The Web Skandia

Find Skandia Folkdance Society on Facebook

Check for messages and postings from Skandia Folkdance Society on  Skandia's Yahoo Group! Click this box to join the group or to login if you are already a group member

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





Dates and teachers:

April 1 through May 6, 7:30–9 p.m.
May 13 through June 17, 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.

Larry Reinert and Barbara Budd will be teaching the Skandia Basics classes on Wednesdays, May 13 through June 17, in room 2 of the Phinney Neighborhood center.
The class will continue on with turning dances—mostly from Sweden—and mixers, so you have the time to perfect your dancing. Come, and bring a friend, too. It’s lots of fun, and also challenging. Instruction is from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

—Jennifer Roach

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:

(information on dance shoes)


Dates and teachers:

Thursdays, Apr 30 - May 21, 2015--- 7:30– 9 p.m.

Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 32 (lower building).

Beyond Basics features Springdans review

Thursdays, April 30–May 21, Judy Patterson and Jerry Walsh will review the focus dances at Springdans Northwest—Slängpolska and Finnskogspols.

If you can’t attend camp, or just want a recap of what you learned, join us from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, lower building, room 32.

Skandia members, $40; nonmembers, $48.

—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). Yahoo Map

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

Tom and Bonnie Berglund teaching Bondpolska från Överhärde and Bingsjö variations

(information on dance shoes)



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 Instructors' Teaching Schedule January - June 2015

Dance Workshops

New Targeted Dance Practice Session, May 28

Skandia’s next Targeted Dance Practice event will be held on May 28th. This new type of Skandia event focuses on a handful of specific dances for an evening of dancing and practice. Dances will be reviewed briefly, but the sessions do not have an instructor.

This dance practice session targets Finnskogpols, Slängpolska (being taught in the Beyond Basics series ending May 21st), Senpolska från Torp, Bondpolska från Överhärde, and Hambo från Oviken. This practice session is scheduled at the Phinney Neighborhood Center on Thursday, May 28th, 7:15–9 p.m. We will be in room #2, upper building, where the Basics classes are held. 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 and hone our skills. If you have other dances that you would like to practice at a future Targeted Dance Practice Session, send your suggestions to DanceCommittee

—Nancy Neuerburg


Music Workshops and Jams

“Why don’t my ears talk to my feet?” Part B, selected polskor

Join us on Saturday, May 9, for a new workshop in the set of “Why don’t my ears talk to my feet?” music listening workshops designed to help dancers. The goal of these workshops is to help dancers decide what to dance when the music starts and to become more skillful at understanding and dancing to Nordic dance music.

This new workshop will focus on four Swedish polskor commonly played at Skandia events. Three are from eastern Dalarna (Bingsjö, Boda, and Rättvik) and the
fourth is from Jämtland (Gammalpolska från Föllinge). The workshop is designed to help dancers understand how the music for these dances is different, how to better recognize the music for these dances, and how the music inspires the dance, forming a lovely partnership.

Taught by Martha Levenson, this workshop will include interactive exercises to facilitate learning and understanding. Join us on Saturday, May 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the home of Jerry Walsh and Judy Patterson. We will do some learning activities, have some conversation, answer questions, 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.

Additional listening workshops will be planned. These listening workshops are designed to be independent and can be attended in any order.

—Martha Levenson


Skandia jam

Hot tunes and hot coffee! It’s the May jam, Saturday, May 2, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. This month’s jam is hosted by Don Meyer and Kathi Ploeger, and features room to dance! Musicians, bring your instrument(s), a recording device, a favorite tune, and something yummy to share. Dancers, bring your shoes! Join us at 7016 - 17th NW, Seattle, WA, and enjoy the music! Need directions? Call Don and Kathi at (206) 789-2678.

—Martha Levenson