Scandinavian Dance Classes


Information on classes, events, camps, and workshops
Scandinavian Dance Classes
at NIH in Bethesda, MD. See directions below.

Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:30 pm

--September 6, 13 (with LB), 20, 27
--October 4, 11, 18, 25
--The future schedule will be updated.

Beginners learn Hambo, Schottis, Waltz, Polka, and other couple turning dances. Some Hambo is done every time. Intermediate dancers learn RÝrospols. Advanced dancers learn more Swedish dances and Norwegian dances, including polskas, springars, and requests.

Singles, couples, beginners, and advanced dancers welcome. Come when you can; classes are all year and no registration is needed. A lovely raised wooden floor. Sometimes with live music. Air conditioned!
Wear smooth soles for turning (leather is best), not running shoes.

$5, first time free!

Contact Jim Walker at 202-365-8745, Lynn Walker at 301-834-4020, or lisa@HamboDC.org.

Site updated 9/6/2016.

Scandia DC dances: usually on the third Saturday of non-summer months at the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd. in Greenbelt, MD. Teaching (polka and snoa variants) 7-8 pm, dancing 8-10 pm. Saturday, September 17. Info on Scandinavian dancing in this area.

Norwegian dancing: Saturday Sept 10 (with LB), Sat Oct 1, Sat Nov 5, Sat Dec 3. Info on Norwegian dancing in this area. (301) 371-4312.

Sunday afternoon Waltzes at the Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom generally on the first and third Sundays of each month (Sept 4, 18; Oct 2, 16, 30; Nov 6, 20; Dec 4, 18). 3:30 - 6 pm. Waltz Time dances.

Wonderful Scandinavian dance camps:

Vermont Ski-Dance Weekend
--The Hulbert Center, Fairlee, Vermont, January 28-31, 2016. Dance and music from Telemark, Numedal, and Valdres.

Scandia Camp Mendocino
--Mendocino, CA, June 10-17, 2017

Hardanger Fiddle Association of America (HFAA)
--Folklore Village, Dodgeville, WI, July 21-24, 2016

Nordic Fiddles and Feet
--Ogontz Camp, NH, June 25 - July 2, 2017
(minicamp option). This is the week-long (or shorter if you want) East Coast Scandinavian dance camp. Follinge and Finnskogspols. Fabulous and lots of fun!

World Village Music and Dance camp (International with Scandi)
--Timber Ridge Camp, WV, Sept 2-5, 2016
With Roo Lester, Harry Khamis, Loretta Kelley, and Julia Borland-Ferneborg.



Directions


NIH Fitness and Dance Center, Building T39, Bethesda, MD, at the south-central part of the NIH campus. See a map of NIH with T39 at the center bottom, the horizontal rectangle just below building 28.

Bring picture ID if you drive OR WALK into NIH.

To drive to building T39 you first go through the Gateway Drive vehicle inspection visitor gate, and then to building T39. If you're using the Nav system on a smart phone you can use the following links:

Visitor Gate: 8740 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD

And once through the visitor gate, navigate to:

Building T39

If you're using a regular GPS you can use the same address for the Visitor Gate, or enter the coordinates by hand, but you will need the coordinates for Building T39:

Latitude: 38.995723 (or N38.995723)
Longitude: -77.102539 (or W77.102539)


From north of NIH: from the I-495 beltway, take the exit in Bethesda to south 355 / Rockville Pike / Wisconsin Av. South of South Dr., at the Gateway Drive visitor inspection center, turn right into NIH. Cars will be inspected.

From DC and other points south of NIH: take Wisconsin Av. north. At South Dr., make a U-turn and go to the visitor inspection center into NIH. Cars will be inspected.

After the inspection center, pass two left turns into a parking lot, and take the next left turn onto Medlars Dr. (to Building 38A, across from Natcher Building 45, and before the big lit tent-like building). Take the quick right onto Medlars Drive (again), for one short block. The NIH Fitness and Dance Center, Building T-39, is directly in front of you. You can park past T-39, in NIH employee permit parking (no permits needed after 7 pm or on weekends or holidays). Walk up the stairs on the East side of the building (not the ones next to the parking lot past T-39).

From the Medical Center Metro stop, 12 minute walk: after you exit the station, walk straight forward, and go through the visitor inspection. Go up the elevator, take the path left, cross one path and take the path to the right that goes between Building 45 and the child care center. Past building 45 turn left onto Medlars Drive, turn right onto Medlars Drive (again), and walk one short block. T-39 will be in front of you, across the road.