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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 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

$9 general admission
$8 SFS members
$8 PNA members
$8 seniors
$5 for full-time students
Free for people under the age of 16.

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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Due to an adverse medical reaction at a recent dance, we'd like to emphasize showing up without cologne, perfume or other strongly scented products. Some of the organizers and dancers have allergic-like reactions to the chemicals in these items.



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, the 2019 booking form is now up.
Information for bands and callers.
Information for dancers.

For information not already posted here: 206-440-9839 or emeraldcitycontra@pobox.com


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.



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

Schedule of bands and callers:


  • October 26 - Dynamic keyboardist/accordionist Jeremiah McLane, from Vermont, teams up with local fiddler Ruthie Dornfeld for an evening of dancing with a lively mixture of Quebecois, New England, Cape Breton, and Southern tunes. More about the musicians at www.jeremiahmclane.com and www.ruthiedornfeld.com. Michael Karcher calls.
  • November 2 - CounterCurrent is Alex Sturbaum on guitar (and maybe accordion) and Brian Lindsay on fiddle and feet. Lindsey Dono calls.
  • November 9 - Continental Drift is Eileen Nicholson Kalfass on fiddle, Eric Anderson on piano and Terry Wergeland on accordion. They'll play classic dance repertoire with percussiveness and drive. Joe Micheals calls.
  • November 16 - Buddy System consists of Noah VanNorstrand (fiddle) and Julie Vallimont on keyboard. Original and standard contra tunes played with drive, swing, and sweetness. George Marshall calls.
  • November 23 - Dave Bartley, Marni Rachmiel, and Jesse Partridge.
  • November 30 - RiffRaff: Lindon Toney, Jesse Partridge, & River Scheuerel on fiddles, guitar, mandolin, and harmonica.
  • December 7 - Waxwings: Jesse Partridge (fiddle), Alex Sturbaum (guitar, accordion), Amy Englesberg (piano, accordion). Isaac Banner calls.
  • December 14 - Uncle Farmer is Ben Schreiber on fiddle and Michael Sokolovsky on guitar. Dance to your favorite tunes with Irish and New England sound at its core, some modern twists to keep things interesting, and round it out with some fun harmonization. Susan Petrick calls.
  • December 21 - The Pep Tides: Clyde Curley on fiddle, Cary Lung on mandolin; Carol Noyes on banjo, and Kate Lichtenstein on guitar. Enjoy some old-time tunes played by old masters with passion. David Kaynor calls.
  • December 28 - David Kaynor and Friends. Abigail Hobart calls.
  • January 4 - Contra Quartet - Jesse Partridge on fiddle, Jay Finkelstein on guitar, Steve Cifka on cello, and Julie Bennett on percussion.


The rules that we need to live by

These are the rules that we follow to be good tenants of the Phinney Neighborhood Association and good neighbors with the residents of the neighborhood. While these rules are not enforceable by lease agreement or City of Seattle laws, we still try to follow them.
- Dancers, performers, and volunteers park their vehicles in the parking lots as much a possible.
- At the end of the evening, we use the doors at the top of the stairs for access as much as possible.
- We do not open the large windows in the Community Hall when the sound system is in use.

For questions about these rules, please contact Eric Jusino, Facilities Director or Georgette Semroc, Rentals Coordinator. You can reach them by phone at 206-783-2244, or by e-mail: ericj@phinneycenter.org, and rentals@phinneycenter.org

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Last modified 11/03/18.
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