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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: September 7 to October 12

A new Basics series begins on Wednesday, September 7. Join teachers Larry Reinert and Nancy Neuerburg for a six- week adventure with the Scandinavian dance community. Improve your partner skills with new mixers and dances such as the schottis, snoa, waltz, and hambo or polska. Larry and Nancy will review dances from earlier series and help you increase your repertoire. No partner needed. Smooth-soled shoes recommended.

When: Wednesdays,September 7–October 12,7:30p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 2

Cost: Skandia members, $48 for the series. Nonmembers, $55 for the series.

—Elaine Mathies

 

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.

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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: September 8 to September 29

The first Fall Beyond Basics dance class series is designed to review and teach some of the core Skandia polskor to students who are interested in learning new dances or who are wishing to practice and refine the dances. The class will cover favorite Dalarna polskas from Bingjsö, Boda and Rättvik, along with Gammalpolska från Föllinge. Recently taught Polska från Järvsö and Bondpolska från Överhärde will also be covered.

Whether you are new to one or more of these dances or have taken many a spin around the floor, you will gain skills and increased confidence. What better way to spend a fall evening? Join teachers Elaine Mathies and Larry Reinert at Phinney Neighborhood Center.

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.


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).


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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

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

Røros workshop on September 24th

Come learn the lively Røros Pols and the Ringlendar from Røros, Norway, on Saturday, September 24th. For those of you who have already experienced the dance, this workshop is a great opportunity to refine your dance and enjoy dancing to live music. The Røros workshop will be taught by Tom Sears, who dances with the Røros, Norway performing group, and Leslie Foley. Tom and Leslie are both accomplished Scandinavian dance teachers, and have previously taught the Røros Pols and several other dances from Røros in Salt Lake City. Tom will share how the dance is done in Røros and discuss variations. Bill Boyd will bring his lovely live music of Røros to the workshop, accompanying the classes and the dance.

The workshop will be held at the Cedar Valley Grange, located at 20526-52nd Ave. West, in Lynnwood. The schedule is as follows, including a couple snack breaks:

Class: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Lunch: 12–1:30 p.m. (bring your own food)
Class: 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Dance: 3:30–4:30 p.m. (have fun)

Sign up early and save $5! To pre-register, simply email your name and the names of your guests, if any, to DanceCommittee@Skandia-folkdance.org by September 22nd. The cost of the workshop will be $25 for each pre- registered individual. Without pre-registration, day-of- workshop admittance will be $30 per person. No partner or prior dance experience is necessary.

—Nancy Neuerburg

 


Music Workshops and Jams

Skandia music jam

The first Saturday Skandia Jam resumes in September! Join your musical friends on Saturday, September 3, at the Lake City home of Martha Levenson. Music kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and will wrap up around noon. Bring your instrument(s), a snack to share, and perhaps a recording device.

If the weather is good, music will happen outside, but don't worry; there's plenty of cover for shade lovers. Need an address? Email music@skandia-folkdance.org or call (206) 794-0656.

—Martha Levenson