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.


September 5: Double Dance
Adina GordonContras
Tempest: Tim Ball – fiddle; Chuck Abell – guitar; Harry Aceto – bass; Eric Metzgar – drums

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

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

Adina 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 you may 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.

September 19: Dan BlackContras
Hog Wild: Jody Kruskal – concertinas; Marnen Laibow-Koser – piano; Tom Phillips – fiddle

We’ll be living high on the hog as Dan calls sooooeeeeee - eeet contras. Cast not ye pearls before swine but cast your partner before Hog Wild and you’ll be living the life of Swine and Roses. When terns dance and pigs fly, you’ll be in hog heaven.

October 3: Tom AmesseContras
Release the Kraken!: Jody Kruskal – concertinas; Ross Harris – guitar; Bill Christophersen – fiddle
October 17: Ridge KennedyContras
Live Wire: Josh Burdick – fiddle; Sarah Gowan – guitar, concertina; Ben Kennedy – piano; Bill Quern – mandolin, banjo, melodeon
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