Until further notice, all participants must provide proof of vaccination at the door. This can be done by showing us a vaccination card indicating that you are at least two weeks beyond either a single Johnson & Johnson shot, or the second of two Moderna or Pfizer shots. A complete and unredacted photo or photocopy of the front of that vaccination card is also acceptable. We will not retain copies of your medical information, only ask to see them as a condition of entry. Masks are optional.

Swingin' Tern Dances

Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 200 Main Street, Chatham, NJ a smoke and alcohol-free environment. See photos and video below. DIRECTIONS

Time: Beginner's workshop at 7:00 PM. Dance follows, 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM (unless otherwise indicated). Please carry in clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Dance at your own risk.

Admission: $15 per adult, $5 per student with Student ID.

For More Information: (973) 535-3274 or send email to swingintern@folkproject.org

Proof of Covid vaccination is no longer required.

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40th Anniversary Swingin' Tern Name Buttons

Order your 40th Anniversary Name Button here! Your button will be available at our 40th Anniversary Dance on January 6th, 2024. Buttons are $3.00 apiece plus a 50 cent service fee if ordered online. You may save the service fee by ordering in person at one of our December dances. List your first name for the front of the button. Your last name will be written on the back of the button. The background color is random.

What, you may be asking, is Contra Dancing? Watch the video below and see our About Swingin' Tern page for a video and an explanation.

Bands and callers, email our booking contact at booking@swingintern.org.
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    Click the image below to check out our new dance hall in Chatham.

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    Swingin' Tern Dances

    Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 200 Main Street, Chatham, NJ a smoke and alcohol-free environment. See photos and video below. DIRECTIONS

    Time: Beginner's workshop at 7:00 PM. Dance follows, 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM (unless otherwise indicated). Please carry in clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Non-dancing children must be supervised at all times. Dance at your own risk.

    Admission: $15 per adult, $5 per student with Student ID.

    For More Information: (973) 535-3274 or send email to swingintern@folkproject.org

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    40th Anniversary Swingin' Tern Name Buttons

    Order your 40th Anniversary Name Button here! Your button will be available at our 40th Anniversary Dance on January 6th, 2024. Buttons are $3.00 apiece plus a 50 cent service fee if ordered online. You may save the service fee by ordering in person at one of our December dances. List your first name for the front of the button. Your last name will be written on the back of the button. The background color is random.

    What, you may be asking, is Contra Dancing? Watch the video below and see our About Swingin' Tern page for a video and an explanation.
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      Click the image below to check out the joy at our Retern to Tern from July 17th, 2021.

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      Donna Hunt with Riverside
      Going to put on my dancing shoes,
      Down by the riverside,
      Grooving to Riverside,
      Dancing to Riverside,
      Going to put on my dancing shoes,
      Down by the riverside,
      Going to dance at Swingin’ Tern.
      .
      Going to listen to Donna call,
      Down by the riverside,
      Donna and Riverside,
      Will take us for a ride,
      Going to listen to Donna call,
      Down by the riverside,
      Going to dance at Swingin’ Tern.
      .
      Going to meet all my dancing friends,
      Down by the riverside,
      Across the floor we glide,
      Smiles a mile wide,
      Going to meet all my dancing friends,
      Down by the riverside,
      Going to dance at Swingin’ Tern.
      .
      Masks and vaccinations optional.
      Caller: Donna Hunt
      Photo of Donna Hunt

      Having garnered an excellent national reputation, we are proud that Donna Hunt developed her calling chops at Swingin’ Tern Dances. Calling contras with interesting choreography and variations, Donna is known for utilizing clear, concise instructions to minimize teaching time and maximize dance time. Donna infuses the dancers with confidence, regardless of their skill level, and she enjoys guiding new dancers and challenging experienced ones.

      Band: Riverside
      Photo of Riverside

      Riverside has hit the ground running last year as one of New York City’s newest bands! The trio features Paul Morris on guitar, Sean Rosenberry on fiddle, tenor guitar, and mandolin, and Rachel Givner on clarinet. They hail from a variety of musical backgrounds, and the resulting combination of styles brings out a creative, playful approach to their music-making. In addition to their performance experience, all three are seasoned contra and folk dancers, and Paul calls contra dances in the NYC metro region.

      COVID PROTOCOL & OTHER INFO

      • Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required.
      • We once again welcome contributions of home-baked [or not] goodies to share at the break.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. Water bottles may be filled at the kitchen sink.
      • All dances at Swingin’ Tern are called to the gender-neutral terms Larks & Robins.
      Karen Justin with Ten Gallon Cat

      Masks and vaccinations optional.

      Caller: Karen Justin
      Photo of Karen Justin

      A rising star among the new callers, Karen Justin has wowed the dancers with her engaging personality, calm teaching, and choice of dances.

      Band: Ten Gallon Cat
      Photo of Ten Gallon Cat

      Ten Gallon Cat features Jody Kruskal on Anglo concertina, Michael Gorin on fiddle, and a mystery rhythm player yet to be announced.

      COVID PROTOCOL & OTHER INFO

      • Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required.
      • We once again welcome contributions of home-baked [or not] goodies to share at the break.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. Water bottles may be filled at the kitchen sink.
      • All dances at Swingin’ Tern are called to the gender-neutral terms Larks & Robins.
      Chloe Levine with Contra Intuitive

      Masks and vaccinations optional.

      Caller: Chloe Levine
      Photo of Chloe Levine

      Chloe Emma White Levine (she/her) is a Brooklyn-born caller and lifelong dancer currently based in Somerville, MA. In the ten years since she got started in a teen calling class with Atlanta dance leader Seth Tepfer, she’s traveled throughout the Northeast calling for communities of all shapes and sizes, bringing joy and warmth to every evening behind the mic. Now, she’s stoked to be back in her old stomping grounds making her Swingin’ Tern debut!

      Band: Contra Intuitive
      Photo of Contra Intuitive

      Contra Intuitive features Ryck and Peggy Kaiser who combine their musical talents to provide lively dance music for contra dances, square dances, and civil war reenactment balls. Ryck has been fiddling for dances for over thirty years. His sound is southern Appalachian with a raggy, swinging feel. Expect to hear reels, rags, marches and a few jigs. Peggy is a retired music teacher and in addition to the piano, she plays the Appalachian mountain dulcimer. An experienced clinician, Peggy has taught workshops throughout Pennsylvania.

      COVID PROTOCOL & OTHER INFO

      • Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required.
      • We once again welcome contributions of home-baked [or not] goodies to share at the break.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. Water bottles may be filled at the kitchen sink.
      • All dances at Swingin’ Tern are called to the gender-neutral terms Larks & Robins.
      Sue Gola with Midnight on the Water

      Masks and vaccinations optional.

      Caller: Sue Gola
      Photo of Sue Gola

      A long-time contra dancer, Sue Gola was drawn into calling contras in 2014. Since then, she has called at dances both large and small throughout the Northeast. Sue gives instructions concisely and clearly and has a friendly way about her that makes dancers feel welcome.

      Band: Midnight on the Water
      Photo of Midnight on the Water
      Midnight on the Water

      Midnight on the Water is comfortable with many different genres from classical to jazz but they shine as a contradance band.  The virtuosity on stage will propel you across the dance floor.  MotW combines the talents of three amazing musicians with wide experience:

      Nathan Bishop is a violinist, violist, Irish traditional fiddler, and teacher based in New Jersey. A mentee of the avant-garde fiddler Cleek Schrey, Nathan is a current collaborator with JoAnna Mendl Shaw’s Equus Project and Andy Sowers of Mabou Mines, where he pairs live fiddle with pre-recorded soundscapes to accompany dance and theater. He is a past artist-in-residence at the Mignolo Arts Center. In the traditional scene, he regularly performs solo and in collaboration with Fiona Tyndall, Judy Minot, Patrick Clifford, and with his contra dance band, Squirrel’s Chair. In 2023, his Irish folk trio, Faoileán, released their first album, Far Hills. He founded and hosts the bi-weekly Irish seisiún at Flounder Brewing Co. in Hillsborough, NJ.

      Tom Krumm is a performer who specializes in versatility. He has logged performances with artists of every genre, ranging from Roseanne Cash to Jacob Collier to Aloe Blacc to Al Kooper, and many more. He’s also performed with the contra dance band Live Wire, the swing band Swingology, and as a ringer for concert and pit orchestras throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Most recently, he appeared as soloist alongside Grammy award-winning fiddler Jay Ungar and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in a performance his own original arrangement of Daybreak in the Mountains.  His work as a educator includes teaching engagements at the Ashokan Music and Dance camps since the age of 17.

      Dani Hawkins has made music with the Boston Philharmonic, the Richardson Chamber Players, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and various other ensembles and contradance bands. Dani has taught cello at Maine Fiddle Camp, Fiddle Hell, Summertrios, Princeton in Asia, Open Access to Music Education, and Cornell University, and has studied cello, composition, and ethnomusicology at Princeton University, the New England Conservatory, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Cornell.  Dani has taught cello at Maine Fiddle Camp, Fiddle Hell, Summertrios, Princeton in Asia, Open Access to Music Education, and Cornell University, and has studied cello, composition, and ethnomusicology at Princeton University, the New England Conservatory, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Cornell.

      COVID PROTOCOL & OTHER INFO

      • Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required.
      • We once again welcome contributions of home-baked [or not] goodies to share at the break.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. Water bottles may be filled at the kitchen sink.
      • All dances at Swingin’ Tern are called to the gender-neutral terms Larks & Robins.
      Donna Hunt with Riverside
      Going to put on my dancing shoes,
      Down by the riverside,
      Grooving to Riverside,
      Dancing to Riverside,
      Going to put on my dancing shoes,
      Down by the riverside,
      Going to dance at Swingin’ Tern.
      .
      Going to listen to Donna call,
      Down by the riverside,
      Donna and Riverside,
      Will take us for a ride,
      Going to listen to Donna call,
      Down by the riverside,
      Going to dance at Swingin’ Tern.
      .
      Going to meet all my dancing friends,
      Down by the riverside,
      Across the floor we glide,
      Smiles a mile wide,
      Going to meet all my dancing friends,
      Down by the riverside,
      Going to dance at Swingin’ Tern.
      .
      Masks and vaccinations optional.
      Caller: Donna Hunt

      Having garnered an excellent national reputation, we are proud that Donna Hunt developed her calling chops at Swingin’ Tern Dances. Calling contras with interesting choreography and variations, Donna is known for utilizing clear, concise instructions to minimize teaching time and maximize dance time. Donna infuses the dancers with confidence, regardless of their skill level, and she enjoys guiding new dancers and challenging experienced ones.

      Band: Riverside

      Riverside has hit the ground running last year as one of New York City’s newest bands! The trio features Paul Morris on guitar, Sean Rosenberry on fiddle, tenor guitar, and mandolin, and Rachel Givner on clarinet. They hail from a variety of musical backgrounds, and the resulting combination of styles brings out a creative, playful approach to their music-making. In addition to their performance experience, all three are seasoned contra and folk dancers, and Paul calls contra dances in the NYC metro region.

      COVID PROTOCOL & OTHER INFO

      • Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required.
      • We once again welcome contributions of home-baked [or not] goodies to share at the break.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. Water bottles may be filled at the kitchen sink.
      • All dances at Swingin’ Tern are called to the gender-neutral terms Larks & Robins.
      Karen Justin with Ten Gallon Cat

      Masks and vaccinations optional.

      Caller: Karen Justin

      A rising star among the new callers, Karen Justin has wowed the dancers with her engaging personality, calm teaching, and choice of dances.

      Band: Ten Gallon Cat

      Ten Gallon Cat features Jody Kruskal on Anglo concertina, Michael Gorin on fiddle, and a mystery rhythm player yet to be announced.

      COVID PROTOCOL & OTHER INFO

      • Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required.
      • We once again welcome contributions of home-baked [or not] goodies to share at the break.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. Water bottles may be filled at the kitchen sink.
      • All dances at Swingin’ Tern are called to the gender-neutral terms Larks & Robins.
      Chloe Levine with Contra Intuitive

      Masks and vaccinations optional.

      Caller: Chloe Levine

      Chloe Emma White Levine (she/her) is a Brooklyn-born caller and lifelong dancer currently based in Somerville, MA. In the ten years since she got started in a teen calling class with Atlanta dance leader Seth Tepfer, she’s traveled throughout the Northeast calling for communities of all shapes and sizes, bringing joy and warmth to every evening behind the mic. Now, she’s stoked to be back in her old stomping grounds making her Swingin’ Tern debut!

      Band: Contra Intuitive

      Contra Intuitive features Ryck and Peggy Kaiser who combine their musical talents to provide lively dance music for contra dances, square dances, and civil war reenactment balls. Ryck has been fiddling for dances for over thirty years. His sound is southern Appalachian with a raggy, swinging feel. Expect to hear reels, rags, marches and a few jigs. Peggy is a retired music teacher and in addition to the piano, she plays the Appalachian mountain dulcimer. An experienced clinician, Peggy has taught workshops throughout Pennsylvania.

      COVID PROTOCOL & OTHER INFO

      • Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required.
      • We once again welcome contributions of home-baked [or not] goodies to share at the break.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. Water bottles may be filled at the kitchen sink.
      • All dances at Swingin’ Tern are called to the gender-neutral terms Larks & Robins.
      Sue Gola with Midnight on the Water

      Masks and vaccinations optional.

      Caller: Sue Gola

      A long-time contra dancer, Sue Gola was drawn into calling contras in 2014. Since then, she has called at dances both large and small throughout the Northeast. Sue gives instructions concisely and clearly and has a friendly way about her that makes dancers feel welcome.

      Band: Midnight on the Water
       
      Midnight on the Water

      Midnight on the Water is comfortable with many different genres from classical to jazz but they shine as a contradance band.  The virtuosity on stage will propel you across the dance floor.  MotW combines the talents of three amazing musicians with wide experience:

      Nathan Bishop is a violinist, violist, Irish traditional fiddler, and teacher based in New Jersey. A mentee of the avant-garde fiddler Cleek Schrey, Nathan is a current collaborator with JoAnna Mendl Shaw’s Equus Project and Andy Sowers of Mabou Mines, where he pairs live fiddle with pre-recorded soundscapes to accompany dance and theater. He is a past artist-in-residence at the Mignolo Arts Center. In the traditional scene, he regularly performs solo and in collaboration with Fiona Tyndall, Judy Minot, Patrick Clifford, and with his contra dance band, Squirrel’s Chair. In 2023, his Irish folk trio, Faoileán, released their first album, Far Hills. He founded and hosts the bi-weekly Irish seisiún at Flounder Brewing Co. in Hillsborough, NJ.

      Tom Krumm is a performer who specializes in versatility. He has logged performances with artists of every genre, ranging from Roseanne Cash to Jacob Collier to Aloe Blacc to Al Kooper, and many more. He’s also performed with the contra dance band Live Wire, the swing band Swingology, and as a ringer for concert and pit orchestras throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Most recently, he appeared as soloist alongside Grammy award-winning fiddler Jay Ungar and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in a performance his own original arrangement of Daybreak in the Mountains.  His work as a educator includes teaching engagements at the Ashokan Music and Dance camps since the age of 17.

      Dani Hawkins has made music with the Boston Philharmonic, the Richardson Chamber Players, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and various other ensembles and contradance bands. Dani has taught cello at Maine Fiddle Camp, Fiddle Hell, Summertrios, Princeton in Asia, Open Access to Music Education, and Cornell University, and has studied cello, composition, and ethnomusicology at Princeton University, the New England Conservatory, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Cornell.  Dani has taught cello at Maine Fiddle Camp, Fiddle Hell, Summertrios, Princeton in Asia, Open Access to Music Education, and Cornell University, and has studied cello, composition, and ethnomusicology at Princeton University, the New England Conservatory, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Cornell.

      COVID PROTOCOL & OTHER INFO

      • Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required.
      • We once again welcome contributions of home-baked [or not] goodies to share at the break.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. Water bottles may be filled at the kitchen sink.
      • All dances at Swingin’ Tern are called to the gender-neutral terms Larks & Robins.
      Donna Hunt with Riverside
      Going to put on my dancing shoes,
      Down by the riverside,
      Grooving to Riverside,
      Dancing to Riverside,
      Going to put on my dancing shoes,
      Down by the riverside,
      Going to dance at Swingin’ Tern.
      .
      Going to listen to Donna call,
      Down by the riverside,
      Donna and Riverside,
      Will take us for a ride,
      Going to listen to Donna call,
      Down by the riverside,
      Going to dance at Swingin’ Tern.
      .
      Going to meet all my dancing friends,
      Down by the riverside,
      Across the floor we glide,
      Smiles a mile wide,
      Going to meet all my dancing friends,
      Down by the riverside,
      Going to dance at Swingin’ Tern.
      .
      Masks and vaccinations optional.
      Caller: Donna Hunt

      Having garnered an excellent national reputation, we are proud that Donna Hunt developed her calling chops at Swingin’ Tern Dances. Calling contras with interesting choreography and variations, Donna is known for utilizing clear, concise instructions to minimize teaching time and maximize dance time. Donna infuses the dancers with confidence, regardless of their skill level, and she enjoys guiding new dancers and challenging experienced ones.

      Band: Riverside

      Riverside has hit the ground running last year as one of New York City’s newest bands! The trio features Paul Morris on guitar, Sean Rosenberry on fiddle, tenor guitar, and mandolin, and Rachel Givner on clarinet. They hail from a variety of musical backgrounds, and the resulting combination of styles brings out a creative, playful approach to their music-making. In addition to their performance experience, all three are seasoned contra and folk dancers, and Paul calls contra dances in the NYC metro region.

      COVID PROTOCOL & OTHER INFO

      • Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required.
      • We once again welcome contributions of home-baked [or not] goodies to share at the break.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. Water bottles may be filled at the kitchen sink.
      • All dances at Swingin’ Tern are called to the gender-neutral terms Larks & Robins.
      Karen Justin with Ten Gallon Cat

      Masks and vaccinations optional.

      Caller: Karen Justin

      A rising star among the new callers, Karen Justin has wowed the dancers with her engaging personality, calm teaching, and choice of dances.

      Band: Ten Gallon Cat

      Ten Gallon Cat features Jody Kruskal on Anglo concertina, Michael Gorin on fiddle, and a mystery rhythm player yet to be announced.

      COVID PROTOCOL & OTHER INFO

      • Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required.
      • We once again welcome contributions of home-baked [or not] goodies to share at the break.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. Water bottles may be filled at the kitchen sink.
      • All dances at Swingin’ Tern are called to the gender-neutral terms Larks & Robins.
      Chloe Levine with Contra Intuitive

      Masks and vaccinations optional.

      Caller: Chloe Levine

      Chloe Emma White Levine (she/her) is a Brooklyn-born caller and lifelong dancer currently based in Somerville, MA. In the ten years since she got started in a teen calling class with Atlanta dance leader Seth Tepfer, she’s traveled throughout the Northeast calling for communities of all shapes and sizes, bringing joy and warmth to every evening behind the mic. Now, she’s stoked to be back in her old stomping grounds making her Swingin’ Tern debut!

      Band: Contra Intuitive

      Contra Intuitive features Ryck and Peggy Kaiser who combine their musical talents to provide lively dance music for contra dances, square dances, and civil war reenactment balls. Ryck has been fiddling for dances for over thirty years. His sound is southern Appalachian with a raggy, swinging feel. Expect to hear reels, rags, marches and a few jigs. Peggy is a retired music teacher and in addition to the piano, she plays the Appalachian mountain dulcimer. An experienced clinician, Peggy has taught workshops throughout Pennsylvania.

      COVID PROTOCOL & OTHER INFO

      • Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required.
      • We once again welcome contributions of home-baked [or not] goodies to share at the break.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. Water bottles may be filled at the kitchen sink.
      • All dances at Swingin’ Tern are called to the gender-neutral terms Larks & Robins.
      Sue Gola with Midnight on the Water

      Masks and vaccinations optional.

      Caller: Sue Gola

      A long-time contra dancer, Sue Gola was drawn into calling contras in 2014. Since then, she has called at dances both large and small throughout the Northeast. Sue gives instructions concisely and clearly and has a friendly way about her that makes dancers feel welcome.

      Band: Midnight on the Water
      Midnight on the Water

      Midnight on the Water is comfortable with many different genres from classical to jazz but they shine as a contradance band.  The virtuosity on stage will propel you across the dance floor.  MotW combines the talents of three amazing musicians with wide experience:

      Nathan Bishop is a violinist, violist, Irish traditional fiddler, and teacher based in New Jersey. A mentee of the avant-garde fiddler Cleek Schrey, Nathan is a current collaborator with JoAnna Mendl Shaw’s Equus Project and Andy Sowers of Mabou Mines, where he pairs live fiddle with pre-recorded soundscapes to accompany dance and theater. He is a past artist-in-residence at the Mignolo Arts Center. In the traditional scene, he regularly performs solo and in collaboration with Fiona Tyndall, Judy Minot, Patrick Clifford, and with his contra dance band, Squirrel’s Chair. In 2023, his Irish folk trio, Faoileán, released their first album, Far Hills. He founded and hosts the bi-weekly Irish seisiún at Flounder Brewing Co. in Hillsborough, NJ.

      Tom Krumm is a performer who specializes in versatility. He has logged performances with artists of every genre, ranging from Roseanne Cash to Jacob Collier to Aloe Blacc to Al Kooper, and many more. He’s also performed with the contra dance band Live Wire, the swing band Swingology, and as a ringer for concert and pit orchestras throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Most recently, he appeared as soloist alongside Grammy award-winning fiddler Jay Ungar and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in a performance his own original arrangement of Daybreak in the Mountains.  His work as a educator includes teaching engagements at the Ashokan Music and Dance camps since the age of 17.

      Dani Hawkins has made music with the Boston Philharmonic, the Richardson Chamber Players, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and various other ensembles and contradance bands. Dani has taught cello at Maine Fiddle Camp, Fiddle Hell, Summertrios, Princeton in Asia, Open Access to Music Education, and Cornell University, and has studied cello, composition, and ethnomusicology at Princeton University, the New England Conservatory, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Cornell.  Dani has taught cello at Maine Fiddle Camp, Fiddle Hell, Summertrios, Princeton in Asia, Open Access to Music Education, and Cornell University, and has studied cello, composition, and ethnomusicology at Princeton University, the New England Conservatory, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Cornell.

      COVID PROTOCOL & OTHER INFO

      • Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required.
      • We once again welcome contributions of home-baked [or not] goodies to share at the break.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. Water bottles may be filled at the kitchen sink.
      • All dances at Swingin’ Tern are called to the gender-neutral terms Larks & Robins.