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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 . You'll get lots more info from 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: 

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 JAN 6, 6:30/8pm at Sonia's, with guest fiddler Vilde Aaslid.

FUTURE DATES:  FEB TBD (likely 1st Sat).  MAR 10 or 11.  APR 7 or 8.  MAY house parties will be part of our Spring Springar Spree on Mothers Day weekend (May 11-13).  JUN 2 or 3.  JUL 14 or 15.

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OUR SPRING SPRINGAR SPREE: 

2018 DATE IS TENTATIVELY MOTHERS DAY WEEKEND, AND WE WILL PROBABLY FEATURE THE DANCE/MUSIC OF THE TELEMARK REGION. PLANS ARE AFOOT....

MEANWHILE, FYI, HERE IS INFO ABOUT OUR *LAST* SPREE, WHICH *WAS* MAY 4-7, 2017:

Thurs evening concert thru Sun late afternoon dance party
in lovely Takoma Park, MD (by Washington, DC)
Featured dances:  Setesdalgangar and others TBD
Norwegian Dance teachers:  Sigrid Kjetilsdotter Jore and Olaf Moen
Hardanger fiddlers:  Loretta Kelley and Paul Morrissett

Sigrid and Olaf got rave reviews at the HFAA annual gathering last summer.  Folks who hadn't yet appreciated Setesdalgangar in the past thoroughly enjoyed their delightful teaching and the fun details they shared, especially the awareness of dancing with a group (as in our contra dancing).  Setesdal tunes are captivating, with their heartbeat-like rhythm.  Easy dance--good opportunity for beginners to get hooked on Hardanger fiddle music!  Other dances TBD will be taught, too--Olaf has offered some appealing possibilities from southern Norway.  We ask teachers for somewhat faster pace to get more dances/details in.  Thursday evening concert by class A champion singer Sigrid of songs in Setesdal tradition.  Friday afternoon baking (for our dozenth Spree!).  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.  Hardanger fiddlers and wannabes, please contact us as early as possible if you'd like to schedule Hardanger fiddle lessons or classes.  Jam space for Norwegian or Swedish.  Beginners, part-timers, listeners/watchers all very welcome.  No need to bring a dance partner because we mix--some even enjoy the challenge of switching gender occasionally so all can dance.  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 a very important detail in the wording--thanks.]

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7th annual RØROSMARTNAN PARTY on Sat February 24, 2018

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 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)


WEEKENDS THRU DEC 24:  various annual Scandinavian holiday bazaars, etc. in our area.  See list/links at the American Scandinavian Association website, www.scandinavian-DC.org.

DEC 9-17:  DC's CHRISTMAS REVELS is French Canadian again this year.  Lovely show, with different group of featured performers/selections and chorus; and who doesn't love the flying canoe?  Info at www.RevelsDC.org.  If you can't wait until DC Revels does Scandinavian again, you can travel to Dartmouth for Revels North--they're doing Scan this year, and some of our friends are in the show--see www.RevelsNorth.org.  Revels also does various other events throughout the year.

DEC 16 (SAT), 7pm:  Scandia DC sponsors a 3rd Saturday Holiday Dance Party featuring live fiddle music by grammy nominee and local treasure Andrea Hoag, and the Scandia DC Spelmannslag. There may be some recorded music.  No partners necessary. Dancing starts at 7, no teaching this month, but there will be short talk throughs of most dances. Wear a costume if you have one, bring finger food to share if you can, but most important, bring yourself. Greenbelt Community Center Dance Studio (wood floor) at 15 Crescent Rd. $10; Info:  Linda Brooks or Ross Schipper, 202-333-2826, Linda@ScandiaDC.org, or www.ScandiaDC.org.  Inclement weather call 301-474-0646.

DEC 17, 3pm in St. Michaels, MD:  A Winter's Eve of Revelry--a celebration of Scandinavian, Ukranian, & Balkan traditions for the holiday season.  Featuring some familiar regional folk musicians including Andrea Hoag and Melissa Running.  Info at https://www.carpediemarts.org/concerts-st-michaels-auditorium 

DEC 18, 7:30pm in Rockville, MD:  A Scandinavian Christmas.  Yes!  Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, & Charlie Pilzer are doing a concert again this season, with friends!  Don't miss this one, y'all.  Info at www.IMTfolk.org.

DEC 31:  New Year's Eve Bash!  At Phyllis & Steve's this year.  Info:  lorettakelley@fanitull.org or phllsdrrck at the g-mail.

JAN 25-28:  Ski-Dance Weekend in VT.  Marvelous weekend or long weekend at cozy lodge by lake.  (No, you don't have to ski.  There's plenty else to do.)  As usual,
Paul Kreiss is flying up and happy to share car rental from airport esp if same flight, and I am driving and happy to recommend a route or take passengers.  See www.skidance.us and register fast....

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 (not 2018):  "Telemark Winter Experience" Ski-Dance
      at ski lodge w/fab food and visiting dancers/musicians, weekend in town at fest/shops. TomLovli@gmail.com.
March 16-18, 2018:  Spring Scandinavian Dance & Music Weekend at Folklore Village near Madison, WI
      often same teachers as Boulder.  See under events at FolkloreVillage.com.
March 23-25, 2018:  Scan Dance & Music Weekend in Boulder, CO
      often same teachers as FLV.  See under events at BoulderDanceCoalition.org.
around Mother's 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, 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 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