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Finnish dance - Lava Jive

Hosted by the Consul of the Helsinki Let's Dance Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Tue 28 May 19:00 - 19:45

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Following in quotes is an intro with some general info from Protected content where you can find more info on social dancing in Finland. Specific info on the event is below.

INTRO AND GENERAL INFO: "In Finland going out for social dancing is a very popular way to spend time, meet people, enjoy music and exercise. The young and the old alike go dancing. Many people have met their future spouse at a dance, but it is very common to go dancing just for the fun of it.

You do not have to speak Finnish to go to a dance in Finland. Not much talking is done during dancing anyway. If you are a woman, you can simply smile when you are asked to dance and if you are a man, you can bow or nod and hold out your hand when you ask a lady for a dance. After a dance it is customary to say "kiitos" (thank you) but that is about the only Finnish word you need to know.

The all-purpose foxtrot is the most common dance in Finland. Its basic step is slow-slow-quick-quick. Most people dance the tango with these steps, too, although you can see many skillful variations.

The Finnish waltz is traditionally a little slower than the original wienerwaltz. In addition to the waltz also the slow waltz (or the English waltz) is popular nowadays.

The "humppa" is a Finnish samba-like dance. But while samba is danced to a slow-a-quick rhythm, the humppa goes more like quick-quick-quick-bounce. It could even be described as a fast waltz with a bouncy character.

Polkka, jenkka and masurkka are usually played once per dance party, and many dancers consider them the high moments of the evening. Polkka, or Finnish polka, is a unique, fast variant of the well-known Bohemian dance. Jenkka stems from the slower Bavarian polka. Masurkka is based on the Polish dance mazurka.

Even Latin American (cha cha, rumba, samba, and recently salsa) and swing dances (jive, bugg, oogie wogie, discoswing) are done. But you do not have to master all these dances; only very few dancers do them all. You will have a nice enough evening if you know how to do the foxtrot and the waltz."

ABOUT THE EVENT: This is a free outdoor event. You can come with or without a partner, no experience needed, no need to sign up ahead of time. It is also my first time dancing a traditional Finnish dance. Instruction will be in Finnish but I don´t expect it to be a problem, dance is like love, a universal language ;)

We will be learning foxtrot (or actually, lava jive .... :) )

See you there ! -Cristina