Folk Dancers


Don’t miss the festive Opening Ceremony at 10:30 am Saturday morning that jump starts Picture 8 Opening CeremonyScan Fest ’14.  The ceremony is preceded by the Festival Parade that includes festival musicians, flags of Nordic countries, and the various dignitaries and participants in the opening ceremony.  The program on the festival stage will feature greetings from local government and university leaders;  as well as consular and representatives of the Nordic countries, the national anthems, and a presentation of the colors.    

The Katrilli Finnish Dancers of California have been performing  annually at the Scandinavian Festival and will dance 11:30 am Saturday.  The group first performed for the Opening Ceremony of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and has since been traveling across the country and to Finland with their talented dance routine.  The dances are accompanied by the Gammaldans (OldtimeDans) Band of Los Angeles. (Please click on the blue title.)

Picture 16 Scandia DancersThe Scandia Dancers of Southern California also performs annually and will return to the festival on Saturday at 1:30 pm.  They too are accompanied  by the Gammaldans Band.  This fabulous dance group can be seen at numerous festivals in California and the Southwest.   

 Scandia Dancers will follow with “audience participation dancing.”  Join the fun and learn Scandinavian folk dancing from the experts.

The “Singing Sisters,” Sonya and Aleta Buckelew, shown in the photo on the left,  will have Aleta Sonya Photo CROPtheir own show this year.   The very talented Sonya and Aleta are former professional singers and sang backup for the ABBA Girlz at the last two festivals and will do so again this year.  
Sonya and Aleta will sing popular songs from all five Nordic countries.  The girls sang with superstars like George Jones, Tony Orlando, and others and have a wide range of talents all the way from country to classical music.   

Other talented musicians and performers Phil Birdsell appear on the festival stage events.  The Sunday morning Festival Variety Show that will feature performances by several of our very talented park performers including Stina Fagertun, Nathan Muus, Ross Sutter, True Thomas and Jaan Calderson.