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.


November 3: Diane Hartzell
Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes: Wes Steenson – guitar, Mike Rovine – fiddle, banjo, mandolin; Jill Smith – piano

You won’t be able to resist the hard sell by Hartzell as she calls out the earworm let loose by Dr. Twamley’s Audio Snakes. Dr. Twamley’s tunes insidiously enter your ear and commence to snake through your brain like a Roto-Rooter. An MRI will reveal that a Multi Rhythm Interface has been implanted to leave you hooked on symphonics. Diane will scramble your brainwaves with cerebral contras, schizophrenic squares, hippocampal heys and psychedelic petronellas. CAUTION: This is your brain on contras.

November 17: Tom Amesse
Blue Jersey: Frank Ruck – mandolin, banjo; Louise McClure – fiddle; Ellen Ruck – guitar; John Burton – bass

Toms River of contras sweeps up all the towns of Blue Jersey to Hanover a real Deal. Tom’s Collingswood be enough, but with a band to Rockaway the night, you'll Wanaque up in the center line. Ewing seen nuthin' yet as those born to be Wildwood go Alloway over Andover. So Ironia your Oxford, use your Gillette, put on your Cologne and grab a guy from Manville, a Lacey lady of Verona or your Palmyra. If life Hazlet you down, you're crying Mahwah and you've given up Hope, come Sea Bright talent at the Summit of entertainment for just a Little Silver. Orange you glad Swingin' Tern will have you saying thank you Allamuchy as you land in Pleasantville?

December 1: DOUBLE DANCE
Will Mentor
Pete's Posse: Pete Sutherland - fiddle, piano, banjo, melodica, vocals; Oliver Scanlon - fiddle, viola, mandolin, foot percussion, vocals; Tristan Henderson - guitars, mandolin, jaw harp, foot percussion, vocals

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

December 15: Donna Hunt
Peter, Paul, Ed, Garry: Peter Szego - guitar; Paul Prestopino - mandolin, banjo; Ed Jankowitz - upright bass; Garry Moore - fiddl.

After the dance Holiday Party at Doug & Brian's home.