Swedish Music and Dance

Contact Liz Empson at lizempson5@gmail.com

or phone 07817 948291

Next Swedish dance


Sun 26 Nov 2023. 3.30pm to 7.00pm

Cost £10 (cash) (accompanied children free)


St Peters Church Hall, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4LD


Contact for further info and to book your place lizempson5@gmail.com

or phone 07817 948291

or pay on-line Book now

November dance

The Dance

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 also provide squash to drink, tea and coffee (instant) and a kettle. You can bring your own beer, wine, fizzy pop, real coffee etc if you like.

If you don't want to dance you can just listen to the excellent music.

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

Bristol Spelmanslag Swedish dance 2017

Bristol Spelmanslag Swedish folkdance 2019 at IKEA

created 27 Jul 2005 last update 30-Oct-2023

Contact Liz Empson at lizempson5@gmail.com