Ski Dance Weekend 2020

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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Ottar Kåsa

Ottar Kåsa

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Ottar back to Ski Dance Weekend.

Ottar hails from a village in Telemark called Arabygdi just north of Vinje. He is an A class fiddler who has taken top honors at Landskappleiken four times, and in 2011 won the coveted Kongepokalen which is awarded to fiddlers once every 8 years. In 2012 he released his first CD and was awarded the prestigious Spellemannprisen in the category of Folk/Traditional Music.

Ottar has a workshop in Bø, Telemark where he both makes and repairs Hardanger Fiddles.

Vilde Westeng

Vilde Westeng

We are very excited to have Vilde returning this year to share dance traditions from the Telemark region. Vilde brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our event last winter.

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.

As many of you are aware, Vilde is also a champion Halling dancer and is the first woman in any class to win the Halling competition at Landskappleiken.

Birgit Haukås

Birgit Haukås

We are also excited that Birgit is joining us again this year to play for dance instruction in collaboration with Vilde.

Birgit has been playing Hardanger Fiddle since 2015 and is completing the final year of her bachelors studies program at the University of Southeast Norway in Rauland where fiddling and dancing have become a part of everyday life. She has studied with Per Anders Buen Garnås, and has previously studied with Lars-Ingar Meyer Fjeld at the Tinn cultural school.

In addition to her fiddling, Birgit is an active dancer both at Kappleiks and at various performances. This summer she participated as a dancer for Marispelet, a historic musical set at the edge of the gorge in Rjukan.

Sindre Tronrud

Sindre Tronrud

We are pleased to introduce Sindre Tronrud to our Ski Dance Weekend participants.

Sindre was born into a musical family in Fagernes in Valdres and started playing at a young age. He is a part of the next generation of gifted fiddlers who has studied with Jan Beitohaugen Granli and has continued learning from fiddlers like Sivert Holmen. This year he will continue his studies at the University in Rauland, the same school that Birgit is attending.

Sindre was interviewed for a feature a while back and he says one piece of advice he received from Jan is to play for dance as often as possible, as it's the best practice you can get. Sindre will be playing for evening dances, and we are looking forward to giving him lots of practice.

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

2020 marks the 19th 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 3, 2020.