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.



*** We are now full for dancers, waiting list only - Musician places still available***




We have a number of concerts arranged featuring this year's Scandimoot artists - see panel below

*Scandimoot 2018*

will take place between Friday May 4th and Monday May 7th

in Clapham & Settle, North Yorkshire

Watch this space for more information as the arrangements progress.

We'll also be posting updates on FaceBook.


Artists for Scandimoot 2018

Ditte Andersson (nyckelharpa & violin)

Ida Meidell Blylod (violin)

Anna Rheingans (violin)

Peter Westerlund (violin for the dance course)

Leif & Margareta Virtanen (dance tutors)

Andrew Parr will be running two dance workshops for beginners on Sat and Sun

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!Bookings for Scandimoot 2018 are now open!

NB: We have reviewed our prices this year and have had to make some modest increases in order to keep the event financially viable. One change is that, 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.

We now have a dedicated Scandimoot bank account, so please make cheques payable to 'Scandimoot'.

We can also provide bank details for you to be able to pay by direct online bank transfer.
Please contact Pat for details:
tel: +44 (0)1721 722539

Download the booking form from the link in the DOWNLOADS section.
Please complete a separate booking form for each person and post all booking forms and cheques to:
Phil Keen, 112 Aldrens Lane, Lancaster, LA1 2DT

you can alternatively scan the completed form(s) and email to:

NB: If you are paying direct into our bank account then we still need your booking forms!

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



Support for Scandimoot


In 2018 we received financial support from:

  • Local Giving - matched funding for many generous donations
  • Fund-raising events, sale of music books, general donations
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Information about the dances this year

Bondpolska från Viksta

This dance is the most popular polska in Uppland. It was danced by older people up to the early 1900s. The man is said to step the polska and the woman to hop the polska. The dance was notated by Johan Larsson and Ingvar Norman in 1966.


Polska från Alfta-Arbrå

A polska from west Hälsingland in a slow tempo. The same dance is danced in both Alfta and in Arbrå with the holds distinguishing the two. The dance begins with a few lead-in steps in order to ’feel the rhythm’ and then the polska follows, interrupted at times when one goes over to resting steps. The polska achieves a worthy and solemn feel by means of the slow tempo. The dance was notated in 1961 and 1965 by Ingvar Norman and Johan Larsson.



The Hambo belongs to the Swedish Gammaldans repertoire. There are many different hambo dances from all over the country, being members of the family of polska dances. The origin of the hambo is in dispute, it probably developed in the last century from the polska which was in the 1800s the most common couple dance in the Swedish country districts. The hambo variant that we will demonstrate is called the ’nighambo’ which is danced for the Hälsingehambo competition to find the world champion Hambo dancer. The ’nighambo’ has a relatively slow tempo and is characterised by deep curtseying.


Scandimoot concerts:

Thursday 3rd May 1900     Melling, St Wilfrid's Church    Ida Meidell Blylod solo     Donations to the church

Sunday    6th May  2000    Settle, Victoria Hall               All artists    £10 (£7 conc, £4.50 u-18, free u-12)

Monday   7th May  2000    Lancaster, Gregson Centre   Ida + Ditte Andersson       £10 (£8 conc)

Tuesday 8th May  1930    Ilkley, Manor House Ida + Mary Humphreys & Anahata  £12 (£10 student)

(tel Liz 01943 609393 for this concert only)


Ilkley 8th May flyer.pdf
Download the Ilkley concert flyer
Scandimoot2018 poster A4 v2.pdf
Download the Settle poster

For further information

email Pat:

tel: +44 (0)1721 722539

or see our Facebook page


Scandimoot2018 bookingform.pdf
Download the booking form
Download accommodation list
SM2018 outline prog.pdf
Download the Scandimoot programme

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 polska, there will also be two workshops in beginner's polska (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.

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Venues & Accommodation

The main venue for the 2018 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 2017, 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 for 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 please also contact Pat directly on

Camping within Clapham

  • camping field next to Clapham Bunk with washing facilities and loo in adjacent car park and shower facilities at Ingleborough Hall;

    tap in field. This will cost £3.50 per night and will need to be booked through Scandimoot.

Campers with transport

There are a number of 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.

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