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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: No classes currently scheduled

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

(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).

 


Eastside dance class

Thursdays at Peter Kirk Center in Kirkland, 7:30–9 p.m.

Must pre-register.

July 7–28: Pat McMonagle teaches—Beginning Scandinavian Folk Dance Cancelled!
August 4–18: Larry Reinert teaches—Norwegian Pols Folk Dances

 


BEYOND BASICS:

Dates and teachers: No classes currently scheduled

 

 

 

 

 


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).


(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

Want to dance this summer? Practice sessions July 6 & 20

Please come, and invite your friends, to the two dance practice sessions in July, on July 6 and 20 (7:30–9 p.m.), at the Phinney Neigborhood Center, Rm 7 in the Blue building. These two sessions will be led by Frank Brown and Elaine Murakami and will include easy and fun dances that focus on basic steps to improve couple turning. Smooth -soled shoes make for better turning.

You do not need any previous dance experience, and we will use music from all Scandinavian countries. Experienced dancers will attend and help beginners. The cost is $10 per session ($8 for Skandia members).

There will be two additional dance sessions in August in the same location; those will include more complex dances.

—Elaine Murakami

August Dance Practice Sessions

Two August Dance Practice Sessions are scheduled at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, on August 10th and 24th (Wednesdays), from 7:30 to 9 p.m. We will be upstairs in the upper building in Room #7. It’s twice the size, so there will be plenty of room to enjoy a dance. The room will be open at 7 p.m., with the music scheduled to start at 7:30 pm.

The format is “dancing” the dances learned in the Basics and Basics-plus sessions—not formal instruction, although an instructor will be there to remind folks of dances that may have slipped our minds. Dances may include schottis variants, Røros Pols, hambo, and others.

Cost will be $8 for members per session ($10 for nonmembers) and sessions are open to all Scandinavian dancers, not just Skandia students. This is not a series, so please come join us when you are in town and want to get some exercise, retain your dance skills, and have fun! No partner necessary.

—Nancy Neuerburg

 

 

SAVE THE DATE for a Dances from Røros workshop to be taught by Tom Sears, who dances with the Røros, Norway, performing group, and Leslie Foley. Join us on Saturday, September 24th at the Cedar Valley Grange for classes from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1:30–3:30 p.m., with 1 hour of free dancing from 3:30–4:30 p.m. More information to come.

 


Music Workshops and Jams

Skandia music jam

Summer jam switch up: get ready for a summer filled with great music!

The summer jams are hosted by Frank Brown and Elaine Murakami. You’ll find the patio (or basement) open for music making at their home Sundays, 7 to 9 p.m., from July 10 to August 28. All acoustic instruments are welcome. You’ll find Frank and Elaine at 8756 21st Ave NW in Seattle.

—Martha Levenson