Ridge Kennedy & Contra Rebels

Swingin' Tern presents Ridge Kennedy with Contra Rebels

Kennedy prevents a civil war between the larks and robins as the Contra Rebels leave us Gone with the Wind.  Ridge don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ babies but he sure know ’bout callin’ dances.  Contra Rebels will Rhett your appetite for Scarlet-hot tunes with Melanies to get your Ashley in gear.  As the band brings down the curtain to dress you in style, remember that tomorrow is another dance.


Ridge Kennedy
Photo of Ridge Kennedy
Ridge Kennedy at Mt. Airy

The Ridge Kennedy Way to Dance

Something old, something new
A dance that is chunky,
Then one that is smooth
Another one, funky
Most are in lines,
but sometimes a square
or circles, or triplets
or even in pairs
New dancers, we welcome
I’ll teach you your part
Long timers, surprises
We’ll spring from the start
(If not a surprise
then perhaps something rare?
A treasure forgotten,
brought out for fresh air?)
Our goal: To delight you
Just give us a chance
Put on your best smile
and come to the dance

Contra Rebels
Photo of Contra Rebels

The Contra Rebels are fronted by the twin fiddles of musical and personal partners Todd Clewell and Barb Schmid, joined by the rhythm guitar of Henry Koretzky, and the bass of Aaron Blouin.  The Contra Rebels have played for dances as far afield as Tennessee, Georgia, Oregon, and Washington State, and have a recording called Down the River.


  • Newcomers are welcome to come at 7pm for an introductory lesson on the basics of contra dancing.  No partner is necessary.  All dances are taught with a “walk-through” by the caller.
  • We no longer require vaccination.  Masks are optional.
  • All dances at Swingin’ Tern are called to the gender-neutral terms Larks & Robins.
  • We have open windows on three sides and air-conditioning when needed.
  • We welcome contributions of home-baked [or not] goodies to share at the break.
  • Please bring your own water bottle. Water bottles may be filled at the kitchen sink.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.  Contra dancing is aerobic.  We prefer you carry in your shoes.
  • We are a friendly, inclusive group. Pack plenty of smiles! 

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.


Apr 20 2024


7:00 pm - 10:30 pm




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