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.

START TIME: Beginner's workshop at 7:00 PM. Dance follows, 7:30 PM - 10:30 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) 535-3274 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.


February 1: Click for more info and videos
Carl Levine
Sanity Clause: Helen White – flute; Michael Gorin – fiddle; Chip Prince – piano

Before progressing to the sanity clause, Counselor Carl reviews the contra contract: the party of the first part shall dance with the party of the second part, leading the witness in amicus allemandes, bonded balances, habeas heys, and proviso petronellas. Legal briefs may be exhibited by those seeking guilty pleasures. Before adjourning to sip a subpoena colada, let it be resolved in reference to the aforementioned, the verdict is in – there really is a Sanity Clause.

There will be a Waltz Workshop at the break led by Ken Crawford.

February 15: Paul Morris
Blue Jersey: <p>Louise McClure – violin; Frank Ruck – mandolin; Ellen Ruck – guitar; Ed Jankiewicz – bass</p>

Feeling blue? You're in luck as Blue Jersey keeps tune sapphire azure as the sky is blue. Then it’s take a powder or, baby, dance till midnight. Completing the slate, Paul delftly gives us the royal treatment as indigo with navy a care unteal they send in the aquamarines. Miss out and you’ll cyan cry.

March 7: DOUBLE DANCE
Alex Deis-Lauby
Chimney Swift: Avalon Zoë Madonna – accordion, vocals; Daniel Raine – cittern, ukulele, guitar, vocals; Cecile Leroy – cello, vocals; Yaron Shragai – whistles, percussion, vocals

Afternoon Advanced Contras 4 - 6pm $10/$5 students.
Dinner Break 6 - 7:30pm.
Beginners' Lesson 7:30pm.
Evening Dance for all abilities 8 - 11pm $15/$5 students. Note 8pm start time to allow for dinner break.

This Dance will be called to Larks & Ravens.

March 21: Jacob Legrone
Contra Rebels: Henry Koretzky – guitar; Todd Clewell – fiddle; Barb Schmid – fiddle