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 17: Ridge KennedyContras
Live Wire: Josh Burdick – fiddle; Sarah Gowan – guitar, concertina; Ben Kennedy – piano; Bill Quern – mandolin, banjo, melodeon

Kennedy’s got the power, bringing contra lines down off the Ridge onto the dance floor. Live Wire cranks up the amp to give us high voltage tunes to electrify us in the ultimate circuit party. Don’t resistor you’ll be left to chant ohm. Watt to wear? Your best joules to equal your current potential.

November 7: Carl LevineContras
Fingerplay: Lisa Bueno – fiddle; Helen White – flute; Jonathan Brandt – piano
November 21: Sue GolaContras
Contra Rebels: Todd Clewell – fiddle; Barb Schmid – fiddle, Henry Koretzky – guitar
December 5: Double Dance
Linda LeslieContras
Moving Violations: Ron Grosslein – fiddle, mandolin, percussion; Van Kaynor – fiddle, feet; Eric Eid-Reiner – piano

Afternoon Advanced Contras 4-6pm admission $10/$5 students

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

December 19: Maia McCormickContras
Wry Bred: Julie Sorcek – flute, saxophone; Mickey Koth – fiddle; Robert Messore – guitar
Thursday, December 31: New Year's Eve Dinner & Dance
Donna HuntContras and Couple Dances
Party of Three: Lilly Pearlman – fiddle; Neil Pearlman – piano; Joe De Paolo – drums, percussion

Pot Luck Supper 7pm; Dance 8pm - 1am

$20 adults/$10 students in advance by 12/24

$25 adults/$15 students after 12/24 and at the door

January 2: 32nd Anniversary Dance
Folk Project CallersContras
Last Exit: Ross Harriss– saxophone, guitar; Christopher Jacoby – mandolin, accordion, guitar; Laurie Tupper – flute; Doug Healy – electric bass, djembe, guitar

Join us for our birthday party with a cavalcade of callers organized by Bob Isaacs.