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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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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.
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.

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 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. Sherry Nevins calls.

Take note! The dance on the January 18 will be a "Larks and Ravens" dance. All calls will be gender-neutral.

  • January 25 - Medicine Line is Jamie Fox (fiddle) and Scotty Leach (piano, and maybe fiddle). Laura Mé Smith calls.
  • February 1 - Sound Crossing. Eric Hardee, hammered dulcimer, Marissa Essad, fiddle, Kris Johansson, fiddle, Cathy Britell, bass, Jean Geiger, guitar. From different parts of the Seattle/Puget Sound region, Sound Crossing's various musical styles include Scandinavian, Old-timey, Bluegrass, and Celtic. So we're crossing the Sound with a crossing of sounds, sure to lift your feet and lift your spirits!
  • February 8 - Kate Powers on fiddle; Marni Rachmiel on flute & saxophone; and Dave Bartley on guitar
  • February 15 - To be determined.
  • 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.

It's that time of the year when we get crowded.

Additionally, 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 waiting to enter the dance may wait on the stairs. They may not wait in the entry of the hall.
- If we reach capacity, people who have already entered the dance may leave temporarily and re-enter.
- 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).
- Attendance varies dramatically and unpredictably from night to night. In some years, we sold out nearly 50% of the time. In other years, we sold out less than 10% of the time.
- 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." You'll pay for entrance for yourself, and only for yourself.
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Last modified 01/14/19.