Alex Deis-Lauby and Qwill Duvall & Dead Sea Squirrels

Swingin' Tern presents Alex Deis-Lauby and Qwill Duvall with Dead Sea Squirrels


3:45 – 5:45 pm Afternoon Advanced Contras $15 adults/$5 students
5:45 – 7:00 pm Dinner Break at the many walkable Chatham restaurants
7:00 – 7:30 pm Beginners’ Workshop

7:30 – 10:30 pm All-Level Evening Dance $15 adults/$5 students

This dance will be called to the gender-neutral terms Larks & Robins instead of the traditional Ladies & Gents.  Larks are on the Left of the couple.  Robins are on the Right of the couple.

Masks and vaccinations optional.

Alex Deis-Lauby and Qwill Duvall
Photo of Alex Deis-Lauby and Qwill Duvall
Alex Deis-Lauby calling at Contrastock

Alexandra Deis-Lauby will be the caller for the Afternoon Advanced Contra session.  Alex began contra dancing in 2011 while at school in Chicago. After catching the contra bug, she began calling in 2014. Alex’s smooth voice, clear teaching style, and engaging dance selections delight dancers from coast to coast. When she’s not calling, you can find her on the dance floor twirling away!

Qwill Duvall will be the caller for the All-Level Evening Dance.  In Qwill’s words: I am a contra dancer and caller from the midwest. I began contra dancing in 2015 shortly after moving to Chicago. A couple years later I began regularly traveling for dancing and I started calling in 2019. I called regularly in the Chicago area during 2019 and the beginning of 2020, and I was just thinking about going on tour when the pandemic hit. Since my work is now remote and dances have started back up, I am now on the road and touring! I’ve been at it since the beginning of 2023. I’ve called from the midwest to the west coast and will be heading east in the fall!

Dead Sea Squirrels
Photo of Dead Sea Squirrels
Dead Sea Squirrels at Swingin' Tern

The Dead Sea Squirrels play widely for contra dances and are known for their danceable tunes arranged in medleys designed to closely match and enhance the movements of the particular contra dance being taught/called. They tend to push the boundaries of the southern style with fiddle and fiddle/guitar harmonies. Since all the musicians are also dancers, they understand the importance of the interaction between dancers and musicians, and how to use rhythm and dynamics to augment the feel and excitement of a dance.
Dead Sea Squirrels features Cathy Mason on fiddle, Craig Edwards on fiddle, banjo, and mandolin, and Henry Yoshimura on guitar.



  • Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required.
  • We once again welcome contributions of home-baked [or not] goodies to share at the break.
  • 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.

Book Event

Door Only
$15 General Admission, $5 Students
Available Tickets: 100

Tickets for this event are not available in advance. Please purchase your ticket at the door - $15 general admission, $5 students. Proof of vaccination and N95 equivalent or surgical masks are required.

The Door Only ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


Nov 18 2023


3:45 pm - 10:30 pm




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