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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.
Cash or check only. (One of these days, we might accept credit & debit cards - but not yet).

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 2020 booking form is now up.
Information for bands and callers.
Information for dancers.
See past caller set lists.

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:

  • July 19 - Dale Russ on fiddle and Mike Saunders on guitar. All you need for a fun night of dancing are these two musicians as they play fluid melodies and solid rhythm. Richard Barnes calls.
  • July 26 - Hot Cider is Elise Snoey on fiddle; Evan Snoey on mandolin, fiddle, and maybe saxophone; Kelly Morgan on guitar. Dance to music from New England, Canada, and across the Atlantic.
  • August 2 - RiffRaff – Lindon Toney (fiddle), Eros Faulk (fiddle), Dante Faulk (cello) and Jesse Partridge (guitar).
  • August 9 - Improper. Joe Micheals calls.
  • August 16 - Dam Beavers: Ben Schreiber – fiddle, Scotty Leach – piano. Lindsey Dono calls.
  • August 23 - Anita Anderson, piano; Claude Ginsberg, fiddle; Dave Bartley, mandolin and guitar; Chris Miller, saxophone and banjo. Susan Petrick calls.
  • August 30 - Kate Powers (fiddle) & David Rivers (guitar).
  • September 6 - Larry Unger (guitar & banjo) and Audrey Knuth (fiddle).
  • September 13 - Golden is Audrey Knuth on fiddle; Jesse Ball on accordion & piano; Everest Witman on guitar, mandolin, whistles, & foot percussion.
  • September 20 - The Nettles.

It's getting warm outside...

That means it gets REALLY warm in the hall when a hundred people do an aerobic activity in an enclosed and poorly-ventilated space. Here are a few suggestions to survive the environment inside.
- Drink plenty of water. If you perspire, your body needs water to replace that perspiration.
- Sit out a dance or two to give your body some rest.
- Drink more water. Replace the water that you lost through perspiration. Repeat often.
- Bring additional shirts or blouses so that you can dance in (relatively) dry garments.
- Take a break and get some fresh air outside.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use unscented or fragrance-free antiperspirant. Check the fine print on the label for the words "scent", "perfume", 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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Last modified 07/15/19.