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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" (the brick building near the 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 full-time 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:

  • December 9 - Sassafrass Stomp is Johanna Davis on fiddle and Adam Nordell on guitar and foot percussion. Johanna plays smooth and punctuated melodies with equal skill. Sometimes Adam plays rhythm, sometimes he plays surprising chords, and sometimes he plays nearly nothing (that way you can really enjoy the fiddle). Expect some classic dance tunes, some traditional tunes you rarely hear, and some original music as well. Here is a sample of what you'll hear. Noah Grunzweig calls.
  • December 16 - David Kaynor and Friends. Suzanne Girardot calls.
  • December 23 - Purple Heys is Sean Bolton on fiddle, Melissa Coffey on whistle, flute, sax, and fiddle, and Doug Plummer on piano. You'll dance to a mixture of cheerful French Canadian tunes, fast moving Irish music, and rollicking old-time standards full of precise fiddle licks, sparkling whistle melodies, inventive chord accompaniment, and the smile-inducing saxophone. Laura Mé Smith calls.
  • December 30 - Hot Cider: Elise Snoey on fiddle & piano, Evan Snoey on fiddle and mandolin, and Kelly Morgan on guitar. They have their roots in Northwest fiddling traditions, with occasional excursions into New England, Scottish, Scandinavian, Celtic, and French Canadian styles. Enjoy their intricate harmonies and driving rhythms along with diversions onto piano, penny whistle or mandolin. David Kaynor calls.
  • January 6 - Switching Protocols – Ruth Byers on fiddle, John-Micheal Seng-Wheeler on piano, Christopher Jacoby on accordion and mandolin. Nerdy folk from Berkeley play rocking contra tunes of Old England, New England, and new New England.
  • January 13 - The Bob May Experience - Bob May on percussion, Marni Rachmiel on flute & saxophone, Nick Leininger on guitar, and a fiddler to be named later. They play a flowing blend of melodies and harmonies on flute, sax and fiddle with a solid, rhythmic foundation on guitar and drums.
  • January 20 - Charles Street Messengers is Brandon Hunter on trombone, Brittain Barber on sax, Minami Fukuda (vocals), Dylan Hughes on electric bass, Kyle Kirkpatrick on drums, and John Goneau on keyboard. Get ready to add some soul and jazz to your contra groove. Get a sample of their music here. Sherry Nevins calls.
  • January 27 - Tapsalteerie - Jon Singleton (fiddle), Jan Martindale (fiddle), Clare Woolgrove (concertina), Nick Leininger (guitar), Sam Good (bass).
  • February 3 - To be determined.
  • February 10 - Ben Schreiber on fiddle and Scotty Leach on piano. Jacqui Ann Grennan calls.
  • February 17 - Rodney Miller (fiddle), Dave Bartley (fretted instruments), and Amy Englesburg (keyboard).
  • February 24 - To be determined again (they are a pretty good band - that's why we have them twice).
  • March 3 - Uncle Farmer: That's Ben Schreiber on fiddle and Michael Sokolovsky on guitar and feet. They play dancing favorites with Irish and New England sound at its core and some modern twists and improvisation as well.

The crowds return...

Yes, it's that time of the year when the hall fills up and we sometimes limit attendance to meet the occupancy limit of the hall. Please realize that we need to follow the laws and rules of the City of Seattle in order to continue hosting the dance that you enjoy so much. Thanks.

For more information about crowds (and the dance in general), click here.

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Last modified 12/06/16.