Föllingeveckan is a weeklong course in traditional dance and music from the district Föllinge - Hotagen, 700 km north of Stockholm.
The dances and music you will learn has a unique connection to this area, much thanks to Ernst Grip who carried on the tradition from his childhood. He was born 1918 in Föllinge and taught these dances throughout Sweden from 1985 until 1998, the year he passed away.
During the week there are many opportunities to let music and dance meet. The fiddlers play their Lapp-Nils polskas while the dancers practice Gammalpolska, Åtabakspolska and other dances from Ernst Grip´s dance heritage. The musicians are offered an hour-long workshop to learn the polska- and bakmesstep and every evening there is a dance party.
Föllinge is a small village of 600 people. Yet there is all the necessary service like post office, drugstore, supermarket, restaurant, healthcare center, gas station, bus- and cab station etc. You get there by taking the train or airplane to Åre – Östersund airport and then bus or cab 65 km north. The town is surrounded by lakes, deep forests, fishing creeks, hills and beautiful, small farming villages and lots of healing solitude, wilderness, silence and crisp air. The rolling but vast and snowcapped mountains of western Jämtland waits for you only 30 km from Föllinge.
The teachers for 2019 are:
Fiddle: Mats Andersson, Ulf Andersson, Kjell-Erik Eriksson and Elin Jonsson.
Wooden whistles: Gunnar Stenmark and Elisabet Grönlund.
Dance: Beret Bertilsdotter and Jens Holmström.
Dance- and fiddleclasses start at 6 pm on the 15th of July, wooden whistle class starts at 9 am on the 17th of July.
How to apply
The application period is 1st to 28th of February.
We use Google Forms for the application form. The language should automatically be set to English, if not please let us know.