Friday, February 21, Bruce Sagan,renowned musician and composer, is coming for Vinterdans. Join us at the Cedar Valley
Grange, 20526 – 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood, from 8 – 11 p.m. Come sample tasty treats, visit with friendly folks, and dance to superb music.
An accomplished nyckelharpa, flat fiddle, and hardingfele player, Bruce will team up with talented local musicians Peter Michaelsen and Irene Myers to present a musical feast. The fun continues, as Paradocs, (Ellen Wijsman and Nancy Morrison, recently of Skandia Ball fame), present a fine selection of Nordic tunes. Add to the evening the sweet and sassy music of Skolkis (Vicki Watt Warshaw, Liz Landsman, Martha Levenson, and Emma Anderson), and what a great night we’ll have!
Bruce has visited Scandinavia numerous times to work with fiddlers and collect material. He was awarded the Zorn Diploma in Bronze on the basis of his playing before a jury of some of Sweden’s best fiddlers. This honor has been accorded to very few non-Swedes, besides Bruce and Peter Michaelsen. Click here to watch Bruce in Action!
Vinterdans is a great introduction to Nordic music and dance traditions. Won’t you invite a friend or family member, and join us for the fun?
—Judy Patterson for the Events Committee
Sagan to teach Tacoma music workshop
On Saturday, February 22, from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., join Bruce Sagan for an Uppland music workshop, featuring tunes by the famed Swedish musician, Byss-Calle. Plan to stay for the post-workshop potluck, and please bring a dish to share. The location is 8609 - 42nd St. W., University Place, in Tacoma (be sure to carpool!).
Please preregister to facilitate space setup. Call Leslie Foley at 253-905-6028 to reserve your spot. The fee is $20.00, payable at the workshop.
Sagan headlines Mountaineers Dance in Tacoma
On Saturday, February 22, at 8 p.m., Bruce Sagan will light up the winter night with his energetic music at the Tacoma Mountaineers’ Fourth Saturday Scandinavian Dance. Join us upstairs at the historic Normanna Hall, 1106 S. 15th St., Tacoma, WA.
Spelling Bruce off, and adding their own unique spark, will be North and South, comprised of Martha Levenson and Leslie Foley, joined by two of their students.
Bruce will highlight the evening playing many of his own compositions. If you haven’t heard this talented and versatile musician, you can check him out on YouTube. Simply enter “Springdans NW concert video” in the search box and marvel at his skill. Bruce’s partners in the video are Seattle’s Peter Michaelsen and Sweden’s Eva Karlsson.
For a pre-dance warmup, join us for a special class. Starting at 7 p.m., Seattle’s Judy Patterson and Jerry Walsh will teach Bingsjöpolska, a centuries-old Swedish couple turning dance.
All musicians, Seattle dancers, and South Sound dancers are invited to join us. $10 for adults; $5 for students and nondancers.
For information: Karen Goettling at (253) 759-3731 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Nancy Camenzind at (360) 491-0704 or email@example.com.
Do your feet speak Danish? Does your instrument? Both can learn March 8, when the Skandia Folkdance Society invites one and all to a special community event—Going Danish! This two-event extravaganza begins with a music workshop in the afternoon and is followed by an evening dance featuring easy Danish folk dances that are simple to master and appropriate for any skill level.
For musicians from all around the Pacific Northwest, the fun begins at 1 p.m. in Seattle’s Crown Hill neighborhood. Musicians will read through tunes matching dances to be taught in the evening, with the hopes that they will come into repertoire. The workshop is free for Skandia members and children under 18, and costs $10 for nonmembers. If participants wish, they may buy a booklet of the tunes played for a nominal fee. But wait, musicians, that isn’t all! You are invited to be part of the evening’s jam band, which will play for dancing. Attending the workshop? Be sure to bring a music stand, your instrument (s), and a snack to share if you like.
Danish lessons for the feet? Yes! From 7 to 10 p.m., you can learn the dances with teachers from Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. All dances will be taught—easy mixers, pattern dances, and set dances. No fancy moves are required; the dances are fun and require no previous experience! Bring friends and family, young and not-quite-as-young, for an evening of dancing and socializing. The dance is being held at the LDS Meeting House, located in Shoreline at 14901 – 30th Ave. NE. Admission is by a suggested donation of $5 for an adult, or $10 for a family. You can add to the evening by contributing a delicious snack for the mid-evening break.
If you have questions or would like location details for the music workshop, contact Martha at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Skandia hotline at (425) 954-5262.
This is an important message! This is not an April Fool’s joke! St. Urho party/dance, Friday, April 4th, 7:30 p.m., Cedar Valley Grange
The green crunchy Locuistidae (Acrididae) and Tettigonidae are once again attempting to decimate the lush, bountiful vineyards of Finland! Yummy, yummy, munch, crunch, creep, crawl, and munch some more! Finnish grapes are sooo good! There is some serious munching to do. How could life get any better? Look, there is another field! No worry about weight gain for these critters!
Finnish grapes are some of the most succulent, delightful grapes known to the wine world. It is no wonder that these green creepy marauding insects choose to dine in the lush Finnish vineyards. As the voracious, crawly, green grasshoppers started to destroy Finland’s famous vineyards, the wine connoisseurs throughout the world began to cry with great anguish, “Is there someone who can save these wonderful grapes so that the famous wines from Finland can still be enjoyed?” How could the world survive without the Finnish Syracuse, Chardonnays, Merlot, and other gourmet wines?
Who could lead the battle against these hordes of hungry grasshoppers? A brilliant defense would be needed. The line against the enemy must be held! Someone with great courage and skill is needed. Russell Wilson of the Seahawks and Peyton Manning, a Denver Bronco player, were both contacted. Unfortunately, they were both involved with other lucrative opportunities. Let’s face it, who in their right mind would want to go in a field with thousands of chirping hungry insects?
Without any hesitation, our hero, St. Urho, came to defend the very vulnerable Finnish vineyards. There were many turnovers and interceptions made by the grasshoppers, but St. Urho continued to fight. St. Urho was hit with such ferocity that the creepy crawlies thought that his will would surely be deflated. However, St. Urho stood with immense fortitude and courage, armed with only a rake, and shouted with great emotion, “Heinasirkka, heinasirkka, mene taalta hiiteen!” Translated into English, it means, “Grasshopper, grasshoppers, get the ??? out of Finland!” You can imagine the word that was left out, but this newsletter does go out to families. The grasshoppers, quaking with fear, left the Finnish vineyards, and wine from the Land of the Midnight Sun was once again available to all.
Come pay homage to this great man as Skandia, along with Katrilli, presents a St. Urho party and dance. The celebration will begin at 7:30 p.m., with Katrilli teaching some fun Finnish mixers, including the grape stomping dance. Along with the Scandinavian dances, Folk Voice Band, with their multitude of instruments, will entertain throughout the night with some tangos, swings, and even some tunes from south of the Midnight Sun. Of course, what would the gathering be without Pat McMonagle leading us through the Grasshopper Humppa? There will be many mixers and lots of opportunities to dance, so come with or without a partner. Since this is a fun evening, it would be a very good time to introduce new people to Skandia.
Patti and Bob Larson, last year’s St. Urho and Urhoiina, will take their final royal and saintly walk. Although the Larson’s have had many profound experiences having the honor of being St. Urho and Urhoiina, they are tired. It is time for another saintly couple. There will be a mini-pronunciation workshop of the chant. Then the fierce competition will begin, in hopes of being crowned the new St. Urho and Urhoiina. It takes great energy and conviction to frighten hordes of grasshoppers, so consider practicing the chant at home so that your chances of fame and glory will be increased!
During intermission, Harvey Niebulski and Marianne Tatom will provide infectious music with a klezmer tang. Lots of goodies will be offered for happy munching, and then it will be time for the often-sought-after unwanted door prizes. It is important to be properly attired for this auspicious event, so please wear St. Urho colors of green and purple. For further information on saintly and non-saintly issues, please contact JoAnne Rudo (206) 329-1443.
Register soon for Springdans NW
If you plan to attend Springdans Northwest, April 18–21, 2014, please register now. The deadline for applying is February 15, but applications are considered according to the date received, and we’ve had an early and enthusiastic response. Leads without partners: If you act quickly, you can help follows who have already applied avoid a waiting list. Skandia’s home page, www.skandia-folkdance.org, has a link to the application.
Springdans is Skandia’s residence folkdance camp held at the scenic Seabeck Conference Center on Hood Canal. Participants take music and dance classes during the day, and enjoy wonderful evening dances. Attendees are housed (and well fed) on site, so they’re free to focus on learning about Scandinavian dance and music. Find out more about the Center at www.Seabeck.org.
This year’s Swedish dance instructors are Beret Bertilsdotter and Jon Holmström from Föllinge, in Jämtland. Joining them will be musicians Richard Näslin and Anders Olsson. Don’t miss these great tradition bearers!
—The Springdans Committee
Springdans scholarship applications due 1/15
Skandia is still accepting applicants for the 2014 Springdans scholarship. The recipient will receive full tuition (including room and board), a DVD, t-shirt, and Friday dinner. Applicants must be current Skandia members living in western Washington. Scholarship is based on financial need, so it offers a great opportunity to those who are thinking about Springdans but don’t feel they can afford it. Prior recipients are welcome to apply.
To apply, send a short note by January 15, 2014, explaining why you should considered for the scholarship to: email@example.com or surface mail to: Springdans Scholarship c/o Ploeger-Meyers, 7016 17th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117-5550. Note: Because admission is based on postmark of registration, scholarship applicants should submit a registration form as soon as possible to reserve a spot.
Thank you, anonymous donor!
for the Springdans Committee