George Thomson & Smash the Windows

Swingin' Tern presents George Thomson with Smash the Windows
George Thomson
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George Thomson is a traditional New England dance leader, calling fun and interesting contra dances. He enjoys calling singing squares in the style of the late Ralph Sweet. George also calls Scottish and Irish style cèilidh (kay-lee) dances for weddings and Burns night suppers. He teaches Scottish country dance. George is a Morris dancer and plays the bagpipes.

Smash the Windows
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Smash the Windows at Swingin' Tern

Smash The Windows began as a Civil War period dance project in 2006 and branched out to play contras and festivals in 2007.  Their music features Sligo-style Irish and New England jigs and reels but also includes Bluegrass and Old Timey tunes as well as a nice selection of waltzes and couples dances.  Their motto:  Dancing beats sitting every time!  Smash the Windows features Bruce Young on guitar, Peggy Kaiser on piano, and Ryck Kaiser on fiddle.


  • 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.


May 04 2024


7:00 pm - 10:30 pm




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