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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.

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.

Construction Notice

The PNA begins installation of an elevator in the Brick Building on Monday October 12.
- Construction will occur between 7 am and 4 pm, so we will not hear construction noise.
- During much of the construction, the double doors from the parking lot to the building will not be available. You'll enter and exit via the doors at the back of the hall, on the north side of the Brick Building. We will have signs directing you to the correct entrance.
- The double doors to the parking lot will be available as an emergency exit, but not for regular use.
- The Community Hall restrooms will be closed until December 14. Restrooms on the top floor will be open while Community Hall restrooms are out of service. (The stairwell to the top floor will still be accessible.)
- The water fountain near the Community Hall restrooms will not be available. We will still have the water cooler in the hall.
- Most of the lower parking lot will still be available. You'll find about 5 fewer parking spots during the construction period.
- If you need to wait in line to enter the hall, you will probably wait outside. Please prepare for rain and cold weather.

As construction progresses, the schedule and building access will probably change. Please check this web page or our Facebook page for updates. Alternatively, you can contact Bill Fenimore (the PNA's Director of Facilities) at 206-783-2244 or at

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

Schedule of bands and callers:

  • October 2 - The Fixations: Kevin Carr – fiddle, Sandy Bradley – guitar, and Laurie Andres – accordion. Amy Carroll calls.
  • 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. LauraMe' Smith calls.
  • October 23 - Deb Kirkland, Dale Hailey and Jimmy Hall. Caller TBD.
  • 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. Susan Petrick calls.
  • November 6 - Brandon Vance - fiddle, Karen Iglitzin - fiddle, and Dave Bartley - mandolin, guitar, etc. Caller TBD.
  • November 13 - Heliotrope: Michael Hobart (guitar), Robin Brown (fiddle), Paul Engelsberg (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 - Countercurrent: Alex Sturbaum - fiddle, and Brian Lindsay - guitar. Noah Grunzweig calls.
  • December 6 - The Frequent Fliers. Eric Black calls.
  • December 11 - Contra Sutra. Caller TBD.
  • December 18 - Continental Drift. Bob Nicholson calls.
  • December 25 - YES!! We're having a dance.
  • January 1 - Gallimaufry. Caller TBD.
  • January 8 - Red Crow. Caller TBD.

Click here to a printable copy of the flyer

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 on the stairs, not in the entry of the hall.
- When someone leaves for the evening, we will admit additional people. 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 (see item above).
- 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 10/04/15.