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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.

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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Due to an adverse medical reaction at a recent dance, we'd like to emphasize showing up without cologne, perfume or other strongly scented products. Some of the organizers and dancers have allergic-like reactions to the chemicals in these items.

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 2019 booking form is now up.
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For information not already posted here: 206-440-9839 or

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.

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

Schedule of bands and callers:

  • December 7 - We are back at Phinney with Waxwings: Jesse Partridge (fiddle), Alex Sturbaum (guitar, accordion), Amy Englesberg (keyboard & accordion). Isaac Banner calls.

Take note! Isaac will use the terms "Larks" and "Ravens" as we experiment with gender-neutral language.

  • December 14 - Uncle Farmer is Ben Schreiber on fiddle and Michael Sokolovsky on guitar. Dance to your favorite tunes with Irish and New England sound at its core, some modern twists to keep things interesting, and round it out with some fun harmonization. Susan Petrick calls.
  • December 21 - The Pep Tides: Clyde Curley on fiddle, Cary Lung on mandolin; Carol Noyes on banjo, and Kate Lichtenstein on guitar. Enjoy some old-time tunes played by old masters with passion. David Kaynor calls.
  • December 28 - David Kaynor and Friends. Abigail Hobart calls.
  • January 4 - Contra Quartet is Jesse Partridge (fiddle), Jay Finklestein (guitar), Steve Cifka (cello), and Julie Bennett (percussion). Jesse plays melodies effortlessly and Jay plays chords and rhythm to back up the melody. Julie plays even more percussion to emphasize the beat and the energy. Steve fills what's left with sustaining low sounds, harmony, and maybe melody. Adam Carlson calls.
  • January 11 - The Brothers Lindsay.
  • January 18 - The Charles Street Messengers is Brandon Hunter on trombone, Brittain Barber on sax, Minami Fukuda on vocals, Dylan Hughes on electric bass, Kyle Kirkpatrick on drums, and John Goneau on keyboard. Add some soul and jazz to your contra groove.
  • January 25 - Medicine Line is Jamie Fox (fiddle) and Alex Kusturok (piano). Laura Mé Smith calls.
  • February 1 - To be determined.
  • February 8 - Kate Powers on fiddle; Marni Rachmiel on flute & saxophone; and Dave Bartley on guitar
  • February 15 - Northern Contraband is Steve Blum-Anders (fiddle), Mark Daniels (concertina, whistle, and fiddle), Eileen Sterns (accordion, mandolin, and banjo), Greg Sherman (upright bass and bass ukulele), and Michael Hobart (guitar). Your favorite contra tunes with the diverse arrangements that you get from 10 instruments.
  • February 22 - The Euphemists: Alan Snyder – fiddle; Dave Goldman – keyboard; Jerry Nelson – guitar, clarient, & saxophone; Paula Hamlin - saxophone, flute, & whistle; and Kaye Blesener – trombone. You'll hear lively Celtic, Québécois, old-time, and ragtime era tunes with hints of a big band sound when you least expect it - like horn riffs playing off the fiddle and old-time tunes being introduced to brass.
  • March 1 - George Penk (fiddle), Brandon Vance (fiddle), and Dave Bartley (guitar and guitar-like instruments)
  • March 8 - The Faux Paws are Andrew VanNorstrand (guitar), Noah VanNorstrand (fiddle & feet), Chris Miller (banjo & saxophone). Andrew and Noah are known for traditional and original tunes with an energetic groove. Noah also adds rhythmic “chopping” on the fiddle and foot percussion. Andrew brings both sweetness and structure with fiddle and guitar. Chris Miller adds musical hints from many different directions. You'll dance to a mix of old time, Irish, and Quebecois tunes with influences of rock and pop. Expect some intricately arranged compositions as well as completely spontaneous bursts of improvisation.
  • March 15 - Joyride: George Penk – fiddle; Erik Weberg - flute, bombarde, harmonica, small pipes; Sue Songer - piano, fiddle; Jeff Kerssen-Griep - guitar, percussion

The rules that we need to live by

These are the rules that we follow to be good tenants of the Phinney Neighborhood Association and good neighbors with the residents of the neighborhood. While these rules are not enforceable by lease agreement or City of Seattle laws, we still try to follow them.
- Dancers, performers, and volunteers park their vehicles in the parking lots as much as possible.
- At the end of the evening, we use the doors at the top of the stairs for access as much as possible.
- We do not open the large windows in the Community Hall when the sound system is in use.

For questions about these rules, please contact Eric Jusino, Facilities Director or Georgette Semroc, Rentals Coordinator. You can reach them by phone at 206-783-2244, or by e-mail:, and

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