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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
$8 admission, $7 for SFS and PNA members and seniors, $5 for students, under 16 free.
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.

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, you can request a gig online.
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 and disclaimers. Here is what you really want to know...

Schedule of bands and callers:

  • December 19 - Eileen Nicholson, fiddle; Rachel Bell, accordion; Eric Anderson, piano. You've heard Eric play countless times. Here is a sample of Rachel's playing. (We're still working on getting a sample of Eileen's fiddling.) Join us on Friday to hear them all together. Bob Nicholson calls.
  • December 26 - Jesse Partridge (fiddle); RuthMabel Boytz (bass); David Kaynor (fiddle). Michael Karcher calls.

Please note!   During December 27-29, Phinney refinishes the floor. Brush those shoes well prior to the next dance on January 2nd!

  • January 2 - Contra Sutra: Marni Rachmiel – flute, saxophone. Ryan McKasson – fiddle, viola. Dave Bartley – guitar, mandolin, etc. Russell S. - percussion. David Kaynor calls.
  • January 9 - Still up in the air
  • January 16 - Countercurrent is Alex Sturbaum (guitar, vocals) and Brian Lindsay (fiddle, feet, vocals). Listen to one of their sets here.
  • January 23 - Tapsalteerie: Jon Singleton – fiddle, Clare Woolgrove – concertina, Nick Leininger – guitar, Sam Good – bass. Gordy Euler calls.
  • January 30 - Beauty and the Beats: Mark Danielson, concertina/whistle - Brigget LeClair, piano - Clyde Curley, mandolin - Steve Blum-Anderson, fiddle
  • February 6 - Kerplunk (Betsy Alexander - fiddle, Laurie Andres - accordion, Tony Mates - guitar). Ric Goldman visits from Portland to call.

Click here to a printable copy of the flyer

We have updated some of the information about the dance. Click here for details.

It's no longer summer. That means it's that time of the year when we have some really large crowds.

Yes, really large - so much so that we need to comply with the occupancy limit of the room set by the City of Seattle.
- We can have 150 people in the room, period. That number includes the musicians, callers, guests of the performers, dancers, volunteers, children, adults acting like children, observers, babies, and other categories of people not yet identified. In other words, we can have 150 people in the room, period.
- If we reach capacity, people who have already entered the dance may leave temporarily and re-enter.
- People waiting to enter the dance may wait on the stairs, not in the entry of the hall.
- Please form a line to make this part easier. (Ok, the waiting may not be easy.)
- When someone leaves for the evening, we will admit additional people.
- If you are leaving for the evening, please let us know so that we can let the next person in (see item above).
- In the fall of 2010, we sold out about 50% of the time starting around 8 pm and lasting until about 9 pm. In 2012, we had 3 sellout crowds. Unfortunately, we can't predict attendance with any accuracy.
- If you really want to dance on a specific night, then show up early. If you can't arrive early, then have a plan B.
- Sorry, we do not sell tickets in advance.
- Sorry, we do not allow "ticket sharing."
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Last modified 12/15/14.