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.

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


August 2: Diane HartzellContras
Fingerplay: <p>Lisa Bueno – fiddle; Helen White – flute; Jonathan Brandt - piano</p>

It’s never a hard sell when Hartzell takes the stage - she has us in the palm of her hand. Once in her grip, let your fingers play as Fingerplay strings us along, catching tunes in a cat’s cradle of entwined chords to rope us in and band us together.

August 16: Ted CraneContras
Off'n Ensemble: Heidi Hammel – concertina, hammer dulcimer; Bob Yarbrough – banjo, bodhran, penny whistle, wooden flute; Elliott Schmuckler – upright bass; Steve Smith – guitar, saxophones

You’ll be whooping it up as Crane macaws high flying contras to make you screech owl night and leave you puffin. As the Terns flock together where they often assemble, Off’n Ensemble feathers the nest with tunes to get down with. After using your spoonbill to swallow some kiwi and magpie at the break, cormorant and raven from heron in or you’ll egret it. If you don’t budgie, you’ll be bittern.

September 6: Double Dance
Donna HuntContras
Montage: Rachel Bell – piano, accordion; Jane Knoeck – piano, accordion; Tom Santarsiero – mandolin, guitar, banjo, feet

Advanced Contras for two hours in the Afternoon from 4pm until 6pm followed by our All-Level Evening Dance from 8pm to 11pm.

$10 afternoon/$10 evening for adults [$5 afternoon/$5 evening for students].

The hall will be open during the dinner break for those that want to bring their own food. There are several restaurants close by, some within walking distance. Area restaurants can be found on the File tab on the main Swingin' Tern's Facebook page.

There will be a beginners' workshop at 7:30pm prior to the evening dance.

The hall will be open during the dinner break for those that want to bring their own food. There are several restaurants close by, some within walking distance. Area restaurants can be found on the File tab on the main Swingin' Tern's Facebook page.

There will be a beginners' workshop at 7:30pm prior to the evening dance.

September 20: Bill FischerContras
Wry Bred: Robert Messore – guitar; Mickey Koth – fiddle; Julie Sorcek – flute, saxophone
October 4: Sue GolaContras
Raise the Roof: Mat Clarke – fiddle; Judi Stellar – hammered dulcimer; Kathy Talvitie – guitar, piano; Pete Soloway – flute, mandolin, banjo, guitar, bass, piano
October 18: Melanie Axel-LuteContras
Fish Family: Lisa Bueno – violin; Helen White – flute; Jonathan Brandt – piano
November 1: Techno Contras
Dan BlackTechno Contras
DJ Improper: Jeremiah Seligman – electronica

CONTRAS WITH A TECHNO BEAT UNDER BLACK LIGHT. In a twist of the contra tradition, Dan Black will be calling traditional contra dances to the music of dJ improper, weaving together pop, alternative and club music for a unique dancing experience. Lighting will be low with black and feature colored lighting. Glow sticks will be provided.

$15 admission/$10 students

November 15: Harvest Hoot
Joe DePaoloContras and Swing Dancing
Oy Diddle Diddle: Joe DePaolo - percussion; Sam Zygmuntowicz - fiddle, mandolin; Marnen Laibow-Koser - piano, viola; Danny Elias - clarinet, saxophone

Joe DePaolo will be calling contras to the swing infused contra music of Oy Diddle Diddle. There will be a few swing couple dances interspersed throughout the evening of contras. Swing workshop by Ken Crawford at 7pm. Beginners’ contra workshop by Joe DePaolo at 7:30.

December 6: Double Dance
Janine SmithContras
Perpetual e-Motion

Advanced Contras for two hours in the Afternoon from 4pm until 6pm followed by our All-Level Evening Dance from 8pm to 11pm.

$10 afternoon/$15 evening [$5 afternoon/$10 evening for students].

The hall will be open during the dinner break for those that want to bring their own food. There are several restaurants close by, some within walking distance. Area restaurants can be found on the File tab on the main Swingin' Tern's Facebook page.

There will be a beginners' workshop at 7:30pm prior to the evening dance.

December 20: TBAContras
Hog Wild
Wednesday, December 31: New Year's Eve Dance
Bob IsaacsContras, Squares, Couple Dances
Coracree: Jane Rothfield - fiddle; Bill Quern - tenor banjo, mandolin & melodeon; Sarah Gowan - guitar; Allan Carr - bass

Pot Luck Supper 7pm. Dancing from 8pm till 1am. Admission is $20 if purchased by 12/24; $25 after 12/24 and at the door. [Students $12 advanced/$15 at the door].