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

 

JandJ

 

SCANDINAVIAN BASICS:

Dates and teachers:

Basics class:

Wednesdays, May 11-June 15

A new six-week Basics Scandinavian dance class series starts May 11th. Experienced dancers are also invited to come and dance with our Basics students, have fun, and get exercise. Larry Reinert and Nancy Neuerburg will teach the standard Basics repertoire (schottis, snoa, waltz, and hambo), and will continue teaching Rørospols. No prior dance experience or partner required; smooth-soled shoes recommended.

When: Wednesdays, May 11–June 15, 7:30–9 p.m.

Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room2

Cost: Skandia members, $48 for the series. Nonmembers, $55 for the series.

—Nancy Neuerburg

 

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.

(information on dance shoes)

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).

 


Eastside dance class

Thursdays at Peter Kirk Center in Kirkland, 7:30–9 p.m.

Must pre-register.

April 21–May 26: Pat McMonagle teaches—Scandinavian Folk Dance
June 2–23: Pat McMonagle teaches—Swedish Midsummer Dances
July 7–28: Pat McMonagle teaches—Beginning Scandinavian Folk Dance
August 4–18: Larry Reinert teaches—Norwegian Pols Folk Dances

 


BEYOND BASICS:

Dates and teachers:

 

 

 


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).


(information on dance shoes)


 

BEST RESULTS ARE OBTAINED WHEN THE STUDENT ATTENDS EVERY LESSON OF THE SERIES


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.


Dance Workshops and Practices

Triple-header for May 26 Targeted Dance Practice

Focus dances for Thursday, May 26, include Åtabakspolska (May’s First Friday focus dance), Springleik fra Dovre (to be taught at Springdans, May 13–16) and Mazurka från Eda (slated for pre-dance teaching on May 20).

Judy Patterson and Jerry Walsh will lead this focused review session. Come, reinforce what you already know about these dances, and increase your skill and confidence level.

The dance practice will be held at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, in the lower building, room 32. Doors open at 7 pm., review starts at 7:15. Cost is $7 for Skandia members and $10 for non-members.

—Judy Patterson


Plan ahead: upcoming Skandia dance classes

Classes beginning in March appear elsewhere in this website. However, you might want to plan ahead for these future Skandia dance classes:

Basics
Wednesdays at Phinney Center, 7:30–9 p.m.
May 11–June 15: Larry Reinert and Nancy Neuerburg

Basics
Thursdays at Peter Kirk Center in Kirkland, 7:30–9 p.m. Must pre-register.
April 21–May 26: Pat McMonagle teaches—Scandinavian Folk Dance
June 2–23: Pat McMonagle teaches—Swedish Midsummer Dances
July 7–28: Pat McMonagle teaches—Beginning Scandinavian Folk Dance
August 4–18: Larry Reinert teaches—Norwegian Pols Folk Dances

Targeted Dance Review Sessions
Thursdays at Phinney Center from 7–9 p.m. These fun practice sessions target recently taught dances and requests from the participants. At a minimum, the following dances will be reviewed. More information will be available as we get closer to the dates.
April 7: Sigdals mazurka, Gammalpolska från Föllinge, Senpolska från Torp
May 26: Springleik fra Dovre

 


Music Workshops and Jams

Skandia music jam

Summer is just around the corner, and so are a bunch of musicians waiting to play! It’s time for the jam switch up, so read along and get ready for a summer filled with great music!

The jam on Saturday, June 4, is hosted by Chris Dunkle, who lives in the Bitter Lake neighborhood of Seattle. The fun starts at 9:30 a.m. and continues until noon. Chris invites you to contact him to get the address and directions, either by email at chris.dunkle@gmail.com or by phone at (206) 355-8508.

The summer jams are hosted by Frank Brown and Elaine Murakami. You’ll find the patio (or basement) open for music making at their home Sundays, 7 to 9 p.m., from July 10 to August 28. All acoustic instruments are welcome. You’ll find Frank and Elaine at 8756 21st Ave NW in Seattle.

—Martha Levenson

 

 

Why don’t my ears talk to my feet?

Are you curious about how to decide what to dance? Do you wish you were more skillful at understanding dance music? Do you have a hard time finding the beat in Nordic music? We have a workshop for you!

The Listening workshop, titled “Why don’t my ears talk to my feet?” is an opportunity to build listening skills, and learn some easy ways to think about what to dance when the music starts. This participatory workshop, the first in a series, focuses on understanding the basic structure of tunes, and being able to identify basic rhythms.

Learning is supported in various ways. During the workshop, there are numerous listening examples, both played live and recorded, handouts for participants to keep, and visual supports to illustrate concepts. There is time to dance and try, and questions from participants are welcomed!

Have we piqued your interest?  Join us on Thursday, June 2nd from 7:25PM to 8:55PM at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 32, upstairs in the Lower Building.  The room will be open at 7:15pm and the odd start time of 7:25pm, allows for an 1-1/2 hour workshop and for us to be completely out of the room by 9pm, as required by the Phinney Center.

Admission is $5 for Skandia members, and  $7 for non-members.
Questions? Email music@skandia-folkdance.org

—Nancy Neuerburg, Martha Levenson