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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.

SUN JAN 8, noon potluck, 1:30pm dancing.  At Phyllis & Steve's.  Fiddler is Loretta Kelley.

SAT FEB 4, 6:30 potluck, 8pm dancing.  At Loretta and Tony's.  Fiddler is Loretta Kelley.  Feel free to arrive a little early, which will be comfortable for those coming from the FSGW Midwinter Mini-Fest a few blocks away.

TENTATIVE FUTURE DATES:  First or second Sat or Sun in March and April, with guest fiddlers.

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SPRING SPRINGAR SPREE:  *was* April 29-May 1, 2016.  2017 date not yet firm, probably first or 2nd full weekend of May.

**LAST YEAR'S INFO**, so you can see what the Spree is like:

You can attend all or part of the Spree, which runs from Friday evening through late Sunday afternoon. Simon  and Ingunn will visit us from Norway and teach Hallingspringar, the beautiful springar dance from Hallingdal.  They will also teach the Mazurka from Sigdal, Simon’s home.  Their dancing and teaching got rave reviews at Nordic Fiddles and Feet Camp 2015.   Music by two top US Hardanger fiddlers who have spent extensive time in Norway:  esteemed guest Karen Løberg Code and our own beloved Loretta Kelley.  Both are also available for Hardanger fiddle lessons/classes (please contact us well ahead).  Ingunn will also play some music for dancing on her "torader" (two-row accordion).  There will be jam space.  Dance parties will have a nice variety of springars and other Norwegian dances, and maybe some Swedish if the usual suspects show up with nyckelharpas.

NOTE TO DANCERS: Dance teaching will be relatively fast paced to provide details/depth for those who have attended other Hallingspringar workshops.  Newbies are very welcome as always, and encouraged to learn a little beforehand if possible at the March 19 ScandiaDC class and/or the April 2 workshop at 4:30pm before MAND's monthly potluck and party, or ask someone to show you the basics.  (Everybody liked this idea last year so we're doing it again.)

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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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)

We are one of the four Scan dance groups in the greater DC region.  Each has a different focus, we cross-publicize events, newbies are very welcome everywhere, and many folks attend more than one group.  Yay, community!  See bottom of this page for contact info on all three groups.

JAN 26-29:  Ski-dance weekend in VT.  Also fiddle classes.  (And folks enjoy the jigsaw puzzles I bring from Mom's collection, with a different theme each year.)  At a charming cozy lodge by a lake.  And oh the food!!  Like our events, the music/dance is mostly Norwegian with some Swedish.  Well worth the trip, flying or driving.  Some of us attend every year.  Paul Kreiss has picked out some economical timely flights and is open to sharing his rental car or getting a bigger one; I can advise you about driving routes and am up for carpooling or renting a van.  Event info at www.skidance.us.  See photos and other joy at VTSkiDance on Facebook.

MAND is always well-represented at the VT weekend.  Various MANDers also travel to the other events listed below--hope there's space in your calendar for one or more!

All for now.  Hope to see you on a dance floor somewhere soon....
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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:

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

Multi-dancer Elliott Drabek organized a "waltz practicum" at the dance room of Greenbelt Community Ctr on 3rd Sunday afternoons.  Alas, that is ending as he is moving to CA. A move is afoot to continue with a similar series. Info at
 http://tinyurl.com/waltz-practicum.
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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