Michael Karcher & Hot Wasabi

With Hot Wasabi on the plate, Sushi Chef Michael will get your tempura rising to let every dragon and spider roll.  We know you’ve been urchin to gyoza wok out.  Join the happy family—whether you bring umami or edemame, don’t forget udaddi.  This ain’t no ponzu scheme, it would be a sashimi if you miso love boat.

Swingin' Tern presents Michael Karcher with Hot Wasabi
Michael Karcher
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Michael Karcher at Swingin' Tern

Michael Karcher has been having the time of his life calling dances and weekends around North America since 2011. He has honed a warm and concise style of teaching and calling, to the delight of dancers across the continent.

Hot Wasabi
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Hot Wasabi features Dave Miller, Chris Carpenter, and Roberta Goran who have been playing for contra dancing together in several different bands for over 3 decades.  Roberta is a retired public school music teacher who plays flute at a variety of secular and religious gigs.  Dave converted from classical violin to dance and celtic fiddle long ago.  Chris plays mandolin, guitar, clarinet and whistle among other instruments.  He has played for contra dancing for many years in Philly, New Jersey, New York, and New England.


  • 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.


Jul 20 2024


7:00 pm - 10:30 pm




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