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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, February 5

First Friday, February 5, is Vinterdansen, an event guaranteed to fill the night with light. Skolkis (Vicki Watt Warshaw, Martha Levenson, EJ Landsman, and Emma Anderson) will be joined by visiting Swedish fiddler and composer Jonathan Borgsjö (see article, below) and Peter Michaelsen (hardingfele). This event begins at 8 p.m., with no dance teaching. My feet are humming just thinking about it.

—Leslie Foley


Join Skolkis with special guest Jonathan Borgsjö (Sweden), as well as our own Peter Michaelsen, for Vinterdans, the hottest party around on a cold winter’s night! It’s all happening on Friday, February 5, at the Cedar Valley Grange. There is no pre-dance teaching on this special evening; dancing starts with Skolkis, plus Jonathan, at 8 p.m. Later, Peter brings out the hardingfele for a change of pace, and the evening closes with Skolkis and Peter playing together for your dancing pleasure. But, how did it come to be that Jonathan is visiting and sharing his talents?

Two summers ago, Martha Levenson, Skolkis fiddler, met Jonathan Borgsjö (left) at a dinner party hosted by friends in Norrköping, Sweden, where Jonathan lives. After playing some great tunes and having a visit from a hedgehog (no lie!) they got to talking about tunes they had made. The two exchanged albums, and a friendship was born. In the autumn of 2015, Skolkis released its second album, G.F.B.!, which included one of Jonathan’s tunes. Upon hearing it the first time, Jonathan later confessed, “It made me cry, it was so beautiful.” (Well, Jonathan, Skolkis felt the same way about playing the tune…)

Now, Skandia members get the benefit at Vinterdans! Jonathan has saved his precious vacation time to be in Seattle, and to get to know Skolkis and the Skandia community of musicians and dancers. His tunes have come into Skolkis’ repertoire, and the band is excited to play them together with the composer. “It’s been a wonderful musical collaborative experience, especially since we’ve never met!” exclaimed fiddler Vicki Watt Warshaw. She continued, “It’s become a real exchange, because he wanted to learn some of Martha’s tunes, too.”

Jonathan, who grew up folk dancing, did not start playing the violin until he was fourteen. He had been at many dances with live music, and loved the sound of the fiddle. He spent a couple of years taking lessons, but is largely self-taught as a fiddler and as a composer. His first compositions appeared in 1987, and now there are more than one hundred tunes, in total! Of composing, Jonathan says, “The tunes often just come to me, and I feel compelled to stop what I am doing, and pick up my fiddle.” The melodies range from bouncy and energetic schottisar to driving slängpolskor, sweet waltzes, and even a Finnskogspols!

Come in from the cold, dance to your heart’s delight, and enjoy the music of all of these fine musicians! And if you are interested in visiting more with Jonathan, he plans to attend the first Saturday jam session (see article elsewhere in the newsletter) and share some of his tunes in a workshop on Saturday afternoon. Both of those events are hosted by Frank Brown and Elaine Murakami.

More information about the workshop and/or jam can be had by emailing

—Martha Levenson

Third Friday Dance, February 19

Third Friday, February 19, beginning at 8:30 p.m., Dansaspel (Liz Gabay, Robin Brown, Collin Topolski, Susan Curley, and Carol Olson) will fill the entire evening with a combination of gammaldans, bygdedans, and a few mixers to get you, well, mixed. Preceding the dance, at 7:30, Harry Khamis and Judy Patterson will teach a new dance called “Polska efter Ture Bäckstam.” This dance was finalized just last August through the work of researchers Elna Holm-Sörnas and Lennart Sörnas and was written up by Lisa Hägglund and Anders Gustafson. Harry Khamis translated the dance description into English. Thank heavens for that! And thank heavens for Dansaspel, who will play tunes for us to practice this new dance a few times during the evening.

—Leslie Foley


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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