Pat McMonagle


Zwiefacher, Scandinavian Gammaldans, Family and Children's Dance

Pat McMonagle and the Banner of the Black Sheep



Patrick "Pat" McMonagle began dancing with a German performing group at Roosevelt High School in Seattle in 1965. He began leading folkdance at the University of Washington in 1967, with two groups: People to People (International) from 1967 to 1974, and He'ari (Israeli) from 1967 to 1968. In 1969 he founded the Seattle Folkdance Festival and ran it through 1974. He was a participant in the first Northwest Folklife Festival, and all but three since. Pat's regular teachers included Gordon Tracie, Atanas Kolarovski, Alice Nugent, Morley Leyton, and Sonny Newman.

Marjorie Nugent and Pat McMonagle, 2009 Hurdy Gurdy Pat is married to Marjorie Nugent (daughter of Alice Nugent) and frequently hosts Hungarian Tanchauz events on his home floor.

His computer consulting career began with an assignment in New York from 1974 to 1975 where he taught a few dances at Columbia. He also attended clubs in Pittsburgh in 1975 at Carnegie-Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, and at Arden in Wilmington, Delaware in 1975. He continued his career back in Seattle, wandering professionally rarely (except to British Columbia, Alaska, California, Mississippi, Oregon, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Arizona, Texas, and Florida anyway). Pat's current real-life job is as an Information Systems Manager at Salmon Terminals.

Pat's past folkdance efforts include being an international dance teacher at Mountaineers, Seattle from 1986 to 1988 and 1992 to 1995, Everett from 1996 to 1998, and Tacoma from 2001 to 2004.

Pat re-released Gordon Tracie's "Skandia" LPs on CD in 1997. He was a Zwiefacher teacher at the New England Folk Festival in 2009 and 2011, and a Bourrée teacher at the Over the Water Hurdy-Gurdy Festival from 2006 to 2010. He also choreographed that awful Grasshopper Humppa or "Heinäsirkka, Heinäsirkka, tanssi tää√§llä humppaa."

Pat McMonagle as Junction City volunteer with students, August 2013 Currently, Pat is the leader of folkdances at the Swedish Cultural Center in Seattle. He is a member of the Skandia Folkdance Society Board of Trustees, leader of a Zwiefacher dance in Seattle, teacher at the Junction City, Oregon Scandinavian Festival, Community Leader at the Northwest Folklife Festival (Polka), Welcome at the local Greek restaurant, especially when the patrons assume the music is just for listening (no one thinks Pat is Greek, but they follow until they decide only one of their feet is "Left"), and maintains a personal index of folkdance music, started on punch cards in 1967 and which holds 26,000 database entries as of April 2014.

His favorite question, "Why don't cats dance?"
His favorite answer, "Because cats have two left feet."

Pat has taught Hambo, Mazurkas, Rørospols, Tikkuristi, plus a basic 1970s international repertoire.