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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, occasional dance classes, and an annual Spring Springar Spree weekend in May.

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 MAND news/events, plus info on various other Scandinavian events (dances, concerts, camps, Embassy events, etc.), you'll want to email Jenny to get on the email distribution list.  Usually 1 or 2 emails per month.

Meetup:  MAND's events are posted on meetup.com, too.  Please join our meetup group at http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Norwegian-Dancers . There's lots more info on our events and others of interest in the emails, but the more members we show on Meetup the better--thanks.

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~dot~net, 3O13714312.  Your contact for questions, email list, etc.

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OUR MONTHLY NORWEGIAN-STYLE HOUSE PARTIES: 

Usually the first or second Sat or Sun of month, and most often first Sat evening; date/time depends on fiddler & host availability and other area events. 

Tasty potlucks, friendly company, transcendent music, and beautiful 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 dessert and usually some Swedish music for dancing (often on nyckelharpa).  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!

NEXT HOUSE PARTY: 

Our events were cancelled for 4 long months due to the pandemic, then in July we joined the Zoom scene!

ZOOM POTLUCK & DANCE

with MAND (Mid-Atlantic Norwegian Dancers)

Saturday, Sep 5

6:30pm potluck, 7:30pm music/dance (Eastern time)

In lieu of our famous traditional potluck socials, let's take potluck from our own fridges/pantries and chat as we eat our own dinners "together apart."  Then listen/dance/watch as our fiddlers alternate short sets of music:  our Loretta Kelley and guest Paul Morrissett of NYC area will alternate sets on their Hardanger fiddles.  Paul will play some Swedish music for dancing, too, on one or more of his other fiddles.  Then those who wish can hang out to afterparty a while, with our own desserts and more time to chat as folks drift off.

Zoom can feel a bit awkward, and some folks are Zoom-fatigued from work; but our first Zoom in July was quite enjoyable, and it was great to see everybody.  Some folks thought it would be weird to eat together, because most folks at business meetings refrain or bow out to eat.  But hey, the potluck social is MAND's Thing, so of course it felt good/natural when we tried this in July.

Zoom details/link will be sent to the MAND email list before the event--probably the morning of.  Hopefully all the emails will get through to y'all; last month there was an ISP problem.  If you don't get it by about noon, or aren't on the list,  please contact:  Jenny Foster, pi@xecu.net, H 301-371-4312.  (And then while in the Zoom, the best way to say something to me is via the private-chat there.)

See you there?  In any case, happy healthy wishes to you!  --Jenny

FUTURE DATES:  tentatively 1st Sat of every month for the rest of 2020....

MAND in-person events will resume when it's OK to dance again. 

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

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>>>CANCELLED due to pandemic<<<

Please join the Mid-Atlantic Norwegian Dancers (MAND)

for our 15th annual

SPRING SPRINGAR SPREE

APR 24-26, 2020

in lovely Takoma Park, MD (by Washington, DC)


>>>CANCELLED due to pandemic<<<

You're welcome to ATTEND ALL OR PART OF THE WEEKEND.  There are friendly folks to chat with and goodies to nibble, whether or not you're taking part in what's scheduled. 

Featured dances to be taught are from the HARDANGERFJORD REGION OF WESTERN NORWAY, with stellar Norwegians who got enthusiastic reviews at HFAA 2018:  BRIT KARIN SØRLAND AND PER ØYVIND TVEITEN.  (We request somewhat faster pace to cover more details, yet new dancers are "welcomed, encouraged, and assimilated" here as always.)  THREE DANCE PARTIES with wide variety of music, incl springars, gangars, pols, rull, waltz, Reinlander, and likely also a little Swedish on nyckelharpa.  ALL-LIVE MUSIC by two top US Hardanger fiddlers:  VILDE AASLID and our own LORETTA KELLEY.  (The magical Hardanger fiddle has sympathetic strings under the bowed strings--see HFAA.org.  Springar music is in 3 like waltz, but with distinctive regional lilts in the rhythm.)  Hardanger fiddlers and wannabes, please contact us as early as possible to schedule HARDANGER FIDDLE LESSONS OR CLASSES.  JAM/PRACTICE SPACE for Norwegian or Swedish throughout.  COZY SUNDAY BRUNCH POTLUCK. 

Beginners, part-timers, listeners/watchers ALL VERY WELCOME.  No need to bring a dance partner because we mix, and some enjoy the challenge of switching gender at times so all can dance. 

Contact is Jenny, pi~at~xecu~dot~net, C 24O344OO66.  See MAND.fanitull.org/Home/spring-springar-spree. (If you'd like to help by sharing Spree info, please check with Jenny about an important detail--thanks.)

Click here for the event page with all the gory details, and check back (and click Refresh in your browser to make sure you see the latest) as plans develop: "Spring Springar Spree

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9th annual RØROSMARTNAN PARTY on Sat February 22, 2020

Host Linda Brooks will teach a Rørospols dance class, then we'll enjoy a tasty potluck, then we'll party in her home dance studio...with a live recording of a dance party from a past 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 in Røros.  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 and in MAND emails)

Virtually all the in-person dance/music events on our radar have been cancelled for months due to the pandemic.

Many organizations are gradually doing Zoom events, including:

selected Wednesday evenings ScandiaNY Zooms.  See Scandia New York on Facebook.

July 11 (Sat) ScandiaDC Zoom w dance class and live music for dancing.  See www.ScandiaDC.org.

July 16-19 (Thurs-Sun) HFAA (Hardanger Fiddle Assn of America) ONLINE FESTIVAL.  "We feel the loss of the learning and fellowship that we always look forward to [at our annual Music and Dance Workshop at Folklore Village]. We looked for a way to fill the gap, and the result is the HFAA Online Festival, an online celebration of the music and dance of the Hardanger fiddle,... featuring music and dance video content, fiddlemaking demonstrations, tune tutorials, performances, storytelling, socializing, and more! More information will be posted [on our website], on our Facebook page, and listed in our HFAA News email newsletter. Mark your calendar and save the dates for an exciting weekend of education and connection!

All for now.

And be sure to check out the events/groups below--all highly recommended and welcoming to new folks!

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

end of January:  Vermont Ski-Dance Weekend
      Featuring Valdresspringar & other dances and Telemark music in 2018.  Contact Tom Kringstad, tom@nordic-home.com.
end of February, alternate years (it's on for 2019!):  "Telemark Winter Experience" Ski-Dance
      at ski lodge w/fab food and visiting dancers/musicians, weekend in town at fest/shops. TomLovli@gmail.com.
mid-March:  Spring Scandinavian Dance & Music Weekend at Folklore Village near Madison, WI
      often same teachers as Boulder.  See under events at FolkloreVillage.com.
usually the following weekend:  Scan Dance & Music Weekend in Boulder, CO
      often same teachers as FLV.  See under events at BoulderDanceCoalition.org.
end of April:  MAND's Spring Springar Spree in Washington DC
      Our annual Norwegian dance/music weekend!
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 Camp Louise in Cascade, MD.
      Balkan and Scandinavian.  See dancingplanetproductions.com.

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OTHER LOCAL SCANDINAVIAN DANCING:

There are 3 other Scandinavian dance groups in the greater DC region.  We each have a different focus, events are cross-publicized, and many folks attend more than one group.  Newbies are very welcome everywhere.  Yay, community!  Here are the other 3 groups:

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

Waltzes:  It's always fun to attend waltzes at Glen Echo Park, which are usually 1st and 3rd Sun afternoons.  Info:  www.waltztimedances.org.  If you feel inspired to do some Scandinavian dance to music which goes "1,2,3" there's often a fellow Scandinavian dancer around with whom to have some fun....
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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
House of Sweden (Swedish Embassy) - mailing list for events/exhibits - www.HouseofSweden.com, click on Exhibitions
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