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.


July 4: Joe DePaolocontras
Dance Therapy: Jody Kruskal - Anglo concertina; Marnen Laibow-Koser - piano; Bill Christophersen - fiddle

If your life has become banal retentive, let Dr. DePaolo shrink your problems as he fulfills your Pleasure Principle with Dance Therapy. The band's multiple personalities will satisfy your aural fixation, but they may leave you with pianist envy. Wear your Freudian slip for a session of cathartic contras from the collective unconsciousness. Fun for Jung and old, Oedipus and Electra will dance to the complex rhythms. We wouldn't Id you, Joe will supersize your Ego with a libidosido. If it's not sublime, it's sublimation.

July 18: Ron Blechnercontras
Unbowed: Henry Koretzky - mandolin; Jamie O’Brien - guitar

Not one to keep things under wraps, Blechner takes the bow off his gift of contras to bow down to. Even with strings attached the band is Unbowed in its determination to take a shot across the bow of boring tunes. As the band and callers take a bow you’ll be bowlegged after your wild ride. You’ll be sorry if you bow out so grab your bow tie and make your bow.

August 1: Melanie Axel-Lutecontras
Rumpus: Rick Mohr – fiddle; Sarah Gowan – guitar; Bill Quern – mandolin, banjo, accordion; Joe De Paolo – drums, percussion
August 15: Ken Crawford sponsored Bday dance
Bob Isaacscontras and grid squares
TBA: Free afternoon playshop with music by Justin Nawn and Bronwyn Bird

Free afternoon playshop with music by Justin Nawn and Bronwyn Bird Evening contra dance – $5 per person (free for those attending playshop)

September 5: Double Dance
Adina Gordoncontras
Nova: Kathleen Fownes – fiddle; Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin – accordion: Everest Witman – guitar

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