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.


August 5: Steve White and Ziona Brotleit
Gnutones: Bruce Young - fiddle; Jill Smith - piano; Henry Koretzky - mandolin, mandocello

Gnu Tones brings out the wildebeest in ewe with the best gnu tunes you've ever herd. Serengeti Steve and Ziona Zebra call all hoofers to get their hoove on resulting in smiles safari can see. Migrate down the hall arm in armadillo in lions of four then join the circle of life. Find the gorilla your dreams or catch a cougar or silver fox. Don't be a cheetah, springbok for ten bucks. You really otter go; weasel out and you'll be ostrichized.

August 19: Bob Isaacs
Unbowed: Henry Koretzky - mandolin; Jamie O'Brien - guitar

Celebrating Debbie Naha's birthday -- FREE DANCE; a donation to Swingin’ Tern is appreciated.

Not one to keep things under wraps, Bob takes the bow off his contras to bow down to. The band is Unbowed in its determination to take a shot across the bow of boring tunes. As the band and caller take a bow you’ll be bowlegged after your wild ride. You’ll be sorry if you bow out so grab your bow tie and make your bow. There will be a birthday bow in Debbie’s hair to match the bow on Henry’s present of a free dance to us all.

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