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.

October 21: Chuck Abell
Brooklyn Swing Ensemble: Danny Weiss - guitar; Sam Zygmuntowicz - fiddle; Marco Brehm - bass; Danny Elias - clarinet

Would you like to swing like a star,

Carry music home in a jar,

For a great time come as you are,

Or would you rather be a tern?


A tern is a dancer with smiles on his face,

His feet always keep up the pace,

He has Brooklyn Swing playing tunes so swell,

Chuck calling contras like ringing Abell,

So if you've got energy and time to burn,

You'll find you'd rather be a tern!

November 4: DOUBLE DANCE
Mark Hillegonds
Party of Three: Lilly Pearlman - fiddle; Neil Pearlman - piano; Joe De Paolo - drums, percussion

Advanced Contras 4-6pm $10/$5 students; All-Level Evening Dance 8-11pm $15/$10 students

For both the early and late seating, the maître d' will be showing the Party of Three to the stage while Chef Hillegonds prepares a bouillabaisse of culinary contras. The epicurious will delight in demi-glazed dosidos, butterfly whirl lamb chops, figure eight flambé, promenade purée, twirl tartare and scalloped swings. Even the two bovine couples will be happy with some basic hey for four. Be our guest!

November 18: Bob Isaacs and Anne Lutun
Fingerplay: Lisa Bueno - fiddle; Helen White - flute; Jonathan Brandt - piano

Taking the stage hand in hand, Bob and Anne handily hand down handfuls of hands down handy hand allemandes. It’s a different digital world when you let your fingers play as Fingerplay strings us along, catching tunes in a cat’s cradle of entwined chords to rope us in and band us together.

December 2: Ron Blechner
Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes
December 16: Donna Hunt
Eileen Nicholson and Jill Smith
Sunday, December 31: NEW YEARS' EVE DANCE
Janine Smith

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