Alex Deis-Lauby and Annie Kidwell & Grand Picnic

Swingin' Tern presents Alex Deis-Lauby & Annie Kidwell with Grand Picnic

3:45 – 5:45 pm Afternoon Advanced Contras with Alex Deis-Lauby $15 adults/$5 students
5:45 – 7:00 pm Dinner Break at the many walkable Chatham restaurants
7:00 – 7:30 pm Beginners’ Workshop
7:30 – 10:30pm All-Level Evening Dance with Annie Kidwell $15 adults/$5 students
Grand Picnic will play for both sessions.


Alex Deis-Lauby & Annie Kidwell
Photo of Alex Deis-Lauby & Annie Kidwell
Alex Deis-Lauby at Swingin' Tern

Alex Deis-Lauby began contra dancing in 2011 while at school in Chicago. After catching the contra bug, she began calling in 2014. Alex’s smooth voice, clear teaching style and engaging dance selections delight dancers from coast to coast. When she’s not calling, you can find her on the dance floor twirling away!  Alex will be calling the advanced afternoon contras session

Annie Kidwell is an up-and-coming caller based in Boston, MA having called at BIDA and Greenfield.  We are thrilled to debut Annie’s spirited calling in NJ where they will be calling the all-level evening dance.

Grand Picnic
Photo of Grand Picnic
Grand Picnic at Swingin' Tern

Grand Picnic first graced Swingin’ Tern’s stage in 1989 and has been serving up a musical feast of high-energy contras ever since.  This dance will feature the original lineup as shown in the boy band picture above with Michael Gorin on fiddle, Bill Peek on piano, Marco Brehm on bass, Sam Zygmuntowicz on fiddle, and Jody Kruskal on Anglo concertina.


  • 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.


Jun 01 2024


3:45 pm - 10:30 pm




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