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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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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 2018 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:

  • February 16 - Don't miss the powerful twin fiddle sound by George Penk and Betsy Branch, backed up by the wonderful and grounded piano of Sue Songer. This trio of old friends are delighted to play dances together anytime, and will offer an evening of good ol' driving dance tunes along with Rich Goss calling the dances.
  • February 23 - Waxwings – Jesse Partridge on fiddle, Alex Sturbaum on guitar and accordion, and Amy Englesberg on keyboard and accordion. Expect a blend of traditional and original tunes mixed with plenty of funk. Lindsey Dono calls.
  • March 2 - Reid, Lindsay, and Sturbaum. That's W. B. Reid on guitar (and maybe fiddle), Brian Lindsay on fiddle, and Alex Sturbaum on guitar (and maybe accordion).
  • March 9 - Brian Lindsay (fiddle), Dave Bartley (guitar and guitar-like instruments), and Amy Englesberg (keyboard). Abigail Hobart calls.
  • March 16 - Gallimaufry Lite (Alex Sturbaum - guitar, Brian Lindsay - fiddle, Donal Sheets - cello). Sonya Kaufman calls.
  • March 23 - Heliotrope is Robin Brown on fiddle, Paul Englesberg on flutes and whistles, and Michael Hobart on guitar. They play tunes from the New England, French Canadian, and Celtic traditions, interspersed with some Bach, Mozart, Klezmer, swing, and jazz. Eric Curl calls.
  • March 30 - Northern Contraband consists of Steve Blum-Anderson on fiddle, Eileen Sterns on mandolin and banjo, Mark Danielson on concertina, penny whistle, and fiddle, Greg Sherman on bass, and Michael Hobart on guitar. Isaac Banner calls.
  • April 6 - Bandemonium! Lee Anne Welch on fiddle and Eric Anderson on piano
  • April 13 - Mercury Rising: Lee Anne Welch – fiddle, Ruth Anne Fraley – piano, Topher Gayle – guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, ukelele, bass, percussion, etc. Dance to the sweet & spicy fiddling of Lee Anne Welch, the grooving piano of Ruth Anne Fraley, and the spontaneous percussion and fretted instruments of Topher Gayle. You'll hear a creative mix of original tunes with contra dance standards. Susan Petrick calls.

It's that time of the year...

Yes, it is crowded. We can't admit everyone at the same time, since the City of Seattle limits the occupancy of the room. We need to comply with that limit to continue to operate legally.
- We can have 150 people in the room, period. That number includes the musicians, callers, guests of the performers, dancers, volunteers, children, observers, babies, and other categories of people not yet identified. In other words, we can have 150 people in the room, period.
- If we reach capacity, people who have already entered the dance may leave temporarily and re-enter.
- People waiting to enter the dance may wait on the stairs, not in the entry of the hall.
- When someone leaves for the evening, we will admit additional people. Please form a line to make this part easier.
- If you are leaving for the evening, please let us know so that we can let the next person in (see item above).
- In some years, we sold out every other week. Other years, we sold out once every 3 months. Sorry, we have difficulty predicting attendance with any accuracy.
- If you really want to dance on a specific night, then show up early. If you can't arrive early, then have a plan B.
- Sorry, we do not sell tickets in advance.
- Sorry, we do not allow "ticket sharing." You'll pay for entrance for yourself, and only for yourself.

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Last modified 02/14/18.