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

 

JandJ

 

SCANDINAVIAN BASICS:

Dates and teachers:

April 1 through May 6, 7:30–9 p.m.

Phinney Neighborhood Center, upper building, room 2

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

Cost:
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.

Patrick McMonagle, instructor, seeks true beginners. We have 5 sessions in April; that is enough to get a crowd through waltz, polka, schottis, hambo (and thus the final test; the mixer, Jägermarsch), along with snoa, a mazurka or two, and a handful of other mixers.

Your friends may be interested. Here is the official McMonagle qualification test:

The Skandia Beginners Class starts April 1st (no fool’n) in the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103. Cost: $48 for Skandia members and $55 for others.

—Patrick McMonagle

 

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. 

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.

For more information, please contact: frankbrownjr@hotmail.com.

(information on dance shoes)


BEYOND BASICS:

Dates and teachers:

Thursdays, Apr 30 - May 21, 2015--- 7:30– 9 p.m.

Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 32 (lower building).

Jerry Walsh and Judy Patterson will teach the dances introduced at Springdans NW on four consecutive Thursdays, starting April 30. If you don’t know Finnkogspols and Slängpolska, a great dance adventure awaits you. Think you’ve mastered them? Then see if your skills can use a tune-up.

Skandia members, $40; nonmembers, $48.

—Judy Patterson

 


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

Price for the series: $40; nonmembers, $48.

Tom and Bonnie Berglund teaching Bondpolska från Överhärde and Bingsjö variations

(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 Instructors' Teaching Schedule January - June 2015


Dance Workshops

 

 

 


Music Workshops and Jams

Skandia jam

April’s jam session is no foolery! Hosted by Chris Dunkle, the jam is on Saturday, April 4, in the Central District of Seattle, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Won’t you bring your instrument(s), some great tunes, a yummy snack to share and maybe even a friend? Join us at 915 16th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122. It’s a big purple house, on 16th between Spring and Marion. Need directions? Call Chris at (206) 355-8508.

—Martha Levenson

 

Swedish Slängpolska music workshop

On Sunday, April 12, in the evening, all Skandia musicians are invited to attend a Slängpolska music workshop led by Seattle fiddler Ellen Wijsman. Slängpolska is a triple-meter dance style from southern Sweden that can be described as a “swing-polska”—quite likely the original form of partner turning, dating back to the early 1600s. The music and dance both have a jazz/swing quality, with more improvisation than the music and dance from other parts of Sweden.

Ellen visited Småland in 2002 and found the music and dance to be very elegant. Hosted by the Seattle Skandia Spelmanslag, 7–9 p.m.

Swedish Club Three Crowns Room, 1920 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle.
$15 donation suggested.

Bring a recording device if you wish. Questions? Email frankbrownjr@hotmail.com.

—Frank Brown