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





Dates and teachers:

Basics class: September 7 to October 12
Basics class: October19 to November 30
(no class 11/23/16)

A new Scandinavian Basics dance class series begins on Wednesday, October 19th. Come, enjoy, and learn from teachers Lisa Brooks and Pat Pi for a six-class series.
Improve your dancing skills with dances such as the schottis, snoa, waltz, and hambo. No partner needed. Experienced dancers are also invited to come and dance
with our Basics students, have fun, and get exercise. Smooth-soled shoes recommended.

When: Wednesdays, October 19 to November 30
(no class on 11/23/16), from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 2

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

—Nancy Neuerberg


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).




Beyond Basics class: September 8 to September 29
Beyond Basics Class: October 13 to November 3

Join teachers Judy Patterson and Jerry Walsh at the Phinney Neighborhood Center for the next Beyond Basics dance class series. This fall, Beyond Basics is focused on
reinforcing knowledge of frequently played dances (such as Boda polska and Senpolska fran Torp) and recently taught dances (such as Bondpolska fran Hedesunda and Bondpolska fran Bäck). If time allows, Klarälvsdalen will be re-introduced. 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.

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).

(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 Workshops and Practices


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 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


October 6th Targeted Dance Practice

Can't remember a dance, but you know you learned it once?  Skandia's Targeted Dance Practices are designed to help with that problem.  At a Targeted Dance Practice we focus  on dances that were taught recently to help reinforce remembering them and we can review some requests (It's best if you send the Dance Committee an email in advance on what you would like reviewed at the next Targeted Practice.). 

On October 6th, we'll review some of the polskas that were just taught in Beyond Basics, such as Boda, Rättvik, and Gammalpolska från Föllinge. In addition, we will likely also cover dances taught at recent Friday dances such as Bondpolska från Bäck and Bondpolska från Hedesunda.   Targeted Practice Sessions are not "taught," but we will provide reminders for each of the dances and we will answer questions. 

Join us at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 from 7:15-9:00pm.  We will be upstairs in Room #32 in the lower building.  The room will be open at 7pm, with the music scheduled to start at 7:15pm.  The cost is $7 for Skandia members and $10 for non-members.  If you have other dances that you would like to practice at a future Targeted Dance Practice Session, send us your suggestions at:

—Nancy Neuerburg


Music Workshops and Jams

Skandia music jam

Now, for the first time, the jam moves to the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle! Join fellow musicians on Saturday, October 1, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, for rousing
music and good fun! Your host, Deirdre Cochran, asks that you phone her at (540) 327-9834 for the address, and she advises that she has animals, so please check in if you are allergic.

—Martha Levenson