Polokkarit is a unique and original folk dance ensemble based in Oulu, Finland. The group consists of over 30 grown-up dancers with a passion for Finnish folkdance. Polokkarit was founded in 1995 within the youth society Oulunsuun Nuorisoseura, and in 2020 the group celebrates their 25-year-long dance journey.
Polokkarit consists of dancers of various ages and backgrounds who all share a love for movement and crazy ideas. The ensemble is lead by dance teacher and choreographer Hanna Poikela. With 12 male and 20 female dancers, Polokkarit is one of the most impressive folk dance ensembles in Finland. Since 2013 until 2019, Polokkarit worked together with the trad music group Nope who have become an integral part of the ensemble’s performances.