Scandimoot offers one of the best opportunities you will find in the UK to learn tunes and dances from Scandinavian teachers. Each year we pick exceptional music and dance teachers from Norway and Sweden to come to this small, intimate event in Yorkshire. With such intensive work the standard of both your music and your dancing rapidly improves.


*Scandimoot 2020*

is confirmed for Friday May 1st to Monday May 4th

in Clapham & Settle, North Yorkshire

Watch this space for more information as the arrangements progress.

We'll also be posting updates on FaceBook.



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As the main dance this year, Vegar and Mette will be teaching Valdresspringar which is a ‘running’ dance from Valdres (a traditional district in central, southern Norway, midway between Oslo and Bergen).
This is a very energetic and lively dance and very popular in Norwegian folk dance circles.

Every country district in Norway has its own variant of ‘ganger’ and ‘springar’ and the dance has developed in different ways over time. Some of the ‘springars’ can be traced right back to the 1600s, but others have experienced their most important development during the 1900s. Valdresspringar has several elements that are quite old but the main form was developed at the end of the 1700s. We know this because the dance follows a pattern where couples follow each other round the dance floor. Also the climax of the dance is a rapid ‘rundsnu’ turn, which we know reached Norway along with the waltz at the end of the 1700s.

Vegar and Mette have both studied folk dance at the NTNU centre in Trondheim and the dance that they have focussed most on is, not unsurprisingly, Valdresspringar.

Scandimoot 2020

The programme will be Swedish in 2020

*Please note that although the bank holiday next year has been moved, we will still be running Scandimoot as a four day event 1st to 4th May.*

*A new website is being developed which should become active in the next few months. In the meantime the information below is from the 2019 event*


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Julie Alapnes

    Julie is from Målselv in the northern county of Troms. She took up playing from an early age, inspired by her grandfather who was both fiddle maker and musician.  She has studied folk music at both the Norwegian Rauland academy and the Swedish Göteborg college for theatre and music.

   Besides playing the traditional music of northern Norway, she writes her own compositions and has her own band, Julietnorth.

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Andy Parr

Andy trained as a dancer in Es i Tobo (Sweden). His teaching is both thorough and inspiring and he currently works as one of the Third Beat Collective running Swedish dance workshops all over England.

 Andy is a talented musician as well as a wonderful dancer and he looks forward to working with all of us! In particular he’d like to help musicians (who may miss the regular dance workshops) to feel more at home on the dance floor.

Andy will be running two dance workshops over the weekend.

Extra workshops


Besides the main music and dance workshops, we will be running various additional courses during the late afternoon of both Saturday and Sunday.

So far we have confirmed:

  • Dance with Andy Parr, suitable for those wanting to learn some basic Scandinavian dance styles
  • Hardanger fiddle with Jan Beitohaugen Granli
  • Norwegian songs with Julie Alapnes
  • Willow Flute with Ånon Egeland

General notes about teaching

Dance:   No previous experience of Scandinavian dance and no partner is needed but you do need to have had some dancing experience and be able to learn, by looking, listening and feeling - whichever works best for you.  The workshops  are progressive and not normally appropriate for anyone to drop in to.  There is usually one 'main' dance studied and other 'smaller' (ie quicker to learn dances).  You should aim to bring two pairs of shoes, one with a smooth sole and another a bit less smooth.  If you are new to Scandinavian dance, there will also be two workshops in beginners' styles (useful for the evening dances).


Music:  Teaching will generally be by ear although notation may be available in newcomers' groups. Audio and video recordings and notation will be made available after the weekend. The tutors will rotate between the groups.

Scandimoot concerts

Sunday    5th May 8pm   Settle, Victoria Hall        All artists    £12 (£8 conc, £5 u-18, free u-12s)


Booking for Scandimoot 2019


NB: We have reviewed our prices again this year and have had to make some modest increases in order to keep the event financially viable. As last year, whilst we are retaining concession rates for those on benefits and low incomes, we won't be offering a second early-bird discount.

There will still be an early-bird discount for those paying the full weekend price and early booking is recommended as places are limited.

There are no increases to the cost of food and accommodation booked through us.

Booking Procedure


**Download the booking form from the link in the DOWNLOADS section**

Please complete a separate booking form for each person.


We have a dedicated Scandimoot bank account and prefer direct online payments if possible to:

Scandimoot  20-47-61  93553086

Please scan the completed form(s) and email to:


We also accept cheques made out to 'Scandimoot'

 Please post cheques and completed forms to:

Phil Keen, 112 Aldrens Lane, Lancaster, LA1 2DT


For any queries about booking contact Pat:   •   tel: +44 (0)1721 722539



** Please note, the 'Festival Ticket' covers ALL of the weekend's events including the evenings **




SM2019 outline prog.pdf
Download the outline programme
Download accommodation list
Scandimoot2019 bookingform.pdf
Download booking form
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Venues & Accommodation

The main venue for the 2019 festival will again be Clapham village, 1.5 miles west of Austwick, a small but bustling village with pubs, cafés, pretty walks, and everywhere mentioned is within a few minutes’ walk.

The Friday and Saturday evening meals, Monday lunch and all breakfasts, the Friday evening introduction, Saturday evening dance and all the dance workshops are at Clapham Village Hall.

The Sunday evening public concert will be held at Victoria Hall, Settle

All music workshops are at Ingleborough Hall. We also use this venue for Saturday and Sunday lunches. It is a few minutes’ walk - across a bridge and along the stream - from the dance hall, and has gorgeous grounds.

NB: as in 2018, the main evening concert will be held on Sunday in Settle.



Many people book their own, but please remember to do so in good time.

Please see the downloadable attachment for a full list.  We have already reserved the Brook House B&B for our visiting artistes.


Bunk Barns.

  • new from 2018, we can now offer bunk-bed spaces within Ingleborough Hall at £20 per night. These are double bunks within rooms of either 8 or 10 bed-spaces. Bedding is included and there are plenty of showers. *You will need to bring your own towel*
  • Booking for the bunk-beds is included on the booking forms but contact Pat directly on for any queries

Camping within Clapham

  • we have the use of a farm camping field next to Clapham Bunk with washing facilities and loo in adjacent car park and shower facilities at Ingleborough Hall. This will cost £3.50 per person per night and will need to be booked through Scandimoot.


  • There is space for a small number of campervans in the car park at Ingleborough Hall. This will cost £10 per van per night, book through Scandimoot.

There are a number of other campsites, the nearest being:


Guest Houses and Hotels


There will be very reasonably priced meals available throughout the weekend (except Sunday night when we go to Settle for the concert), and we hope many people will choose to eat communally.

It will be healthy home made (and predominantly vegetarian) food.

On Sunday it will be possible to self-cater at Clapham Village Hall or we can suggest places to eat before the concert.


The nearest stations are Clapham (via Lancaster) and Settle (via Leeds).

We can arrange pick-ups from both these stations and there is also the possibility of lifts to or from Lancaster in the event of poor connections to Clapham or Settle.

Support for Scandimoot


In 2019 we received financial support from:

  • Local Giving - matched funding for donations
  • Fund-raising events, sale of music books, general donations

For further information email Pat: • tel: +44 (0)1721 722539  or see our Facebook page