Emerald city

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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 of the brick building, near the lower parking lot

Beginner’s workshop at 7:00 pm (or thereabouts). Dance from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

Admission policy:

  • Proof of vaccination and boosters. Bring vaccination documentation – your vaccination card, or a photo of the front & back, or a digital record. Bring a picture ID. No exceptions.
  • Sign a registration form and waiver upon entry. No exceptions.
  • Bring a well-fitting mask with no exhaust vent. No exceptions.

If you have shown proof of vaccination at another dance, you’ll still need to show it here.

Admission prices (cash or check only):

  • Sliding scale $10-$20.
  • Students $5 with a school ID.
  • Free for people under the age of 16.

Admission limited to 100 people. This total includes paying & non-paying dancers, musicians, callers, children, and adults acting like children. (In short, everyone.)

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.

All dances taught. No partner necessary.
Light, comfortable clothing recommended.
Please join us without perfumes, colognes, aftershave, scented lotions, etc.

More information for dancers.
Information for bands and callers.
Past caller set lists.
Bands and callers: we’ll have an online booking form available soon.

For information not already posted here: 206-440-9839 or emeraldcitycontra@pobox.com

Enough of the suggestions, disclaimers, and notifications. Here is what you really want to know…

Schedule of bands and callers:

Callers will use the terms “larks” and “robins” for dance roles.

  • March 24 – The Sound Crossing Band is Eric Hardee (Hammered Dulcimer), Marissa Villemain Essad (Fiddle), Kris Johansson (Fiddle), Jean Geiger (Guitar and Banjo), and Cathy Britell (Bass). Their sound is known for unique hammered dulcimer and twin fiddle leads, with interesting and beautiful guitar and bass chord progressions. The band loves playing for contra dances and delights in creating music that particularly enhances the flow of the dances. Elisabeth Monica calls.
  • March 31 – Noah Van Norstrand (fiddle), Chris Miller (saxophone, etc.), Dave Bartley (guitar, etc.). Jesse Partridge calls.
  • April 7 – Dante Faulk (cello, bodhran), Eros Faulk (fiddle, guitar), and River Scheuerell (fiddle, guitar) bring a new and exciting energy to contra dance music. The three young multi-instrumentalists are already well versed in the worlds of Irish, Scottish, Canadian, old-time, and bluegrass fiddling, as well as many genres beyond. They blend new and old tunes with driving and innovative arrangements! Russell Owen calls.
  • April 14 – The Luddite Ramblers: Craig Shaw (flute, whistles), Laurel Stone (fiddle), Olga Hauptman (fiddle), Jay Finkelstein (guitar). David Kreiss-Tomkins calls.
  • April 21 – The Raccoon Carnival – Over a dozen musicians (plus raccoon herder, Sarah Comer) delivering fine-tuned arrangements and multipart harmonies designed to drive the dancers! Expect lilting jigs, growling hoedowns, and of course, the unexpected. Sherry Nevins calls.
  • April 28 – New Three Cents: Forrest (fiddle, mandolin), Amy (piano), and Ruthie (fiddle) Carroll are a family band full of delights and delightful music. Their dance-driving tunes range from Appalachia to Ireland and somewhere in between. Isaac Banner calls.
  • May 5 –  “Hot Seat” is Jesse Partridge (fiddle), Alex Sturbaum (acoustic and electric guitars), and Julie Bennett (drums). They’ve played together in many configurations, and now they are officially a band and are here to rock you like the proverbial hurricane. Qwill Duvall (Chicago) calls.
  • May 12 – Ryan McKasson (fiddle), Vienna Scheyer (fiddle), Dave Bartley (guitar). Koren Wake calls.
  • May 19 – Blue Star: Gordy Euler (fiddle, piano), Melissa Coffey (woodwinds, spaceship), Dave Hamlin (mandolin, fiddle), Will Brown (guitar), Marcy Kubbs (piano, fiddle), Julie Bennett (percussion). Rich Goss calls.
  • May 26 – No dance at Phinney – go to Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center. Enjoy 4 days of dancing, food, music, friends, buskers, more music, and more dancing. Spend some time enjoying your favorite dancing with friends from around the country, and spend some more time discovering other fun.
  • June 2 – Countercurrent is Brian Lindsay on fiddle and Alex Sturbaum on guitar. Michael Karcher calls.
  • June 9 – The Peptides are Clyde Curley on fiddle, Cary Lung on mandolin, Carol Noyes on banjo, and Kate Lichtenstein on guitar.

COVID cases from previous dances

  • March 10 – no reported cases.
  • March 3 – no reported cases.
  • February 24 – no reported cases.
  • February 17 – one case reported on February 21. We contacted all attendees via e-mail or text on February 21. No further cases reported.
  • February 10 – one reported case. We contacted all attendees via e-mail or text on February 12. No further cases reported.
  • February 3 – no reported cases.
  • January 6, 13, 20, & 27 – no reported cases.
  • December 16 – one case reported on Monday December 19. We contacted all attendees via e-mail or text messages. No further cases reported.
  • December 9 & 30 – no reported cases.
  • December 2 & 23 – no dance.
  • November 11 – one reported case confirmed by a PCR test. We contacted all attendees via e-mail or text. No further cases reported.
  • November 4, 18, & 25 – no reported cases.
  • October 7, 14, 21, & 28 – no reported cases.
  • September 9, 16, 23, & 30 – no reported cases.

For lots of information about the corona virus, check Public Health – Seattle & King County. For information about community-level transmission in King County, check here.