Skandia Folkdance Society offers different levels of folkdance classes plus special dances and workshops.
Dates and teachers:
02-19-2014 to 03-26-2014: Barbara Budd & Larry Reinert
04-02-2014 to 05-07-2014: Judy Patterson & Jerry Walsh
05-14-2014 to 06-18-2014: Elaine Murakami & Frank Brown
Basics dance classes will continue February 19 through March 26 with Larry Reinert and Barbara Budd as the instructors. Classes will include simple but interesting dances from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Just because you can’t pronounce them doesn’t mean you won’t be able to dance them. They’ll teach Firetur fra Romerike, a stately four-person set dance; Vals fra Fosen, a nice alternative waltz to the “pan-Scandinavian waltz” (as Larry calls it), which will also be taught/reviewed; Pero, a fun Danish mixer; Trava/Sonderhoning, three-beat turning to 2/4 music; and more schottis/reinlender variations, so there will be lots of good practice for upcoming dances.
Going Danish warm-up, March 5
BASICS: Sønderhoning On Wednesday March 5th, Larry Reinert and Barbara Budd will provide an extra warm-up for the Danish weekend. Everyone is welcome to learn/review Sønderhoning. The drop-in fee is $10 for Skandia members for the one class, for those of you not already registered for the basics series. It will be taught in the upper building, room 2, of Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle. Maybe we can get a warm-up on the proper pronunciation of Sønderhoning, also.
Come join us at Phinney Neighborhood Center 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Room 2, upper building, Phinney Neighborhood Center, for six weeks of great instruction, great music, and lots of fun.
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. Minimum of eight participants. (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. This person will not be included in the minimum class count of 8 unless converted to a series participant.
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.
Dances from prior Basics classes this year will be reviewed and danced, such as hambo, schottis, waltz, snoa, basic polska, Røros Pols, gammaldans mixers, and more! The price for the six-week class series is $48 for members; $55 for nonmembers. Skandia members may drop-in to individual classes for $10. We hope to see you there!
Phinney Neighborhood Center
Room 2, Blue upper building
7:30 pm to 9 pm
(See driving directions below)
Beyond Basics class visits Sweden and Norway
March Beyond Basics class March 13 through April 3, 2014. Larry Reinert and Elaine Mathies will teach Telegangar from Norway and Rättviks Polska from Sweden, along with the Norwegian mazurka Springdans fra Höbel. Class will be held on consecutive Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Room 32, lower building, at Seattle’s Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The series price for members is $40, and $48 for nonmembers. Telegangar is one of the most accessible of the Norwegian bygdedanser: the music is stately and even, and many of the figures are shared with the closely related Telespringar. If you are new to Norwegian bygdedans, this is a good place to start. The polska from Rättvik is a popular dance from eastern Dalarna in Sweden. The character is both smooth and powerful, and the dance fits music frequently played at our evening dances. The lively Norwegian mazurka Springdans fra Höbel rounds out the class series. We look forward to sharing these dances with you. See you at class.
—Elaine Mathies and Larry Reinert
Beyond Basics meets for three-week sessions on Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Beyond Basics classes are held at the Phinney Center in the lower building in Room 32. The cost is $40 for members and $48 for nonmembers. Students may drop-in to individual classes for $12 with advanced approval from the instructor. Questions? Contact Emma Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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).
Do your feet speak Danish? Does your instrument? Both can learn March 8, when the Skandia Folkdance Society invites one and all to a special community event—Going Danish! This two-event extravaganza begins with a music workshop in the afternoon and is followed by an evening dance featuring easy Danish folk dances that are simple to master and appropriate for any skill level.
For musicians from all around the Pacific Northwest, the fun begins at 1 p.m. in Seattle’s Crown Hill neighborhood. Musicians will read through tunes matching dances to be taught in the evening, with the hopes that they will come into repertoire. The workshop is free for Skandia members and children under 18, and costs $10 for nonmembers. If participants wish, they may buy a booklet of the tunes played for a nominal fee. But wait, musicians, that isn’t all! You are invited to be part of the evening’s jam band, which will play for dancing. Attending the workshop? Be sure to bring a music stand, your instrument (s), and a snack to share if you like.
Danish lessons for the feet? Yes! From 7 to 10 p.m., you can learn the dances with teachers from Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. All dances will be taught—easy mixers, pattern dances, and set dances. No fancy moves are required; the dances are fun and require no previous experience! Bring friends and family, young and not-quite-as-young, for an evening of dancing and socializing. The dance is being held at the LDS Meeting House, located in Shoreline at 14901 – 30th Ave. NE. Admission is by a suggested donation of $5 for an adult, or $10 for a family. You can add to the evening by contributing a delicious snack for the mid-evening break.
If you have questions or would like location details for the music workshop, contact Martha at email@example.com, or call the Skandia hotline at (425) 954-5262.
Start March out at the monthly Skandia Jam, Saturday, March 1, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Shoreline area. Bring your instruments, a friend, a snack to share if you like, and the tune you want to play the most! For complete location details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (425) 954-5262. All are welcome. —Martha Levenson email@example.com