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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!

No experience is required, so encourage friends and family to begin their dance journey. Shoes with soles that turn easily are a plus. Questions? Call the instructors at (206) 784-8959 or email

—Judy Patterson


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:
03-13-2014 to
04-03-2014: Elaine Mathies & Larry Reinert
05-01-2014 to 05-22-2014: Jennifer Roach & Larry Reinert

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


(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

It’s spring—the time of longer days, sunnier weather, and lots more music! Jam sessions continue on Saturday, April 5, from 9:30 to noon at the Lake Forest Park home of Silje Sodal and Pete Claar. Bring your instrument and a snack to share, and spend a relaxing morning playing great tunes! Silje and Pete’s address is 18492 43rd Ave. NE in Lake Forest Park. Questions? Email

—Martha Levenson