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, March 3
At 7:30, Judy Patterson and Jerry Walsh teach Hambopolska from Föllinge. At 8:30, Dansaspel will take the stage. This is a five-member band with even more instruments! Come and twirl around to the sound of fiddles, octave fiddle, viola, guitar, clarinet, accordion, and electric keyboard. They’ll be playing polskas that are being taught in the Beyond Basics class, and plenty of gammaldans and mixers for all to enjoy!
March 3 teaching features Hambopolska from Föllinge!
Föllinge is a small village in northern Sweden, with long- cherished music and dance traditions. Come learn a lively and accessible variation on hambo March 3, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jerry Walsh and Judy Patterson will guide you through the parts of this unique dance and help you make it your own. Regardless of whether you are learning this dance for the first time or refining your skills, dancers of all levels are welcome. See you at the Grange!
Third Friday Dance, March 17
At 7:30, Patrick McMonagle and Marjorie Nugent teach hambo variations. At 8:30, David Lamb will take the stage with a host of fiddling compatriots—the group known as Jam with Lamb! Between them, they will give you a mix of favorite polskas, gammaldans, and a few mixers. As a bonus, Bill Boyd will bring his hardingfele for a few springars, and Irene Myers will play a couple of springleiks. They are also planning to play for requests at the end of the evening, so if you have a special favorite that doesn’t come up very often, this is your chance to dance it!
March 17, hambo variations
On March 17, Patrick McMonagle & Marjorie Nugent will go over some hambo variations and a mazurka variation. All can fit within the usual hambo pattern, though the fit may depend on the speed of the music. Pat learned these from Gordon Tracie in the ‘60s. Some were never very popular at Scandia or in Sweden, but all add spice to the usual hambo dance, while not interrupting the flow of the usual hambo. Notes to most of these were published by the Stockton Folk Dance Camp. On the Web, search for “Stockton Folk Dance Camp Syllabi” and look at or download the 1954 syllabus, a pdf file. Gordon’s section of the document has pages numbered 103 to 115, but your pdf viewer will call those pages 107 to 132. Reading this was a blast from the past for Pat, seeing Gordon’s distinctive writing style again. (Note that there are mistakes in this document.)
We will teach the following variations. We assume dancers know one or both of the first two, probably as the “hambo.”
- Vanlig hambo, the smooth hambo turn most popular in Sweden in the ‘50s.
- Nighambo, the dip hambo, the most popular in America in the 1900s and Sweden in the ‘80s.
- Stöthambo or Stockholm hambo, the bouncing hambo, useful on crowded floors with quick tunes, like those old 78-rpm recordings.
- Hambopolketta, a polka mazurka fitting within hambo music and the hambo pattern.
- Hambopolska, maybe, since it moves on the floor at a different speed.
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.