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.


December 6: Double Dance
Janine SmithContras
Perpetual e-Motion: John Cote on guitar, didgeridoo, feet, vocals and electronica. Ed Howe on fiddle and electronica. Click on caller or band name to see videos of Perpetual e-Motion performing at Swingin' Tern.

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: Will MentorContras
Hog Wild: Tom Phillips – fiddle; Jody Kruskal – Anglo concertina; Marnen Laibow-Koser – piano
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; Joe DePaolo - drums and percussion

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].

January 3: 31st Anniversary Dance
Swingin' Tern's Homegrown CallersContras and Squares
Strumbow Squeezeblow: Ross Harriss – guitar, piano; Bill Christophersen – fiddle; Jody Kruskal – concertinas; Trip Henderson – harmonica
January 17: Laura WinslowContras
Big Chaos Band: Aleks Taranov – fiddle ; Luna Skye – cello; Em McKeever – guitar; Angelo Campus – mandolin
February 7: Contras
Dan Black
Hot House Contras: Sam Zygmuntowicz – fiddle; Danny Weiss – guitar; Danny Elias – clarinet; Joe DePaolo – drums, percussion
February 21: Contras
Ron Blechner
Blue Jersey: Louise McClure – fiddle; Frank Ruck – mandolin; Ellen Ruck – guitar; Mike Sutton – bass
March 7: Double Dance
Bob IsaacsContras and Grid Squares
Free Raisins: Jeff Kaufman – mandolin, trumpet, feet; Amy Englesberg – piano, accordion; Audrey Knuth – fiddle

AFTERNOON ADVANCED CONTRAS 4-6PM / ALL-LEVEL EVENING DANCE 8-11PM Advanced Contras & Grid Squares $10/$5 students. Evening Dance for all abilities $15/$10 students.

Click on both of the performer's names to get two scoops of Raisins!

March 21: Barbara GoldsteinContras
Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes: Mike Rovine – fiddle; Jill Smith – piano; Wes Steenson – guitar