Emerald City Contra Dance
with the Seattle Folklore Society present
Contra dancing every Friday at the
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney N, Seattle,
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 email@example.com
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 6 - Eric Anderson – piano, Karina Wilson – fiddle. Adam Carlson calls.
Take note! This dance takes place at Om Culture in South Wallingford (2210 North Pacific Street, Seattle). Check here for a map.Take more notes! Due to the higher rent this Friday, we will charge $9 for adults; $8 for SFS members, PNA members, and seniors; $6 for students. Regular prices resume December 13.
- December 13 - Red Crow - Joe Micheals (guitar and bass), Chuck Pliske (concertina and piano), Susan Burke (fiddle), and maybe someone else. Linnaea Chapman calls.
- December 20 - Ruthie Dornfeld - fiddle & Clyde Curley – guitar, mandolin. David Kaynor calls.
- December 27 - David Kaynor (fiddle), Jesse Partridge (fiddle), Jay Finkelstein (guitar).
- January 3, 2014 - Eva Reich - fiddle, Scotty Leach - piano, and Jeff Kerssen-Griep - guitar.
- January 10 - Lee Anne Welch - fiddle, Eric Anderson - piano. Marlin Prowell calls.
- January 17 - Swingin' on a Star - Julian Adamaitis (piano), Betsy Cooper (flute), Susan Burke (fiddle), and Joe Micheals (guitar). They play traditional Cape Breton, New England, and Southern tunes with a non-traditional-but-very-fun swing.
- January 24 - Wild Hair - Betsy Branch – fiddle, Todd Silverstein – whistles, saxophone, Jeff Kerssen-Griep – guitar, percussion, and Mark Douglass – piano.
It's crowded!Well, yes, it is. The City of Seattle limits the occupancy of the room, and we need to comply with that limit.
- We can have 150 people in the room, period. That number includes the musicians, callers, guests of the performers, dancers, volunteers, 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.
- When someone leaves for the evening, we will admit additional people. Please form a line to make this part easier.
- If you are leaving for the evening, please let us know so that we can let the next person in (see item above).
- In 2011, we sold out 18 times. In 2012, we sold out 3 times. So far in 2013, we have sold out 8 times. If we reach capacity, it typically occurs from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm, but we have sold out as early as 7:40 pm and have remained sold out until as late as 9:45 pm. As you might conclude, we have difficulty predicting 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."And on a completely unrelated topic: if you leave belongings behind, we will hang on to them for a short time. We will then offer them to other dancers, and if no one wants them we will donate them to Goodwill. Fair warning.For even more information about the dance, click here.