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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
$9 general admission. $8 for SFS members, PNA members, and seniors. $5 for 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.

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.

Construction update as of March 21.

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, disclaimers, and notifications. Here is what you really want to know...

Schedule of bands and callers:

  • April 15 - Note the change! Montana Shorty and the Fur heads fills in on ...uh... short notice. That's Sono Hashisaki on fiddle, Terry Weiner on mandolin, and Jay Finkelstein on guitar. They play mostly Metis music, which comes from the cultural mix of First Nations people in the Canadian Plains and French Canadian settlers. For some variety, they'll mix in some Quebecois, southern, and Welsh tunes occasionally. Linnaea Chapman calls
  • April 22 - George Paul (piano), Ryan McKasson (fiddle), Dave Bartley (fretted instruments). Gordy Euler calls.
  • April 29 - Deb Kirkland (fiddle), Joe Vincenzo (guitar), & Dale Hailey (percussion). Gwen Rousseau calls.
  • May 6 - Mercury Rising: Lee Anne Welch – fiddle, Ruth Anne Fraley – piano, Topher (Anne) Gayle – guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, ukelele, bass, percussion, etc. The heat is on! With the sweet & spicy fiddling of Lee Anne Welch, the grooving piano of Ruth Anne Fraley, and the spontaneous percussion and fretted instruments of Topher (Anne) Gayle, Mercury Rising will launch you into the highest dance stratosphere. You'll hear a creative mix of original tunes with contra dance standards. Jay Finklestein calls.
  • May 13 - Larry Unger (guitar and banjo) and Audrey Knuth (fiddle). Woody Lane calls.
  • May 20 - The Wisenheimers are Alan Snyder on fiddle and Dave Goldman on keyboard. Noah Grunzweig calls.
  • May 27 - No dance at Phinney. Go dance at Northwest Folklife at Seattle Center. (That's where you'll find us.)
  • June 3 - The Syncopaths: Ryan McKasson on fiddle, Ashley Broder on mandolin, Christa Burch on bodhran, vocals, and Jeffrey Spero on piano and bass. They bring a contemporary spin to music and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions. They create a sound characterized by the rhythmic interplay of fiddle and mandolin mixed with the unexpected colors and rhythms from the piano and bodhrán. Andrea Nettleton calls.
  • June 10 - Countercurrent is Alex Sturbaum (guitar, vocals) and Brian Lindsay (fiddle, feet, vocals). Brian’s fiddling draws on traditional influences and enthusiasm for new things. Alex adds Irish, Newfoundland, modern rock, and pop influences to create Countercurrent's unique sound.
  • June 17 - Uncle Farmer - Ben Schreiber on fiddle and Michael Sokolovsky on guitar. Susan Petrick calls.
  • June 24 - The Electrodes: Joe Bowbeer – 5-string electric fiddle, Joe Micheals – guitar, and Marcy Kubbs – piano. Amy Wimmer calls.

Click here to a printable copy of the flyer

Construction Update

The contractors have finished construction!
- All that remains are inspections and the paperwork, but that doesn't affect the dance.
- The downstairs bathrooms will get a new coat of paint in the future, but the PNA hasn't picked a date yet.
- The north doors will be available as an emergency exit, but not for regular use.
For more details, please contact David Wright (the PNA's Director of Facilities) at 206-783-2244.

It's that time of the year when it gets crowded.

The City of Seattle limits the occupancy of the room, and we need to comply with that limit.
- We can have 150 people in the room, period. That number includes the musicians, callers, guests of the performers, dancers, volunteers, children, observers, babies, and other categories of people not yet identified. In other words, we can have 150 people in the room, period.
- If we reach capacity, people who have already entered the dance may leave temporarily and re-enter.
- People waiting to enter the dance may wait in the stairwell, but not in the hall. Please form a line to make this part easier.
- If you are leaving for the evening, please let us know so that we can let the next person in.
- When someone leaves for the evening, we will admit additional people.
- We have difficulty predicting attendance with any accuracy, so we can't say with certainty which nights will sell out.
- If you end up waiting in line, you will probably get to enter at some point in the evening. It may be 8:45 pm, or 9:00 pm, or 9:05 pm... Again, we have difficulty predicting with any kind of accuracy.
- If you really want to dance on a specific night, then show up early. If you can't arrive early, then have a plan B.
- Sorry, we do not sell tickets in advance.
- Sorry, we do not allow "ticket sharing."

For even more information about the dance click here.

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Last modified 04/27/16.