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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:

  • May 29 - Contra Quartet is Jesse Partridge on fiddle, Jay Finkelstein on guitar, Steve Cifka on cello, and Julie Bennett on percussion. Jesse can play about a thousand tunes (ok, maybe 900). Jay plays chords and rhythm to back up the melody. Julie plays even more percussion to emphasize the beat and the energy. Steve holds it all together with the low-end sustain - then he'll probably play melody just to liven it up. In other words, they have everything and then some more. Warm up your vocal cords for a lot of whooping. David Kaynor, all the way from the east coast, calls.
  • June 5 - Minnie PearlJam is Dave Leddell on banjo, Claudia Anastasio on fiddle, Cary Lung on mandolin, and Frank Blade on guitar. (Catastrophe averted, again.) Marlin Prowell calls.
  • June 12 - JDBM is Jessica Ritts on flute, Dale Hailey on percussion, Bruce Larson on keyboard, Matti Mero on mandolin. Music from the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Northwest Seattle, along with a few other styles added for variety. Amy Wimmer calls.
  • June 19 - Fortified Brad and Steve Band – Brad Reynolds on accordion and piano, Steve Blum-Anderson on fiddle, and Jay Finkelstein on guitar. Here is a fiddler who can play any style of fiddle music in North America, an equally adept musician accompanying on keys, and a guitar player who plays well with everyone.
  • June 26 - Madame Sophie of the Flowers All-Acoustic Fusion. That's Deb Kirkland (fiddle), Joe Vincenzo (guitar), Jimmy Hall (mandolin, guitar, banjo), & Dale Hailey (percussion). Multiple people trading off melody and harmony, with some percussion to glue it together and punctuate it as well. Joe Micheals calls.
  • July 3 - To be determined
  • July 10 - Yeah, to be determined as well
  • July 17 - Triple A – Andrew VanNorstrand – guitar/fiddle; Amy Englesberg – Keyboard/accordion; Audrey Knuth - fiddle/feet. Classic tunes mixed with modern chords and arrangements, and driven with a whole lot of energy. Lindsey Dono calls.
  • July 24 - Bob May Redux – Bob May (percussion), Marni Rachmiel (flute & saxiphone), Nick Leininger (guitar), and a fiddler to be named later.
  • July 31 - Laurie Andres (piano and accordion) and George Wilson (fiddle). Frannie Marr calls.
  • August 7 - Hot Cider – Elise Snoey on fiddle & piano, Evan Snoey on fiddle and mandolin, and Kelly Morgan on guitar. Sherry Nevins calls.
  • August 14 - The Quarks: Betsy Branch – fiddle, Bill Tomczak – clarinet & saxiphone, Terry Wergeland – keyboard. Erik Weberg calls.
  • August 21 - The Wisenheimers are Alan Snyder on fiddle and Dave Goldman on keyboard. Laurel Thomas calls.
  • August 28 - Woodchuck's Revenge is Jerry Berger on fiddle, Suzanne Girardot on fiddle, Harley Bray on banjo, Shera Bray on guitar, Terry Weiner on mandolin, and Nancy Katz on bass.

Click here to a printable copy of the flyer

It's warm in here...

Yes, it is. That is what happens when a hundred people do an aerobic activity in an enclosed and poorly-ventilated space. Here are a few suggestions to make your experience and everyone else's experience better.
- Drink plenty of water. If you perspire, your body needs water to replace that perspiration.
- Bring additional shirts or blouses so that you can dance in (relatively) dry garments.
- Take a break and get some fresh air outside. Go up to the parking lot, don't use the lower outside doors. (Sorry, we had a complaint about this from a neighbor in July 2012. Yes, we still have to live with the results of something from nearly 3 years ago.)
- Shower before you arrive. Yes, I admit that it sounds weird. If you don't have the collection of aromas from the entire day, those aromas won't permeate the hall.
- Sit out a dance or two to give your body some rest.
- Drink plenty of water. If you perspire, your body needs water to replace that perspiration. Repeat often.
- Don't bother with cologne, perfumes, aftershave, etc. Volatile organic chemicals like these will evaporate readily and permeate the hall.
- Drink plenty of water. Bring some lemonade or fruit juice for variety. If you perspire, your body needs water to replace that perspiration. Repeat more often.
- Take a break and get some fresh air outside. Please go up to the parking lot, and don't use the lower outside doors.
- Use unscented or fragrance-free antiperspirant. Check the fine print on the label for the words "scent" or "fragrance". Those of us who react adversely to these chemicals will appreciate your restraint.
- Not everyone can endure the warmth and humidity. If you reach your limit, we understand. We look forward to seeing you again when we have cooler weather.

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