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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 for SFS members, PNA members, and 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 2017 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.
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, disclaimers, and notifications. Here is what you really want to know...

Schedule of bands and callers:

  • May 19 - Coriolis - Victor Fiore, fiddle; Jon Neff, guitar; Dave Hamlin, mandolin. Veteran players all, Jon, Dave, and Vic play a mix of lively traditional and modern tunes. Laura Me' Smith calls.
  • May 26 - No dance at Phinney. Instead, dance at

    Northwest Folklife

    Go to Seattle Center to dance for 4 days and meet a few hundred friends. In addition to contra dances, you'll find hours of waltzes, zydeco, English Country, squares, Irish, and swing (and that's just the participatory stuff!). In addition, there are concerts, buskers, people-watching, crafts, food, food, and food. No admission charge, but they happily take donations. Click here for more details about the festival.

  • June 2 - Uncle Farmer: Ben Schreiber (fiddle) and Michael Sokolovsky (guitar and feet). Enjoy some original dance tunes, old favorites, pop rhythms, and some improvising as well. If you haven't heard them yet, here are some samples. Susan Petrick calls.
  • June 9 - InTentCity – Betz Richards (fiddle), David Richards (percussion), Graham Richards (guitar), and Seth Richards (bass & piano).
  • June 16 - To be determined.
  • June 23 - Group du Jour - Clyde Curley on fiddle, David Cahn on accordion, Jerry Gallaher on banjo, and Bill Meyer on piano.
  • June 30 - To be determined again.
  • July 7 - Back by popular demand... To be determined.
  • July 14 - Contra Quartet is Jesse Partridge (fiddle), Jay Finklestein (guitar), Steve Cifka (cello), and Julie Bennett (percussion).
  • July 21 - Cascade Crossing is Lori Prime on fiddle, Sarah Goss on whistle and oboe, and Rich Goss on guitar. Chuck Abell calls.
  • July 28 - Susan Burke, John Whelan and Suzanne Taylor

The crowds return...

Yes, it's that time of the year when the hall fills up and we sometimes limit attendance to meet the occupancy limit of the hall. Please realize that we need to follow the laws and rules of the City of Seattle in order to continue hosting the dance that you enjoy so much. Thanks.

For more information about crowds (and the dance in general), click here.

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Last modified 05/17/17.