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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.

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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, the 2017 booking form is now up.
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:

  • October 21 - Hands4: Fran Tewksbury – woodwinds, Keith Moe – fiddle, Rich Goss – percussion, and Carl Thor – piano. You'll enjoy some seldom-heard traditional tunes along with original tunes played with a diverse collection of instruments, well-crafted harmonies, and some fine arrangements.
  • October 28 - Ryan McKasson, Dave Bartley, & Amy Englesberg. A master fiddler, a master on guitar and mandolin, and a master on keyboard.(Wow) Laura Me' Smith calls (also a master).
  • November 4 - Uncle Sutra is a combination of some of the musicians from several bands: Ben Schreiber (fiddle) of Uncle Farmer, Dave Bartley (various) of KGB, Marni Rachmiel (winds) of Contra Sutra, Ness Smith-Savedoff (percussion) of Gallimaufry.
  • November 11 - Heliotrope is Michael Hobart on guitar, Robin Brown on fiddle, and Paul Englesberg on flutes, whistles, & concertina. They play tunes from the New England, French Canadian, and Celtic traditions, but with other influences as well. Rich Goss calls.
  • November 18 - Contra Quartet consists of Jesse Partridge (fiddle), Jay Finklestein (guitar), Steve Cifka (cello), Julie Bennett (percussion). Jesse can play about a thousand tunes (ok, maybe 900). Jay plays chords and rhythm to back up the melody. Julie plays even more rhythm to emphasize the beat and the energy. Steve holds it all together with some sustained, low-end foundation - then he'll probably play melody just to liven it up. Maureen Collier calls.
  • November 25 - The McKassons. Marlin Prowell calls.
  • December 2 - KGB. Susan Petrick calls.
Take note! This dance takes place at OmCulture near Gasworks Park. Find it at 2210 North Pacific Street in Seattle.

  • December 9 - Sassafrass Stomp. Erik Weberg calls.
  • December 16 - David Kaynor and Friends
  • December 23 - Purple Heys. Laura Mé Smith calls.
  • December 30 - Hot Cider. David Kaynor calls.

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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