Deanna Palumbo & Squirrel’s Chair

Squirrel’s Chair is the chair of all the squirrels.  It’s no Secret Squirrel, take a break from the Scrat race, get off your Sandy Cheeks and Skippy over to Swingin’ Tern.  You’ll be Slappy happy you did.  Deanna takes a cue from Rocky the Flying Squirrel by calling some high-flying contras.  Levine and Nathan may reveal their arch-enemy alter-egos, Boris Bishop and Natasha Nathalie.  No pianos will fall with Judy as Fearless Leader.

Masks and vaccinations optional.

Swingin' Tern presents Deanna Palumbo with Squirrel's Chair
Deanna Palumbo
Photo of Deanna Palumbo
Deanna calling in Sautee, GA

Deanna Palumbo has been a traveling contra dancer since 2001 and an active caller since 2010, starting out regionally in the Southeast and moving to Knoxville, TN in 2021. Known for her clear, infectious and melodious voice, she has called throughout the East Coast & the Midwest. She is in demand especially for contra dances & weekends, techno contra and private functions.

Squirrel's Chair
Photo of Squirrel's Chair
Squirrel’s Chair is known for their rhythms and exuberant improv which draws even the most reluctant dancers to the floor.  All three are highly experienced contra players with long and interesting musical resumes. Nathalie Levine has been playing for contras since her parents had to give her a ride, and is well-known to Swingin’ Tern audiences as a member of Night Moves, TWeLve, and Palmers Square. Nathan Bishop‘s band Faoileán regularly plays in the area and released their debut album, Far Hills, last April. Judy Minot has been leading the pickup contra band at Folk College since 2016, plays English country dance music with Kestrel, and is the author of Best Practice, the award-winning book of practice advice for trad and folk musicians.  Squirrel’s Chair has become an international band with Judy returning from Ireland for this dance.


  • 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.
  • All dances at Swingin’ Tern are called to the gender-neutral terms Larks & Robins.

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.


Jan 20 2024


7:00 pm - 10:30 pm




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