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: Beginnerís 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.


June 3: Diane Silver
Gotham Gals: Norma Castle - percussion; Dominique Gagne - flute; Julia Hartman - fiddle; Robin Russell - keyboard

Holy Contradance Batman! Diabolical Diane delivers a dynamic duo of dastardly do-si-does and superhero swings to put the Joker to rest. Gotham Gals has left the city to rescue East Hanover from arch nemesis Boris Boredom. With Robin on piano, Catwoman Castle, Harley Quinn Hartman, and Deadshot Dominique, they join forces with the Caped Crusading Caller to save the day before the dark night returns.

June 17: Alexandra Deis-Lauby
Strumbow Squeezeblow: Ross Harriss - guitar, piano; Bill Christophersen - fiddle; Jody Kruskal - Anglo concertina; Trip Henderson - harmonica

Alexandra adeptly assembles amazing accelerating ambulations accumulating abundant accolades and adoring admirers. Strumbow Squeezeblow shares sensational scrumptious saucy seductive spirited savory seismic sonorous syncopated selections.

July 1: Donna Hunt
Strings On Wings: Barb Schmid - fiddle; Henry Koretzky - mandolin/mandocello; Tod Clewell - guitar
July 15: Sue Gola
Wry Bred: Julie Sorcek - flute, saxophone; Mickey Koth - fiddle; Robert Messore - guitar
August 5: TBA
Gnutones: Bruce Young - fiddle; Jill Smith - piano; Henry Koretzky - mandolin, mandocello
August 19: Bob Isaacs
Unbowed: Henry Koretzky - mandolin; Jamie O'Brien - guitar

Celebrating Debbie Naha's birthday

September 2: Diane Hartzell
Smash the Windows: Bruce Young - viola; Peggy Shutes - piano; Ryck Kaiser - fiddle
September 16: Melanie Axel-Lute
Peter Paul Ed Garry: Peter Szego - guitar; Paul Prestopino - mandolin, banjo; Ed Jankowitz - upright bass; Garry Moore - fiddle
October 7: Tom Amesse
Raise The Roof: Mat Clark - fiddle; Bob Pasquarello- bass; Judi Stellar - hammered dulcimer; Kathy Talvitie - guitar
October 21: Chuck Abell
Brooklyn Swing Ensemble: Danny Weiss - guitar; Sam Zygmuntowicz - fiddle; Marco Brehm - bass; Danny Elias - clarinet