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The Skandia Ball is coming!

Save Saturday, October 17th at the Latvian Center for an evening of great dancing and reconnecting with old friends and making new friends!

The theme this year is Bring a Friend, and all of you great Skandia members can be part of the theme by doing just that - brings some friends!

We will have many beginner friendly dances as well as the long-time Skandia favorites. To make it even more Beginner Friendly we will have a quick session of teaching during the 6-7pm social hour, and some very quick instruction during the Ball itself. So bring some friends new to Scandinavian dancing and show them why we love it so much.

This year we are very pleased to have a visiting ensemble from Sweden to play a set for the Ball, plus our talented local musicians as well. There will also be an Allspel - musicians, watch this website and check your emails, Allspel leader Leslie Foley will be sending out the list of tunes for the Allspel.

The Allspel rehearsal starts at 5pm. Socializing is from 6pm to 6:55pm, when the Call to Dance will sweep you ON to your feet for the Grand March, and then dancing until 11pm. Don't miss it!

-Bob Hamilton


Skandia Ball Allspel set list

All these tunes are available on the Skandia CDs and listed here by volume and number.

Vals fr. Kall 2-8
Steffaleken 2-12
JP’s Paradmarsch 3-18
Mörk ö 4-7
Stockholmslåten 2-1
Knapp Britta’s Brudpolska 2-15
Schottis fr. Porjus 1-5
Hambo-polska fr. Persbacken (Jokkmokk) 2-10
Norbommen 4-8
Fanteladda 4-16
Atataktan (polska efter Kristian Oskarsson) 4-19
Familje Sextur 2-20
Arctic Circle waltz 3-8
Gammal Jes 2-20
Polska efter Börjes Olle 4-11

—Leslie Foley

Skandia welcomes Swedish dance band

Next month, come dance up a storm with a popular dance band from Stockholm that will be visiting Colorado, Vancouver, B.C., and Seattle.

The fun starts October 16 at Skandia’s Third Friday Dance and continues the next night at the not-to-be missed Skandia Ball. But that’s not all! Sunday afternoon features a musicians’ jam (and dancing)!

The group, whose name translates as “a little of this and a little of that,” (I’ll let you guess their Swedish name) has been delighting dancers for 25 years. The five members will play joyous arrangements on fiddle, nyckelharpa, cittra, contrabass, and accordion.

Profiles of group members will appear in the next newsletter. For now, save the dates and spread the word. Out-of-town friends, we look forward to your visit! You’ll be in good company, as at least three of their Swedish fans have bought plane tickets to Seattle just to dance to this great music.

—Judy Patterson