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.


December 17: Donna Hunt
Grand Picnic: Jody Kruskal (Anglo concertina, percussion), Sam Zygmuntowicz (fiddle), Bill Peek (piano), Marco Brehm (bass), Michael Gorin (fiddle)

Holiday Party after the dance at the home of Doug and Brian. Directions will be at the dance.

If you go down to Swingin’ Tern one day, you’re in for a big surprise,

If you go down East Hanover’s way to contra and socialize,

For every bear that ever there was will gather in December because

That’s the day the Teddy Bears have their Grand Picnic.

Every Teddy Bear who’s been good is sure of a dance that day.

There’s lots of marvelous folks to meet and wonderful swings and heys,

With Donna calling contras so sweet, the band will sweep us off our feet,

And then the Teddy Bears host their Midnight Picnic.

December 31: NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE
Lisa Greenleaf
Brooklyn Swing Ensemble: Danny Weiss - guitar; Sam Zygmuntowicz - fiddle; Marco Brehm - bass; Danny Elias - clarinet

Pot Luck Dinner 7pm; Dancing from 8pm - 1am.

Excellent News!! Lisa Greenleaf will be calling the New Year's Eve Dance for Swingin’ Tern this year. Lisa has been a long-term staple of NEFFA and the New England contra dance community. She is well-loved for her excellent calling and choice of dances, but perhaps most of all for her humor and absolute joy in the moment. We are thrilled to have her help us dance in the New Year. Providing the music will be our friends Brooklyn Swing Ensemble, who have always provided an amazing evening of tunes, fusing contra, Klezmer and swing music. Mark your calendars for our thirty year tradition of bringing in the New Year.

Info here.

January 7: 33rd ANNIVERSARY DANCE
Folk Project Callers
Gotham Gals: Norma Castle - flute, percussion; Julia Hartman - fiddle; Robin Russell - piano
January 21: Carl Levine
Fingerplay: Lisa Bueno - fiddle; Helen White - flute; Jonathan Brandt - piano