Lovely Sweden has many beautiful folk dances. Here are just a few.
Familijevals provides lots of opportunities for flirting.
Even though the video says Norway, I think this dance is actually Swedish. Far Ja Lov might mean May I Have This Dance.
This dance has two names: Klapperstycket and Fyrtur från Luggude. It showcases many figures used in folk dancing and square dancing.
Fjäskern (Hurry Scurry) gets faster with each repetition. Also, you change partners every repetition.
Gustaf’s skål (Gustav’s toast) is named after King Gustaf III of Sweden. The dance is appropriately courtly.
Two dances are demonstrated in this video. The first, Hambo, is considered the national dance of Sweden. The second, Väva Vadmal (The Weaver’s Dance) imitates the action of a loom.
Johan På Snippen, a mixer:
Långdans från Sollerön:
Mazurka till Marilyn:
Oxdans (Bull Dance) can be danced by two men or by multiple men in pairs. There are many versions, but they all involve intimidation and “fighting.”
Let us never give up the dream.
These photos were taken in August, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. See more participant photos.
Photos by ARHuelsenbeck
Thank you to Jillian of Feed My Family for nominating me for the Special Blogger Award. Jillian’s son and husband are sensitive to sulphites in food, so they’ve been on a journey of finding foods that nourish without harm. But she’s also interested in nourishing the mind, heart, and soul. Check out her blog!
Usually I turn down awards like this one, but I decided to make an exception in this case because I can direct my readers to other creative blogs they might be interested in following, so please read on to the end.
1 Thank the blogger who nominated you (as above ).
2 Answer the questions you are asked (if you’re comfortable doing so!).
3 Create 10 questions for the bloggers you’ve nominated.
4 Nominate at least 3 bloggers for the Special Blogger Award.
5 Comment on your nominees’ most recent blog post to let them know you’ve nominated them.
6 Have fun!
Because my nominees are creatives, I want to ask them about their art.
Judith of Artistcoveries
I discovered Judith’s blog about four years ago, as she was beginning her journey as a painter. It’s been interesting and encouraging to watch her grow–she’s been faithfully documenting her goofs as well as her triumphs.
Kathy Reeves of Sewing Etc.
I’ve followed Kathy’s blog for a long time. I stumbled onto it when I was looking for quilting posts, but she’s quite a polymath. I recently interviewed her for ARHtistic License. (I hope she’s not tired of answering my questions. . .)
Stephanie Finnell of Katy Trail Creations