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





Dates and teachers:

January 11 through February 7

To polka, or to polska? Find out in Skandia’s Basics class

January 7–February 11, Jerry Walsh and Judy Patterson will teach two very different Swedish dances—the polka (a gammaldans), and Polska from Bingsjö (a bygdedans). Come learn the styling and music that set these dances apart, and gain confidence in navigating the dance floor.

Continuing students, thank you for joining us in welcoming new dancers. Please bring an adventurous friend or two (no dance experience is required, but smooth-soled shoes that turn easily are a plus).

We look forward to dancing with you!

—Judy Patterson

Skandia members - $48 for the series.
Non-members - $55 for the series.
Skandia members may drop-in to individual classes for $10. Package pricing only for nonmembers.

Bring a friend and show them how much fun Scandinavian dancing can be. Smooth-soled shoes are recommended. (information on dance shoes)

Skandia members who have attended a year of Basics classes, or have obtained instructor's permission, may attend Basics class on a single session fee basis.  Members should contact teachers beforehand, so that teachers can plan accordingly.  

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.

For more information, please contact:

Phinney Neighborhood Center
Room 2, Blue upper building
7:30 pm to 9 pm
(See driving directions below)


Dates and teachers:

January 8, 15, 22, and 29

Beyond Basics begins Thursday, January 8

We wish you a new year full of wonderful dancing! Why not start with Beyond Basics classes on Thursday, January 8, and continuing through the month?

Larry Reinert and Elaine Mathies will guide you through Finnskogspols, a lively cross-border dance with roots in both the Norwegian and Swedish traditions. This is one of the dances that will be featured at Springdans 2015.

Busserull uses figures from Røros pols set to 4/4 time music. It may become your favorite polka variation.

Mellparing is a schottis variation that works best with slower schottis music. Partners have very different steps that fit together magically. Join us for the January series!

Questions? Ask Larry or Elaine at the January 2 dance.

Thursdays, January 8, 15, 22, and 29, 7:30– 9 p.m.,
Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 32 (lower building). Price for the series: $40; nonmembers, $48.

—Elaine Mathies


(information on dance shoes)
Phinney Neighborhood Ctr., Room 32 in the lower (Brick) building
6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA
(See driving directions below) & Yahoo Map




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.


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).

Yahoo Map


Dance Workshops




Music Workshops and Jams

Skandia jam

Musicians and dancers alike: Celebrate the New Year at the first jam session of 2015, on Saturday, January 3!

Why dancers, too? This jam is hosted by Jerry Walsh and Judy Patterson, in their fabulous dance hall. Whether musician or dancer or both, join in the fun—great music, yummy snacks (be sure to bring one to share!), and open dancing.

The session starts at 9:30 a.m. and continues until noon.

It’s all happening at 2601 NW 97th in Seattle’s North Beach neighborhood.

Please be kind to the neighbors on the cul-de-sac, and park on adjacent streets.

Questions? Call Jerry and Judy at (206) 784-8959.

—Martha Levenson