Swedish Music and Dance

Contact Liz Empson at lizempson5@gmail.com

or phone 0117 9427926

Next Swedish dance


Sun date to be confirmed. 4.30pm to 8.00pm

Cost 9 (under 16 free)


Good Shepherd Church Hall, Bishop Rd, Bristol BS7 8NA

Different venue to last year, back to our original hall. Access to car park from Kings Drive.


e-mail to get on list lizempson5@gmail.com

or phone 0117 9427926

November dance

The Dance

Each year we organise a Swedish dance evening in Bristol, England. The evening starts at 4.30pm and finishes at 8pm. We have the event early in the evening as we have found that people are prepared to travel some distance for an opportunity to practice their polskas and schottises, but not if that means getting home late on a dark Sunday evening.

Most of the dances are couple dances (but you don't need to bring your own partner) and involve turning on the soles of your feet. You need to wear smooth-soled shoes - not your newest trainers! The dances include polskas, schottises, mazurkas, snoas and waltzes. We show you the various dances and give a bit of basic tuition - but we are enthusiasts, not experts and won't be running a detailed workshop. However, you should be able to join in most of the dances without too many problems.

We take a break halfway through the evening - a chance to chat while sampling some Swedish crispbreads, cheeses and cakes. We provide squash to drink, tea and coffee and a kettle, and you can bring your own beer or wine if you like.

The Musicians

Bristol Spelmanslag is a group of about 10 musicians with a variety of musical backgrounds, brought together by our love of Swedish folk music. We play fiddles, flutes, nyckelharpa, cello and accordion. We meet to practice and to share new tunes every couple of months. In addition to our annual dance, we have played at various private events and also in the cafe at IKEA! We also love to play for dancing! If you are interested in joining us or booking us for your event, please get in touch. Details top of page. See more images and videos below.

performing at midsummer party

Midsummer 2008

Summer 2011 St Andrews Park Bristol

Bristol Spelmanslag Swedish dance workshop IVFDF Bristol 2011 video by Richard Toller

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Contact Liz Empson at lizempson5@gmail.com