Peter Stix & French Toast

Peter ferries us across the River Stix, past the Contra Cerberus, into a Hades chain. Like a danse macabre, we Dante up our soft soles in those infernal circle dances. Before you flatline, French Toast serves up some contra coroners with tunes to wake the dead. Don’t pay the ferryman until he gets you to Swingin’ Tern. Then pass through to the other side, giving in to your demon desire to set the floor on fire.

Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required as long as Morris County remains at the Green or Yellow level.






Swingin' Tern presents Peter Stix with French Toast
Peter Stix
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Peter Stix calling at Swingin' Tern

Peter Stix is a caller and dance organizer up in Albany NY. He gets down to Swingin’ Tern now and again, in 1992 initially and most recently in 2019, so it is high time for this venerable caller to be back on our stage.

Stix started calling in 1989 in Minnesota (no doubt that’s where he developed his laid-back style). Clear teaching and varied dance selections are his trademarks, once you get past his PUNishing sense of humor. Undoubtedly he will have a great program for our dancing enjoyment.

Besides dancing and calling, Stix teaches math; creates sculptures; builds “eccentric lazy susans”; writes satires and parodies for cathartic release; and is edging ever closer to an encore career as a stand-up comic.



French Toast
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French Toast serves up all kinds of contra fare, with a specialty in French Canadian tunes that have interesting harmonies and are driving, rhythmic, full of whimsy, and great for contra dancing!  French Toast features Helen White on flute, Anna Bosnick on fiddle, and Cynthia Shaw on keyboard.


  • Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required as long as Morris County remains at the Green or Yellow level.  At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines along with proof of vaccination.  At any dance, we may announce that masks are required in all lines. 
  • Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC which is posted by 8pm on the Thursday before each dance.
  • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. Water bottles may be filled at the kitchen sink.

Hourly Schedule

Dance Schedule

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Beginner's Workshop
Learn the basics or help the newcomers.
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
The main event.


May 06 2023


7:00 pm - 10:30 pm




St. Paul's Episcopal Church
200 Main Street, Chatham, NJ