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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

$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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Due to an adverse medical reaction at a recent dance, we'd like to emphasize showing up without cologne, perfume or other strongly scented products. Some of the organizers and dancers have allergic-like reactions to the chemicals in these items.



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 emeraldcitycontra@pobox.com


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:


  • October 12 - The Organic Family Band blends jazz, Irish, Quebecois, Klezmer, New England, ragtime, rock, and more with Rebekah Geller (12) on fiddle, dad Michael Raitzyk (no age statement) on guitar, older brother Jakob Raitzyk (17) on fiddle and foot percussion, and mom Judith Geller (no age statement) on french horn. Woody Lane calls.
  • October 19 - TBD
  • October 26 - Dynamic keyboardist Jeremiah McLane, from Vermont, teams up with local fiddler Ruthie Dornfeld to propel your dancing with a lively mixture of Quebecois, New England, Cape Breton, and Southern tunes. More about the musicians at www.jeremiahmclane.com and www.ruthiedornfeld.com.
  • November 2 - CounterCurrent is Alex Sturbaum on guitar (and maybe accordion) and Brian Lindsay on fiddle.
  • November 9 - Continental Drift: Eileen Kalfass and Eric Anderson.



The rules that we need to live by

These are the rules that we follow to be good tenants of the Phinney Neighborhood Association and good neighbors with the residents of the neighborhood. While these rules are not enforceable by lease agreement or City of Seattle laws, we still try to follow them.
- Dancers, performers, and volunteers park their vehicles in the parking lots as much a possible.
- At the end of the evening, we use the doors at the top of the stairs for access as much as possible.
- We do not open the large windows in the Community Hall when the sound system is in use.

For questions about these rules, please contact Eric Jusino, Facilities Director or Georgette Semroc, Rentals Coordinator. You can reach them by phone at 206-783-2244, or by e-mail: ericj@phinneycenter.org, and rentals@phinneycenter.org

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Last modified 10/09/18.
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