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 in May.

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 MAND news/events, plus info on various other Scandinavian events (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 on our events and others of interest in the emails, 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.

WHO'S JENNY? The intrepid facilitator of our merry little group. pi~at~xecu~dot~net, 3O13714312. Your contact for questions, email list, etc.


Our monthly Norwegian-style house parties were cancelled for 4 long months due to the pandemic, then in July we joined the Zoom scene!

With music by our own Loretta Kelley (Norwegian hardingfele) and Sonia White (Swedish nyckelharpa) and frequent special guest fiddlers from afar.


with MAND (Mid-Atlantic Norwegian Dancers)

Saturday, Feb 6, 2021

5:30pm potluck, 6:30pm music/dance (Eastern time)

Special guest Hardanger fiddler: Karin Code

In lieu of our famous traditional cozy potluck socials, let's take potluck from our own fridges/pantries and chat while eating. Then listen/dance to the music of our special guest Hardanger fiddler Karin Code, supplemented by our home team of LORETTA KELLEY and SONIA WHITE alternating short sets of music on their magical Norwegian Hardanger fiddle and Swedish nyckelharpa. (If you pipe up with comments between tunes/sets, please remember to mute again.) Then some folks will stay for the afterparty with more chat and BYO desserts/snacks, as others drift off.

It's sure great to see everybody on Zoom. In case you're Zoom-fatigued or hesitant to eat on camera because it's not proper Zoom etiquette for business meetings: wait for the program if you prefer, but the potluck social is our MAND tradition, so it's lovely.

Zoom details/link will be sent to the MAND email list before the event. If you don't get it by about noon, or you aren't on the list, please contact: Jenny Foster, pi@xecu.net, H 301-371-4312. (And then while in the Zoom, the best way to say something to me is via the private-chat there.)

See you there?

FUTURE DATES: first Sat of every month for a while, except the March party will be a few hours before March, on Sunday Feb 28, at new standard time of 5:30 & 6:30 for potluck & music/dance. (Yes, in addition to Feb party on first Sat of month.)

MAND in-person events will resume when it's OK to dance again. Here's our standard blurb for monthly house parties:

Usually the first or second Sat or Sun of month, and most often first Sat evening; date/time 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 dessert and usually some Swedish music for dancing (often on nyckelharpa). 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!

NEXT HOUSE PARTY: on hold due to pandemic. See you on Zoom.

Click here for Locations/Directions page. Got party questions? Host phones for last-minute calls are on Locations/Directions page. Otherwise please call or email Jenny for general info.


>>>CANCELLED due to pandemic<<<

Please join the Mid-Atlantic Norwegian Dancers (MAND)

for our 15th annual


APR 24-26, 2020

in lovely Takoma Park, MD (by Washington, DC)

>>>CANCELLED due to pandemic<<<

You're welcome to ATTEND ALL OR PART OF THE WEEKEND. There are friendly folks to chat with and goodies to nibble, whether or not you're taking part in what's scheduled.

Featured dances to be taught are from the HARDANGERFJORD REGION OF WESTERN NORWAY, with stellar Norwegians who got enthusiastic reviews at HFAA 2018: BRIT KARIN SØRLAND AND PER ØYVIND TVEITEN. (We request somewhat faster pace to cover more details, yet new dancers are "welcomed, encouraged, and assimilated" here as always.) THREE DANCE PARTIES with wide variety of music, incl springars, gangars, pols, rull, waltz, Reinlander, and likely also a little Swedish on nyckelharpa. ALL-LIVE MUSIC by two top US Hardanger fiddlers: VILDE AASLID and our own LORETTA KELLEY. (The magical Hardanger fiddle has sympathetic strings under the bowed strings--see HFAA.org. Springar music is in 3 like waltz, but with distinctive regional lilts in the rhythm.) Hardanger fiddlers and wannabes, please contact us as early as possible to schedule HARDANGER FIDDLE LESSONS OR CLASSES. JAM/PRACTICE SPACE for Norwegian or Swedish throughout. COZY SUNDAY BRUNCH POTLUCK.

Beginners, part-timers, listeners/watchers ALL VERY WELCOME. No need to bring a dance partner because we mix, and some enjoy the challenge of switching gender at times so all can dance.

Contact is Jenny, pi~at~xecu~dot~net, C 24O344OO66. For more info visit Spring Springar Spree (If you'd like to help by sharing Spree info, please check with Jenny about an important detail--thanks.)

Click here for the event page with all the gory details, and check back (and click Refresh in your browser to make sure you see the latest) as plans develop: Spring Springar Spree

9th annual RØROSMARTNAN PARTY on Sat February 22, 2020

Host Linda Brooks will teach a Rørospols dance class, then we'll enjoy a tasty potluck, then we'll party in her home dance studio...with a live recording of a dance party from a past 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 on our Locations/Directions page.

Our Rørosmartnan page has more info about the festival in Røros. Check out the interesting weblinks, even if you can't attend.


(please send info to Jenny to share here and in MAND emails):

Virtually all the in-person dance/music events on our radar have been cancelled for months due to the pandemic.

Many organizations are gradually doing Zoom events, including:

selected Wednesday evenings ScandiaNY Zooms. See Scandia New York on Facebook.

July 11 (Sat) ScandiaDC Zoom w dance class and live music for dancing. See www.ScandiaDC.org.

July 16-19 (Thurs-Sun) HFAA (Hardanger Fiddle Assn of America) ONLINE FESTIVAL. "We feel the loss of the learning and fellowship that we always look forward to [at our annual Music and Dance Workshop at Folklore Village]. We looked for a way to fill the gap, and the result is the HFAA Online Festival, an online celebration of the music and dance of the Hardanger fiddle,... featuring music and dance video content, fiddlemaking demonstrations, tune tutorials, performances, storytelling, socializing, and more! More information will be posted [on our website], on our Facebook page, and listed in our HFAA News email newsletter. Mark your calendar and save the dates for an exciting weekend of education and connection!"

All for now.

And be sure to check out the events/groups below--all highly recommended and welcoming to new folks!


end of January: Vermont Ski-Dance Weekend

Featuring Valdresspringar & other dances and Telemark music in 2018. Contact Tom Kringstad, tom@nordic-home.com.

end of February, alternate years (it's on for 2019!): "Telemark Winter Experience" Ski-Dance

at ski lodge w/fab food and visiting dancers/musicians, weekend in town at fest/shops. 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.

end of April: MAND's Spring Springar Spree in 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, 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 Camp Louise in Cascade, MD.

Balkan and Scandinavian. See dancingplanetproductions.com.


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 waltzes at Glen Echo Park, which are usually 1st and 3rd Sun afternoons. Info: www.waltztimedances.org. 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 some fun....


Hardanger Fiddle Association of America - HFAA.org

American Nyckelharpa Association - nyckelharpa.org

"Scanfolk" - Scandinavian dance/music news email listserv. To join, send email to:


(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