Juha-Matti Aronen and Leena Yläneva
Juha-Matti "Jussi" Aronen, who was born in 1972, has been dancing nearly all his life. He first danced at home with his family, then as a hobby, and now as a teacher. He has taken many courses and studied in the Folklore Department at Helsinki University for seven years.
Jussi graduated from Helsinki University with a degree in folklore, emphasizing the dances of Western Finland, and is currently in Tartu, Estonia, working at the Finnish Culture Institute, teaching Finnish dance and Estonian dance.
Jussi has worked with several performing groups in Finland and has taught in Europe and the United States, including at the Stockton Folk Dance Camp.
Leena "Lennu" Yläneva is a very experienced teacher who has gone through folk dance teacher education. She is a leader of the Faarti Group, one of the master degree groups in Turku, Finland.
Among Juha-Matti's publications is
- Folk Culture in the Nordic Countries.
Dances Jussi has taught include Aalistulaa, Aleksandra Valss, Ankeliini, Estonian Kadrell, Hylkeen hyppely, Ingliskad, Isovarvas, Karoobushka, Kikapuu, Kosjatants, Krakovjakk, Ktrilli Pedersöreltä, Kuuden kolmeinen, Maanitus, Padespann, Papiljonipolka, Perekonna Valss, Poulitahtinen, Pulgatants, Reinlender, Ristipulkade Tants, Ruha, Ruotsinkatrilli Sahalahdelta, Sysmäläinen, Tule ystävä Armas Leikkiin, Varas, and Voorvalss.