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





Dates and teachers:
04-02-2014 to 05-07-2014: Judy Patterson & Jerry Walsh
05-14-2014 to 06-18-2014: Elaine Murakami & Frank Brown

Wednesday evenings, April 2 through May 7, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Judy Patterson and Jerry Walsh will teach easy Scandinavian dances at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA. (Room 2, upper building).

They’ll touch on material taught in quarters one and two, and open the door to the wonders of waltz. Class will be a blend of couple dances and mixers, with emphasis on improving balance, partnering skills, and dancing to a variety of Scandinavian music. Jerry and Judy will offer tips on leading with confidence and how to follow with ease. Expect a surprise or two!

—Judy Patterson

Wednesday evenings, May 14 through June 18, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Frank Brown and Elaine Murakami will use the fun and exciting Norwegian dance Rørospols to teach the basics of Scandinavian folk dancing at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA, (room 2, upper building; the last class, on June 18, will be in room 7).

We will learn to dance as a couple, with emphasis on improving balance, partnering skills, and dancing to a variety of Scandinavian music.

No experience is required, so encourage friends and family to join us. Shoes with soles that turn easily are a plus. Questions? Call the instructors at (206) 782-3734 or email Series prices: Skandia members, $48; nonmembers, $55.

—Frank Brown

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!

—Emma Anderson

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


Dates and teachers:
05-01-2014 to 05-22-2014: Jennifer Roach & Larry Reinert

Beyond Basics class visits Sweden and Norway

Beyond Basics starts May 1, on Thursdays for 4 weeks, at the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center, Room 32, lower building. Larry Reinert and Jennifer Roach will teach Springleik fra Vågå and some Föllinge dances (something taught at Springdans). Those who went to Sprindans can brush up on Föllinge dances, and those who didn’t can catch up. We will make sure everyone gets good practice time. Föllinge is in northern Sweden.

Springleik fra Vågå I think of as the calmer cousin of Valdresspringer, which was taught in January. Both Valdres and Vågå are located in the center mountains of the fatter southern part of Norway, just 100 km apart—NW of Oslo, NE of Bergen, and SW of Trondheim.

The dances have some similarities in pattern and footwork, but not in tempo and feel. Springleik fra Vågå has a sublime feel, graceful and gentle. We are fortunate to have several musicians in the Seattle area who can play the pretty tunes, and Irene Meyer has volunteered to play for some of our classes, so we will have the pleasure of live music during instruction.

—Jennifer Roach


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


(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

On Saturday morning (May 31st), Peter and Ole lead a dance workshop at the Cedar Valley Grange, starting at 10 a.m. and wrapping up at 12:30 p.m. Planned teaching includes not only dances from Fanø, but other choices that may include Femspring, a dance from neighboring Mandø Island, dances from Oksobel, a village on the West coast of Denmark, Engelsk, and Hopsa. The cost of the workshop is $25.


Music Workshops and Jams

Skandia jam

When most people think of jam, they think of fruity spread and a piece of toast. But local Skandia musicians think a little differently! Every first Saturday of the month from October to June, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, musicians meet to play music, socialize, and build community—a jam! Within a two-and-a-half hour session, about thirty tunes will be played, with musicians building harmonies.

Who picks the tunes? The musicians do. Our tradition is that musicians sit in a circle. The person who is convening the jam picks the first tune, and then the person on their left picks the next tune. This continues all the way around the circle, and is repeated until the time is gone. It is customary to end with a waltz. Tunes are typically not taught, but rather musicians try to pick tunes that are commonly played so that as many in the circle as possible can join in.

Are you welcome? Absolutely! Jam sessions are for everyone, musicians and dancers alike. Depending on the location of the session, there may or may not be dance space available, but listeners are always appreciated. There is no cost to attend, but a contribution toward munchies is always welcome.

Would you enjoy hosting a music session in your home? Skandia’s Music Committee is looking for hosts, starting in October of this year. If you would like to host, please contact the Music Committee at

Upcoming jams are scheduled as follows:

May 3, 2014 in the Ballard neighborhood, near the locks
June 7, 2014 in the Lake City neighborhood

For the complete address, to volunteer to host, or for more information, please contact the Music Committee at

—Martha Levenson


Peter Uhrbrand and Ole Mauritzen join us for musician's workshop

May 31st from 2 to 4:30 p.m., at the Cedar Valley Grange. Plan to learn at least one new Sønderhoning, with current styling, plus other tunes for dances from Fanø and beyond. Musicians, it is recommended that you bring a recording device. Tunes will be taught by ear. The cost of this workshop is also $25.

—Martha Levenson