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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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Information for bands and callers.
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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:

Take note! The Phinney Farmers' Market begins for the summer on June 2. Shop for groceries or get some dinner before the dance - and plan on more crowded conditions in the parking lot.

  • 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.
  • August 4 - Hot Cider is Elise Snoey on fiddle & piano, Evan Snoey on fiddle and mandolin, and Kelly Morgan on guitar. They play a variety of music from New England, Scottish, Scandinavian, Celtic, and French Canadian styles, all of it rooted in Northwest fiddling traditions. Isaac Banner calls.
  • August 11 - La Famille Legér is Devon Legér on fiddle, Louis Legér on accordion, Barbara Legér on guitar, and Dejah Legér on piano. Music from Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia for house parties (or dance halls) with friends and family. Eric Curl calls.
  • August 18 - Band to be determined. Ron Blechner calls.
  • August 25 - Larry Unger and Audrey Knuth.
  • September 1 - The Alphabeats: Clyde Curley on fiddle, Mike Haberman on mandolin, Kris Parker on bass, Susan Curley on piano, and Dave Nerad on banjo. Abigail Hobart calls.
  • September 8 - The Charles Street Messengers. Groove to soul, rhythm & blues, and blues. Sherry Nevins calls.
  • September 15 - Jesse Partridge, Anita Anderson, and Dave Bartley
  • September 22 - Making Time – Susan Burke, Terry Wergeland, and Joe Micheals.
  • September 29 - The Weisenheimers - Alan Snyder on fiddle and Dave Goldman on keyboard. Dave will keep your feet moving with his driving-and-sometimes-syncopated rhythms. Alan Snyder plays the fiddle with multiple accents and styles - Cape Breton, Scottish, Irish, Appalachian and Quebecois (and maybe more). Jean Gorrindo calls.
  • October 6 - JDBM. Susan Michaels calls.
  • October 13 - Time Zones. Woody Lane calls.
  • October 20 - The Nettles.
  • November 3 - Saving Daylight - Brian Lindsay (fiddle), Alex Sturbaum (guitar, accordion), Amy Englesberg (keyboard, accordion). Smooth grooves, big energy, and double accordions (sometimes). Lindsey Dono calls.

Who is Emerald City Contra Dance?

Adam Carlson, Amy Wimmer, and Tom Wimmer are the primary organizers of this dance. We have assistance from some regular volunteers who help with the setup and cleanup each Friday.

All of us volunteer our time to make this dance happen. We balance the work of the dance with other demands on life such as family, friends, jobs, laundry, etc.

Emerald City Contra Dance is part of the Seattle Folklore Society, an organization that sponsors music and dance opportunities in Puget Sound. We run the contra dance that occurs at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. We have no affiliation with the Lake City contra dance, or the Tacoma contra dance, or the (fill in the name here) contra dance in (your favorite city). Also, we have no affiliation with Northwest Folklife. Although we share a common enthusiasm for those events, they are operated by completely different individuals and organizations. If you have questions or comments for those organizations, please contact them directly.

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Last modified 07/19/17.