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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 JAN 9, 6:30pm potluck, 8pm dancing.  At Linda & Ross'.  Fiddler is Loretta Kelley.

SAT FEB 6, 6:30pm potluck, 8pm dancing.  At Loretta & Tony's.  Fiddler is Loretta Kelley.  C'mon over after the FSGW Mini-Fest!

TENTATIVE FUTURE DATES:  MAR 12 or 13 (probably 13), APR 2 incl intro Hallingspringar workshop for newbies--highly recommended before the Spree that you attend this and the ScandiaDC class on Mar 19.

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SPRING SPRINGAR SPREE:

***2016*** info:  April 29-May 1, from Friday afternoon through late Sunday afternoon.  We just confirmed a "dream team" lineup:  the Norwegian Hallingspringar dance teachers who got rave reviews at Nordic Fiddles and Feet 2015, with Hardingfele music by our own Loretta Kelley and esteemed guest Karin Code. 

NEWBIES are highly encouraged to get into a little Hallingspringar before the Spree, by attending the March 19 ScandiaDC class and MAND's April 2 afternoon workshop followed by the regular potluck and party.  Then you'll be ready to get more out of the classes with the Norwegians.  Woo hoo!

More 2016 info very soon....  (Plans are afoot, and right now some pesky cold bugs are slowing me down while starting to deal with THREE water leaks at my house.  --Jenny)

The following is ***2015*** info for reference; 2016 will be quite similar but with different featured dance/teachers: 

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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5th annual RØROSMARTNAN PARTY will be on Sat March 5, 2016

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):

FRI FEB 5:  ODE in concert, including awesome Swedish nyckelharpist Emilia Amper.  Info
  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-ode-in-concert-tickets-20971713961

THIS SAT FEB 6: FSGW's Mini-Fest.  Info at FSGW.org.  Quite the folkie smorgasbord.  Both this and our evening house party are in Takoma Park, so c'mon over after the Fest.

SAT FEB 20: 
Scandia DC 3rd Sat class/dance.  Linda and Ross will teach Norwegian Rørospols. Get ready for March 5th!  Music by Paul Carlson and the Spelmannslag, plus some recorded music.

SAT MAR 5:  5th Annual R
ørosmartnan party at Linda & Ross'. See info at ScandiaDC.org.

SAT MAR 19:  Scandia DC 3rd Sat class/dance.  Linda and Ross will teach Norwegian Hallingspringar.  Get ready for our Spree!  Music by Loretta Kelley and the Spelmannslag, plus some recorded music.
 
FRI-SUN MAR 18-20 Swedish Slängpolska weekend at Folklore Village near Madison, WI.  Info: 
http://folklorevillage.com/t1/calendar#Festivals
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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

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 usually a fellow Scandinavian dancer around with whom to have some fun....

Multi-dancer Elliott Drabek organizes a "waltz practicum" at the dance room of Greenbelt Community Ctr on 3rd Sunday afternoons.  Info at
 http://tinyurl.com/waltz-practicum
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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