaware. In June the dancers have celebrate Midsummer by performing at such events as the Swedish American Historical Museum in Philadelphia, as well as in downtown Manhattan along the shoreline at Robert Wagner Park at NYs largest Swedish Midsummer celebration and at the annual Sweden Day celebration in the Bronx, NY. During each year's Christmas Dance Swedish Christmas carols are sung as part of a traditional Lucia Pageant.
The group performed in Wilmington, Delaware at the commissioning and launching of the replica of the Kalmar Nyckel, the ship that brought the first Swedes to America in 1638. The group has traveled to the Scandinavian countries four times to participate in NORDLEK. This folkdance festival occurs every three years, rotating among the Scandinavian countries. In 1985 the group participated in Turku, Finland, in 1988 in Bergen, Norway, in 1994 and 2006 in Sweden. In 1985, the dancers were part of 1500 couples that danced Hambo at the famous Hälsingehambo contest. In October 2000, they performed at the Høstfest in Minot, North Dakota and at the opening of the American Scandinavian Foundation's new "Scandinavia House", at 58 Park Avenue, New York City. In 2006 the group celebrated their 100th Anniversary.
We hope that our web presence gives you a glimpse into the rich tradition of this marvelous group. We welcome you to visit with us and consider including this activity as part of your social enjoyment. Check our upcoming practice and event dates at Schedule
GROUP IS AVAILABLE FOR PERFORMANCES
We meet at the JEANNE JUGAN RESIDENCE, 2999 Schurz Ave., Bronx, New York 10465 - on Thursdays (see our dates for practices) from September thru June. A partner is not required.
MADELINE 516 593-5791 MONICA 201 836-9008
From Upstate and West:
THE SWEDISH FOLKDANCERS OF NEW YORK
På "Jeanne-Jugan Residence" Torsdag från Sept till Juni
Monica 201 836-9008 - Yvonne 212 877-5082 - Madeline 516 593-5791
P.S. Partner fordras inte.
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