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.


May 2: Dave Ruppcontras
Dead Sea Squirrels: Craig Edwards - fiddle, Cathy Mason - fiddle, Henry Yoshimura - guitar

Digging up the Dead Sea Squirrels,

Dave discovers the lost lines of Ecclesiastes:

To everything, Tern, Tern, Tern;

There is a season, Tern, Tern, Tern;

And a time for every contra made in Heaven.

A time to tune, a time to play;

A time for contras, a time for squares;

A time to be ones, a time to be twos;

A time to lead, a time to follow;

A time to balance, a time to swing;

A time to twirl, a time to refrain from twirling;

A time to dance, a time to waltz.

May 16: Don Flahertycontras
Off’n Ensemble: Heidi Hammel – hammered dulcimer, english concertina; Steve Smith – guitar; Elliott Schmuckler – upright bass; Bob Yarbrough – flute, whistle, banjo, bodhran

As Off’n Ensemble exhibits their ensemble of euphonics and Don calls his collection of contras, expect an aggregation of allemandes, a coterie of contra corners, a gathering of gypsies, a summation of swings, a panoply of petronellas, a congregation of circles, a throng of twirls, a body of balances, a deluge of dosidos and a horde of heys for our convocation of contradancers.

June 6: Ken Gallcontras
Entwyned: Twy Bethard – fiddle, keyboard, foot percussion; John Paolillo – mandola, irish bouzouki, octave mandolin
June 20: Sue Duprécontras & squares
Wes and Friends: Adam Oleksa - violin; Jane Roberts - cello; Bob Stein - accordion; Wes Steenson - guitar
July 4: Joe DePaolocontras
Dance Therapy: Jody Kruskal - Anglo concertina; Marnen Laibow-Koser - piano; Bill Christophersen - fiddle
July 18: Ron Blechnercontras
Unbowed: Henry Koretzky - mandolin; Jamie O’Brien - guitar