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

 

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SCANDINAVIAN BASICS:

Dates and teachers:

Basics class: March 29 to May 3

Harry Khamis and Pat Pi will teach the Scandinavian Basics dance class on Wednesdays from March 29 to May 3, 7:30–9 p.m., at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, room 2 (upper building). The class will cover snoa, schottis, reinlender, waltz, hambo, Rørospols, and other dances, if time permits. Both Scandinavian dancing and dances will be covered. Come learn the five basic principles of Scandinavian turning dances. Dancers at all levels—new, intermediate, and advanced—are welcome, as are both singles and couples. We change partners regularly during the class.

Wear smooth-soled shoes (not running shoes) with a flat heel for easy turning.

Come at 7:15 p.m. for individual attention.

The cost is $48 for the series for Skandia members (or $10 for individual classes); $55 for the series for nonmembers.

—Harry Khamis


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).

 


 

BEYOND BASICS:

Beyond Basics Class:
March 9, 16, 23, 30

Join Don and Kathi in the Beyond Basics class, March 9, 16, 23, and 30, to explore the subtleties of the Springleik from Vågå, Norway. Great tunes from this area drive a unique rhythm and svikt in the dance. Become an “Oh! They’re doing Vågå” dancer instead of an “Oh! what are they doing?” dancer. This will be our primary dance. We will also try to spend some time with Åtabaks polska from Föllinge, Sweden.

The 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.

—Don Meyers

 


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

 

 

 


Music Workshops and Jams

Skandia music jam

SKANDIA JAM. It’s time for the South Sound Jam! Join musical friends at the University Place home of Leslie Foley for this great event, Saturday, March 4, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. All instruments are welcome, so bring yours, and let’s make some great music together! As always, feel free to bring a recording device, and snacks are appreciated. Need the address? Email music@skandia-folkdance.org