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Skandia Folkdance Society offers different levels of folkdance classes plus special dances and workshops.

 

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SCANDINAVIAN BASICS:

Dates and teachers:

Basics class, Wednesdays, September 9–October 14,

Keep Skandia alive and vibrant! Please invite your friends to learn to dance at the Skandia Basics class starting in September. We are especially looking for people who want to lead, as the balance at recent dances has had many follows and few leads.
This fall, there will be two class series. The series starting on September 9 at the Phinney Neighborhood Center will be taught by Frank Brown and Elaine Murakami. This is a six-week series on Wednesday nights where we use simple Scandinavian folk music and dances to help beginners learn basic concepts of all dancing. We focus on having fun with dance.

You do not need to bring a partner. Experienced dancers often attend to help the new people. Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 2, 7:30–9 p.m.

In addition, there will be a class in Kirkland, held at the Peter Kirk Center, taught by Patrick McMonagle and Pat Pi. This series will begin on October 1, held on the five Thursdays in October. Kirkland may be more convenient for you, or you may want to go to both the Wednesday class and the Thursday class to improve quickly.

—Frank Brown & Elaine Murakami

Cost:
Skandia members - $48 for the series. Non-members - $55 for the series.
Skandia members may drop-in to individual classes for $10. Package pricing only for nonmembers.

Skandia members who have attended a year of Basics classes, or have obtained instructor's permission, may attend Basics class on a single session fee basis.  Members should contact teachers beforehand, so that teachers can plan accordingly.  

The following exceptions may be made:
1. A new dancer may attend the first session of a six-week series on a trial basis, paying the appropriate fee. 

2. Experienced dancers from out of the area may attend a Basics class on a per-session basis, paying the appropriate fee, with instructor's approval.

For more information, please contact: frankbrownjr@hotmail.com.

 

Skandia Basics coming to Kirkland!

An 5-week series of Skandia Basics classes has been approved by Kirkland Parks and Skandia. Full details appear in the Kirkland Parks catalog, to be distributed about August 15th. The Phinney classes continue, as in the past.

Fall dates are Thursday, October 1, to Thursday, October 29. The class will emphasize the waltz and hambo. The instructor is Patrick McMonagle; registration details will be in the Kirkland Parks catalog. The pricing will be different, because Kirkland residents get a price break; Skandia membership does not affect the price. The exact price has not been published yet, but the proposal has the same prices that Skandia charges at Phinney.

Kelly’s announcement of this class at Midsommarfest generated a number of inquiries at the Skandia booth, but enough details were not yet available to answer the questions. So, please pass the word among your Eastside friends.

Also scheduled are two follow-on Thursday series: 1/14/2016 to 2/11/16 and 2/25/2016 to 3/24/16. Registration details will be the same.

—Patrick McMonagle

 

(information on dance shoes)

Driving Directions for dance classes:
Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle: from 1-5 northbound or southbound, take exit 172 (N. 85th St./Aurora Ave.); drive west on N. 85th about a mile; turn south onto Greenwood and go south 1 mile; turn left at 67th (where Greenwood doglegs east and becomes Phinney).


BEYOND BASICS:

Dates and teachers:

Beyond Basics class, Thursdays, September 10–October 1,

The journey starts on Thursday, September 10, and continues on Thursday evenings through October 1. Judy Patterson and Jerry Walsh will take participants on a trip to Sweden. Even though the name is Gammalvänster, which means “old left,” you’ll need both feet to do this graceful, gentle dance from Jämtland. Then you’ll go to Värmland to learn Mazurka från Eda. You’ll have another variant in your pocket when the band plays a mazurka.

Class meets in the lower building of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 32, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Skandia members, $40; nonmembers, $48.

—Judy Patterson and Jerry Walsh


Driving Directions for dance classes:
Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle: from 1-5 northbound or southbound, take exit 172 (N. 85th St./Aurora Ave.); drive west on N. 85th about a mile; turn south onto Greenwood and go south 1 mile; turn left at 67th (where Greenwood doglegs east and becomes Phinney).

Price for the series: $40; nonmembers, $48.

(information on dance shoes)


 

BEST RESULTS ARE OBTAINED WHEN THE STUDENT ATTENDS EVERY LESSON OF THE SERIES


Skandia membership is no longer required, but there is a lower price for Skandia members. Skandia membership also brings with it reduced admission fees to all Skandia regular events and a monthly newsletter to keep you informed of both regular and special events.

Come with or without a partner.

For additional information, please call the Skandia Folkdance Society hotline, (425) 954-5262.

Glossary of Terms for traditional Nordic dances.


Dance Workshops and Practices

Summer Dance Practice Sessions
Come dance and keep your dance skills fresh during the summer. Four Wednesday evening 'Dance practice sessions' are scheduled at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, from 7:30-9:00pm on the following Wednesdays:
· July 8th
· July 22nd
· August 12th
· August 26th
A dance instructor will lead the sessions to remind participants of dances taught in the September to June Basics series, such as snoa, schottis, waltz, Binsjö polska, and others. We will be upstairs in Room #7 in the upper building. The room will be open at 7pm, with the music scheduled to start at 7:30pm. Cost is $8 for Skandia members and $10 for non-members.

Driving Directions:
Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle: from 1-5 northbound or southbound, take exit 172 (N. 85th St./Aurora Ave.); drive west on N. 85th about a mile; turn south onto Greenwood and go south 1 mile; turn left at 67th (where Greenwood doglegs east and becomes Phinney).

 


Music Workshops and Jams

Music jams

The first Saturday jam returns on September 5! Held in North Seattle, the jam will start at 9:30 a.m. and continue until noon. We’ll play outside, and there is some shade. Come with your instrument(s), a tune you are dying to play, and a yummy snack to share if you like. Need information, or the address? Email music@skandia-folkdance.org.

—Martha Levenson