Dance summer at Skansen

By on July 2, 2018

In the Midsummer weekend, the summer’s dance program started. There is a solid list of occasions for a swing or press, from modern to gammeldans, five days a week until August 25, on Galejan’s classic dance course from the 1930s.

Mondays are dedicated to dance to Skansen’s big band under the leadership of Leif Kronlund from 20:00 to 23:00.

On Tuesdays, is it mixed dance from 14:00 to 18:00.

Wednesdays you can learn gammeldans when there is instruction from 18:00 to 19:00. Then it is danced hambo, snoa and polskor from 19.30 to 22.30.

Fridays and Saturdays, you dance modernly from 20:00 to 24:00 to Sweden’s most famous dance band.

During the summer plays Sandins, Jive, Dreams, Black Jack, Blender, Sounders, Expanders, Matz Bladhs, Sannix, Micke Ahlgrens, Shine, Streaplers, Titanix, Callinaz, Excess, Martinez, Casanovas, Per Håkans, Highlights and Towe Widerberg & Jansson’s orchestra on the classic dance course that was opened in 1937.

The dance course was a profitable business. Each dance cost a polett of 10 öre, and poletts were bought in a small kiosk next to the dance court. When the jitterbug came to Sweden, it was banned at the beginning of Skansen. The dancers simply took too much space and then ticket revenues fell sharply.
An evening on the dance court began at 20.30 and ended at 23.50. Each dance consisted of 2 melodies and what kind of dance it would appear clearly on the big light sign above the estraden. There you could read “Foxtrot”, “Rumba”, “Tango” or whatever it would be.
Thore Ehrling’s orchestra was replaced by Leif Kronlunds in 1956, which for several years was known to Skansen’s audience. The regulars during the dance evenings were many and they returned year after year. According to Leif Kronlund, one could clearly see from the estuary the different gangs, where they had their specific gathering points that they took in the evening after evening. Some tunes filled the dance floor to the last place when there were plenty of people.
Source: The book about Skansen, article author Bengt Wittström

Times are changing. Now you can dance without polett on Galejan, and to other songs, but the dance joy consists.

Helena Olofsson, Entertainment | Stockholm