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

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Arnhild Brennesvik & Eivind Bakken

Arnhild Brennesvik &
Eivind Bakken

Arnhild and Eivind are both accomplished dancers and instructors. Arnhild was brought up in the tradition and involved in teaching Telemark and Numedal dances to young and old since she was a teenager. 

Arnhild and Eivind have been dance partners for many years and are well known to audiences in the US. In 2007 they won the Landskappleik, a national competition held yearly in Norway. That same year Eivind won Landskappleik and received the "Konge Pokal" (King's Cup) for his "Laus Dans," as the acrobatic Halling dance is referred to in Norway. In 2008 they were repeat winners at Landskappleik for their Numedalsgangar. They consistently place near the top of the competition, and placed 2nd at this year's event.

We are very excited that they can both join us for the 20th anniversary of our event.

Kenneth de Gala

Kenneth de Gala

Kenneth has played Hardingfele since he was 10 years old and through the years he has developed a reputation for being a great dance fiddler, twice receiving recognition as the best dance fiddler at Landskappleik. He has solid foundation in the music and dance traditions in Telemark and Numedal. He has studied extensively with Hauk Buen, and draws inspiration from several of the best known contemporary fiddlers today.

Laura Ellestad

Laura Ellestad

Laura Ellestad plays traditional Hardanger fiddle music from Valdres, Norway. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Traditional Music Performance from the Ole Bull Academy in Voss and a master's degree in Performance with Thesis from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. She has studied with some of the foremost Hardanger fiddlers and tradition bearers in Norway, including Tore Bolstad, Jan Beitohaugen Granli, Leif Rygg, and Håkon Høgemo. In 2014 Laura became the first North American Hardanger fiddler to advance to the elite A class at Landskappleiken.

Laura has worked extensively as both a performer and fiddle teacher, and has led instruction and given concerts in Norway, Canada, and the US. Laura is also a popular dance fiddler and plays regularly for dance practices and workshops. She is currently a PhD research fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, where she is researching the Norwegian immigrant folk music milieu in North America.

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

2016 marks the 15th 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 8, 2016.