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

 

JandJ

 

SCANDINAVIAN BASICS:

Dates and teachers:

Basics class:

Wednesdays, March 30–May 4

Spring into Scandinavian dance basics with Larry Reinert and Søren Huber! In addition to the standard Basics repertoire (schottis, snoa, waltz, and hambo), we will be teaching polka and Rørospols. No prior dance experience or partner required; smooth-soled shoes recommended.

When: Wednesdays, March 30–May 4, 7:30–9 p.m.

Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 2

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

—Søren Huber

Wednesdays, May 11-June 15

A new six-week Basics Scandinavian dance class series starts May 11th. Experienced dancers are also invited to come and dance with our Basics students, have fun, and get exercise. Larry Reinert and Nancy Neuerburg will teach the standard Basics repertoire (schottis, snoa, waltz, and hambo), and will continue teaching Rørospols. No prior dance experience or partner required; smooth-soled shoes recommended.

When: Wednesdays, May 11–June 15, 7:30–9 p.m.

Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room2

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

—Nancy Neuerburg

 

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.

(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).

 


Eastside dance class

Thursdays at Peter Kirk Center in Kirkland, 7:30–9 p.m.

Must pre-register.

April 21–May 26: Pat McMonagle teaches—Scandinavian Folk Dance
June 2–23: Pat McMonagle teaches—Swedish Midsummer Dances
July 7–28: Pat McMonagle teaches—Beginning Scandinavian Folk Dance
August 4–18: Larry Reinert teaches—Norwegian Pols Folk Dances

 


BEYOND BASICS:

Dates and teachers:

Four Thursdays: April 21– May 12, 7:30–9 p.m.

Have a ball with Kall, y’all, at Beyond Basics

Expand your Swedish dance repertoire at the Beyond Basics class, April 21 to May 12. Jerry Walsh and Judy Patterson will teach Jämtland dances that share a nifty common quick step.

Kall dances are energizing—but not tiring—and they elevate endorphins. We’ll mix things up with polska, polka, schottis, or waltz.

Our goal for you is to answer enthusiastically, “You bet!” when a dance partner says, “How about Kall?” See you at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 32, upstairs in the lower building. Series: $40 members (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).


(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

Triple-header for May 26 Targeted Dance Practice

Focus dances for Thursday, May 26, include Åtabakspolska (May’s First Friday focus dance), Springleik fra Dovre (to be taught at Springdans, May 13–16) and Mazurka från Eda (slated for pre-dance teaching on May 20).

Judy Patterson and Jerry Walsh will lead this focused review session. Come, reinforce what you already know about these dances, and increase your skill and confidence level.

—Judy Patterson


Plan ahead: upcoming Skandia dance classes

Classes beginning in March appear elsewhere in this website. However, you might want to plan ahead for these future Skandia dance classes:

Basics
Wednesdays at Phinney Center, 7:30–9 p.m.
May 11–June 15: Larry Reinert and Nancy Neuerburg

Basics
Thursdays at Peter Kirk Center in Kirkland, 7:30–9 p.m. Must pre-register.
April 21–May 26: Pat McMonagle teaches—Scandinavian Folk Dance
June 2–23: Pat McMonagle teaches—Swedish Midsummer Dances
July 7–28: Pat McMonagle teaches—Beginning Scandinavian Folk Dance
August 4–18: Larry Reinert teaches—Norwegian Pols Folk Dances

Beyond Basics
Thursdays at Phinney Center, 7–9 p.m.
April 21–May 12: Jerry Walsh and Judy Patterson teach Kall suite: polska, polka (or Hyfs), schottis, waltz

Targeted Dance Review Sessions
Thursdays at Phinney Center from 7–9 p.m. These fun practice sessions target recently taught dances and requests from the participants. At a minimum, the following dances will be reviewed. More information will be available as we get closer to the dates.
April 7: Sigdals mazurka, Gammalpolska från Föllinge, Senpolska från Torp
May 26: Springleik fra Dovre

 


Music Workshops and Jams

Skandia music jam

Join hosts Bill and Gina Boyd for the May jam, on Saturday May 7, 2016. As always, music starts at 9:30 a.m. and continues until noon. Bring your instrument(s), your favorite tunes, and a snack to share if you like. Come on over to 7728 21st Ave NW in Seattle, and join the fun! Questions? Call (206) 784-4783.

—Martha Levenson

 

Listening Workshop coming

Save the date for our popular Listening Workshop #1! Improve your skills at understanding the music and deciding what to dance. Join us on Thursday, June 2nd, from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 32. More information to come.

—Nancy Neuerburg