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





Dates and teachers:

September 10 through October 15
October 22 through November 26

Barbara Budd and Larry Reinert will take over from Frank and Elaine for the second session of Skandia’s Basics class. Expect to continue some of the dances they taught, and to add some new variations of familiar dances.

There is always a new element you can try out. Perhaps you’ve tried something before, and we can help make it work. Perhaps you’ve seen a figure that you haven’t figured out; we can help you with that, too. We’ll even encourage trying out your partner’s part. It’s useful to know both sides of a dance. It helps you to realize what you, or your partner, can do to improve the feel of a dance.

There will be schottisches and reinlenders, perhaps a new waltz and pols/polska to work on. We’ll make sure that any of the dances are accessible to any new class members. If you have friends you want to join in your Wednesday evening activities, they’re welcome to join you and us. If you haven’t danced for a while, here’s a chance to get back into practice. We will be open to suggestions of dances you want to learn, especially if you tell us about them before the sessions start, 7:30 on Wednesday, the 22nd of October.

—Larry Reinert

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.

For more information, please contact:

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


Dates and teachers:

September 11 through October 2
October 23 through November 12

Looking for dance opportunities after the Ball? Join Larry Reinert and Elaine Mathies for the four-week Beyond Basics series starting Thursday, October 23.

From Dalarna, we’ll cover the magical Boda polska. Discover why this dance is such a favorite, and make its distinctive svikt (up and down motion) your own. Dalarna also brings us the haunting melodies and unique footwork of Orsa polska. Finally, we head north for the stately Senpolska från Torp.

Experience these popular dances in class as you improve your skills and look forward to the many dance parties to come.

When: Thursdays, October 23, 30, November 5, 12
Time: 7:30–9 p.m.
Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 32 (lower building)
Price for the series: $40; nonmembers, $48

—Elaine Mathies


(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).

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Dance Workshops

Twelve "Wicked Good" Ways to Waltz
Workshop on Oct 4th


Expand your waltz repertoire!  Come to a fun Twelve Ways to Waltz Workshop on Saturday, October 4th, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center in Seattle.  The workshop is designed for both beginning and experienced dancers, so a good time should be had by all.  The class will feature a range of Scandinavian dances to waltz music, including fun, old favorites and some new waltz variants.  Shoes with non-sticky soles are recommended, so you can turn easier.

Sign up early and save $5.  To pre-register, simply e-mail your name and the names of your guests, if any, to by October 3rd. The cost of the workshop will be $20 for each pre-registered individual.  Without pre-registration, day-of-workshop admittance will be $25 per person.  No partner or prior dance experience is necessary.

Time:      9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.           
Place:     Phinney Neighborhood Center
              6532 Phinney Ave N
              Seattle, WA 98103
Room:    Community Hall (lower level of the lower Brick Building)
Lunch:    Please bring a sack lunch



Music Workshops and Jams

Skandia jam

The birds are heading south, and so are we! The October 4 jam session will be at the home of Leslie Foley, in University Place, near Tacoma. Plenty of hot tunes, good friends, and tasty eats! Bring your instrument (s) and something yummy to share, and join the joyful noise from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Remember, it’s always O.K. to record while people are jamming! Questions? Email The address and directions follow.

Leslie Foley
8609 42nd St West
University Place, WA 98466
Tel: (253) 460-0463

From I-5 in Tacoma:

—Martha Levenson