Skandia Folkdance Society presents music and dance event

Ben Teitelbaum
Ben Teitelbaum, internationally acclaimed master of the Swedish nyckelharpa, will perform twice at Vinterdans on Feb. 1 at the Cedar Valley Grange.

Skandia Folkdance Society presents Vinterdans, a special evening of music and dancing, from 8-11 p.m., Feb. 1  at the Cedar Valley Grange (20526  52nd Ave. W. between Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood).

Skandia will transform the hall with festive decorations and put out the welcome mat for all to enjoy live Scandinavian music.

Guest musicians include Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag, a talented group of kids ranging in age from 8 to 18, and Ben Teitelbaum, internationally acclaimed master of the Swedish nyckelharpa. The ‘Lag starts the evening with a set of lively dance tunes.

Dancers will flock to the floor when Teitelbaum takes the stage and fires up his Swedish nyckelharpa for the second set. The nyckelharpa dates back to at least the year 1200. A highly respected musician and ethnomusicologist, Teitelbaum is a virtuoso at playing this unusual string-and-keyed instrument. His considerable talent earned him a Swedish scholarship for advanced musical study and the first-ever American degree in nyckelharpa performance. He now heads the Nordic Studies Department at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Teitelbaum will perform twice.

Those wishing to just listen to the music are welcome as well as those who wish to dance. Admission is $15.

To learn more about Skandia Folkdance Society, visit or call Judy at 206-784-8959.

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