Folk Dance Group Brage

The Folk Dance Group Brage is part of the Brage Society in Helsinki (founded 1906). Brage Society represents the Finnish-Swedish speaking lingual minority in Finland, endeavours to maintain, enrich and promote Swedish folk tradition in Finland.

The group consists of dancers of varying age. You can start the hobby of dancing already at an age of four by joining Brage’s play group and then continue dancing as long as the health allows. Our folk dancers come together every week to meet friends, develop their dancing skills and to keep the cultural heritage alive.

Minuet, polka and hambo and song games are all part of Brage’s repertoire. Known for its complex repertoire the Folk Dance Group Brage differs from the other dance groups in the country and it has succeeded in raising an interest for local Finnish-Swedish culture traditions.

The Finnish-Swedish folk dance steps are softer and firmer than the more slender and athletic Finnish way of folk dancing. There is more “pull” in the ring dances and the joyful cheers ring not too bold but manly and full-bodied.

The Brage folk dance group has developed the repertoire from single successive dances to more complex ensembles in which songs, dances and music are means of describing events in life, just like they did in the old days. The productions concentrate mainly on festive occasions.

The costumes are matched against original models but most often the members wear their festive dress according to regional background and personal taste.

The Folk Dance Group Brage has a long tradition in participating in dance shows and festivals both in Finland and abroad. A close co-operation with skilled musicians and singers is prerequisite as well as a guarantee for a successful program as a whole.

Although the group seek to make the program enjoyable, keep a high quality level and maintain the historical authenticity they must not forget that they are there for the sake of dancing and having a good time together. Folk Dance Group Brage is contributing to history by living “in the yesterday of our grandchildren’s future”.