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Spend the day in Denmark!

Spend the day in Denmark! On Saturday, January 23, 2016, the Skandia Folkdance Society and Seattle Folklore Society join forces to present the energetic and dynamic music of the Danish trio Lydom, Bugge, and Høirup. Whether you love to dance, prefer to play music, or are an avid listener, this day celebrating Denmark has something for you!

The trio of Sonnich Lydom (accordion, harmonica), Kristian Bugge (fiddle), & Morten Alfred Høirup (guitars, vocals) performs old dance tunes and songs from every corner of Denmark (from rural islands like Læsø to the metropol Copenhagen), and even some original compositions. Expect everything from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes, fiery reels, and happy hopsas. Don’t forget the Sønderhoning, dance tunes from Fanø, and longforgotten songs from all over the country. You’ll find it all spiced up with humor and stories from the trio’s time on the road.

The day begins with a dance workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, featuring easy footwork and very approachable mixers. Teaching is by trio member Kristian Bugge, with live music from Sonnich Lydom and Morten Alfred Høirup. After a potluck lunch, the afternoon’s music workshops will get underway at 1:30 p.m., winding up at 4:30 p.m. Music workshops will include tunes appropriate for dances taught in the morning, and may be divided into two groups—one for melody instruments, and one for accompanying instruments. These daytime workshops will be held at the Cedar Valley Grange, 20526-52nd Ave. West, Lynnwood. See the at-a-glance table below for a quick guide to times, locations, and pricing.

Want more? The fun continues with an evening concert and dance at the Phinney Neighborhood Center Community Hall, 7:30–10 p.m. The first set will be a listening set. Afterward, chairs will be moved to open up the floor for dancing, with some seating remaining for those who wish to continue to listen.

Members of both co-sponsoring organizations receive member pricing on all events. Workshops may be paid for at the door. Tickets for the evening event are available online ( or at the door. See the following table for a quick guide to times, locations, and pricing.

But what of our musicians? Sonnich (accordion, harmonica, vocals) is a master of Danish traditional tunes, and is well versed in Irish and French-Canadian folk traditions, as well. He holds a special place in his heart for the music from Fanø, where his family is deeply rooted. He is best known from his work with the ULC trio (it later became a quintet). ULC won the Danish Folk Album of the Year in both 2001 and 2004.

Kristian (fiddle) has specialized in the strong Danish traditional music traditions. He is very active in the folk music scene in Denmark and beyond, touring in Europe and North America, both performing and teaching. In 2012, Kristian’s debut CD was a multi-award winner at the Danish Music Awards, and he was named Danish Folk Artist of the Year.

Morten Alfred (guitar, vocals) is well known and respected on the Danish and international roots and folk music scene, as an innovative and deeply original guitar player, singer, and composer. Through the years, he has recorded a number of albums with Danish and international bands, and he has received eight Danish Music Awards. He is also the man behind the 24-hour all-folk radio station

What a way to warm up your winter! Come out and enjoy music and dance from Denmark!

—Martha Levenson

Event Time Cost Location Dance workshop 10 a.m.–noon $15/members, $20/nonmembers, $10/youth 18 and under - Cedar Valley Grange.

Music workshop 1:30–4:30 p.m. $30/members, $35/nonmembers, $20/youth 18 and under - Cedar Valley Grange.

Concert & dance 7:30–10 p.m. $16; $14 for SFS, Skandia, & PNA members; students, & seniors; $8 for youth age 6–17. Adult tickets at the door, $2 more - Phinney Neighborhood Center Community Hall.

This is a co-sponsored event with the Seattle Folklore Society (yay!). The link to buy tickets


Save the date for Vinterdans!

Vinterdans is February 5, 2016, featuring Skolkis, with special guest fiddler and composer Jonathan Borgsjö (from Sweden). Peter Michaelsen will provide a hardingfele set, as well as joining Skolkis for a portion of the evening. There will be a 7:30 dance lesson, and as usual, the dance party begins at 8:30. Look for more details in the February newsletter!

—Martha Levenson

Springleik at Springdans

Our teachers this year come from a side valley in Norway’s Gudbrandsdal area, so this is your chance to learn a new take on this soulful dance and music—long a favorite in the Northwest. The dancers come strongly recommended, and have won the Kongepokal at Norway’s Landeskappleik (just about the highest honor available for Norwegian folk dance and music). We also have two hot young fiddlers—brothers—lined up. They grew up playing this regional style and are now pursuing professional careers in music. One particularly likes jazz, which should make for some interesting harmonies.

Dancers, get your applications in! There’s still room for lead dancers, and for couples applying together. There will probably be a waiting list for single women, but you’re encouraged to apply ASAP to get your name in early. Musicians: we’ll try to alternate teaching levels in the music classes, and our daily allspels and evening jam sessions are open to all.

—Peter Michaelsen

Springdans application available

Download the application

The application for Springdans 2016 is available here and is also enclosed with the November newsletter. Applications and full payment are due by February 15, 2016.

Springdans NW features Springleik fra Dovre, taught by Anne-Grete and Rolf Bjørgan, Norwegian dance teachers known for their skill and graceful dancing. Fiddlers Hans and Rasmus Kjorstad, rising stars among Norwegian tradition bearers, will teach and play for dancing.



Springdans Scholarship for 2016 – apply before February 15

The Springdans committee is pleased to announce a scholarship for 2016 Springdans Northwest.  The scholarship covers full tuition (includes room and board), video recording, t-shirt, and Friday dinner. 

Applicants must be current Skandia members living in Western Washington.  Scholarship is based on financial need, so it offers a great opportunity to dancers and/or musicians who are thinking about Springdans but don’t feel they can afford it.  Prior recipients are welcome to apply.

The donor has requested to remain anonymous.  In order to maintain the confidentiality of all parties, applicants should not discuss their application or their intent to apply with anyone outside the Springdans committee. 

Interested dancers and/or musicians should send a short note with reasons they should be considered for the scholarship.  This submission must be received by February 15, 2015.  Send via email to or surface mail to Springdans Scholarship c/o Ploeger-Meyers, 7016 17th Ave NW, Seattle, WA  98117-5550.

Note:  Because admission is based on postmark of registration, scholarship applicants should submit a registration form as soon as possible to reserve a spot.

To our benefactor, thank you!

Kathi Ploeger, Don Meyers, Jerry Walsh, Judy Patterson, Peter Michaelsen
Springdans Northwest Committee