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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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Ok, the PNA didn't refinish the floor as planned. To those of you who meticulously scrubbed the dirt off of your shoes, thanks.

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:

  • 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). Classic contra tunes with some arrangements of different sounds and voices. Joe Michaels calls.
  • February 3 - Wink at the Moon will tickle your fancy with lyrical twin fiddling by Sarah Comer and Stuart Williams backed by solid rhythms and playful accompaniment by Terry Wergeland on piano, with your evening of dances peppered by instrument switches to accordion and guitar. Amy Carroll calls.
  • February 10 - Ben Schreiber on fiddle and Scotty Leach on piano. Ben plays tunes that you can dance to effortlessly, and Scotty plays chords and rhythm of many different styles to round out the sound. Jacqui Ann Grennan calls.
  • February 17 - Rodney Miller fiddles with a classic New England style and writes tunes with a similar New England influence. Dave Bartley plays many guitar-like instruments and writes tunes with inspiration and styles from around the world. Amy Englesberg brings a 21st century rhythm and flavor to music. Lindsey Dono calls.
  • February 24 - Master Irish fiddler Dale Russ teams up with Mike Saunders, a guitar player that has mastered every style. Expect flawless music for flowing dancing. Jesse Partridge calls.
  • 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.
  • March 10 - JDBM is Jessica Ritts on flute, Dale Hailey on percussion, Bruce Larson on keyboard, and Matti Mero on mandolin. Dance to a night of music with diverse origins such as the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Cuba, and North Ballard.
  • March 17 - Dave Bartley & the Gotham Carnival Duo: Dave Bartley (fretted instruments), Julia Hartman, and Jean Monroe.
  • March 24 - Red Crow: Susan Burke - fiddle, Howie Meltzer - fiddle, Chuck Pliske - concertina and piano, and Joe Micheals - guitar and bass. Dance to smokey Celtic and Cape Breton fiddling with a similar kind of backup. Gwen Rousseau calls.
  • April 7 - Dave Bartley and friends. Woody Lane calls.
  • April 14 - Northern Contraband. Tarka Ayres calls.

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 01/18/17.