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





Dates and teachers:

January 7 through February 11, 7:30–9 p.m.

Phinney Neighborhood Center, upper building, room 2

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

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.

To polka, or to polska? Find out in Skandia’s Basics class

January 7–February 11, Jerry Walsh and Judy Patterson will teach two very different Swedish dances—the polka (a gammaldans), and Polska from Bingsjö (a bygdedans). Come learn the styling and music that set these dances apart, and gain confidence in navigating the dance floor.

Continuing students, thank you for joining us in welcoming new dancers. Please bring an adventurous friend or two (no dance experience is required, but smooth-soled shoes that turn easily are a plus).

We look forward to dancing with you!

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:

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Dates and teachers:

Thursdays, January 8, 15, 22, and 29, 7:30– 9 p.m.

Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 32 (lower building).

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

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

We wish you a new year full of wonderful dancing! Why not start with Beyond Basics classes on Thursday, January 8, and continuing through the month?

Larry Reinert and Elaine Mathies will guide you through Finnskogspols, a lively cross-border dance with roots in both the Norwegian and Swedish traditions. This is one of the dances that will be featured at Springdans 2015.

Busserull uses figures from Røros pols set to 4/4 time music. It may become your favorite polka variation.

Mellparing is a schottis variation that works best with slower schottis music. Partners have very different steps that fit together magically. Join us for the January series!

Questions? Ask Larry or Elaine at the January 2 dance.

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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

Why don’t my ears talk to my feet?
Are you curious about how to decide what to dance? Do you wish you were more skillful at understanding dance music? Do you have a hard time finding the beat in Nordic music? We have a workshop for you!

This new workshop, titled “Why don’t my ears talk to my feet?” is an opportunity to build listening skills, and learn some easy ways to think about what to dance when the music starts. The first in a series, this workshop taught by Martha Levenson will focus on understanding the basic structure of tunes, and being able to identify basic rhythms. Additional listening workshops will be jointly planned by the Music and Dance Committees to help listeners and dancers better understand other aspects of the music that can affect your choice of a dance.

Have we piqued your interest? Join us on Saturday, February 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the home of Jerry Walsh and Judy Patterson. We will do some exercises, have some conversation, and of course, dance! Admission is free to Skandia members, with a suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers. Jerry and Judy can be found at 2601 NW 97th in Seattle.

Questions? Email


New event! Targeted Dance Practice Session, Feb. 26
Ever wanted a chance to practice a few dances enough to get them better ingrained in your feet? Ever had a favorite dance that you wanted to dance more?

Skandia will be periodically scheduling a new type of event that targets a few specific dances for an evening of practice. A dance practice session that targets Finnskogpols, Senpolska fran Torp, Telespringar, and Telegangar is scheduled at the Phinney Neighborhood Center on Thursday, February 26th, 7:15–9 p.m. We will be upstairs in Room #32 in the lower building. The room will be open at 7 p.m., with the music scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. The cost is $7 for Skandia members and $10 for nonmembers. We’ll have fun with the dances, hone our skills, and get some good exercise.

If you have other dances that you would like to practice at a future Targeted Dance Practice Session, send your suggestions to

—Nancy Neuerburg



Music Workshops and Jams

Skandia jam

February’s first Saturday Jam is hosted by Frank and Elaine. Bring your instruments, favorite tunes to share, and a yummy treat, and be ready for some fantastic music! For address details, please email

—Martha Levenson