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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


Major musical, dance-ical
(OK, I made that up) fun will fill the month of May!

On the First Friday (May 2, 8:30–11 p.m.), Dansaspel will be coming all the way from Bellingham to treat us to an evening of excellent music at the Cedar Valley Grange. Carol Olson (fiddle), Liz Gabay (fiddle, viola), Collin Topolski (fiddle, accordion, clarinet, guitar), Robin Brown (fiddle), and Susan Curley (harmonium) will keep us busy dancing favorites, including the Boda Polska, which will be taught from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Look for a few Danish dances during the evening to get us warmed up for special Danish events at the end of the month.

—Leslie Foley

On the first Friday, May 2, Larry Reinert and Pat Pi will teach Boda Polska before the evening dance at Cedar Valley Grange. This is a popular dance from Dalarna in Sweden, and is played at practically every Skandia dance. The man’s step in the turn is rather unusual. The women’s turning step is like a hambo. When the fluidity of your motion matches that of your dance partner, the dance really comes alive for both of you, and you will understand why the dance is so loved.

If you have never tried Boda Polska, then this class is a good place to start. It is also a good place to practice and pick up a few more tips if you are still struggling with the dance. People who are comfortable with the dance are welcome to join us, too. We will appreciate your experience! Class begins at 7:30 p.m.

—Pat Pi

Third Friday Dance, May 16

The Third Friday Dance (May 16, 8:30–11 p.m.) will feature three Seattle groups in the Grange. Hale Bill and the Bopps (Bill & Gina Boyd, Irene Myers, Mary Nelson, and Leslie Foley) will give us a merry start, Irene Myers and John Peekstok will put some zing in the middle, and David Lamb and friends (David + Bopps+ plus Bob Hamilton) will round out the evening with favorite fiddle classics. Gammal Polska fr. Föllinge will be taught from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!

—Leslie Foley


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 Friday Dance

The Fifth Friday Dance gets kicked up a notch with Danish style! Peter Uhrbrand and Ole Mauritzen join us for the weekend, starting with the Fifth Friday Dance at Epiphany Church. Peter and Ole hail from the tiny village of Sønderho on Fanø Island. Located at the southern tip of the island, the village has a several-hundred-year continuous history of music and dance. But there is great music on the north end of the island too, where locals dance Fannik. Peter and Ole will play for these two dances, plus a selection of patterns, sets, and/or mixers from around Denmark. You won’t want to miss a minute, so be on hand right at 8 p.m. when dancing starts, and our guests take the floor. The evening’s music is augmented by that terrific trio, Mäd
Fiddlu, who will alternate sets with Peter and Ole. Of course, you’ll want your dance shoes, and why not bring a snack or something sweet to share?

—Martha Levenson


Directions to Epiphany Chapel......
From Highway 520, take the Montlake exit, cross 24th St to Lake Washington Blvd, and drive through the Arboretum. Cross Madison at the light and continue to 32nd Ave (marked by a yellow fire light). Turn right on 32nd; go down the hill past Martin Luther King Jr. School, and up the other side. At the “Do Not Enter” sign, take a sharp left turn uphill onto East Denny Way. At the top of the hill (34th Ave), bear left. The church is on the right side of Denny between 37th and 38th Aves; the address is 1805 38th Ave. The dance hall is on the second floor. Take the walkway past the church parking lot, and go to the second building on your left. Yahoo Map