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Special events, February 2016

SLÄNGPOLSKA MINI-TOUR
date place more info
Sat 2/6 Montpelier VT details below; venue
Sun 2/7 Greenfield MA details below; venue
Wed 2/10 NYC (at Scandia NY) Scandia NY site
2/12–14 Dance Flurry Festival Flurry site

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Slängpolska workshop & dance

Come and experience the latest trend in folk dancing in Sweden right now!

Sat 2/6 in Montpelier VT Sun 2/7 in Greenfield MA
WHAT:

12:30–3:00  slängpolska workshop
  3:00–4:00  dance (featuring slängpolska, schottis, vals)

Make a day of it! Join us for a fiddle workshop afterward (see below), a potluck at the Grange, and the evening contradance where you'll get another brief chance to practice your new moves.

2:00–5:00  slängpolska workshop
5:00–6:00  dance (featuring slängpolska, schottis, vals)
WHERE: Capital City Grange Guiding Star Grange
COST:

$20 for 2.5-hr workshop (no add'l fee for dance)
(sliding scale to $12)

$25 for 3-hr workshop (no add'l fee for dance)
(sliding scale to $15)

Fiddle workshop

Sat 2/6 in Montpelier VT
WHAT:

4:45–6:15 workshop for fiddlers

Learn a favorite new tune! Slängpolska tunes are groovy, accessible, and highly satisfying. Our session will be geared toward intermediate players who are comfortable learning by ear. Open to melody players and those willing to pretend to be melody players.

WHERE: at a private house nearby the Grange
COST:

$35 for 1.5-hr workshop
(sliding scale to $20)

RSVP:

Preregistration is required, as there is limited space.

September 2015

Come and experience the latest trend in folk dancing in Sweden right now!

slängpolska workshop & dance
WHO: we welcome enthusiasts and newcomers alike
WHEN: Saturday, September 12, 2015
SCHEDULE: 2:30–3:45  slängpolska workshop
4:00–6:00 dance
WHERE: Montague Common Hall, f.k.a. Montague Grange
34 Main Street in Montague Center, MA
COST:

$10 for workshop ($5 students / ltd income)
$12 for dance ($10 students / ltd income)
$20 for both ($15 students / ltd income)

Special events, September 2014 — slängpolska workshop & dance

Come and experience the latest trend in folk dancing in Sweden right now!

Sat 9/20 in Arlington MASun 9/21 in Montague MA
SCHEDULE: 2:30–5:30  slängpolska workshop
5:30–7:00  dinner/jamming
7:00–10:00  dance
1:00–3:00  slängpolska workshop
3:00–5:30 dance
followed by dinner and jamming at Will's house nearby
WHERE: Park Ave Congregational Church Montague Common Hall, f.k.a. Montague Grange
COST:

$30 for 3-hr workshop
($20 students / limited income)

$15 dance
($5–10 for workshop participants / limited income)

$25 for 2-hr workshop
($15 students / limited income)

$15 dance
($5–10 for workshop participants / limited income)

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Why slängpolska?

One of the missions we brought home with us is to introduce all y'all to the awesomeness of the dancing that is Actually cool in Sweden now. Slängpolska — as danced in Stockholm and Uppland and among the multigenerational set — is more freeform-y nonchoregraphed-y improv-y swingdance-y than what you may expect from the Scandi-dance scene in these parts, and it is totally a great fit for our dance demographic. PLUS that is where a great many of the super-awesome accessible tunes are, so the increasingly many folks who want to play Swedish tunes will also be happy.

What does it look like?

Here are a couple of teeny snippets of what slängpolska looks like at dance events, and a couple of longer performance clips where you can see the dancing of our friend Anton Schneider, one of the most sought-after young dancers in Stockholm.

Dance schedule

Spring dance party
featuring your requests

Note to our loyal community, September 2010:
With a bit of sadness and a dose of reality, we have reached the conclusion that the monthly Scandinavian dance series at the Montague Grange does not currently have enough of a critical mass of community—musicians, teachers and dancers—to continue as a monthly dance for this coming season. The evidence comes from both the survey you completed last year and the recent attendance at our dances. Thank you to the many musicians and dancers who have come to the Grange over the years, and we hope you will continue to join us at our less frequently scheduled events.
—Annamarie Pluhar, Alice Klingener, lydia ievins, & Andrea Larson

What to expect

Our dance parties welcome dancers of all levels of experience. There will not be a formal teaching session, but we are happy to provide some one-on-one pointers and encouragement as needed.

Most sessions begin with an hour of teaching a featured dance from Sweden or Norway.
After a break for snacks, there is open dancing.

What to bring: Low-heeled leather-soled shoes are best for our turning dances. No partner necessary.

Cost: $12 / $8 students, seniors, low income Cost: $10 / $8 students, seniors, low income

http://www.folkdance.com/scandi/whatitis.htm

September     (9/21/08)

dances from the Hälsingland region
teaching by Jim and Joan Savitt
music by Lena Jonsson, special guest fiddler from Bollnäs, Sweden

October     (10/19/08)

Rørospols
teaching by Jim and Joan Savitt
music by Andrea Larson and friends

November     (11/16/08)

Telegangar, and a review of Rørospols
teaching by Annamarie Pluhar and Gideon Morse
music by Andrea Larson and friends

December     (2nd Sunday, 12/14/08)

Christmas dance party!
review of dances taught this fall
followed by open request dancing and Yuletide party
music by Marilyn Butler, Amy Parker and friends

January     (1/18/09) dance CANCELLED! enjoy the snow!

basics: hambo and schottis
teaching by Andrea Larson & Gideon Morse
music by Marilyn Butler & friends

February    

no dance this month - - join us at the Dance Flurry!

March     (3/15/09)

dances from Föllinge
teaching by Jim & Joan Savitt
music by Andrea Larson & friends

April     (4/19/09)

dances from Boda & Bingsjö
teaching by Jim & Joan Savitt
music by Andrea Larson & friends

May     (5/17/09)

special Norwegian dance for Norwegian National Day
dances from Telemark: telespringar/telegangar
teaching by Annamarie Pluhar and Gideon Morse
music by Toby Weinberg playing hardanger fiddle

June     (6/21/09)

midsommar dance party!

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doesn't make sense to use gcal for a once/month event

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contact address?
mailing list?

datedancesteachersmusicians
October 4hambo
[Sweden]
Andrea Larson & Gideon MorseMatt Fichtenbaum
November 1dances from Nås
[Sweden]
Wendy ErnstAndrea Larson, lydia ievins, & Becky Ashenden
December 6Christmas dance party
featuring your requests
dances will be reviewed as neededAndrea Larson & friends
January 3dances from Telemark: telespringar/telegangar
[Norway]
CANCELLED for snow day
Annamarie Pluhar & Gideon MorseMarilyn Butler
February 7dances from Telemark: telespringar/telegangar
[Norway]
Annamarie Pluhar & Gideon MorseMarilyn Butler
March 7NO DANCE this month
April 4R�rospols
[Norway]

Fiddlers! Join us before the dance for a special fiddle workshop with Toby, 11:30-1:30 at the Grange. Bring your own sack lunch.

Toby Weinberg & Ginny LeeToby Weinberg
May 2dances from Telemark: telespringar/telegangar
[Norway]
Annamarie Pluhar & Gideon MorsePetra Kirstein
June 6this month's dance is cancelled. happy summer!
dances will be reviewed as neededAndrea Larson, Becky Ashenden, & friends
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Saturday, March 12

Just north of us, in Guilford VT:
Special Norwegian events with guest Loretta Kelley, Hardanger fiddle!
daytime workshops in Hardanger fiddle, flat fiddle, and Telegangar/Telespringar dancing
5:30 potluck, 6:30 free concert followed by dance
For more information, contact Annamarie Pluhar, , (802) 451-1941

Saturday, April 242:00-4:00 Fiddle workshop with Stefhan Ohlstr�m Advance registration required; please contact lydia at or (413) 863-4887 for more information and directions. [We are not also planning a dance at the Grange on this date.]
Saturday, November 57:00-10:00 Fall dance party!

Our previous party was such a success that we're having a reprise! We'll dance to a program of favorites including your requests. There will be no formal teaching session, though we are happy to offer brief reviews or personal instruction as needed.

special guest fiddlers Stefhan Ohlstr�m, Matt Fichtenbaum, Andrea Larson, & lydia ievins

We are thrilled to have Stefhan joining us all the way from Ithaca NY, along with Matt from the Boston area. Fiddlers are welcome to join in from 8:00-8:30 for an allspel set, for which we will select from this tune list.

Saturday, April 303:30-4:30 Fiddle workshop with Stefhan Ohlstr�m Advance registration required; please contact lydia at [emailscript] or (413) 863-4887.
Saturday, April 307:00-10:00 Spring dance party!

Our November party was such a success that we're having a reprise! We'll dance to a program of favorites including your requests. There will be no formal teaching session, though we are happy to offer brief reviews or personal instruction as needed.

special guest fiddlers Stefhan Ohlstr�m, Matt Fichtenbaum, Andrea Larson, & lydia ievins

We are thrilled to have Stefhan joining us all the way from Ithaca NY, along with Matt from the Boston area. Fiddlers are welcome to join in from 8:00-8:30 for an allspel set, for which we will select from this tune list.

dateeventmusicians
Saturday, November 13
7:00-10:00
Fall dance party!

We'll dance to a program of favorites including your requests. There will be no formal teaching session, though we are happy to offer brief reviews or personal instruction as needed.

special guest fiddlers Stefhan Ohlstr�m, Matt Fichtenbaum, Andrea Larson, & lydia ievins

We are thrilled to have Stefhan joining us all the way from Ithaca NY, along with Matt from the Boston area. Fiddlers are welcome to join in from 8:00-8:30 for an allspel set, for which we will select from this tune list.