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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 OCT 14, 6:30/8pm at Sonia's, with our fiddler Loretta Kelley.

FUTURE DATES:  SAT NOV 11, 6:30/8 pm at Phyllis & Steve's, with guest fiddler Petra Kirstein.  SAT DEC 2, 6:30/8pm at Loretta & Tony's, with our fiddler Loretta Kelley.

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SWEDEN IN THE PARK *was* summer 2017. Info: 

Embassy of Sweden in collaboration with Glen Echo Park and the local folkdance community are offering Swedish/Nordic folk dance lessons during summer 2017, to live music!  Free of charge.  First hour will be dance class, followed by two or three hours of social dance.  Beginners welcome; the classes will be fairly easy and the social dancing will be mixed-level with friendly folks.


WHERE:  in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD

WHEN AND WHO:

>Sun June 18, 3pm:  Linda Brooks and Ross Schipper teaching, Andrea Hoag and Loretta Kelley on fiddles.  Arranged by fiddlers and ScandiaDC, www.ScandiaDC.org.

>Fri July 28, 7pm: Bruce Emery teaching, Melissa Running and Sonia White on Swedish Nyckelharpa, and Loretta Kelley on Norwegian Hardanger fiddle.  Arranged by Mid-Atlantic Norwegian Dancers, MAND.fanitull.org.

>Fri Aug 25, 7pm:  Christine Kalke teaching, Paul Carlson on fiddle.  Arranged by Nordic Dancers of Washington, DC, sites.google.com/sites/NordicDancersDC.

>Sun Sep 10, 1pm:  Christine Kalke teaching, Washington’s Spelmanslag (fiddlers club) playing.  Arranged by the Lag, “WashingtonsSpelmanslag” on Facebook.

WHAT TO BRING:  No need to bring a partner.  Bring hard-soled shoes with low wide heel if you can.  Also your water bottle, and a snack for the table if you like.

RESERVATIONS:  Much appreciated, but NOT required as for other Embassy of Sweden events.  Please go to https://SwedenInThePark.eventbrite.com, ignore “sold out,” and click on an event.  This will get you on the mailing list for other interesting events/exhibits.

CONTRA DANCERS:  You've probably seen the Swedish Hambo.  Curious about other cool Nordic dances?  You can easily attend the first 1.5 hours of our Friday events before your contra dances in the Ballroom.

UPDATED INFO:  Various confirmed updates as of July 9th are included here.  You may see conflicting older info elsewhere, because the official publicity had early info, and Facebook and the Eventbrite registration pages can’t be changed readily.  Sorry for any confusion.

ABOUT THE DC-AREA SCANDINAVIAN DANCE/MUSIC COMMUNITY:  In addition to the groups who took on events for this series, there's another Lag associated with ScandiaDC and a fourth dance group--see www.HamboDC.org.  HamboDC and MAND dance through the summer; ScandiaDC and Nordic are on break until September.  Each dance group has a different focus, and events are cross-publicized, so many dancers attend more than one group.  Beginners are very welcome everywhere.

We are all grateful to Embassy of Sweden and Glen Echo Park for this exciting opportunity to share Scandinavian music and dance.  The first event was a well-attended success.  We look forward to dancing with new friends including YOU--come join us!

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SPRING SPRINGAR SPREE:  *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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6th annual RØROSMARTNAN PARTY *was* on Sat February 25, 2017

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)

TUE SEP 5:  Jaerv in concert at House of Sweden (the beautiful facility which is home of Embassy of Sweden).  Jaerv has other E coast gigs listed on their website, too.  See www.Jaerv.com and the House of Sweden events page.

SEP 19, SEP 20, OCT 1:  3 performances in our region by Nordic Bloc.  See NordicBloc.com

MON SEP 25: 
Väsen!!!  This acclaimed Swedish folk trio is making a brief US tour, and performing at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA.  See "An Evening with Väsen at Jammin Java" on Facebook.  The band's site is www.vasen.se.  Tickets are through ticketfly.com.  General admission is $22 plus two per-ticket fees to total $28.55; there are also reserved seats.  Go.

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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, 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