Don Flaherty & Rhythmic Heart

Swingin' Tern presents Don Flaherty with Rhythmic Heart
I got rhythm
I got music
I got contras
Who could ask for anything more?
I got Don’s calls
And Rhythmic Heart
Tunes for dancin’
Who could ask for anything more?
Ol’ Man Trouble
I don’t mind him
You won’t find him
On our floor.
I got dancin’
I got sweet swings
I got good friends
How could Tern do anything more?


Don Flaherty
Photo of Don Flaherty
Don Flaherty at Swingin' Tern

We are happy to welcome back Don Flaherty, one of the founders of Swingin’ Tern Dances.  Don is well-known for his prolific creation of new contra dances.  His dances are called by dozens of callers across the country.  Don is sure to keep us moving with his gems that have become part of the contra tradition along with a debut or two of his freshly choreographed dances.

Rhythmic Heart
Photo of Rhythmic Heart
Rhythmic Heart at Swingin' Tern

Not one to skip a beat, Rhythmic Heart mixes old-timey, jazz, Celtic, and New England traditional tunes with occasional notes of new age and rock.  The four chambers of Rhythmic Heart are Anna Bosnick on fiddle, Norma Castle on flute and percussion, Doug Healy on guitar, banjo, and djembe, and Robin Russell on keyboard.


  • 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 18 2024


7:00 pm - 10:30 pm




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