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After the inspiring polska class at the folk music festival, I’ve become much more eager about expanding the garden dance floor. The foundation is strengthened with cement blocks, and the first two new sections are now done.

It is made mainly for dancing the polska, but will be great for dancing the snoa, hambo, schottis, polka, Jenka and even the minuet.

The philosophers chair is for clearing the mind while building – and dancing.

The floor is built in sections that can easily be taken apart for moving or storage, but I’m sure it will become permanent right where it is.

Here are a few more lousy* pictures from the Ume Folk Music Festival.

Our dance teacher and fiddler at the polska dance session.


Learning songs from the Finnish northern part of Sweden.

A Swedish – Balkan dance mix in the vestibule.

You can’t tell by this picture, but this is the wildest string duo I’ve ever seen.

An over exposed picture of under exposed music from Sapmi and the San people.

Jamming in the halls.

Folk musicians still learn new music by getting together and jamming whenever they get a chance.

Here’s a link to a short video from the jam session.

And hanging around.

* It’s not easy to take good pictures while singing and dancing. Bad lighting too.

While the snow melts at home, we take a trip to the snow country – Västerbotten. It snowed all day yesterday and filled the garden where we stayed.

It was for the Ume Folk Music Festival we came. Folk music and dance.


At one of the classes we practiced the polska walk for two hours.

And just when we started getting into the polska spin, the class was over.