Mid-Atlantic Norwegian Dancers
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.
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!) And check out new local trio Nordensong, with Karl Lundeberg, Loretta Kelley, and Laura Hummel at www.Nordensong.com and on Youtube.
Email list: To receive the latest MAND news/events, plus info on various other Scandinavian events and tidbits (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 https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Norwegian-Dancers . There's lots more info in our emails about events and items of interest, 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.
SO WHO'S JENNY? The Intrepid Facilitator of our merry little group. Your contact for questions, email list, etc. firstname.lastname@example.org (please include MAND in subject), H 3O13714312.
OUR MONTHLY PARTIES
Hybrid--we're continuing with Zoom if possible since resuming in-person parties in DEC '22. It's great to connect with those who are far away or can't attend in person for other reasons.
Monthly parties are normally the first or second Sat or Sun of the month (most often first Sat); date/time depends on fiddler & host availability and other area events. Most often first Sat.
Norwegian-style cozy house parties. 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 and whomever she’s arranged to take turns playing sets—often including Swedish nyckelharpa music. Potluck and/or dessert break. 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. All are welcome. "Newbies will be welcomed, encouraged, and assimilated." See you there?
Event details incl pandemic protocol and reservations are sent to the MAND email list routinely, then the Zoom link and any updated details are sent a day or so before the event. If you're not on the MAND email list, please email Jenny for info and join the fun.
NEXT PARTY: SAT JUN 10 (was different date). 6 PM potluck, 7:30 music/dance, break for snack/dessert. Hybrid in-person with Zoom. Featured guest fiddler is Jonathan Een Newton. Hosts are Phyllis Derrick & Steve Simko of Silver Spring.
FUTURE PARTIES: July & Aug TBD. Sep 9 with featured guest fiddler Vidar Skrede.
OUR 17th ANNUAL SPRING SPRINGAR SPREE
*was* on the weekend of March 24-26, 2023--this info is remaining for future reference.
You can attend all or part, in person or on Zoom.
All-live Hardanger fiddle music. Dance, Hardanger fiddle, and song classes with friends from the Telemark region. Three parties with music/dance from all over Norway and a bit beyond. And our famous cozy Sunday brunch potluck.
Click here for the event page.
OTHER EVENTS & TIDBITS OF INTEREST
(please send info to Jenny to share here and in MAND emails)
'Tis the season to sign up for summer dance/music camps--see list below.
OTHER LOCAL SCANDI DANCING/PLAYING
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 - See ScandiaDC.org
Hambo DC - most Tues evenings at NIH - beg & adv Swedish & Norwegian dancing - recorded and live music - on pandemic hold - See HamboDC.org
Nordic Dancers - Wed, Sep-May - pan-Scan dance performing group - See sites.google.com/site/NordicDancersDC
Many local Scan dancers also enjoy the Waltz Time Dances in the splendid historic Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. Usually 1st and 3rd Sun afternoons. If you feel inspired to do some Scandinavian dance to music which goes "1,2,3" there's often a fellow Scandinavian dancer around with whom to have a little fun.... See waltztimedances.org.
And there are 2 Lags for fiddlers and other musicians. One is part of Scandia DC, rehearsing during dance class and playing the first set at the dance. The other is Washington's Spelmanslag--see www.WashingtonsSpelmanslag.com.
SCANDINAVIAN DANCE/MUSIC "CAMPS"
end of January: Vermont Ski-Dance Weekend. Contact Tom Kringstad, email@example.com.
first weekend in Feb: Hardanger Fiddle Association of America's "Open Hearth" Winter Workshop--has occurred in 2021 and 2022 on Zoom. See www.HFAA.org
end of February, alternate years: "Telemark Winter Experience" at ski lodge in Norway, with visiting dancers/musicians and excursion to town. Contact TomLovli@gmail.com.
mid-March: Spring Scandinavian Dance & Music Weekend at Folklore Village near Madison, WI. Often same teachers as Boulder. See under events at FolkloreVillage.com.
usually the following weekend: Scan Dance & Music Weekend in Boulder, CO. Often same teachers as FLV. See under events at BoulderDanceCoalition.org.
April: National Folk Organization's Annual Conference. Variety of international folk music/dance/crafts sessions; may or may not incl Scandinavian. With some sessions for folk group organizers. See NFO-USA.org
Springtime: MAND's Spring Springar Spree next to Washington DC. Our annual Norwegian dance/music weekend!
mid-June: Scandia Camp Mendocino in CA. Swedish & Norwegian music & dance. See ScandiaCampMendocino.org
week of July 4th (part-time mini-camp): Nordic Fiddles & Feet Camp in NH (formerly in WV). Swedish & Norwegian music & dance. See nordicfiddlesandfeet.com.
usu 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 at Camp Louise in Cascade, MD. Balkan and some Scandinavian. See dancingplanetproductions.com.
Hardanger Fiddle Association of America. See HFAA.org
American Nyckelharpa Association. See nyckelharpa.org
Scanfolk - Scandinavian dance/music news email listserv - a great way to keep in touch with the network of dance/music folks across the US between events. To join send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Norway's "official website abroad" & Norwegian Embassy. See Norway.org
House of Sweden (Swedish Embassy) - mailing list for events/exhibits. See HouseofSweden.com, click on Exhibitions
Sons of Norway, DC chapter. See NorwayDC.org
American Scandinavian Association, DC chapter. See Scandinavian-DC.org
Norwegian Ladies' Club of DC, MD, VA (social club to speak Norwegian). See Dameklubben.com
Sveaborg Society in Baltimore (Swedish traditions and social events). See SveaborgSociety.com