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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 AUG 1, 6:30pm potluck, 8pm dancing.  At Ted and Lynn's.  Fiddler is Loretta.

TENTATIVE FUTURE DATES: TBD.

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SPRING SPRINGAR SPREE:

2015 info below for reference; 2016 date will be in early May.

The Mid-Atlantic Norwegian Dancers (MAND) invite YOU to this 10th annual celebration of Norwegian dance & music!  You can attend all or part of the Spree, which runs from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.   This year's featured dance is VALDRESSPRINGAR, the Springar from the Valdres region.  Dag is visiting from Norway and will teach, partnered by whomever he pulls from the crowd.  He is a Class A dancer, whose smooth style and fine teaching have been admired and appreciated at prior US workshops.  Guest fiddler is Karen Løberg Code, who has spent a year in Norway since she last visited us--she's bursting with even more enthusiasm and tunes!  And our own fabulous fiddler Loretta Kelley will play.  Both are also available for Hardanger fiddle lessons, and there will be jam space. 

NOTE:  We are asking Dag to pace his teaching for those who have attended other Valdresspringar workshops, so he can get into more details/variations.  This seems like a good time to do so--our local group has lots of VS fans and there have been more VS workshops than usual around the country in the last few years.  Newbies are of course welcome as always, and encouraged to get a head start by attending our April 4 workshop or requesting pre-Spree intro tutoring.

>>>ADDITION TO SCHEDULE:  Friday 2-5pm mini-workshop on Valdresspringar for 3 (1 leader + 2 followers)!<<<

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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4th annual RØROSMARTNAN PARTY was on Sat March 7, 2015--live recording of party from Røros, Norway!

5:30pm Rørospols dance class with Linda and Ross, 6:30pm potluck, 7:30 pm dancing

How would you like to visit Norway for an evening?

Rørosmartnan is the famous 162-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.)  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 fun continues until Saturday.

For the last 3 years, we have been invited to "virtually" attend the big last-night all-night dance party on Friday night, which works for a great evening party in our time zone.  Via live Internet A/V feed--our local hosts Linda Brooks & Ross Schipper have run the audio into their sound system and projected the video onto the wall of their home dance studio.

It really seemed as if we were there at the dance hall in Norway! And we Skyped with other US locations, to peek at their parties and say hi to folks.

This year there's no all-night dance over there, so Linda and Ross replayed the recording from last year, which featured Småviltlaget, one of the top bands from Røros.

Scandia DC and MAND are co-sponsoring this special evening dance party. There will be music for Norwegian Gammaldans and, of course, lots of Rørospols. Everyone is welcome. See Linda and Ross on our Locations/Directions page.

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

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OTHER LOCAL SCANDI EVENTS OF INTEREST:

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