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Based on the requirements of Public Health – Seattle & King County, we have canceled the dances on March 27 and all of April.

We continue to review the rules and recommendations and we continue to discuss those topics among ourselves. As before, we want to make our decisions based on available information and not on rumors.

The very nature of the dance goes against most of the recommendations of health professionals, such as avoiding large groups of people, close proximity to them for more than 10 minutes, and touching their hands; consequently, it seems likely that the dance could propagate the virus much further. The uncertainty around the disease and the risk of transmission at the dances continues to convince us to cancel the upcoming dances.

We will continue to review the information from and the recommendations of health officials prior to resuming the dances. We will provide ongoing updates about cancellations. We'll see you all on the dance floor again; until then, we will miss you and look forward to your enthusiastic return.

Emerald City Contra Dance

with the Seattle Folklore Society present

Contra dancing every Friday (once we resume our regular schedule) at the

Phinney Neighborhood Center

6532 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle (98103)

in the "Community Hall" (the brick building near the lower parking lot)

Dance from 7:30pm to 10:00pm, beginner's workshop at 7:00

Admission prices:
$9 general admission
$8 SFS members
$8 PNA members
$8 seniors
$5 for full-time students
Free for people under the age of 16.
Cash or check only. (One of these days, we might accept credit & debit cards - but not yet).

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.

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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.

All dances taught. No partner necessary.
Light, comfortable clothing recommended.

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

Bands and callers, the 2020 booking form is now up.
Information for bands and callers.
Information for dancers.
See past caller set lists.

For information not already posted here: 206-440-9839 or

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

Schedule of bands and callers:

  • March 27 - Cancelled.
  • April 3 - Cancelled.
  • April 10 Cancelled.
  • April 17 Cancelled.
  • April 24 Cancelled.
  • May 1 - The Upshots is down easters Jenny Van West on fiddle, Edith Gawler (the legendary Gawler Family Band) on fiddle, banjo and upright bass, and Ness Smith-Savedoff (Gallimaufry) on percussion. Adam Carlson call (larks & robins)
  • May 8 - Pachelbel’s Bazooka - Claude Ginsburg on fiddle, Dave Bartley on guitar and mandolin, Terry Wergeland on Accordion, and Anita Anderson on piano. The caller will be Greg Frock from Baltimore, MD.
  • May 15 - Cedar and the Waxwings - What happens when you put Brattleboro, VT's Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle) with our own Waxwings (Jesse Partridge on fiddle, Alex Sturbaum on guitar and accordion, and Amy Englesberg on piano and accordion)? You get driving rhythms and toe-tapping melodies. Calling by Yoyo Zhou from the SF Bay area (larks and robins)
  • May 22 - No dance at Phinney. See you at Folklife
  • May 29 - Like the unexpected contra dance figures its name refers to, the End Effects delight and surprise dancers – and keep them on their toes. Brandon Vance (fiddle) brings Scottish and Cape Breton crispness and drive, plus jazz influences; Marni Rachmiel (flute & saxophone) sparkles and sizzles; Anita Anderson (piano) adds her doo-wop syncopations and strong bass. They bring many modern composed tunes, as well as the best of the traditional repertoire. Susan Petrick calls.
  • June 5 - Singularity means “much packed into a single moment”. The name was given to the group in the mid 1990s by founding member Chuck Pliske who passed away last fall and refers to the moment (like the collapse of a massive star) when a “wall of sound” snaps into focus to form a nice & tight, singular groove. We dedicate our music to his memory: Howie Meltzer, fiddle; Terry Wergeland, accordion; Joe Micheals guitar. Michael Karcher calls. (larks and robins).
  • June 12 - It's a night of talent from the other coast with Sarah-Hadley Yakir (Boston, MA) on fiddle and Jesse Ball (from the band Polaris) playing accordion, guitar, and feet and Penelope Weinberger (Washington D.C.) calling.
  • June 19 - Countercurrent (Brian Lindsay on fiddle, feet, and vocals; Alex Sturbaum on guitar and vocals) combine tight arrangements, lush harmony vocals, and boundless energy to create a sound that shakes dance halls wherever they go.
  • June 26 - Les Fabulous Girls du Ouest Coast - Seattle's fabulous band of women return to Phinney.

Stay healthy

For lots of information about the corona virus, check Public Health - Seattle & King County.
Last modified 03/23/20.