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: $12 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 18: FREE DANCE
Bob Isaacs
Unbowed: Henry Koretzky - mandolin; Jamie O'Brien - guitar

Admission is FREE – a donation to Swingin’ Tern is encouraged
Sponsored by Henry Koretzky and Jamie O’Brien in celebration of Debbie Naha’s birthday.

Not one to keep things under wraps, Bob takes the bow off his contras to bow down to. The band is Unbowed in its determination to take a shot across the bow of boring tunes. As the band and caller 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. There will be a birthday bow in Debbie’s hair to match the bow on Henry’s present of a free dance to us all.

September 1: Donna Hunt
Rhythmic Heart: Doug Healy – banjo, guitar, mandolin, djembe; Norma castle – flute, percussion; Robin Russell – keyboard
September 15: DOUBLE DANCE
Sue Gola
In-Tent-City: Betsy Richards – fiddle; Graham Richards – acoustic guitar; Seth Richards – keyboard, electric bass, guitar; David Richards – percussion

Afternoon Playful Contras 4-6pm $10/$5 students
Fun, quirky and playful contras in the afternoon – some will be challenging, some will be a bit silly. Comfort with basic/intermediate steps expected.

All-Level Evening Dance 8-11pm $12/$5 students.

October 6: FREE DANCE
Alexandra Deis-Lauby
Brooklyn Swing Ensemble: Sam Zygmuntowicz – fiddle; Marco Brehm – bass; Danny Elias – clarinet; Danny Weiss – guitar

Admission is FREE – a donation to Swingin’ Tern is encouraged.
Sponsored by Gail Yazersky in celebration of her milestone birthday.

October 20: Melanie Axel-Lute
Jigaplex: Matthew Christian – fiddle, mandolin, guitar, whistle, & small pipes; Colin Forhan – DADGAD guitar; Amy Beshara – fiddle
November 3: Diane Hartzell
Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes: Wes Steenson – guitar, Mike Rovine – fiddle, banjo, mandolin; Jill Smith – piano
November 17: Tom Amesse
Blue Jersey: Frank Ruck – mandolin, banjo; Louise McClure – fiddle; Ellen Ruck – guitar; John Burton – bass