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





Dates and teachers:

September 10 through October 15

Anyone can dance!

If you like music (doesn’t everyone?), then you can dance. Come learn the basics of couple dancing with fun instructors Frank Brown and Elaine Murakami. Scandinavian folk dancing is a good basis for any kind of dancing. Enjoying the music and dancing with a partner is fun, and you get exercise, too!

We will have fun learning waltz, schottis, snoa (pivot turn), and a variety of mixers. We will play music from local bands, so you will recognize them when they play for a Skandia dance!

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.

Bring a friend and show them how much fun Scandinavian dancing can be. Smooth-soled shoes are recommended. Minimum of eight participants. (information on dance shoes)

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.  This person will not be included in the minimum class count of 8 unless converted to a series participant.

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:

Phinney Neighborhood Center
Room 2, Blue upper building
7:30 pm to 9 pm
(See driving directions below)


Dates and teachers:

September 11 through October 2

Beyond Basics goes asymmetrical

Which two Norwegian couples dances are done to an asymmetrical ¾ rhythm, with a long 1 and short 3? Join Don Meyers and Kathi Ploeger for the Beyond Basics class Thursdays, September 11 through October 2, and experience them both.

Originating in the border area known as the “Finnish forest” between Sweden and Norway, Finnskogspols music has been described as asymmetric, unusual, suggestive, and magical. It is sometimes referred to as the “Norwegian rumba.” This lively music and dance are popular throughout Scandinavia, as well as with Skandia musicians and dancers.

From the rich heritage of the Telemark region of Norway comes the second dance, done to a hypnotic, asymmetrical rhythm. The Telespringar is thought to have begun in the 1600s, and it has had an unbroken tradition since that time.

Two dances, one asymmetrical rhythm, two distinctly different styles. Each week will build on the previous week’s instruction; therefore, attendance at the entire series is highly recommended.

When: Thursdays, September 11, 18, 25, October 2
Time: 7:30– 9 p.m.

Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 32
Price for the series: $40; nonmembers, $48

—Kathi Ploeger


(information on dance shoes)
Phinney Neighborhood Ctr., Room 32 in the lower (Brick) building
6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA
(See driving directions below) & Yahoo Map




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.


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).

Yahoo Map


Dance Workshops

Twelve "Wicked Good" Ways to Waltz
Workshop on Oct 4th


Expand your waltz repertoire!  Come to a fun Twelve Ways to Waltz Workshop on Saturday, October 4th, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center in Seattle.  The workshop is designed for both beginning and experienced dancers, so a good time should be had by all.  The class will feature a range of Scandinavian dances to waltz music, including fun, old favorites and some new waltz variants.  Shoes with non-sticky soles are recommended, so you can turn easier.

Sign up early and save $5.  To pre-register, simply e-mail your name and the names of your guests, if any, to by October 3rd. The cost of the workshop will be $20 for each pre-registered individual.  Without pre-registration, day-of-workshop admittance will be $25 per person.  No partner or prior dance experience is necessary.

Time:      9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.           
Place:     Phinney Neighborhood Center
              6532 Phinney Ave N
              Seattle, WA 98103
Room:    Community Hall (lower level of the lower Brick Building)
Lunch:    Please bring a sack lunch



Music Workshops and Jams

Skandia jam

Don’t miss the last few opportunities—every balmy Sunday evening in August—to join Frank Brown’s Scandinavian jam, 7–9 p.m., 8756 21st Ave. NW, Seattle. Info:

—Laurel Stone