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.


July 1: Donna Hunt
Strings On Wings: Barb Schmid - fiddle; Henry Koretzky - mandolin/mandocello; Tod Clewell - guitar

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Hunt calling contras for dancin’ not sittin’

Moving to hot music from Strings on Wings

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Bright smiling faces and crisp petronellas

Twirls and whirls and sashays with fellas

Swingin’ Tern dancers with the tunes on their wings

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Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes

Spin out into lines for down the hall dashes

Silver-white gentlemen melt into swings

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When the news bites

When the text stings

Politics so sad

I simply come dance to my favorite things

And then I don't feel so bad

July 15: Sue Gola
Wry Bred: Julie Sorcek - flute, saxophone; Mickey Koth - fiddle; Robert Messore - guitar

With an open-faced smile, Sue stirs up a baker’s dozen of no-loaf contras. With their rye humor, Wry Bred rises to the occasion as they sandwich in tunes you knead. Roll in with your bun and only, it’s the yeast you can do. Any way you slice it, you’ll throw your caraway. Don’t be sconed, leave your muffin the car and wear a flour in your hair.

August 5: TBA
Gnutones: Bruce Young - fiddle; Jill Smith - piano; Henry Koretzky - mandolin, mandocello
August 19: Bob Isaacs
Unbowed: Henry Koretzky - mandolin; Jamie O'Brien - guitar

Celebrating Debbie Naha's birthday

September 2: Diane Hartzell
Smash the Windows: Bruce Young - viola; Peggy Shutes - piano; Ryck Kaiser - fiddle
September 16: Melanie Axel-Lute
Peter Paul Ed Garry: Peter Szego - guitar; Paul Prestopino - mandolin, banjo; Ed Jankowitz - upright bass; Garry Moore - fiddle
October 7: Tom Amesse
Raise The Roof: Mat Clark - fiddle; Bob Pasquarello- bass; Judi Stellar - hammered dulcimer; Kathy Talvitie - guitar
October 21: Chuck Abell
Brooklyn Swing Ensemble: Danny Weiss - guitar; Sam Zygmuntowicz - fiddle; Marco Brehm - bass; Danny Elias - clarinet