JUNE 25 to JULY 2, 2017

Join us at Camp Ogontz, near Littleton, New Hampshire, for a week of Scandinavian music and dance. Choose from daily classes in dancing, fiddle, nyckelharpa, Hardanger fiddle, and singing with world-class instructors for all levels. Enrich your experience with cultural programs, concerts, and craft sessions. Relax by the lake or enjoy an afternoon canoeing, swimming, or hiking and then round off the day at the nightly dance party or jamming with friends and staff. Families are welcome!

2017 registration form

Finnskog
dance and music

Föllinge, Sweden
dance and music

2017 Staff
From the U.S.

Roo Lester and Larry Harding
Scandinavian Dance Basics

Bruce Sagan
Nyckelharpa, Gammaldans Band

Loretta Kelley
Hardanger Fiddle

Andrea Larson
Swedish Fiddle Technique, Beginning Fiddle

Our program

Evening dance party

Dance

Our dance classes are designed for all levels of dancers. The basics class introduces basic dance practices while teaching body mechanics and skills helpful for all levels of dancers. Swedish and Norwegian classes feature traditional regional dances.

Evening dance parties include mixers, gammaldans (old-time dances), bygdedans (specific village dances), dances taught, and requests.

You don't need to attend camp with a dance partner. We change partners frequently during classes and the dance parties.

We have live music for all classes and dance parties.

Outdoor Fiddle 3 class

Music

Our music classes are offered at three levels for fiddle, hardingfele, and nyckelharpa. Singing classes include singing for dance and traditional songs. Classes are generally taught "by ear." The Gammaldans Band is open to all instruments and voices.

Some years we have additional musical offerings such as Norwegian regular fiddle, kohorn (cowhorn), kullning (cow calling), or seljefløyte (willow flute).

A limited number of Hardanger fiddles and nyckelharpas are available for loan at camp.

In the evening, join a jam session, find a private practice room, or come play at the dance!

Weaving

Crafts

Every year we offer an afternoon craft class. In recent years, campers have tried their hand at wood carving, wire work, and knitting.

This summer, campers will have an opportunity to weave narrow patterned "pick-up" bands that are both decorative and practical. This traditional Nordic craft, which can be traced back at least to the 1600's, is a colorful expression of the delight to be found in the beauty of small things. Using a simple wooden hole-and-slot heddle and contrasting yarns, campers will come away from the week with the satisfaction of weaving their own patterned band, as well as an abundance of resources and the skills needed to create many more bands.

Adirondack cabins

Lodging and amenities

Housing is primarily rustic Adirondack cabins (community bathrooms are a short distance away) with a wide range of options for upgrades (indoor plumbing). For more information: FAQs.

Camp amenities include a dining hall and deck, swings, tennis and volleyball courts, a large field, lovely paths through the woods, swimming, canoeing, and, of course, dance halls, and rehearsal spaces. All of the buildings and most of the housing are within walking distance of each other.

Smorgasbord

Meals

Ogontz offers tasty meals with vegetarian (not vegan) options. Ogontz bakes its own bread and desserts. The kitchen cannot cater to special diets, but a list of ingredients is available at all meals. If you have special needs, you will need to come prepared.

Refrigerators for camper use are stocked with items such as yogurt, carrots, celery, bread, cheese, peanut butter, hummus, tofu, and soy and rice milk.

On the lake

Nature

Camp Ogontz is on 350 acres in the New Hampshire White Mountains. It is on a lake surrounded by woods and sunny open spaces. Explore the lake in a camp canoe or kayak, and search for orchids, loons, or the rope swing. Swim across the lake, or float on the dock. A lifeguard is on duty every afternoon.

Relax lakeside in an Adirondack chair by the nyckelharpa house. Rejuvinate in the hot tub, or one of the bracing waterfalls.

Visit the pigs or chickens, and stroll in the gardens.

Contact us

  • E-mail

    info@nordicfiddlesandfeet.org

  • Facebook

    nordicfiddlesandfeet

  • Mailing Address for Registration Forms

    645 Maine St
    Lawrence, KS 66044 U.S.A.

  • Mailing Address for Scholarship Applications

    318 W Monte Vista Rd
    Phoenix, AZ 85003 U.S.A.

  • Mailing Address for
    Donations

    23 Linden Rd
    Hartland, VT 05048 U.S.A.

  • Phone

    (206) 518-2550

The board

  • Byron Wiley

    byron@nordicfiddlesandfeet.org
    Chief Bottlewasher

  • Marilyn Butler

    music@nordicfiddlesandfeet.org
    Music Director

  • Lisa Brooks

    dance@nordicfiddlesandfeet.org
    Dance Director

  • John Bartholomew

    treasurer@nordicfiddlesandfeet.org
    Treasurer

  • Lara Sands

    scholarships@nordicfiddlesandfeet.org
    Scholarships and Staff Travel