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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.

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:

Take note: The Phinney Farmers' Market has started for the summer. The Market takes place in the upper parking lot until 7:30 pm, so you'll find less parking in the early evening. Plan on arriving early, or plan on finding parking on the street.

  • June 24 - The Electrodes: Joe Bowbeer – 5-string electric fiddle, Joe Micheals – guitar, and Marcy Kubbs – piano. They play Northern music and original tunes with an electric twist in the sound. The fiddle is still prominent, with strong rhythm and harmony accompaniment. Get a preview of what they sound like here. Amy Wimmer calls.
  • July 1 - David Kaynor on fiddle, Ruth Mabel Boytz on upright bass, and Sue Songer on piano. Lindsey Dono calls.
  • July 8 - TBD
  • July 15 - The Fixations – Cathie Whitesides (fiddle), Sandy Bradley (guitar), Laurie Andres (accordion and/or piano).
  • July 22 - STEAM! Allice Boyle – fiddle, Dave Firestine - mandolin, banjo, bouzouki, Claire Jamieson Zucker – bodhran, feet percussion, Robert Rosenberg – guitar. Steam features flying fiddle & mandolin harmonies with solid driving rhythm. Rick Mohr calls.
  • July 29 - Susan Burke, Julie Bennett, and Jay Finkelstein. Caller TBD.
  • August 5 - Les Fabulous Girls du Ouest Coast. Seattle's big band crowds the stage to fill the hall with music. Laura Me' Smith calls.
  • August 12 - 3 Fiddlers, 3 Traditions: Ruthie Dornfeld, Jamie Fox, and Kristian Bugge play music from the traditions of Quebec, Skandanavia, and Métis (that's a mix of French Canadien and First Nations music). Dance to a night of music spanning the globe.
  • August 19 - To be determined
  • August 26 - Continental Drift – Eileen Nicholson - fiddle, Eric Anderson - piano, and Terry Wergeland – other things.

Whoa! It's hot in here...

Yes, it is. When a hundred people do an aerobic activity in an enclosed and poorly-ventilated space, that kind of thing happens. 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, and please don't use the lower outside doors. (Sorry, we had one complaint about this from a neighbor in July 2012.)
- 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, uh, permeate the hall. Also, their pleasant effect wears off in a few minutes.
- 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.
- 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.

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Last modified 06/21/16.