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 April or 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 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. pi~at~xecu~dot~net (please include MAND in subject), H 3O13714312.
OUR MONTHLY PARTIES on ZOOM
We joined the Zoom scene in July 2020, after our monthly Norwegian-style cozy house parties with potluck and dancing were cancelled for four long months due to the pandemic. It's sure great to see everybody, including folks who are far away.
In lieu of MAND's famous cozy potluck socials, those who aren't too Zoom-fatigued to enjoy it continue the tradition by taking potluck from our own fridges/pantries and chatting while eating (yes, contrary to business meeting etiquette). Then more join in to dance, listen, or play along (muted) to alternating short sets by the home team of LORETTA KELLEY on Norwegian Hardanger fiddle and SONIA WHITE on Swedish nyckelharpa, and/or occasional special guest Hardanger fiddlers from afar. (If you pipe up with comments between tunes/sets, or would like to play along on tunes, please mute during the music.) Then some folks stay to afterparty with more chat and BYO desserts/snacks, as others drift off.
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. During the party, the best way to say something to Jenny is via the private-chat in Zoom, or call from outside.
See you there?
TIME: 6:30 potluck/social time, 7:30 music/dance, then afterparty. Eastern time.
DATES: weekend of MAY 1 is our annual Spring Springar Spree. Then Sat Jun 4 or Sun Jun 5, then Sat Jul 2, both with Loretta playing.
MAND in-person events will resume when it's OK to gather and dance again. Our monthly Norwegian-style cozy house parties with potluck and dancing 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.
FYI, here's the standard blurb for our monthly house parties, which are currently on hold due to pandemic: 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!
**OUR ANNUAL SPRING SPRINGAR SPREE**
OTHER EVENTS & TIDBITS OF INTEREST
(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 doing Zoom events, including our friends at Scandia New York (see on Facebook).
All for now.
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 - on Zoom during pandemic - 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; lately they've been on and off of pandemic hold. 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.
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 7-11, 2021: National Folk Organization's Annual Conference, virtual on Zoom. Free. Variety of international folk music/dance/crafts sessions; no Scandinavian this year. Includes sessions for folk group organizers. See NFO-USA.org/annual-conference-2021/.
April or May: 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.
Sep 2022: National Folk Festival in Salisbury, MD. This is (pandemic-delayed) last of 3 years here; next year elsewhere in US. Free large outdoor festival incl some participatory dancing. See nationalfolkfestival.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