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!


Meet us on the restaurant day 15.11. at Theater Museum and Bokvillan!

Lauantai 15.11. on tanssia täynnä! Lisäksi silloin vietetään ravintolapäivää ja tanssin lisäksi pääsee nauttimaan myös kahvion herkuista!

Klo 13 Jazzin heijastuksia – rytmillinen tanssimatka Teatterimuseolla. Koko perheen tanssiesitys, missä yleisönkään ei tarvitse istua hiljaa! Lähde mukaan rytmilliselle tanssimatkalle Afrikkaan ja sieltä Yhdysvaltoihin ja halki jazzin vuosikymmenten. Vapaa pääsy! Sopii 3 v. ylöspäin.


Klo 17 alkaen House Rent Party – hyväntekeväisyystanssiaiset idyllisessä Bokvillanin huvilassa Arabianrannassa. Tanssiesityksiä sekä Helsinki Traditional Jazz Dance Society ry:n perinteiset teetanssiaiset. Tänä vuonna kiinnitämme huomiota kodittomuuteen kansainvälisenä ongelmana ja luovutamme tapahtuman tuotot Punaiselle Ristille.


Saturday 15.11. is full of dancing! It is also the restaurant day and you can enjoy tea, coffee and tea with the dances!

1 PM: Reflections of Jazz at Theater Museum. A dance show and work shop for the entire family. The show takes you on a rhythmical journey to Africa and from there to the United States, and guides you through the golden decades of jazz. The audience does not have to sit still: the performers needs your help to create rhythms and, at the end, to join the dance with them. From 3 years of age.

From 5 PM: House Rent Party – charity ball at the idyllic Bokvillan in Arabia, Helsinki. Dance performances and the traditional tea dance ball by Helsinki Traditional Jazz Dance Society ry. This year we pay attention to homelessness as a global problem and donate all the profits to the Red Cross of Finland.

Tervetuloa! Molempiin tapahtumiin vapaa pääsy!
Welcome! Free entrance to both events!