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





Dates and teachers:

Basics class, Wednesdays, October 21–December 2,

Skandia Basics, part 2

You brought some friends to the Ball. They are enthusiastic and want to learn more. Now what? Or maybe you want to practice some of the basic dances, or just go out and have fun dancing. Here’s the place to go. Don Meyers and Kathi Ploeger teach the six-week Skandia Basics series starting October 21. We’ll review dances from earlier series and add some more dances to your repertoire. No partner needed.
Smooth-soled shoes will help you turn.

When: Wednesdays, October 21 through December 2
(no class Thanksgiving week)

Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 2

—Kathi Ploeger

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.

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:


Skandia Basics coming to Kirkland!

In addition to the Basics classes at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, five-week series of Skandia Basics classes have been approved by Kirkland Parks and Skandia. Full details appear in the Kirkland Parks catalog and at their website,

Two five-class Thursday series are scheduled: 1/14/2016 to 2/11/16 and 2/25/2016 to 3/24/16. The class series will emphasize the waltz and hambo. The lead instructor is Patrick McMonagle. You must register in advance for these classes and registration details are in the Kirkland Parks Catalog and on their website. Advanced registration is needed by Kirkland to verify that the classes have enough students. Class pricing will be different, because Kirkland residents get a price break ($50 for Kirkland residents and $60 for non-Kirkland residents). Please note that Skandia membership does not affect the price.

Kelly’s announcement of these classes at Midsommarfest generated a number of inquiries at the Skandia booth, so, please pass the word among your Eastside friends.


(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).


Dates and teachers:

Beyond Basics class, Thursdays, October 29–November 19,

This fall, we’ll spend time with glorious dances from Dalarna: the polskas from Orsa, Boda, and Rättvik. Whether you are new to one or more of these dances or have taken many a spin around the floor in a Dalarna-inspired evening, you will gain skills and increased confidence. What better way to spend a fall evening? Join teachers Elaine Mathies and partner at Phinney Neighborhood Center.

Class meets in the lower building of the Phinney
Neighborhood Center, Room 32, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Skandia members, $40; nonmembers, $48.

—Elaine Mathies

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)



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

New Event! Targeted Dance Practice Session on October 8th

On Thursday, October 8th, you'll have another chance to practice a handful of dances to get them better engrained in your feet. The dance practice session will target recently taught dances such as Hyfs, Mazurka från Eda (if it's new to you, it's OK, we will walk through it), and others. We will have music that works for both Åtabaks and Gammalvänster. Join us at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 from 7:15-9:00pm. We will be upstairs in Room #32 in the lower building. The room will be open at 7pm, with the music scheduled to start at 7:15pm. The cost is $7 for Skandia members and $10 for non-members. We'll have fun with the dances, hone our skills, and get some good exercise. The Targeted Practice Session is not "taught" but we will have reminders for each of the dances and we will answer questions. If you have other dances that you would like to practice at a future Targeted Dance Practice Session, send us your suggestions at:

-Nancy Neuerburg

Music Workshops and Jams

Danish music workshop

Hone your Scandinavian music skills in a special workshop by the prize-winning and engaging Danish musicians Kristian Bugge (fiddle) and Mette Jensen (accordion). This
workshop will take place in Seattle on Saturday afternoon, October 10, 1–4 p.m., at the home of Lyn and Kelly Blanchard. Come on out to 10401 11th Ave NW, Seattle
WA 98177 for some wonderful teaching!

—Leslie Foley

About the workshop:
In the workshop we will work on traditional music from a few of the most famous Danish folk music regions. Kristian has been specializing in musical dialects from around the country. Some of the richest areas are small islands like Læsø and Fanø and the northwestern region called Thy, and Kristian’s home region around the town of Vejle on the Jutland east coast. The repertoire consists of old dance tunes: whirling walzes, happy polkas, groovy jigs, fiery reels, and breathless hopsas, plus the exotic “Sønderhoning” dance tunes from the island of Fanø. So, there is more than enough to work on for an afternoon workshop like this. You’ll get some good tunes to take home and some of the spicy stories about musicians, their
lives, and ways to party. We’ll mainly play by ear, so bring some simple recording equipment.

—Kristian Bugge



Music jams

Like migrating birds, the jamming musicians are on the move for the October jam. The jam, hosted by Leslie Foley, is on Saturday, October 3, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at her home in University Place, near Tacoma. Bring your instrument(s), a friend, perhaps a yummy snack to share, and consider what favorite tunes you’d like to play! Leslie’s address is 8609 42nd St. W., University Place, WA. Need
directions? Call Leslie at (253) 905-6028.

—Martha Levenson

Musicians jam Sunday, October 18

After you’ve danced and played the night away at the Skandia Ball, you’ll be eager to jam with our visiting Swedish musicians. You’ll have time to sleep in, then come on over and jam at Kathi Ploeger and Don Meyers’ house from 1 to 3 p.m. The address is 7016 17th Ave NW, Ballard (Seattle). If you need directions, you may call Kathi at (206) 499-7717 or Don at (206) 619-4510. Dancers are welcome, as space allows.

—Kathi Ploeger