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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" (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.

UPDATE! Construction information

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 4 - David Kaynor (fiddle), W. B. Reid (guitar, mostly), and Laurie Andres (accordion). David Millstone calls.
  • September 11 - Brian Lindsay (fiddle), Alex Sturbaum (accordion, mostly), Brendan Taaffe (guitar and mbira). Check out some of Brendan's work here. David Kaynor calls.
  • September 18 - Spare Parts – Ruthie Dornfeld on fiddle, Bill Matthiesen on piano, Liz Stell on flute.
  • September 25 - Charles Street Messengers are Brandon Hunter on trombone, Brittain Barber on sax, Tyler Hamilton on electric guitar, Dylan Hughes on electric bass, Kyle Kirkpatrick on drums, and Minami Fukuda on keyboard & vocals. Sherry Nevins and Lindsey Dono share the calling duties.
  • October 2 - The Fixations: Cathie Whitesides – fiddle, Sandy Bradley – guitar, and Laurie Andres – accordion.
  • October 9 - Jamie Fox on fiddle with Mette Jensen on accordion and Kristian Bugge on fiddle. Woody Lane calls.
  • October 16 - Hands4: Fran Tewksbury – woodwinds, Keith Moe – fiddle, Rich Goss – percussion, Carl Thor – piano.
  • October 23 - To be determined.
  • October 30 - The Euphemists: Alan Snyder – fiddle; Dave Goldman – keyboard; Jerry Nelson - guitar & sax; Paula Hamlin - sax, flute, & whistle; Kaye Blesener – trombone. This Portland band brings a big sound to our stage.
  • November 6 - To be determined. Yes, a repeat performance.
  • November 13 - Heliotrope: Michael Hobart (guitar), Robin Brown (fiddle), Paul Englesberg (flutes, whistles, concertina). They play tunes from the New England, French Canadian, and Celtic traditions, but with other influences as well. This Bellingham band wowed the crowd at Folklife this year.
  • November 20 - The Syncopaths. George Marshall calls.
  • November 27 - The long-awaited return of Countercurrent: Alex Sturbaum (guitar, vocals) and Brian Lindsay (fiddle, feet, vocals).

Click here to a printable copy of the flyer

It's warm in here...

Yes, it is. That is what happens when a hundred people do an aerobic activity in an enclosed and poorly-ventilated space. 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, don't use the lower outside doors. (Sorry, we had a complaint about this from a neighbor in July 2012. Yes, we still have to live with the results of something from nearly 3 years ago.)
- 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 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. Please go up to the parking lot, and 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.

For even more information about the dance click here.

Upcoming construction in the Brick Building

The PNA has begun the process to install an elevator in the Brick Building to make all floors of that building barrier-free. Currently, construction starts October 1st 2015 and finishes sometime in January 2016. During that time, the PNA envisions no direct impact on the dances. However, the construction will impact usage of the bathrooms. No, we won't have to use Porta-Potties, but we will need to use the bathrooms on the floors above. We'll update you as we receive more information; alternatively, you can contact Bill Fenimore (the PNA's Director of Facilities) at 206-783-2244 or at

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