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The Mid-Atlantic Norwegian Dancers (MAND) is a loose network of Norwegiophiles centered in the Baltimore-Washington-Frederick area.   We have monthly Norwegian-style house parties with potluck and dancing, and an annual Spring Springar Spree on May Day weekend.

Norwegian Hardanger fiddle (Hardingfele) music is absolutely mesmerizing!  And Norwegian springar dances are uniquely wonderful.  See the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America website, www.hfaa.org, for lots of info.

Our local Hardanger fiddler is the foremost in the US: 
Loretta Kelley.  (We're so lucky!)

Email list:  To receive the latest news via email (usually 1 or 2 per month), you'll want to email Jenny to get on the distribution list.  And please send her info to share with the gang, such as concerts and embassy events.

Meetup:  We put event announcements on meetup.com, too.  Please join our meetup group at http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Norwegian-Dancers

Out-of-town guests:  We'd love to have you attend our events when you're visiting this area.  If you plan ahead we might even be able to put you up--contact Jenny.

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WHO'S JENNY?  The intrepid facilitator of our merry little group.  pi(at)xecu.net, 3o13714312.  Contact her with any questions, and to get on the email list for the latest news.

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OUR MONTHLY NORWEGIAN-STYLE HOUSE PARTIES: 

Often-but-not-always the 1st Saturday night; date depends on fiddler & host availability and other area events. 

Tasty potlucks, friendly company, and lively dancing.  We share dance moves and sometimes have informal classes.  Live Hardanger fiddle music by our fabulous local fiddler Loretta Kelley or a guest fiddler.  When the fiddler takes a break, there's usually dessert and Swedish dancing (who let those nyckelharpas in?).  Please bring clean shoes to wear, good food to share, and bucks you can spare. No need to bring a partner--we mix, and some enjoy the challenge of switching gender so all can dance. Come dance, or just watch/listen if you prefer. "Newbies will be welcomed, encouraged, and assimilated."  See you there!

Got party questions?   Host phones for last-minute calls are on Locations/Directions page.  Otherwise please call or email Jenny for general info.

Click here for Locations/Directions page.

SAT JUN 4, 6:30pm potluck, 8pm dancing.  At Sonia White's.  Fiddler is Loretta Kelley.

TENTATIVE FUTURE DATES:  July 9 or 10, Aug 6, Sep 10 or 11.  Fiddler Loretta Kelley.

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SPRING SPRINGAR SPREE:  was April 29-May 1, 2016

You can attend all or part of the Spree, which runs from Friday evening through late Sunday afternoon. Simon  and Ingunn will visit us from Norway and teach Hallingspringar, the beautiful springar dance from Hallingdal.  They will also teach the Mazurka from Sigdal, Simon’s home.  Their dancing and teaching got rave reviews at Nordic Fiddles and Feet Camp 2015.   Music by two top US Hardanger fiddlers who have spent extensive time in Norway:  esteemed guest Karen Løberg Code and our own beloved Loretta Kelley.  Both are also available for Hardanger fiddle lessons/classes (please contact us well ahead).  Ingunn will also play some music for dancing on her "torader" (two-row accordion).  There will be jam space.  Dance parties will have a nice variety of springars and other Norwegian dances, and maybe some Swedish if the usual suspects show up with nyckelharpas.

NOTE TO DANCERS: Dance teaching will be relatively fast paced to provide details/depth for those who have attended other Hallingspringar workshops.  Newbies are very welcome as always, and encouraged to learn a little beforehand if possible at the March 19 ScandiaDC class and/or the April 2 workshop at 4:30pm before MAND's monthly potluck and party, or ask someone to show you the basics.  (Everybody liked this idea last year so we're doing it again.)

See "Spring Springar Spree" page for all the gory details.

[If you'd like to help by sharing Spree info, please check with Jenny first about an important detail in the wording--thanks.]

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5th annual RØROSMARTNAN PARTY was on Sat March 5, 2016

Hosts Linda & Ross will teach a Rørospols dance class, then we'll enjoy a tasty potluck, then we'll party in their dance studio...with a live recording of a dance party from the festival, including video projected onto the wall so it seems as if we're there--how cool is that??  There will be music for Norwegian Gammaldans and, of course, lots of Rørospols.

Rørosmartnan is the famous indoor/outdoor winter market/festival which has occurred for over 160 years in the tiny, ancient mining town of Røros in Norway.  (Yep, home of the Rørospols, one of our favorite dances, and its lively tunes.)  Of course there's lots of music and dancing.  On Tuesday the traditional horse-drawn sleighs full of visitors and goods arrive from across the mountains to parade through the opening ceremony, and the fest continues through Saturday.

Everyone is welcome.  Info at www.ScandiaDC.org. See Linda and Ross on our Locations/Directions page.

Our Rørosmartnan page has more info about the festival.  Check out the interesting weblinks, even if you can't attend.

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OTHER SCANDI EVENTS OF INTEREST (please send info to Jenny to share here):

THURS MAY 19:  DEADLINE FOR MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS VIA ARNA DESSER FOR OLAV SEM:  In case you haven't heard, Olav Sem died in mid-March.  This "national treasure" taught Telespringar many times in the US, including at one of our past Sprees; he also sang and told stories.  Our friend Arna Desser, who moved from this area to Norway about 12 years ago, put the word out that she would accept contributions for a traditional funeral wreath on behalf of his many friends in the US dance community.  Additional funds will go to a charity he supported.  Please read her note below.  If you would like to contribute as part of this group, please do so by this Wed or Thurs, May 18 or 19.  You can use PayPal to send dollars to Arna's email address, arna.desser@gmail.com; or if you'd rather not do that you can send checks to me and I will PayPal the total to her.  She will send the family a list of names, and any individual messages you send to her.  Thanks, Arna!

FRI May 20 & SAT MAY 21:  Adult Chorus auditions, by appointment, for the DC Christmas Revels in December.  This year's theme will again be Nordic!  I've heard it's a whole different show from the last time.  See www.revelsDC.org for this and other Revels info.

SAT MAY 21 in Putney, VT:  Norwegian dance party, with Telespringar workshop hour beforehand.  Fiddlers are Vilde Aaslid and Jennifer Elton Turbes.  Info:  Annamarie Pluhar 802-451-1941 annamarie_vt@me.com

DEC:  The DC Christmas Revels theme will again be Nordic!  See www.revelsDC.org.
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ARNA'S NOTE ABOUT WREATH/CHARITY DONATIONS IN MEMORY OF OLAV SEM; see info above also:

Hi Jenny,

I definitely received more money than was necessary for the wreath and plan donate the surplus (and any other money that comes in) to the organization that Olav's family suggested at the funeral: a theater group for individuals with Downs syndrome. Olav was quite involved in helping this group and according to his eldest son, Leiv, it meant quite a lot to him.

I'd be happy to hold off sending the contribution for a little while to allow for others to send in their contributions ...  My plan is to all send that donation on behalf of "Olav's friends in the USA" as I did with the flowers. I'll then send a note to Else Mohn (Olav's samboer) and his children with the names (and short messages if included) of all of the people who contributed so that the flowers and the donation will be seen as a single gift.

Just to let you know, the flowers (a beautiful wreath of white flowers) had a ribbon that said "En siste farvel og takk fro dine venner i USA" (a final farewell and thank you from your friends in the USA) and I included a (character-limited) note to the family that said, "Olav enriched our lives by sharing his love of Telemark culture with us. We will miss him dearly and remember him with each Telespringar we dance. Condolences. Many friend in the US"

Thanks so much for helping out with this. I was a bit limited in reaching out to our community because of the limited amount of time that I had to place the order for the flowers ... with Easter coming between the day he died and his funeral, there were several days of holiday in Norway.

Arna
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"CAMPS" WHERE YOU CAN DANCE, PLAY, AND ENJOY NEW/OLD FRIENDS:

end of January:  Vermont Ski-Dance Weekend
      Featuring Telemark/Numedal music/dance.  Contact Tom Kringstad, tom@nordic-home.com.
end of February:  "Telemark Winter Experience" Ski-Dance
      at ski lodge w/fab food and visiting dancers/musicians, weekend in town at fest/shops.  arna.desser@gmail.com.
May Day weekend:  our Spring Springar Spree in Washington DC

      MAND's Norwegian dance/music weekend with visitors from afar!
mid-June:  Scandia Camp Mendocino in CA.
      Swedish & Norwegian music & dance.  See ScandiaCampMendocino.org
week of July 4th, or 3-day mini-camp:  Nordic Fiddles & Feet Camp in NH (formerly in WV).
      Swedish & Norwegian music & dance.  See nordicfiddlesandfeet.com.
usually 3rd weekend of July:  Hardanger Fiddle Association of America's Annual Gathering at Folklore Village in WI.
      For fiddlers AND dancers!  See www.HFAA.org.
Labor Day weekend:  World Village Music & Dance Camp (fmrly Buffalo on the Danube) at Timber Ridge in WV.
      Balkan and Scandinavian.  See dancingplanetproductions.com.

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OTHER LOCAL SCANDINAVIAN DANCING:

Scandia DC - 3rd Sat, Sep-May - Swedish & Norwegian, class & dancing - ScandiaDC.org
Hambo DC - most Tues evenings at NIH - beg & adv Swedish & Norwegian dancing - HamboDC.org

Nordic Dancers - Wed, Sep-May - pan-Scan dance performing group - sites.google.com/site/nordicdancersdc

It's always fun to attend the 1st and 3rd Sat afternoon waltzes at Glen Echo Park.  Info:  www.waltztimedances.org.  If you feel inspired to do something Scandinavian to music which goes "1,2,3" there's usually a fellow Scandinavian dancer around with whom to have some fun....

Multi-dancer Elliott Drabek organizes a "waltz practicum" at the dance room of Greenbelt Community Ctr on 3rd Sunday afternoons.  Info at
 http://tinyurl.com/waltz-practicum
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OTHER CONNECTIONS:

Hardanger Fiddle Association of America - HFAA.org
American Nyckalharpa Association - nyckalharpa.org
Scandinavian dance/music Yahoo group & email list:  search "SCAND" at yahoogroups.com
   (a great way to keep in touch with the network of dance/music folks across the US between events)
"Norway's official website abroad" & Norwegian Embassy. - Norway.org
Sons of Norway DC - NorwayDC.org
American Scandinavian Association, DC chapter - Scandinavian-DC.org
Norwegian Ladies' Club of DC, MD, VA (social club to speak Norwegian) - Dameklubben.com

Sveaborg Society in Baltimore (Swedish traditions and social events) - SveaborgSociety.com