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.

April 1: Alexandra Deis-Lauby
Gotham Gals: Norma Castle - percussion; Dominique Gagne - flute; Julia Hartman - fiddle; Robin Russell - keyboard

In an effort to ditch the center line syndrome, Swingin’ Tern has gone retro by placing a mosh pit directly in front of the stage. Stage-diving will be led by Notorious A.D.L. as she raps in-your-face contras. Gotham Gals goes grunge with a sonic fog. Torn flannel and combat boots required. Body piercing and tattooing available at the door. Be the 1st as Fools rush in.

April 15: Dan Black
Contrapositive: Matthew Christian - fiddle; Max Carmichael - guitar, bouzouki, flute; Joe De Paolo - drums

You've got to accentuate the positive

Dancing to Contrapositive

With Dan Black, he's so informative

Don't mess with any other scene.


Contradance spreads joy up to the maximum

Brings gloom down to the minimum

Creates a bandemonium

While we are all living the dream.

Bob Isaacs
Tempest: Tim Ball - fiddle; Chuck Abell - guitar; Harry Aceto - bass

Afternoon Advanced Contras & Grid Squares 4-6pm $10/$5 students

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

May 20: Ridge Kennedy
June 3: Diane Silver
Gotham Gals