Herräng Dance Camp

2nd July to 6th August

Prepmode for Camp 2016
Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie, Balboa, Solo Jazz & Tap

FAQ

The questions below are relevant for every summer at Herräng Dance Camp. For FAQs specifically related to 2022, we have a separate FAQ page. Please find it in the sidebar, or click here

Accommodation and Facilities

Where are the facilities for general accommodation located?
During an ordinary week, the camp offers four different choices: the School, the Gymnasium, the Malmen Accommodation and the Marina Accommodation. Our General Accommodation Office is located right outside Ice Cream Parlor in the School Area, and is open only on Saturdays. On all other days, please visit our permanent Accommodation Office located in Woodside in the Folkets Hus Area instead.

How do I proceed to find a sleeping place in general accommodation?
The majority of our available beds/mattresses are located in the School Area. If you have booked yourself to stay in general accommodation, please perform your basic class check-in at Dansbanan behind Folkets Hus first, and then bring your luggage, camp passport (which will be given to you during the basic class check-in procedure) et cetera, to the temporary (Saturdays) General Accommodation Office in the School Area. All of our beds in general accommodation are numbered, so even though many people have their housing in the area, the procedure is well organised and less chaotic than it might appear at first. Another alternative for general accommodation sleeping arrangement, is the Marina Accommodation down by the open sea. If you prefer this alternative, please follow Herrängsvägen to the very end, and you will find a fairly big red building straight in front of you. About 40 beds are available inside the building - please feel free to choose your own sleeping place. A third alternative is a small building at the Malmen Sports Ground at the very end of Malmvägen. Some six to eight beds are available and they come on a first come first served basis. All of these alternatives are fully equipped with mattresses, covers and pillows; the only things you need to bring are sheets and pillow cases. If you have forgotten to bring these, please visit our permanent Accommodation Office in the Woodside building located in the Folkets Hus Srea to purchase a set. From time to time the camp will also make use of additional alternatives for general accommodation. Information about such alternatives will be given out by our Reception and/or our representative in the temporary (Saturdays) General Accommodation Office. Please note that all general accommodation alternatives are primarily for dancers during their week of classes. Party Pass visitors who are not taking classes can either book a bed in one of our Party Pass Tents at the School Area Camping Ground, or bring their own tent/caravan or make private accommodation arrangements. However, if we have available space in our general accommodation, it is possible to purchase a bed from the General Accommodation Office located in the Woodside building in the Folkets Hus Area.

Do I need sheets, pillow cases, towels, et cetera at all kinds of accommodations?
Yes, no matter if you’re in general accommodation or in private housing, please always bring and make use of your own bedding. If you have forgotten to bring them, please visit our Accommodation Office located in Woodside, in the Folkets Hus Area to purchase a set.

Where are the public toilets located?
There are several to choose from: in Folkets Hus, in the School, in the Gymnasium, in front of Lindy’s Laundry, on the side of the Pavilion, in the Red Sauna House, at the Malmen Accommodation and at the Marina. Also: all these facilities are equipped with some basic cleaning materials, so please do not hesitate to clean up a little if necessary.

Where are the public showers located?
There are public showers located inside the Gymnasium bathroom, in the Red Sauna House, outside the Pavilion and at Malmen. Semi-private showers are located down by the Marina (the key is hanging inside our general accommodation in the same building). The water quality in Herräng is good, and most of the time warm. Please always be careful to not use unnecessary amounts of water when showering – the general system in Herräng is not built to supply water for two or three times as many people than usual, and an over-consumption can easily create major problems in both distribution and cleaning.

What is the procedure around electricity in the camping areas?
This alternative is only for caravans, vans et cetera, not for tents. The procedure follows the following order: get your vehicle approved, visit the Reception and pay the fee (SEK 300 per camper and week plus SEK 100 per caravan and day for electricity) and finally, bring your vehicle to the designated area(s) and arrange the practical connection in coordination with our camping representative. Please note that you need to bring your own approved outside extension cable. If you arrive on a Saturday, please wait to visit the Woodside (for payments) on Sunday as they are extremely busy with other things on Saturdays.

Is it possible to lock up private belongings at the camp?
Yes. For our general accommodation (in the School Area and at the Marina) and in our Cloak Room in front of Folkets Hus, there are several metal lockers available. If you want to make use of one of them, please bring a padlock and feel free to lock up and store your belongings there. If you need to buy a padlock, please visit the Lindy Hop Shop. Please always consider sharing a locker with some other people because there are  not enough lockers for each and everyone at the camp.

Information and Feedback

Where do I pick up information in general at the camp?
The official side of the camp has a handful of different channels to pass on general information:

1) Our Daily Meeting – held every evening except Fridays at 21.00 in Folkets Hus Ballroom.
2) Our two Information Boards (with the same information), located outside of the Reception and outside the Red Sauna House.
3) The Reception itself.

The unofficial (messages from students) side of the camp has access to use two different Notice Boards, one located outside of the Reception, and the other one outside of the Red Sauna House.

Where do I go if I have suggestions, problems, complaints or general feedback around the event?
These matters are taken care of by the Reception, either through the mailbox right outside their entrance door, or through direct contact with personnel.

Who do I speak to if I have ideas for the Daily Meetings or the Library Talks?
The Daily Meetings in Herräng are presented six times per week and have a long tradition of information, education, entertainment and Herrängish talk show energy. The meetings are very often presented in a free and spontaneous style, and many people are contributing on and off. The Library Talks started a handful of years ago, and are by now established and presented five times a week. Both of these evening programmes are presented by the camp’s Event department and are partly planned in advance, partly improvised. If you have ideas for either of these programmes, please visit our Third Floor Office inside the Folkets Hus building.

Where can I leave and/or pick up printed material for other dance events?
The only official place for such material is inside the Lindy Hop Shop. If you want to display brochures, flyers et cetera, please give it to our staff in the shop. Material found elsewhere will be picked up and handed over to the Lindy Hop Shop.

Does the event offer any surveys?
Yes, the survey will be sent out automatically in direct connection to each and every week.

Classes and Schedule

Should I bring my Herräng passport with me at all times?
Yes, please do and please look upon it as a valuable document. The card is your entrance ticket to classes as well as many other activities. If you lose it, please visit our Reception and be prepared to pay an administration fee of SEK 500 to get a new one. 

Am I supposed to only follow my group’s schedule, or can I choose a little bit whatever I like?
The direct answer to the above question is simple: yes, you are supposed to only follow the schedule of your own programme. Please respect this basic rule at all times, and please be aware that we frequently perform passport controls during classes. With this in mind, we kindly ask you to follow the schedule of your programme. Please do not look upon the different programmes as a giant smorgasbord with self-service. But are there exceptions to the above? Yes, there are. And to be truthful: if we for instance have an imbalance between followers and leaders in a group, you can actually help us by being present in a programme that is not your own. However, there are some criteria that must be fulfilled before entering a class that is not in your schedule:

• You should have a valid passport for the day in question
• You should be registered in the same discpline, at the same (or at a higher) level of the class you are helping out
• You should not negatively affect the balance between followers and leaders
• The class should not already be crowded
• You should have asked, and have been given permission by the instructing teacher

If you fulfil the criteria above, please feel welcome to join in and participate. For further information, please check in with our Reception.

If I want to change programmes, who do I speak to?
Please speak directly with our Reception and they will explain the procedure. Please also note that Sunday evenings are the only time when it will be possible to change programmes. All programmes will be level checked on Sundays, and accordingly all level changes will be possible only with the approval of our staff and teachers.

When and where will the level split for Lindy Hop Intermediate take place?
The procedure will be performed at Dansbanan right after the first Daily Meeting on Saturday evening, at approximately 22.00.

When and where will the audition for the IntermediateAdvanced and the Advanced classes for Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie and Balboa take place?
For these three levels, there will be two rounds of auditions: the first one will be held on Saturday evening at 19.15 in one of the tents in the School Area, the second one will take place on Sunday during your first class. Please also note that if you don't qualify for any of those two levels, there is a possibility that you will be moved to a lower level.

Is there always an absolute balance between followers and leaders in the different programmes?
No, some of them will come with an imbalance. Herräng Dance Camp has for many years been dealing with both situations and opinions around this subject. A few years ago, we decided to accept a certain degree of imbalance, partly because we do not believe it’s an insurmountable problem to have an imbalance in some programmes, and partly because we have the opinion that the camp of today represents much more than only the classes. We will however do our best to even out the different programs, but please do not expect things to be completely 50-50 – the nature of the camp itself seems to avoid the mathematical harmony of absolute balance.

Is it possible to take private lessons from the teachers in Herräng?
This is something the camp administration is not involved in. Instead, if you are interested in taking a private lesson, please speak directly to the teacher in question. It’s up to him or her to say yes or no, and it’s up to the both of you to agree on compensation. If you need access to a dance floor, please feel free to make use of any of ours that is not booked for anything else. At the same time, please note that it is never possible to look upon such a free dance floor as a private area – other interested dancers must also be given access.

Evenings

What activities take place in the evenings of the camp?
The first thing happening every evening after dinner (excluding Fridays) is the Daily Meeting, which starts at 21.00 sharp. Thereafter, we normally have a variety of things on the menu, always including late night/early morning dances, but also including other activities such as lectures, film shows, crash courses, theme programmes, jam sessions, et cetera. All these additional programmes are to be found on our Information Boards the same day as they are scheduled for.

Are some evenings more special than others?
All nights are special in Herräng! Live bands are playing at least two nights a week (often on Sundays and at Wednesdays' Savoy Nights), the Midnight Ramble concept offers six small theme nights per week, and all weeks are also rounded off with Cabaret Blue Moon (Thursdays) and finally a spectacular Masquerade every Friday night. Sometimes, other nights may also turn into something special, often on a more spontaneous and last-minute basis.

Do I have to dress up for the evenings?
It is up to you. Our recommendation is that you look upon every night as a potential dress-up night, especially (and traditionally) on Slow Drag Night (Tuesday night's theme for Midnight Ramble), Savoy Night (compulsory dress-up night; no jeans, t-shirts, shorts et cetera) on Wednesdays, and of course a suitable costume for Friday night's Masquerade. In general, it is advisable to freshen up and change clothes after your classes before entering the evening activities.

General Practicalities

Can I bring my child to Herräng Dance Camp?

Children are very welcome at camp! If your child is older than eight, we offer both the Swing Kids and Swing Teens programmes in Week 1 of 2022. We will also have Kidz Korner, a tent available for the entire three weeks equipped with toys, paper and pens but please note that there will be no staff on-site this year; it will be your responsibility to arrange babysitting services should you need it. Local girls are often willing to babysit, as are fellow attendees at camp. Please make use of the Notice Boards around camp (one outside of Reception, the other outside of Red Sauna House) to get in touch with them and make individual arrangements.

What about foreign currency in Herräng?
The possibility of exchanging foreign currency (bank notes, private cheques et cetera) in Herräng or nearby Hallstavik unfortunately no longer exists. The best places to exchange currency or cheques are at the airport or in any of the major cities in the area.

Can I make use of my bank cards in Herräng?
Often yes and occasionally no. The camp itself accepts cards, as well as cash, at the check-in, Entrance Gate, Reception, Lindy Hop Shop, Woodside and all food and drink places. In the village, both the grocery store and the Marina also offer card services. If you need cash from your card, the nearest machine is in nearby Hallstavik.

Where can I make phone calls?
If you need to make a call and have no private phone available, please visit our Reception and they will sort it out for you.

Where can I perform private work and disappear into cyberspace?
The only public alternative within the camp area is the Internet Corridor inside the School. This area provides some chairs and desks, and wi-fi access can be bought at the nearby Ice Cream Parlor.

Does the camp come with any restrictions concerning the use of electronic devices?
Many environments today seem to have been taken over by different electronic devices. Herräng has from the very beginning been a place where personal and direct communication has been looked upon as important and often prioritised. The camp intends to continue supporting this idea and would therefore appreciate your cooperation on the following: we would like all areas inside Folkets Hus (including Bar Bedlam, Café Blue Moon, Library et cetera) and Ice Cream Parlor (including the ICP Tent) to be free from electronic devices such as laptops, iPads, smartphones, et cetera. All other areas are okay as far as we are  concerned. Thank you very much for your cooperation on this matter.

What is the official address to the camp and where can I pick up ordinary mail?
Herräng Dance Camp, Herräng Folkets Hus, Folketshusvägen 5, 763 71 Herräng, Sweden.
Telephone: +46 (08) 6434058; e-mail: info@herrang.com. If we receive a message or  letter for you, we will leave a message at our Information Boards. Please always  check there, especially if you are expecting something to arrive.

Where can I find the timetable for the public buses?
The main bus stop in Herräng is outside the downtown kiosk, and it also provides information about  times and destinations. The same information can also be found on the Information Boards, and the personnel at the Reception can also provide you with further details  about routes and alternatives. Another possibility is to check directly online at www.sl.se. Please notice that we seriously advise visitors to catch the bus only from the stop right outside of the Kiosk, and not at any other stop since they from time to time seem to be unpredictable.

Where can I do my laundry?
Two different public alternatives are available: our own manned Lindy’s Laundry and the washing machines down by the Marina. The first one has prices based on weight, the second one has a set price per machine. For further details concerning these two options, please check under Internal and External Facilities.

What if I lose something during the camp?
If you lose something, please check the Lost & Found box in the Cloak Room right in front of Folkets Hus . You will have until the last day of the camp (30 July) to claim your belongings. After this date, we will donate everything to a charity organisation.  All obvious valuables will however be kept at our main office in Stockholm throughout  September. Please contact us if you have lost any valuables and we will check if we have them in our possession.

Is there vegan and vegetarian food available at the camp?
Yes, there are good vegan and vegetarian options available from Bar Bedlam, Café Blue Moon and the Ice Cream Parlor.

Am I allowed to smoke at the camp?
Yes, but not indoors or very close to our facilities. Thank you very much in advance for not spreading butt-ends all over the place.

Where can I address my health care questions?
The event offers a basic health advice service located inside the Reception. A sign on the Information Boards shows the opening hours. Please also note that our Reception is also able to handle emergencies and other medical situations. Another alternative is to contact the Swedish nursing advice service, open 24 hours a day, at phone number 1177. The nearest hospital is in Norrtälje (0176-326000), but Hallstavik offers a small local clinic (0175-430210)  and also a pharmacy (0771-612612). In case of serious emergencies, please call 112. Our own Lindy Hop Shop and the Herräng grocery store both offer a basic pharmacy selection.

Where do I leave garbage at the camp?
The camp has an ambition to recycle as much as possible and to succeed with this we need your active support. At several places we have put up small centres for basic recycling. All of these places are equipped with a handful of different kinds of barrels: for glass, for metal, for plastic, for returning bottles and cans and for ordinary household waste. Please try to clean and separate items before leaving things in the appropriate barrel. We will empty these and pass on recyclable materials to the Recycling Centre in Hallstavik on a frequent basis. Another place where you can leave recyclable things is outside the grocery store, Kuggen. There are big containers for glass (both transparent and coloured), metal, plastic (soft and hard), cardboard and also a small one for batteries (batteries, bulbs, electronics et cetera can also be left in a box inside the Tool Box outside of Folkets Hus).

Am I allowed to make use of my video camera whenever I feel like it?
The question is difficult to answer since it depends on the situation. In general, we believe it is okay to make use of cameras all over the camp areas as long as there are no pre-existing restrictions, and as long as the people in front of the camera agree to it. However, and please pay attention to this: some areas of the event have such restrictions, and are primarily not areas for extended photoshoots. In general classes, please do not film randomly since other dancers might not appreciate the action; instead, it is advisable to use the camera only during possible recaps, which are often performed at the end of classes. In all other situations we trust your judgement and believe that you will use your camera in a discreet and tactful way. Please also note that the camp administration has given permissions to a handful of people to use a camera at any time since they have official, relevant positions at the camp.

How does the Airport Shuttle service to Arlanda Airport work?
The shuttle service is a transportation alternative for dancers travelling from/to Arlanda Airport on Saturdays. Bookings can be made at any time, but to guarantee a seat on the bus, please book the service (in our Reception or over the internet) no later than 48 hours in advance. The price for a single trip is SEK 400, or SEK 200 for dancers between 7 and 17 years old, and free for children under seven years old. The travelling time is approximately 90 minutes.
The service from Arlanda to Herräng starts on Saturday 9 July and finishes on Saturday 23 July (no service on 30 July) and follows the following timetable: 09.00, 14.00 and 19.00. The service from Herräng to Arlanda starts on Saturday 16 July and finishes on Saturday 30 July (no service on 9 July) and follows the following timetable: 06.00, 11.00 and 16.00. 

What about fire extinguishers, emergency exits, hand sanitisers and defibrillators?

Each facility has its own set of fire prevention equipment, and we kindly ask every student to find a little time to look around and see where to find fire extinguishers and where the exit routes are in case of emergencies are located (please follow th signs). There are fire evacuation maps in all of our General Accommodation facilities that can serve as a guideline. As a part of fire prevention, no fabrics can hang from bunk beds and the space between beds must be kept free from luggage and large items at all times. 

We have also posted maps of the emergency exits and locations of fire extinguishers and fire hoses in the main entrance of Folkets Hus, in the School and at the camping ground. In case of fire, please rescue/assist anyone to escape the fire, call 112 (Swedish Emergency Services) and try to extinguish the fire if possible.  Please follow these rules and help us to prevent any emergency situations. Hand sanitisers are to be found all around the active dance floors; also, please do not forget to wash your hands as often as possible to prevent the well-known Herräng flu. The camp has two defibrillators (heart starters): one hanging on the wall in the hallway between the Folkets Hus foyer and Dansbanan, and the second one located in the hallway between the Ice Cream Parlor and the Gymnasium General Accommodation.

Village

What is worth knowing about Herräng itself?
The village of Herräng has an interesting history, closely connected to the once very important ore mining industry in Sweden. Not much is today left of this business, but up until quite recently, Herräng was no doubt a very busy place. The roots of this little village go deep into the latter part of the medieval period, and contains the embryos of the rising Swedish dream to govern large pieces of northern Europe. For many hundreds of years, this little village like many other similarly located villages all over Sweden, provided the nation with the necessary metal to offer relative wealth to the country’s inhabitants. In Herräng, this continued on a big and small scale until the early 1960s, when suddenly the ore mining business was found unprofitable, and within a few years the last of the mines (the remnants of which can still be found here and there in the forest, with the nearest one is located only 50 metres behind Folkets Hus and the biggest one – Eknäsgruvan – located about 300 metres away in the same direction) were closed and an era came to its end. Many of the people living here moved out, most of its stores closed, the harbour disappeared and an unusual silence replaced the once so lively atmosphere. Since then, Herräng has experienced a sleepy existence in the outskirts of nowhere, but with a strong wish to survive not only as a summer village but also as a community worth living in during all of the twelve months of the year.

Do the inhabitants of Herräng enjoy facing a dance invasion of their village every year in July?
Yes, but also no. Most people seem to enjoy having the camp around, but at the same time we have to keep in mind that we actually change the structure of the village quite a lot. Therefore, please always remember that we are all guests in the area – it is important to not make a lot of unnecessary noise while walking around in the village, especially at night. From us organising the event, we would very much appreciate if you could keep the above in mind and for this, we thank you in advance.