This group is for anyone interested in the music and dances of Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland). We welcome all skill levels and no partner needed. There are regular dances with live music (1st and 3rd Fridays at 7:30 at Cedar Valley Grange), regular classes for beginners and intermediate level (held at Phinney Ridge Community Center) and frequent special events (such as our upcoming Midsommarfest to be held at St. Edward State Park on Sunday, June 30).
Skandia First and Third Friday night dances continue via Zoom!
To get the Zoom link for this Friday event, please send an email to [masked] in the week before the dance but no later than noon on Friday.
Soren and Ross will teach a version of Riitta’s Tango. This is a circle dance choreographed to Satumaa, an energetic Finnish tango composed by Reijo Taipale. Riitta Huttunen originally learned the dance while dancing with a Finnish folk dancing group in Sweden between 2007 and 2010. After moving to Canada, Riitta taught it to the Scandinavian Dancers of Vancouver, B.C., where it is well loved and became known as Riitta’s Tango. Soren and Ross will teach a version of the dance suitable for a single person dancing in a small dance space.
For the May 21 dance, Lynn Erickson and Janet Gabites, of Vancouver, B.C., will bring us their favorite tunes. Under normal circumstances, Lynn and Janet play together as part of Vancouver’s Sammenspil. However, over the past year the larger group has not been able to meet. British Columbia has been in lockdown since October, but the twosome can meet in a tiny bubble, taking the opportunity for a duet with nyckelharpa and fiddle. It’s a great sound, and we look forward to having them with us!
The evening’s design:
7:45PM Doors open for mingling 8:00PM Dance teaching 8:20PM Music 8:50PM Announcements 8:55PM More great music! 9:25PM Good nights and see you soon!
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If you haven't joined us before, these virtual dances are a great way to sample Nordic dance and music. To join us, simply send an email to [masked] in the week before the dance but no later than noon on Friday to receive the link to this event. Bring a guest? Yes please!