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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


Admission prices:
$9 general admission
$8 SFS members
$8 PNA members
$8 seniors
$5 for full-time students
Free for people under the age of 16.
Cash or check only. (One of these days, we might accept credit & debit cards - but not yet).

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.

All dances taught. No partner necessary.
Light, comfortable clothing recommended.

Our hall has strict capacity limits. We occasionally need to limit entry due to high attendance.




Bands and callers, the 2020 booking form is now up.
Information for bands and callers.
Information for dancers.
See past caller set lists.

For information not already posted here: 206-440-9839 or emeraldcitycontra@pobox.com




Larks, robins, ravens, ladies, gents, etc...

As people, culture, and expectations change, so does language... or maybe it's the other way around. The contra community at Phinney evolves, and the terms that the callers use evolve as well. If a caller plans on using gender-free terms at an upcoming dance, you'll find that notification here at least a month in advance. Look for a phase such as "The caller will use the terms larks & ravens..." in the schedule. In some cases, we have asked callers to use a particular terminology to balance the overall frequency of ladies and gents versus gender-free role terms. However, more callers and bands are expressing a preference to use gender-free terms. Since a happy caller and band make for more fun dancing, we may stop trying to achieve a balance and just go with whatever the caller chooses.


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

Schedule of bands and callers:


  • November 15 - BAG O' Tricks - Betsy Cooper on flute, Sande Gillette on fiddle, Anita Anderson on piano, and Dave Bartley on guitar-like instruments. Laura Me Smith calls. Role terms will be Ladies and Gents.
  • November 22 - Faux Paws: Andrew VanNorstrand – guitar; Chris Miller – saxophones & banjo; Noah VanNorstrand – fiddle & feet. George Marshall calls. Role terms will be Larks and Robins.
  • November 29 - The Raccoon Carnival, led by Sarah Comer. Jesse Partridge calls. Role terms will be Ladies and Gents.
  • December 6 - Uncle Farmer. Susan Petrick and Lindsey Dono call. Role terms will be Larks and Robins.

Take note! The dance on December 6 will take place at OmCulture.

  • December 13 - Back a Phinney Blueberry MacGuffin - Be prepared for plot twists and joyful suspense when fiddler Kate Powers, pianist Amy Englesberg and mandolinist/guitarist Dave Bartley lay down tasty, tuneful grooves. Isaac Banner calls. Role terms will be Larks and Robins.
  • December 20 - Lost Pass is Alex Sturbaum on accordion, River Scheuerell on fiddle, and Sam Vogt on guitar. Abigail Hobart calls. Role terms will be Ladies and Gents.
  • December 27 - Hot Cider. Noah Grunzweig calls. Role terms will be Larks and Robins.
  • January 3 - Contra Sutra : Ryan McKasson - Fiddle, Marni Rachmiel - Sax & Flute, Dave Bartley - Guitar & Feet. Tom Wimmer calls.
  • January 10 - Kate Powers (fiddle) & David Rivers (guitar). Susan Michaels calls.
  • January 17 - The Bob May Experience - Brandon Vance - Fiddle, Marni Rachmiel - Sax & Flute, Nick Leininger - Guitar, and of course, Bob May - Percussion. Adam Carlson calls.
  • January 24 - The Electrodes. Michael Karcher calls.
  • January 31 - The Try-Works: Penka Jane Culevski (fiddle) and Alex Sturbaum (guitar & feet). Takra Ayres calls.
  • February 7 - Merriweather: Clyde Curley, fiddle; Mike Haberman, mandolin; Sam Vogt, guitar; Kris Parker, bass. Old-time classics with a Celtic twist.
  • February 14 - The Luddite Ramblers
  • February 21 - The Euphemists
  • February 28 - Hands4

Last modified 11/15/19.
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