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: Beginnerís 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.

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

Donít be leaviní on a jet plane,

And not know when youíll dance again.

Levine on a set will reign,

As the band plays like a hurricane.


My dance bag is packed,

Iím ready to go

To Swinginí Tern, and hit the floor.

Iíd love to pick you up and dance some more.


Fingerplay is jamminí

Itís a love fest.

The callerís slamminí

Heís calliní his best.

Already Iím so happy

I could fly.


So join me in half a hey,

Roll away and half sashay.

Hold me like youíll never let me go.

Levine calls like champagne,

I donít know when heíll be back again.

Oh, babe, I want to go.

February 4: Don Flaherty
Dance Therapy: Bill Christophersen - fiddle; Jody Kruskal - Anglo concertinas; Spiff Wiegand - guitar

If your life has become banal retentive, let Dr. Flaherty shrink your problems as he fulfills your Pleasure Principle with Dance Therapy. The band's multiple personalities will satisfy your aural fixation, but they may leave you with pianist envy. Wear your Freudian slip for a session of cathartic contras from the collective unconsciousness. Fun for Jung and old, Oedipus and Electra will dance to the complex rhythms. We wouldn't Id you, Don will supersize your Ego with a libidosido. If it's not sublime, it's sublimation.

February 18: Steve White
Wry Bred: Julie Sorcek - flute, saxophone; Mickey Koth - fiddle; Robert Messore - guitar

Any way you slice it, when White meets Wry Bred itís a Wonder we donít get Caraway and sandwich in as many contra carbs until we become toast. As the band jams, it rises to the occasion playing a Panettone on the Crumpet second to Naan. Challah Steve gives you what you knead with a basket full of no-loaf dances. Seagulls and Bagels join the Terns as they Zwieback and forth. We wonít Pumpernickel and dime you or take your Sourdough Ė itís really not a lot of bread. Donít tortilla yourself by missing this Ė it would be a pita. Papadumís got a brand new Baguette!

March 4: TBA
Disheveled Wandering Stars: Annika Socolofsky - fiddle; Kirsten Erwin - flute, whistles; Keven Clifford - percussion; Doug Healy - guitar
March 18: Dave Rupp
Contra Rebels: Henry Koretzky - guitar; Todd Clewell - fiddle; Barb Schmid - fiddle