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.


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