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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, 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 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 MAR 11, *6pm* potluck, 7:30 mini-concert, 8pm dancing.  At Deb's.  Guest fiddler is Vilde Aaslid.  Informal mini-concert will include some of her favorite "listening tunes."

TENTATIVE FUTURE DATES:  Sat Apr 1, 6:30 potluck, 8pm dancing, at Steve & Phyllis' with guest fiddler Paul Morrissett.

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SPRING SPRINGAR SPREE:  May 4-7, 2017

Thurs evening concert, then Fri evening thru Sun around 5 or 6pm.
in Takoma Park, MD (by Washington, DC)
Featured dances:  Setesdalgangar and others TBD
Dance teachers:  Sigrid Kjetilsdotter Jore and Olaf Moen
Hardanger fiddlers:  Loretta Kelley and Paul Morrissett

Sigrid and Olaf visited from Norway and taught at the HFAA annual gathering last summer, to rave reviews.  Folks who hadn't yet appreciated Setesdalgangar in the past thoroughly enjoyed their delightful teaching and the fun details they shared which spiced up this easy mixer dance.  Setesdal tunes are captivating, with their heartbeat-like rhythm.  Other dances TBD will be taught, too--Olaf has been teaching for 25 years and has offered some appealing possibilities from southern Norway.  Dance parties will include many dances, as always:  springars, gangars, pols, rull, waltz, Reinlander, and usually also a little Swedish (nyckelharpas!).  All-live music by Loretta and Paul, who are among the top US Hardanger fiddlers.  There will be jam space for Hardanger fiddlers and wannabes; please contact us as early as possible if you'd like to schedule Hardanger fiddle lessons or classes.  Beginners/listeners/watchers/part-timers welcome.  No need to bring a dance partner because we mix--some even enjoy the challenge of switching gender occasionally so all can dance.  As plans develop, additional info will appear on the Spring Springar Spree page at our website, http://MAND.fanitull.org.  Contact is Jenny, pi~at~xecu~dot~net, 3O13714312.

See "Spring Springar Spree" page for all the gory details as they develop and appear.

[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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6th annual RØROSMARTNAN PARTY on Sat February 25, 2017 (tentative; watch www.scandiaDC.org)

Last year's info:  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)

MAR 24 (FRI), 8pm in Shepherdstown, WV:  Celebration of Strings:  Scandinavian Music with lydia ievans and Andrea Larson and annual Hammered Dulcimer Showcase.  Two of the most respected hammered dulcimer builders live in the area.  This is part of one of the Upper Potomac Music Weekends, where our friends lydia and Andrea will be teaching Scandinavian music workshops.  Info on concert and weekend at smad.us.  

MAR 25&26:  Deb Stokes McConaghy, who led costume workshops a few years ago at our Spring Springar Spree, is again leading a bunad/festdrakt workshop at the Washington DC chapter of the Sons of Norway.  See NorwayDC.org.  Ladies, she has a Beltestakk pattern.  And she's game to help you with whatever pattern you're working from.

APR 19 (WED), 7pm:  New American nyckelharpa maker Earl Holzman of Eau Claire, WI will present an informal program with slideshow, and have instruments to hold and play.  See info about Earl and his instruments at earlharpas.com.  At Sonia's.  More info in next email.

MAY 4-7:  SPRING SPRINGAR SPREE, our annual weekend.

PIANO FOR SALE:  I'm helping a MANDer sell a piano, so might as well mention it here.  Yamaha U1 upright.  Single owner, very well cared for, excellent condition.  In Silver Spring, MD.  Contact me for more info--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.
March 24-26, 2017:  Scan Dance & Music Weekend in Boulder, CO
      often same teachers as FLV.  Featuring Hallingspringar this year.  See under events at BoulderDanceCoalition.org.
March 31-April 2, 2017:  Norwegian Dance & Music Weekend at Folklore Village near Madison, WI
      often same teachers as Boulder.  Featuring Hallingspringar this year.  See under events at FolkloreVillage.com.
around 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:

There are 3 other Scandinavian dance groups in the greater DC region.  We each have a different focus, we cross-publicize events, and many folks attend more than one group, and 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 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 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