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: $12 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 21: Carl Levine
Fingerplay: Lisa Bueno - fiddle; Helen White - flute; Jonathan Brandt - piano

Don’t be leavin’ on a jet plane,
And not know when you’ll dance again.
Levine on a set will reign,
As the band plays like a hurricane.

My dance bag is packed,
I’m ready to go
To Swingin’ Tern, and hit the floor.
I’d love to pick you up and dance some more.

Fingerplay is jammin’
It’s a love fest.
The caller’s slammin’
He’s callin’ his best.
Already I’m so happy
I could fly.

So join me in half a hey,
Roll away and half sashay.
Hold me like you’ll never let me go.
Levine calls like champagne,
I don’t know when he’ll be back again.
Oh, babe, I want to go.

May 5: Ted Crane
Gotham Carnival: Joe De Paolo – percussion; Dominique Gagne – flutes; Julia Hartman – fiddle; Jean Monroe – piano
May 19: Don Flaherty
Strumbow Squeezeblow: Tom Phillips - fiddle; Jody Kruskal - Anglo Concertina; Trip Henderson - Harmonica; TBA - guitar
June 2: TBA
Smash the Windows: Bruce Young – viola; Peggy Shutes – piano; Ryck Kaiser – fiddle
June 16: Dave Rupp
Tune Doctors: Robin Russell - keyboard; Helen White - flute; Matthew Christian - fiddle
July 7: Desiree Halcomb
Jigaplex: Matthew Christian - fiddle, mandolin, guitar, whistle, small pipes; Max Carmichael - guitar, bouzouki & whistle; Amy Beshara – fiddle
July 21: Anne Lutun
Gnu Tones: Bruce Young - fiddle; Jill Smith - piano; Henry Koretzky - mandolin/mandoc