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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, January 2

Celebrate the start of the New Year, and get a jump (or a turn) on those resolutions, with the great music of Allspice. There will be lots of mixers, so you can requite that convivial holiday spirit (with no alcoholic spirits necessary)! To keep up the festive spirit, the teaching before the dance, by Larry Reinert and Jennifer Roach, will be the lovely Mona’s Festvals. The very traditional music for this dance was actually written by Benny Andersson, ex-member of ABBA. We will have a break set with some great polkas, as well, so don’t miss a great evening! The teaching starts at 7:30 p.m.; the dance is from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., and it all happens at the Cedar Valley Grange in Lynnwood at 20526 - 52nd Ave. W.

—Bob Hamilton

Mona’s Festvals will be played before the First Friday dance, and Larry and Jennifer will teach us how to perform it. I like to say perform it instead of learn it, as it is a
beautiful performance piece in any setting. We will just be performing it for ourselves. It is also just a fun dance. It is a mixer. You can Google the videos and music; search on “Mona’s Festvals” or “Festvals till Mona.” Most of the
recordings online are actually of the composer, Benny Andersson (of ABBA fame) playing on his accordion with the Orsa spelmanslag or his band, BAO. The tune was
written for Benny’s wife, Mona, and is a lovely listening tune. The dance has a few slight variations and often the Tiroler vals intro is left off, but we will teach that part, too. The Skandia newsletter of February 2014 has a complete dance description. You will note that it doesn’t actually have much waltzing in it.

Our neighbors, Scandi Performers Vancouver, B.C., have a nice video at:

—Jennifer Roach

Third Friday Dance, January 16

Since we are a folk dance society, we are always pleased to have the Folk Voice Band playing for our enjoyment at a Friday dance, and this dance is no exception! Come at 7:30 p.m. for the great dance hyfs (a polkette variation), taught by Don Meyers and Kathi Ploeger. The dance starts at 8:30 p.m. and goes until 11 p.m. There will be plenty of mixers and some polskas, as well, so don’t miss out on a great
evening. See you at the Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 - 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood WA!

—Bob Hamilton

A trip to Föllinge, January 16

Do you hear that lively polka or polkette and want something different to do?

Try the lively Hyfs from Föllinge in Jämtland, Sweden. It starts with a rather calm step then moves into a livelier bakmes and frammes. Both men and women do the same step, a little offset, so you can do it with any partner.

Join Don Meyers and Kathi Ploeger at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 16, and learn Hyfs. It will soon be one of your
favorite dances

—Kathi Ploeger


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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Fifth Saturday Dance

It’s true! The fifth Friday dance has moved to the fifth Saturday, and the first one is January 31, 2015. But why was this change made?

The fifth Friday dances were held for many years at the Epiphany Church. Last year, the church decided that carpeting the room that was the dance hall would best meet the needs of their school. This leaves us without a hall for our fifth Friday dances. In addition, some members find attending our regular Friday dances to be a bit challenging at the end of a work week,. An idea was floated to the Board last autumn, then, to try dancing on the fifth Saturdays, and see how the attendance would be.

The first of its kind, the January 31st fifth Saturday dance will include not only an evening dance, but also a fantastic dance workshop. Starting at 4PM, Jerry Walsh and Judy Patterson share their love of Valdresspringar, with Bill Boyd providing live hardingfele music! What a classy act you won’t want to miss!

Following the two-hour class, there will be a potluck supper, planned for approximately 6:15PM. Plan to stay, share a bite to eat, and then be ready for more dancing, starting around 7 p.m.

The evening dancing will kick off with an allspel set, likely to feature Røros Pols, mixers and some gammaldans as well. The evening will include plenty of lovely hardingfele music, again featuring Bill Boyd. How about a Vossarul, Gångar, and various Springar? You will have opportunity to work more on your Valdresspringar for sure! Rounding out the evening, the trio of Bill and Gina Boyd and Carol Olson play some rousing polskor and more.

Hosted by Jim and Margaret Noyes in their lovely Clearview home, the day’s events will be in the upstairs dance hall, including the potluck supper. The suggested admission donation is $15 for the workshop and dance, or $10 for one or the other, with donations helping to pay instructors and musicians.

Directions to the Noyes’ place follow. Questions? Email or call the Skandia Hotline at (425) 954-5262.

Directions to the Noyes home:
Jim and Margaret’s place is located at 6618 196th St. SE in Clearview (Woodinville/Snohomish/Maltby area). Their phone number is (425) 482-9848.

From I-405 north: Get off on Highway 522 going east toward Woodinville/ Monroe. Take the 3rd exit (Hwy. 9) going north. Pass Maltby Rd. and turn left on 188th SE. Next, go left on 67th and then right on 196th. It is the first driveway on the left.

Coming south on I-5: Get onto Hwy. 9 headed south. Pass Snohomish and Clearview. Turn right on 188th SE, then turn left on 67th, then turn right on 196th. It is the first driveway on the left.

—Martha Levenson