Ski Dance Weekend 2019

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

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Vilde Westeng

Vilde Westeng

We are returning this year to the roots of Ski Dance Weekend with dance instruction from the Telemark region, and we are very excited to have Vilde Westeng join us as our guest instructor.

Vilde is passionately engaged in the dance and music traditions from the Notodden area of Telemark and has ties to the Gransherad and the Småjondalene music and dance "lags" where she both dances and helps teach. She is also an accomplished Halling dancer and competes with the best in her class.

Vilde comes highly recommended and we look forward to introducing her to our Ski Dance community.

Birgit Haukås

Birgit Haukås

Our featured fiddler from the Telemark region this year is Birgit Haukås. Birgit is from Tinn in Telemark and plays and dances with a group from Tinn that received rave reviews during a tour last summer in the Midwest. Last year this group also advanced to the grand finale of the popular show "Norway's Got Talent."

Birgit is a natural talent and has studied the past few years with Lars-Ingar Meyer Fjeld at the Tinn cultural school and more recently with Per Åsmund Omholt at the cultural institute in Rauland. She has participated at several kappleiks, and has placed well both in fiddling and in couples dance. 

Sivert Holmen

Sivert Holmen

In addition to the music and dance from Telemark with Vilde and Birgit, we are once again excited to have a highly regarded fiddler from Valdres joining us.

Sivert has been playing the Hardanger fiddle since he was young, and is one of the great talents from this area. He has studied with several renowned fiddlers including Jan Beitohaugen Granli, Håkon Høgemo and Per Anders Buen Garnås and has also drawn inspiration from legendary fiddlers like Torleiv Bolstad.

Sivert has the distinction of being both a class A fiddler and a class A dancer. We are very pleased he will be able to join us in Vermont in January.   

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

2019 marks the 18th 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 4, 2019.