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 6: DOUBLE DANCE
Bob Isaacs
Tempest: Tim Ball - fiddle; Chuck Abell - guitar; Harry Aceto - bass

Afternoon Advanced Contras & Grid Squares 4-6pm $10/$5 students

All-Level Evening Dance 8-11 $15/$10 students

Robert calls contras As You Like It while Tempest plays Measure for Measure. Escape your Hamlet for a Midsummer Night’s Dream where Love’s Labour’s won’t be Lost. Don’t worry about a partner; perhaps you’ll meet one of Two Gentlemen of Verona or one of the Merry Wives of Windsor. You’ll have your pick of any Timon, Dick or several Henrys, but perchance you’ll find your Romeo or Juliet. If you miss this dance in a Comedy of Errors there will be Much Ado About Nothing. But if you Caesar the opportunity you’ll find that All’s Well That Ends Well.

May 20: Ridge Kennedy
Fingerplay: Lisa Bueno - fiddle; Helen White - flute; Jonathan Brandt - piano

Enter the digital age as Fingerplay nails down tunes from their file of polished favorites. Ridge no longer thumbs through his index cards, but uses the touch screen in the palm of his hand to point out the little ring of four in the middle trying to grasp his carpal contras. Cuticle women and handsome men will be tendon to knuckle in on the joint.

June 3: Diane Silver
Gotham Gals: Norma Castle - percussion; Dominique Gagne - flute; Julia Hartman - fiddle; Robin Russell - keyboard

Norma Castle - percussion; Dominique Gagne - flute; Julia Hartman - fiddle; Robin Russell - keyboard

June 17: Alexandra Deis-Lauby
Strumbow Squeezeblow: Ross Harriss – guitar, piano; Bill Christophersen – fiddle; Jody Kruskal – Anglo concertina; Trip Henderson – harmonica
July 1: Donna Hunt
Strings On Wings: Barb Schmid - fiddle; Henry Koretzky - mandolin/mandocello; Tod Clewell - guitar
July 15: Sue Gola
Wry Bred: Julie Sorcek - flute, saxophone; Mickey Koth - fiddle; Robert Messore - guitar
August 5: TBA
Gnutones: Bruce Young - fiddle; Jill Smith - piano; Henry Koretzky - mandolin, mandocello
August 19: Bob Isaacs
Unbowed: Henry Koretzky - mandolin; Jamie O’Brien - guitar

Celebrating Debbie Naha's birthday

September 2: Diane Hartzell
Smash the Windows: Bruce Young - viola; Peggy Shutes - piano; Ryck Kaiser - fiddle
September 16: Melanie Axel-Lute
Peter Paul Ed Garry: Peter Szego - guitar; Paul Prestopino - mandolin, banjo; Ed Jankowitz - upright bass; Garry Moore - fiddle
October 7: Tom Amesse
Raise The Roof: Mat Clark - fiddle; Bob Pasquarello- bass; Judi Stellar - hammered dulcimer; Kathy Talvitie - guitar
October 21: Chuck Abell
Brooklyn Swing Ensemble: Danny Weiss – guitar; Sam Zygmuntowicz – fiddle; Marco Brehm – bass; Danny Elias – clarinet