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.


April 19: Don FlahertyContras
Dance Wiz: Steve Epstein - clarinet, sax; Bill Quern - melodeon, mando, banjo, fiddle; Jo Anne Rocke - keyboard

We're off to see the Dance Wiz, The Swingin’ Tern Wizard of Ours.

We hear Don call so we advance, with a band to make us prance.

If ever, oh ever a wiz there was, The Wizard of Ours is why we dance,

We dance, we dance, we dance, we dance, we dance,

Because of the wonderful tunes perchance.

We're off to see the Dance Wiz, The Wonderful Wizard of Ours.

May 3: David RuppContras
Mind the Gap: Jane Roberts, cello; Adam Oleksa, violin; Kirsten Erwin, flute and whistle; Josh Burdick, piano and violin

Conductor Rupp keeps us on track as we get on board the contra train and Mind the Gap. Take the A train for Allemandes, the B train for Beckets, the C train for Cellos, the D train for Do Si Dos, the E train for Exceptional calling, the F train for Fiddles and the G train for Gypsies. All Abooooooaaarrrrrddd!!

May 17: Barbara GoldsteinContras
Big Chaos Band: Aleks Taranov – fiddle; Daniel Hawkins – cello; Doug Healy – guitar; Steve Epstein – clarinet, sax

Big Chaos Band reviews their notes to remind us of their theory that fractals repeat their patterns at every scale. As Goldstein calls a hey, the protons and electrons of the helium molecules do a hey for four. When Chorus Jig is danced, there is a cosmic contra corners among the stars. When the ladies allemande with the men orbiting, the planets orbit around their binary stars and when we line up in threes for triplets there is a syzygy in the heavens. And as we go into the center, a black hole is created. Beware the butterfly whirl which results in the butterfly effect.