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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:

  • May 27 - No dance at Phinney. Go dance at Northwest Folklife at Seattle Center. (That's where you'll find us.)

Instead of dancing for one evening, you can dance for 4 days. Enjoy contra dances from 20 to 25 bands, and several more hours of waltzes, zydeco, English Country, squares, and swing. If that isn't enough fun, you'll find lots of food (you'll need that to keep dancing), formal performances, buskers, people-watching, etc. And it's all free, provided by hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers. Check it out here. See who is scheduled here. Find details how to enjoy it here.?

  • 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.
  • July 1 - A David Kaynor band.
  • July 8 - TBD
  • July 15 - TBD
  • July 22 - STEAM! With Rick Mohr calling.
  • July 29 - Susan Burke, Julie Bennett, and Jay Finkelstein. Caller TBD.
  • August 5 - Les Fabulous Girls du Ouest Coast. Laura Me' Smith calls.

Click here to a printable copy of the flyer


Ohmygosh, you want to enjoy Folklife?

Northwest Folklife is a 4-day party with music, dance, food, and discoveries. Here are some of the things you can do to enjoy it:
- Check the schedule and plan some of your days in advance.
- Ignore the schedule and find something you didn't plan to do.
- Bring some extra clothes. You will perspire, and you'll appreciate the dry clothes - so will your fellow dancers.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Bring some food to save some money.
- Bring some snacks to share with other dancers.
- Bring some money and buy some food. Most of the food vendors are local outfits, so you can support some of your neighbors.
- Try some food that you've never tasted before.
- Try some dancing that never done before.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Listen to some music at one of the other stages.
- Listen to some of the buskers. You'll enjoy some performers you won't hear any other way.
- Check you bags at one of the bag checks. Yes, thieves prowl the grounds.
- Tip the people at the bag checks generously. They volunteer as well.

For even more information about the dance click here.

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