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First and Third Fridays of each month
TIME:: Teaching 7:30 - 8:30, Open dancing 8:30 - 11:00
LOCATION: Cedar Valley Grange, 20526-52nd Ave. West, Lynnwood Yahoo Map

Skandia members, $10; nonmembers, $15; kids, free


First Friday Dance, November 7

The “party’s on” for the November 7 dance. Skolkis will ratchet up the fun at Skandia’s November 7 dance, with the release of the group’s new CD, Go for Broke! Don’t miss this merry evening, when Emma Anderson, Vicki Watt Warshaw, EJ Landsman, and Martha Levenson play Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and other CD selections. Come and dance to a lovely mix of their original compositions, as well as tunes by renowned Scandinavian artists who have influenced the group the past two years.

There’s more good news! Also playing for your dancing pleasure will be Kris Johansson & friends, who dish up lively Scandinavian dance music, including many Skandia favorites.

Will there be gammaldanser? Yup. Polskor? You bet. Dances suitable for beginners? Of course (mixers will abound)!

In keeping with Skandia’s focus on welcoming and including all, please invite your family, friends, neighbors, and dancers from other venues to this fun-filled evening. After all, when was the last time they experienced the “birth” of a CD?

Remember, there’s no party like a CD release party, and this dance is the perfect way to introduce Skandia to newcomers. See you at the Grange!

—Judy Patterson

First Friday Dance teaching

At our First Friday dance, Pat McMonagle will be teaching Trommelvals*, Bitte Mand i Knibe,* and a familjevals of some sort (we have choices here, you know). All of these are group (set) dances, and you don’t need a partner, as we will provide partners for everyone who looks interested or doesn’t resist. Familjevals is a mixer, so don’t worry, ladies. You will quickly get to dump that fella who asked you to dance. (So, to those fellas who are complaining right now at the assumption that fellas are supposed to ask ladies to dance: If you ever get asked to dance by a woman, you had better not have a “sore” anything, but get up and dance.)

Trommelvals and Familjevals were both taught at our recent waltz workshop, and everyone looked happy there, so we expect you to look happy on Friday, also. Both Trommelvals and Bitte Mand i Knibe contain the Tyroler Vals, which is Danish, so we’ve snuck in three dances for the unreasonably low price of two. (Did you know: “Sneaked” versus “snuck” is one of those classic grammarian conundrums that you’ll hear word enthusiasts debate all the time. Writer’s Digest?)

How come Pat’s always listed as teaching by himself and everyone else gets a dance partner? OK, have a good time. See ya’ there.

—Jennifer Roach

*Indicates cardio dances.

Third Friday Dance, November 21

Get a great start on Julefest weekend by dancing to some great music with our neighborly friends Sammenspil at the Cedar Valley Grange. They’ll be playing on their lovely grouping of instruments that can include nyckelharpa, flute, clarinet, accordion and even pump organ!. The dance starts at 8:30 p.m., but the teaching starts at 7:30 p.m. with Barbara Budd and Larry Reinert and the Norskmazurka. See you there!

—Chris Dunkle

Teaching at the Third Friday Dance

Hey, we had Mazurka month in November last year, so maybe we’re on to something here. On the 3rd Friday of November, Larry Reinert and Barbara Budd will be teaching Norsk Mazurka. So I asked, “Are we talking about a Norwegian dance, or some other dance called a Norwegian dance that isn’t Norwegian,” as Norwegians wouldn’t call their own dance “Norsk?” So, yes. It is a Norwegian dance and the Norwegian’s don’t call it “Norsk.” We call it Norsk. The Norwegian name is Døle Masurka. Døle is the word for valley and as I look at a map of Norway (which has lots of valleys), valleys lead into fjords, and fjords have lots of water in them, so this makes sense. If you aren’t all wet by the time you finish the lesson, you’ll need a cold bath, anyway.

The mazurka (in Polish, mazurek) is a Polish folk dance in triple meter, usually at a lively tempo, and with the accent on the second or third beat. The musical style of the mazurek is always found to have either a triplet, trill, dotted eighth-note (quaver) pair, or an ordinary eighth-note pair before two quarter notes. The mazurek spread throughout Europe in the early 19th century, and at that time became popular in both Sweden and Norway. Generally, we think of mazurkas as a pattern dance, with some sort of hoppy/ bouncy intro followed by a fast polska turn, followed by a hot/bouncy part and a hot/polska part and a hot/bouncy part and a lot of heavy breathing while hoping that the band doesn’t play longer than we can continue to dance. So this is, in fact, a really hot dance to learn. If we do real good on the first dance, I’m sure Larry will direct us in a second hot and sweaty masurka, so bring a towel.

—Jennifer Roach

Driving directions to Cedar Valley Grange.....
From I-5, take exit 179 (northbound or southbound). Drive east on 220th to the stop sign at 52nd, then a short mile north to the Cedar Valley Grange on your left.
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Spooky Fifth Friday Dance

Trick or treat! October’s Fifth Friday Dance falls on Halloween, October 31. Join the fun at the home of Jerry Walsh and Judy Patterson. Dancing starts at 8 p.m. and costumes are optional. More information will follow.

—Martha Levenson


Driving directions to Cedar Valley Grange.....
From I-5, take exit 179 (northbound or southbound). Drive east on 220th to the stop sign at 52nd, then a short mile north to the Cedar Valley Grange on your left.
Yahoo Map