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.

August 15: Ken Crawford sponsored Bday dance
Bob IsaacsContras and Grid Squares
Justin Nawn and Bronwyn Bird: Justin Nawn - guitar; Bronwyn Bird - nyckelharpa

Afternoon Playshop and Evening Dance sponsored by Ken Crawford to celebrate his birthday.

Free afternoon playshop from 3pm to 6pm with music by Justin Nawn and Bronwyn Bird. Ken will discuss and demonstrate many different kinds of dancing as everyone joins in the fun. Evening contra dance – $5 per person (free for those attending playshop).

This Justin: at Tern, birds of a feather flock together as the Bronwyn Bird whistles its tune as the Bobwhite makes us quail as he macaws high flying contras to make us screech owl night and leave us puffin. After using your spoonbill to swallow some kiwi and magpie at the break, cormorant and raven from heron in or you’ll egret it. If you don’t budgie, you’ll be bittern.

Friday, August 21: Special Friday Dance
Bob IsaacsContras and Grid Squares
Unbowed: Henry Koretzky - mandolin; Jamie O’Brien - guitar

Special Friday night free dance sponsored by Debbie Naha to celebrate her birthday.

Admission is free; attendees are encouraged to make a small contribution in support of Swingin' Tern.

It’s back to back Bob as Bob goes bob, bob, bobbin’ along with two dances in one week. He won’t be robin the spotlight though as Unbowed makes us

Wake up, wake up, you sleepy head

Get up, get out on the dance floor,

Cheer up, cheer up, let’s take hands four

Live, Love, Laugh and be happy!

September 5: Double Dance
Adina Gordoncontras

Afternoon Advanced Contras 4-6pm

All-Level Evening Dance 8-11pm

September 19: Ziona Brotleitcontras
Hog Wild: Jody Kruskal – concertinas; Marnen Laibow-Koser – piano; Tom Phillips – fiddle
October 3: TBAcontras
Release the Kraken!: Jody Kruskal – concertinas; Ross Harris – guitar; Bill Christophersen – fiddle