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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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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 continues through the summer. Shop for groceries or get some dinner before the dance - and plan on more crowded conditions in the parking lot.

  • November 10 - Potent Brew: George Paul, a piano dynamo and prolific tunesmith from North Carolina, visits, along with Uncle Farmer’s Ben Schreiber on fiddle and local journeyman Dave Bartley on mandolin and guitar. Lots of original music with funk and jazz overtones. Marlin Prowell calls.
  • November 17 - Pete’s Posse, is composed of Pete Sutherland (fiddle, piano, banjo, melodica and vocals), Oliver Scanlon (fiddle, viola, mandolin, foot percussion and vocals) and Tristan Henderson (guitars, mandolin, jaw harp, foot percussion and vocals). Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding footwork with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jawharp and rocking keyboards adding their voices to the mix. Songs and tunes, old and new, lyrical and driving: that’s the multi-generational heart and mind of PETE’S POSSE, at work and at play. Lindsey Dono calls.
  • November 24 - RiffRaff – Jesse Partridge (fiddle & guitar), River Scheuerell (fiddle & guitar), Lindon Toney (fiddle & harmonica) are joined by Dave Bartley (guitar & mandolin). Jay Finkelstein calls.

  • December 1 - Contra Sutra. Susan Petrick calls.
Note! It's that time of the year that we can't dance at Phinney. For one night and one night only on Dec. 1, we will dance at Om Culture near Gas Works Park. If you haven't danced here before, this is what it looks like, and this is what we look like dancing there.

  • December 8 - Continental Drift: Eric Anderson on piano and Eileen Nicholson Kalfass on fiddle. Emily Rush calls.
  • December 15 - David Kaynor & Friends. Lindsey Dono calls.
  • December 22 - Alex Sturbaum of Countercurrent joins Dave Bartley and Claude Ginsburg of KGB to create a tart, yet pleasing, alchemy of dance music new and old. Fiddle and calling legend David Kaynor calls.
  • December 29 - Sound Crossing is Eric Hardee on hammered dulcimer, Marissa Essad and Kris Johansson on dual fiddles, Cathy Britell on bass and Jean Geiger on guitar. Eileen Thorsos from North Carolina 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 11/22/17.