Swingin' Tern Dances
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.
What, you may be asking, is Contra Dancing? See our About page for a video and explanation.
|Friday, December 13: ||Special Friday Dance with Great Bear Trio|
Sarah VanNorstrand – contras
Great Bear Trio: Andrew VanNorstrand - fiddle, electric guitar; Noah VanNorstrand - fiddle, mandolin, feet, didgeridoo; Kim Yerton - piano
Great Bear Trio! Need we say more? Pushing the boundaries, this dynamic, highly energetic band brings their uniquely rocking brand of contra dance music to Swingin’ Tern. This special Friday night dance is supported by Alice Tempel and Leigh Walker in celebration of their thirtieth anniversary.
Dance 8 - 11pm. Due to Alice and Leigh's generous support, this amazing dance will be at special price of just $5.00 [$3.00 for students]. Come celebrate with Alice and Leigh! Contact us if you would be interested in sponsoring a dance
Click on either the band or caller name to see two different videos of Great Bear playing at Dance Flurry
|December 21: ||Donna Hunt – contras|
Coracree: Jane Rothfield - fiddle; Bill Quern - tenor banjo, mandolin & melodeon; Sarah Gowan - guitar; Allan Carr - bass
Dance the halls with lots of contras,
Fa la la la la, la fe fi fo.
Tis the season for the mantras:
Fa la la, hey hey and do si do.
Donna stands in gay apparel,
Fa la la la, with her repertoire.
Calling ancient contra carols,
Circle round, pass through to find your star.
See the blazing band before us,
Fa la la la la, hear the fiddle.
Coracree, such an added plus,
With so much more than diddle diddle.
Follow now in merry measure,
Fa la la la, light as a feather.
Down the hall with festive pleasure
Dance we joyous now, all together.
|Tuesday, December 31: ||New Year's Eve Dance|
Will Mentor – contras, squares and couple dances
Last Exit: Chris Jacoby - guitar, mandolin, accordion; Ross Harriss - alto/soprano sax, guitar; Laurie Tupper - flute; Doug Healy - bass, guitar, djembe
Pot Luck 7pm Dance 8pm-1am $20 advance by 12/24; $25 after 12/25 and at door. [Students $10 in advance/$15 at the door.] Contras and Couple Dances
With clear teaching and an upbeat wit, Will calls contras and squares that exemplify his guiding principle: it’s all about the dancers! Shifting gears through musical genres, Last Exit crashes through the barriers of traditional contra music with hard driving tunes.
Tickets are available online via PayPal. Follow the link above by clicking on Dances/Special Dances and then click More on the NYE listing.
Click on the band name to hear Last Exit calling a previous New Year's Eve Dance at Swingin' Tern.
|January 4: ||30th Anniversary Dance|
Folk Project Callers – contras
Hog Wild: Tom Phillips - fiddle; Jody Kruskal - Anglo concertina; Marnen Laibow-Koser - piano
Who woulda thunk it when we were fledglings back in 1984 that we would be terning thirty! As is our anniversary tradition, we will bring together callers that got their start at Swingin' Tern along with an outstanding band. And to take us back to our first dance, we are rolling back our admission price to the original $3.00! Come help us celebrate!
Click on the band name to hear Hog Wild playing at Swingin' Tern.
|January 18: ||Sue Gola – Contras|
Celador: David Hayes - guitar; Gretchen Caverly - fiddle
|February 1: ||Peter Stix – Contras|
Blue Jersey: Frank Ruck - mandolin, guitar, vocals; Ellen Ruck - guitar, vocals; Mike Sutton - bass guitar
|February 15: ||Barbara Goldstein – Contras|
Off'n Ensemble: Heidi Hammel -- hammered dulcimer, English concertina; Bob Yarbrough - wooden flute, penny whistle, banjo, bodhran; Steve Smith - guitar, saxophones; Elliott Schmuckler - upright bass
|March 1: ||Dan Black – Contras|
|March 15: ||Laura Winslow – Contras|
Contra Rebels: Henry Koretsky – fiddle; Todd Clewell – guitar; Barb Schmid – fiddle
|April 5: ||Afternoon Advanced & Regular Evening Dance|
Bob Isaacs – Contras and Grid Squares
Brooklyn Swing Ensemble: Sam Zygmuntowicz – fiddle, mandolin; Danny Elias – clarinet, dumbek; Bill Peek – piano; Marco Brehm – bass; Joe DePaolo – percussion
Afternoon Advanced Dance with contras and Bob's famous grid squares.
Visit one of the two dozen area restaurants or brown-bag it during the dinner break
|April 19: ||Don Flaherty – Contras|
Dance Wiz: Steve Epstein - clarinet, sax; Bill Quern - melodeon, mando, banjo, fiddle; Jo Anne Rocke - keyboard