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

 

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SCANDINAVIAN BASICS:

Dates and teachers:

Basics class:
Wednesdays, January 6–February 10
Wednesdays, February 17–March 23

Skandia Basics, part 3


A new Basics series begins on Wednesday, February 17. Join teachers Harry Khamis and Pat Pi for a new six-week adventure with the Scandinavian dance community. Improve your partnering skills with new mixers and dances such as the schottis, snoa, waltz, and hambo or polska. Harry and Pat will review dances from earlier series and help you increase your repertoire. No partner needed. Smooth-soled shoes recommended.

When: Wednesdays, February 17–March 23, 7:30–9 p.m.
Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 2

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

—Elaine Mathies

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.

 

Eastside dance class

Cancelled: 5-week class scheduled to start January 14th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Peter Kirk Center in downtown Kirkland.

 

(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).


BEYOND BASICS:

Dates and teachers:

Beyond Basics class, Thursdays, January 7–28

Is the darkness getting to you? Do you need to shed a few extra holiday pounds? Is your New Year’s resolution “dance more”?

Then come join Larry Reinert and Soren Huber, who will be teaching two highly energetic Swedish dances, Bondpolska fran Viksta and Klackpolska fran norra Angermanland; and Norwegian Stabbe Reinlander. Fun guaranteed!

Location: Lower building of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 32

Time: 7:30–9 p.m. Instructors will be available at 7:10 for extra practice and questions.

Cost: Skandia members $40; nonmembers $48.

—Soren Huber


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

Dalarna Dances Targeted for a Feb 18th Dance Practice

On Thursday, February 18th, you'll have another chance to practice a handful of dances to get them better engrained in your feet.  This month, the Targeted Dance Practice will focus on previously taught dances from Dalarna such as the polskor from Boda, Orsa, Rättvik, and Malung (if it's new to you, it's OK, we will walk through it).

Join us at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, on Thursday, February 18th, 2016 from 7:15-9:00pm.  We will be upstairs in Room #32 in the lower building.  The room will be open at 7pm, with the music scheduled to start at 7:15pm.  The cost is $7 for Skandia members and $10 for non-members.  We'll have fun with the dances, and take some requests. 

Targeted Practice Sessions are not "taught," but we will have reminders for each of the dances and we will answer questions.  If you have other dances that you would like to practice at a future Targeted Dance Practice Session, send us your suggestions at: DanceCommittee@Skandia-folkdance.org

 


Music Workshops and Jams

Skandia music jam

Hosted by Frank Brown and Elaine Murakami, the next jam is February 6, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Rumor has it that our Swedish guest, Jonathan Borgsjö, will be joining us at the jam, which will be followed by a potluck lunch and workshop. Bring a friend, bring a treat to share, and let’s play some hot tunes! You can plan to stay for the day! Details on the afternoon workshop are elsewhere on this website.

Need the address? Email music@skandia-folkdance.org.

—Martha Levenson

Polska Bowing workshops with Leslie Foley, 2/21 & 2/28

The Seattle Skandia Spelmanslag has invited Leslie Foley to present a series of workshops on “Bowing for Polskas” and playing as an ensemble. All fiddlers and interested musicians are welcome to attend. A $15 donation is suggested.
February 21 and 28 (Sundays), 7–9 p.m., at the Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle. Questions: frankbrownsound@msn.com.

—Frank Brown

Skandia Sound Operator class, January 30

Skandia will hold a Sound Operator class at the Cedar Valley Grange on Saturday, January 30, 2-4 p.m.

Art Hare has faithfully set-up, run, and put away the sound system for Skandia dances for 19 years. He has asked to be relieved of the constant expectation to be at every Friday night dance.

This will be a good basic class for anyone interested in learning to set up and operate a sound system. I will teach the course with Art’s help. There will be handouts and hands-on demonstrations for everyone.

I am looking forward to seeing a large turnout for this very useful training class. For planning purposes, please send me an email if you wish to attend: frankbrownsound@msn.com.

Thanks.

—Frank Brown