April in the Archipelago!

Dear friends!

We are excited to announce our upcoming tour in the Finnish archipelago!

On April 4th, Clyde Wilder and Malin Grahn-Wilder invite the audience at Åland Islands on a historical journey through the development of jazz from West Africa to the U.S., through plantations to juke joints and ballrooms. The journey continues all the way to the Nordic countries, where during the glory days of Charleston and other jazz crazes, people created their own variations of movements that have a long history in the African diaspora.

At the end of the show, the audience will get the change to learn some fun and rhythmical jazz dance steps with the performers in an introductory workshop.

The show is hosted by Nordens Institute på Åland, and performed together with the Åland-based jazz band Red Beans & Rice.

Join the rhythmical and dancing journey at NIPÅ’s Kulturklubben on April 4th 2016, starting at 7 PM at Alandica Kultur & Kongress, Strandgatan 33, 22100 Mariehamn.

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On April 8th, we welcome you to the Saari residence in the beautiful Turku Archipelago. Malin Grahn-Wilder and Clyde Wilder’s lecture-demonstration “Freedom Movement” explores emotions and movement in the African American dance tradition.

Jazz is often called ‘freedom music’ because of the space it opens for the musician’s own freedom of expression. The same holds for the traditional jazz dance, which is at the same time individual and connecting, enabling an immediate communication between the dancers. The lecture-demonstration shows how still today, the language of jazz unites people over cultural and racial differences.

Freedom Movement at Saari residence, Saaren rantatie 21, 23140 Hietamäki, on April 8th, 6-7 PM.

We look forward to swinging in the archipelago!



1277213_442305015887309_1735081717_oFebruary is the Black history month, a month that is dedicated to the celebration of African culture and history as well as cultures in the African diaspora! Of course, Helsinki Traditional Jazz Dance Society celebrates African American culture each month, but we have also created a special Black History program for you:

05.02. Jazz History Through Times, Espoon Cultural Center

09.02. Charleston, swing and blues dance performance & beginner-level Charleston work shop at Vapriikki Vintage, Vapriikki-museum, Tampere.

16.02. Tea dances. A dance event for the entire family at cultural and community center Kääntöpaikka, in Arabia, Helsinki. Tea, swingin’ music, student dance performances and possibility to learn the traditional Big Apple -dance.

20.02. Reflections of Jazz, cultural center Caisa. Discussion and lecturing on jazz, accompanied by dance performances. Tickets 10 euros at the door.



05.02. Jazz History Through Times, Espoon Kulttuurikeskus

09.02. Charleston, swing ja blues tanssiesitys & alkeistasoinen Charleston-työpaja Vapriikki Vintage –tapahtumassa Tampereen museokeskus Vapriikissa.

16.02. Teetanssit. Yhdistyksen perinteinen koko perheen tapahtuma asukas- ja kulttuuritalo Kääntöpaikalla, Helsingin Arabiassa. Teetä, svengaavaa musiikki, tanssioppilaittemme esityksiä ja mahdollisuus kokeilla Big Apple –tanssia.

20.02. Reflections of Jazz, kulttuurikeskus Caisa. Luento ja keskustelua jazzista, tanssiesityksillä höystettynä. Liput 10 euroa ovelta.


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