Diane Hartzell & The Contragenarians

It’s not just quadragenarians through octogenarians that love The Contragenarians. Egalitarians, totalitarians, humanitarians, disciplinarians, libertarians, vegetarians, even veterinarians, are carryin’ their dance shoes to The Contragenarians and the clarion calls of Diane the dianetarian. Don’t be a contrarian, barbarian, or antidisestablishmentarian; come be a swinginternarian.

Masks and vaccinations optional.

Swingin' Tern presents Diane Hartzell with The Contragenarians
Diane Hartzell
Photo of Diane Hartzell

When Diane Hartzell discovered Contra Dancing 25 years ago in Bethlehem, PA she didn’t miss a dance for 5 years. With a smile ever at the ready, she loves sharing the joy of Contra—the dancing and the music—with both new and seasoned dancers. Diane is known for patiently guiding dancers seeing to it that everyone has a great time!

The Contragenarians
Photo of The Contragenarians

Having each been on the dance scene for four decades, The Contragenarians play a mix of Old Time and traditional New England tunes that are sure to warm your feet up. Collectively, their varied musical credits include Peter Szego‘s deft rhythm guitar playing, his definitive book on Martin guitar history and expertise in banjo lineage. Richard Smith penned Bill Monroe’s best known biography, and has accompanied various bluegrass stars on mandolin. Ed Jankowitz has played bass with bands too numerous to list, including the Hunterdon Symphony’s performance in Vienna, Austria. Garry Moore has been contra dancing and playing fiddle in the area since 1980. Come on out and give it a whirl!


  • 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.


Feb 17 2024


7:00 pm - 10:30 pm




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