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Emerald City Contra Dance

with the Seattle Folklore Society present

Contra dancing every Friday at the
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney N, Seattle,
in the "Community Hall" (brick building off lower parking lot)

Dance from 7:30pm to 10:00pm, beginner's workshop at 7:00
$8 admission, $7 for SFS and PNA members and seniors, $5 for students, under 16 free.
First time contra dancers get a coupon for free admission to their next dance.
Coupon redemption limited to first five coupons on any single night.

Please help the PNA achieve their sustainability goals. Consider carpooling, walking, biking, or riding the bus to the dance. If you drive, please park in the PNA parking lots.

Bands and Callers, you can request a gig online.
Information for bands and callers.
Information for dancers.
For information not already posted here: 206-440-9839 or

All dances taught. No partner necessary.
Light, comfortable clothing recommended.
Please do not wear cologne, perfume or other strongly scented products. Thanks!

Our hall has strict capacity limits. We occasionally need to limit entry due to high attendance.

Enough of the suggestions and disclaimers. Here is what you really want to know...

Schedule of bands and callers:

  • September 26 - W.B. Reid & Bonnie Zahnow. Dancers often express surprise that such a full sound comes from only two people. They play lively and beautiful tunes from New England, Quebec, Ireland, Appalacia, and Missouri, along with WB's own compositions. Tarka Ayres calls.
  • October 3 - Contra Quartet – Jesse Partridge – fiddle, Jay Finkelstein – guitar, Steve Cifka – cello, Julie Bennett – percussion.
  • October 10 - Joyride is George Penk - fiddle, Erik Weberg - flute, bombarde, harmonica, Sue Songer - piano, fiddle, Jeff Kerssen-Griep - guitar, percussion. The last time we were able to get this great band to Seattle was five years ago, so come hear them before they take a joyride on the nearest comet, only to re-appear again years from now. Eric Curl calls.
  • October 17 - Pete's Posse. Pete's Posse. Pete Sutherland on fiddle, guitar, banjo, piano, ukelele, and... Oliver Scanlon on fiddle, and versatile accompanist Tristan Henderson. Mary Wesley calls.
  • October 24 - Tinker's Dram
  • October 31 - Eva Reich (fiddle) and Jeff Kerssen-Griep (guitar).
  • November 7 - Calico: Fred Nussbaum, Sue Songer, and... Nan Evans calls.
  • November 14 - Great Bear Trio. George Marshall calls.
  • November 21 - Ari and Mia. They mix traditions of Southern fiddle music, Northeastern fiddle music, and the early American songs with innovative tune-writing for a fresh, contemporary sound. See their website for more information.
  • November 28 - To be determined.
  • December 5 - Laura Light, Jeffrey Spero, Dave Bartley at OmCulture. Eric Black calls.
  • December 12 - The Euphemists
  • December 19 - Eileen Nicholson, fiddle; Rachel Bell, accordion; Eric Anderson, piano. Bob Nicholson calling.

It's summer. And it's warm in here.

(Ok, it's not really summer any more. But it's still warm in here.)
Well... yes. A hundred people doing an aerobic activity in an enclosed and poorly-ventilated space will create some heat. One of these days, we will have some better ventilation, but that won't happen soon. So here are a few suggestions to make your experience and everyone else's experience better.
- Drink plenty of water. If you perspire, your body needs water to replace that perspiration.
- Bring additional shirts or blouses so that you can dance in (relatively) dry garments.
- Take a break and get some fresh air outside. Go up to the parking lot, and don't use the lower outside doors. (Sorry, we had one complaint about this from a neighbor in July 2012, and we continue to react to that complaint.)
- Shower before you arrive. Yes, I admit that it sounds weird. If you don't have the collection of aromas from the entire day, those aromas won't permeate the hall.
- Sit out a dance or two to give your body some rest.
- Drink plenty of water. If you perspire, your body needs water to replace that perspiration. Repeat often.
- Don't bother with cologne, perfumes, aftershave, etc. Volatile organic chemicals like these will evaporate readily and, uh, permeate the hall.
- Drink plenty of water. Bring some lemonade or fruit juice for variety. If you perspire, your body needs water to replace that perspiration. Repeat more often.
- Take a break and get some fresh air outside. Go up to the parking lot, don't use the lower outside doors.
- Use unscented or fragrance-free antiperspirant. Check the fine print on the label for the words "scent" or "fragrance". Those of us who react adversely to these chemicals will appreciate your restraint.
- Not everyone can endure the warmth and humidity. If you reach your limit, we understand. We look forward to seeing you again when we have cooler weather.

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Last modified 09/27/14.