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.


October 6: FREE DANCE
Alexandra Deis-Lauby
Brooklyn Swing Ensemble: Sam Zygmuntowicz – fiddle; Marco Brehm – bass; Danny Elias – clarinet; Danny Weiss – guitar

Admission is FREE – a donation to Swingin’ Tern is encouraged.
Sponsored by Gail Yazersky in celebration of her milestone birthday.

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 to give him hot tunes,
With Alex calling contras for many moons,
If it’s contras and good times for which you yearn,
You'll find you'd rather be a tern!

October 20: Melanie Axel-Lute
Jigaplex: Matthew Christian – fiddle, mandolin, guitar, whistle, & small pipes; Colin Forhan – DADGAD guitar; Amy Beshara – fiddle

As they orchestrate our dance, Axel-Lute harps on clarion calling while Jigaplex works their fingers to the trombone. Don’t find yourself in a piccolo by zithering around, call your partner on the xylophone and say cello for a harmonium evening; you’ll avoid sax and violins along with a psaltery and battery. Accordion to tradition, at the end of her performance, Melanie will balalaika diva.

November 3: Diane Hartzell
Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes: Wes Steenson – guitar, Mike Rovine – fiddle, banjo, mandolin; Jill Smith – piano
November 17: Tom Amesse
Blue Jersey: Frank Ruck – mandolin, banjo; Louise McClure – fiddle; Ellen Ruck – guitar; John Burton – bass
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