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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 4

At 7:30, Larry Reinert and Elaine Mathies will teach Telegangar, a stately and popular dance from Telemark, accompanied by hardingfele music. The figures for this dance can also be used for the lively Telespringar. At 8:30, an unexpected recent local phenomenon—a blossoming of interest in playing the hardingfele—brings us a unique musical event. Tonight, Peter Michaelson leads a group of new students on the instrument. They’ll play a nice range of dances, with reinlenders, springars, gangars, and more. Next up will be the lively young folks of the Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag. Peter will play some solo hardingfele, and then switch to flat fiddle as Emma Anderson and Martha Levenson join him to close out the evening in fine form.

—Chris Dunkle


Third Friday Dance, November 18

For the class at 7:30, Lisa Brooks and Larry Reinert will teach Gothenburg Mazurka. Despite its name, this graceful Swedish dance does not use the classic mazurka step, but can be done to waltz music. This dance is sometimes called “Segle” and sometimes “the drunken sailor dance”; you can almost feel the ocean waves in this dance from a port city. Regular Swedes did this folk dance at parties at least through the 1970s; it is fun to see videos of them dancing in high heels and street clothes ( watch?v=WJLEFTLvM6s). Tonight’s dance features the joyful sound of Northern Exposure, the fine Norwegian gammaldans band from Olympia, playing a variety of gammaldans and mixers, with some polskor thrown in. They play a style that’s infectiously danceable, with a delightful mix of something for everyone.

—Chris Dunkle

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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