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 16: Donna Hunt
Eileen Nicholson and Jill Smith : Eileen Nicholson – fiddle; Jill Smith – piano

After the dance Holiday Party at Doug & Brian’s

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Eileen and Jill went up the hill

To fetch a pail of tunes.

With keys and bow, music did flow

Playing reels for many moons.

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From the stage, and all the rage

Donna calls contras fine.

With every hey and each sashay

The dancers were quick to shine.

Sunday, December 31: NEW YEARS' EVE DANCE
Janine Smith
Riptide: Glen Loper – mandolin; Alden Robinson – fiddle, Owen Marshall – guitar

Dance in the New Year from 8pm 'til 12:30am. A Swingin' Tern tradition for over thirty years!

This year features Riptide – wicked good traditional music from Maine and seriously fun contras from Janine Smith.

Admission: $20 if purchased by 12/24; $25 after 12/24 and at the door. [Students $12 advanced/$15 at the door]

There will NOT be a pot-luck dinner before the NYE Dance. Visit one of the two dozen restaurants with two miles of the dance.

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