Join us for a festive weekend of dancing,
fiddling, skiing and socializing at
the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, VT

Workshops will feature dances from Valdres and music from Telemark.
Dance parties will include sets with music from Telemark, Numedal and Valdres, traditional Gammaldans and music from Sweden.

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Brit Totland & Knut Arne Jacobsen

Knut arne jacobsen &
Brit Totland

Brit and Knut Arne are both accomplished dancers and have each been dancing Valdres Springar for several decades. Brit works with the Valdreslag in Oslo, and Knut Arne is participating in the Øystre Slidre spel-og-dansarlag in Valdres.  They have had the joy of dancing together since the mid seventies, and have both learned from well known tradition bearers in the Valdres region.

Together, Brit and Knut Arne are a dynamic duo and are sought after for their teaching skills both here in the USA and back home in Norway, bringing a friendly approach to learning the rhythm and figures of the Valdres Springar music and dance.

Andris Hemsing

Andris Hemsing

Andris was born into a family of musicians and started playing violin at the cultural center in Nord-Aurdal in Valdres when he was 4-1/2 years old. He has studied different styles of music his entire life, including classical, folk and jazz. From the time he started to play he has also been learning to play the Hardingfele at home in Valdres, and the past several years has studied extensively with Jan Beitohaugen Granli.

Andris has often placed in the top rankings at Landskappleiken and other music festivals in Norway. In 2009 at the age of 13 he won the junior class competition at the Jørn Hilme Stemnet. In 2012 he won the junior class competition at Landskappleiken, and in 2015 he attained A-class status.

Andris has performed at various concerts throughout Norway and continues to pursue his interest in different musical styles. This will be his first trip to the United States as a guest fiddler. We are very pleased to be able to introduce Andris to the dance community in the states.

Stefhan Ohlström

Stefhan Ohlström

Stefhan has been a regular participant at our event for many years now, and once again will join us to play Swedish dance sets at our parties. He was born and raised on a small farm in Nybroholm, in Jumkil parish, about 20 kilometers northwest from Uppsala. He started playing fiddle at the age of seven and began studying at the community music school at the age of eight. He became a "Riks Spelman" in 1983.

Toby Weinberg

Toby Weinberg

Toby Weinberg is one of North America's preeminent performers and teachers of Norwegian traditional music on Hardanger Fiddle, fiddle and other "eldre" instruments. He is the founder and leader of the Boston Spelemanslag, North America's oldest still active Hardingfele Spelemanslag. He has made numerous tours across North America with the group "Vestafor" performing and teaching Norwegian traditional dance and music at a wide variety of festivals and other venues. In recent years Toby has been working to recreate in this country the traditional role of the spelemann as story teller in addition to his formidable skills as a performer and dance musician.

Ski Dance Venue

2017 marks the 16th year that Ski Dance Weekend has made The Hulbert Outdoor Center its home.
We are very pleased to have such a strong partnership with the staff and organization that is a part of
The Aloha Foundation

Dance and Dining Hall

The main building has a dance floor adjacent to the dining hall and provides a relaxed atmosphere for socializing during breaks from the dancing. The fiddle lessons take place on the second floor of the main hall above the library.

Cabins and Lodging

There are six cabins with three or four rooms per cabin and two bunk beds per room. With limited space in the cabins they are available on a first come, first served basis. Families are welcome! There are also offsite lodging options in Fairlee, including a resort hotel and B&B.

Getting Here

Fairlee is about a 20 mile drive north of White River Junction in Vermont, just off highway 91. It's about 3 hours from Boston, and 5 hours from New York City. Airport options include Manchester, NH, Boston, MA and Hartford, CT. We will try to help coordinate ride shares for those who prefer not to drive.

Register Today!

Registration Deadline is January 6, 2017.