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First and Third Fridays of each month
TIME:: Teaching 7:30 - 8:30, Open dancing 8:30 - 11:00
LOCATION: Cedar Valley Grange, 20526-52nd Ave. West, Lynnwood Yahoo Map

Skandia members, $10; nonmembers, $15; kids, free


First Friday Dance, June 5

At 7:30 p.m., Jerry Walsh and Judy Patterson will teach the lovely Senpolska från Torp. At 8:30, that terrific trio Mäd Fiddlu opens the first Friday dance. With nyckelharpas and more, this band brings its unique sound to the dance floor for your dancing pleasure. The second half of the dance features Folk Voice Band.

—Martha Levenson

Come “slow dance” at First & Third Friday classes

At any Skandia dance, you’re apt to hear a good mix of pulse-pounding, moderately peppy, and stately tunes. What does “stately” say to you? When the music really slows down, do you need some “go to” dances that work well?

Join Skandia instructors this month to learn (or review) two good options. At the June 5 dance, Jerry Walsh and I (Judy Patterson) will teach “Senpolska från Torp,” from Medelpad in northern Sweden. It’s a lovely dance with distinctive footwork for leads and follows.

On June 19, Jerry and I will teach “Polska från Åmot,” a smooth, flowing dance from Gästrikland in eastern Sweden.

These dances vary in character, footwork, and feel, so
keeping them separate is a cinch. Come try them out and slow dance with us!

—Judy and Jerry

Third Friday Dance, June 19

The third Friday fun starts with the teaching of the Polska från Åmot, with Jerry Walsh and Judy Patterson. Dance to the sounds of Hale Bill and the Bopps from 8:30 p.m., and join the Allspel at 10 p.m. until the end of the dance. The Allspel is open to all musicians, and will cover the Midsommar Allspel set list, plus tunes selected by the musicians present. The Allspel will be led by Leslie Foley.

—Martha Levenson


Driving directions to Cedar Valley Grange.....
From I-5, take exit 179 (northbound or southbound). Drive east on 220th to the stop sign at 52nd, then a short mile north to the Cedar Valley Grange on your left.
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Fifth Saturday Dance, May 30

It’s a party! The Fifth Saturday dance on May 30 celebrates community across skill levels and generations! Held at the LDS Meeting House in Shoreline, this dance is a wonderful opportunity for new dancers and those with experience alike.

Allspice brings its unique blend of mixers, gammaldans, and polskor for your dancing pleasure. The evening will begin with dances easily accessible to those with less
experience, and more challenging dances will be reserved for later in the evening.

In addition, The Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag will be releasing its first CD, titled Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag—Live!, at the dance. Recorded live during the Skandia Ball and house concerts, these young musicians bring their youthful joy to the dance floor through their music. CDs will be available for sale for $15.

Entry to the dance is by a suggested donation of $10 per person (kids get in free). Bring a dessert or snack to share, your dance shoes, and several friends, and join us for a fun evening of dancing and celebration! The dance runs from 7–10 p.m. (no class beforehand).

The LDS Meeting House is located at 14901 30th Ave. N.E., Shoreline, WA 98000. From NE 145th Street, turn north on either 28th Ave. NE or 30th Ave. NE, and continue until you see the meeting house, approximately two blocks north. There is plentiful parking, accessible from both sides.

—Martha Levenson