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.

October 7: Tom Amesse
Raise The Roof: Mat Clark - fiddle; Bob Pasquarello- bass; Judi Stellar - hammered dulcimer; Kathy Talvitie - guitar

Tom elevates his calling to new heights to lift the dancers' spirits to Raise the Roof. Dance attics will eavesdrop on the well-pitched and lofty tunes of Raise the Roof as we girder our strength to vault into the contra cupola. We don’t want to shingle you out, but miss a slate like this and you’ll hit the ceiling and end up in the gutter.

October 21: Chuck Abell
Brooklyn Swing Ensemble: Danny Weiss - guitar; Sam Zygmuntowicz - fiddle; Marco Brehm - bass; Danny Elias - clarinet

Would you like to swing like a star,

Carry music home in a jar,

For a great time come as you are,

Or would you rather be a tern?


A tern is a dancer with smiles on his face,

His feet always keep up the pace,

He has Brooklyn Swing playing tunes so swell,

Chuck calling contras like ringing Abell,

So if you've got energy and time to burn,

You'll find you'd rather be a tern!

November 4: DOUBLE DANCE
Mark Hilligonds
Party of Three: Lilly Pearlman - fiddle; Neil Pearlman - piano; Joe De Paolo - drums, percussion
November 18: Bob Isaacs and Anne Lutun
Fingerplay: Lisa Bueno - fiddle; Helen White - flute; Jonathan Brandt - piano
December 2: Ron Blechner
Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes
December 16: Donna Hunt
Eileen Nicholson and Jill Smith
Sunday, December 31: NEW YEARS' EVE DANCE
Janine Smith

Dance in the New Year from 8pm 'til 12:30am. A Swingin' Tern tradition for over thirty years!