Swingin' Tern Dances

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LOCATION: The First Presbyterian Church Parish House, 14 Hanover Road, East Hanover, NJ, a smoke & alcohol free environment

ADMISSION: $10 per adult, $5 per student with Student ID.

TIMES: Beginner's workshop at 7:30 PM. Dance follows, 8 PM - 11 PM (unless otherwise indicated). Please carry in clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Non-dancing children must be supervised at all times. Dance at your own risk.

INFORMATION: (973) 295-6864 or send email to E-mail

What, you may be asking, is Contra Dancing? Watch the video at right and see our About page for a video and an explanation.


January 20: Joe De Paolo
Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble: Mari Black - fiddle, Joe Magar - bass, plus more from Mari's roster of top musicians

A Folk Project Double Header. The Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble features internationally recognized champion fiddler Mari Black. Joe De Paolo is up to the challenge of keeping up with Mari. In addition to playing for the Swingin’ Tern dance, the Ensemble will perform at The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series the night before. The concert will begin with a contra dance demo at 7:30pm.

February 3: Anne Lutun
ContraPositive: Matthew Christian – fiddle, flute, mandolin; Matt Diaz – guitar; Joe De Paolo – drums
February 17: Sophie Sawyer
Contra Rebels: Henry Koretzky – guitar; Todd Clewell – fiddle; Barb Schmid – fiddle
March 3: Bob Isaacs
A Joyful Noise: Barbara Greenberg – violin; Daniel Beerbohm – clarinet, flute, whistle; Kathy Talvitie – piano
March 17: Ben Sachs-Hamilton
The Tunicators: Danny Elias – clarinet; Lauren McDonald – fiddle; Norma Castle – percussion, flute; Robin Russell – keyboard