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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.  Jenny Foster, pi(at)xecu(dot)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 if needed. 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 OCT 11.  Potluck 6:30pm, dancing at 8.  Fiddler is Loretta.  Host is Soren, at Sonia's house--see Directions page.  (Please use Soren's number for last-minute host calls, not Sonia's.)

SAT NOV 1. Potluck 6:30pm, dancing at 8.  Guest fiddler is Paul Morrissett.  At Phyllis and Steve's house--see Directions page.

SAT NOV 30 (the "DEC" party).  Potluck 6:30pm, dancing at 8.  Fiddler is Loretta.  Hosts are Loretta and Tony--see Directions page.  (Why in Nov?  December dates didn't work, and presumably folks will be more able to attend before the mad holiday rush begins....)

TENTATIVE FUTURE DATES: 2015 will be out sometime....

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SPRING SPRINGAR SPREE on May Day weekend, May 2 - 4, 2014:

It's a fond memory now, but here's the info for ref:  The Mid-Atlantic Norwegian Dancers (MAND) invite YOU to this 9th annual celebration of Norwegian dance & music, plus various other Norwegian delights to tickle your fancy!  You can attend all or part of the Spree, from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.   This year's featured dance/music is HALLINGSPRINGAR, the Springar from the Hallingdal region.  See "Spring Springar Spree" page for info.

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RØROSMARTNAN PARTY in February--live feed from Røros!

(THIS PARTY WAS A SMASH IN 2012 & 2013--IT SEEMED AS IF WE WERE THERE IN THE DANCE HALL.)

How would you like to visit Norway, with companions from around North America?

Rørosmartnan is the 160-year-old indoor/outdoor winter market/festival in the tiny, ancient mining town of Røros in Norway.  (Yep, home of the Rørospols, one of our favorite dances, and its lively tunes.)  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 fun continues until Saturday.

We have been invited to "virtually" attend one of the parties on Friday night!  Via live Internet feed--local hosts Linda Brooks & Ross Schipper will run the audio into the sound system and project the video onto the wall of their home dance studio.  And we plan to Skype with other locations, to see their parties and say hi to folks.  Wow.

See Rørosmartnan page for info.  Check out the interesting weblinks, even if you can't attend.

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OTHER LOCAL SCANDI EVENTS OF INTEREST:

SEP 5 (FRI):  7:30pm FREE CONCERT by our own LORETTA KELLEY on Norwegian Hardanger Fiddle and Phil Wiggins on Southern Blues Harmonica & special guests.  Presented by Montgomery College Arts Institute and Performing Arts Dept.  A "World on a String" concert--see www.FreydasHands.org.  At Music Building Recital Hall, 51 Mannakee St, on the Rockville Campus.  Info:  dawn.avery@montgomerycollege.com, 240~567~5209.

SEP 16, 23 (most likely), 24 or 25:  Plans are afoot for a probable Slängpolska workshop with a fine Swedish teacher who will be in the US.  More soon.  Ask Phyllis if you're curious....

SEP 20 (SAT) 7-10pm:  First 3rd-Sat Scandia DC class/dance of the season.  This month Linda Brooks and Ross Schipper will teach Norwegian Telespringar, and Loretta Kelley will be the featured fiddler.  Info at www.ScandiaDC.org

OCT 17 & 18 (FRI & SAT):  Visiting Danish dancers/musicians will perform and teach a few dances on Fri night and have a music workshop on Sat morning.  Save the date; Chris Kalke will provide more info soon.

OCT 25 (SAT):  annual World on a String daytime workshops and evening faculty concert.  Featured stellar artists from around the world include our local treasures Loretta Kelley and Andrea Hoag.  See www.FreydasHands.org

Of the FOUR SCAN DANCE GROUPS IN THE DC REGION, which enjoy lots of cross-pollination and co-publicity and community, MAND (that's us!) and Lisa Brooks' most-Tuesdays classes at NIH (see www.HamboDC.org) are the two who continue through the summer.  The other two groups are starting back up for the season this month, so polish up your dance shoes!  ScandiaDC's opening date of Sep 20 was listed above.   And here's the last group:

The Nordic Dancers of Washington, D.C., begin their fall season Wednesday, September 3, at 7:30 at Highland View Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland, and, with the exception of the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s Day, will meet regularly on Wednesdays until June.  Come any Wednesday and learn traditional folk dances of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.   Newcomers are welcome; no prior dance experience is necessary. Fiddler Paul Carlson plays regularly for practice sessions. For more information, contact Chris Kalke at 301-864-1596 or ckalke@verizon.net, or see the website: <http://sites.google.com/site/nordicdancersdc/ .

If you know of any events to share here, please tell Jenny.

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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
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OTHER CONNECTIONS:

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