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. 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

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.

Swingin’ Tern Dances has found a new home! Returning to our Chatham roots, we will dance at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located at 200 Main Street in Chatham, NJ. The hall has a beautiful well-worn wooden floor with large windows on all four sides for excellent air circulation. Plus, there is air conditioning for the summer! Our new site is two blocks from the Chatham train station and from our original site at Ogden. There is ample parking along with a large selection of restaurants on Main Street.

Proof of Covid vaccination is required. For our full Covid protocol, please see https://folkproject.org/covid-guidelines/

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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: The First Presbyterian Church Parish House, 14 Hanover Road, East Hanover NJ, a smoke and alcohol free environment

    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

    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.

    Swingin’ Tern Dances has found a new home! Returning to our Chatham roots, we will dance at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located at 200 Main Street in Chatham, NJ. The hall has a beautiful well-worn wooden floor with large windows on all four sides for excellent air circulation. Plus, there is air conditioning for the summer! Our new site is two blocks from the Chatham train station and from our original site at Ogden. There is ample parking along with a large selection of restaurants on Main Street. We will resume our usual schedule soon, dancing on the first and third Saturday evenings year-round.

    Proof of Covid vaccination is required. For our full Covid protocol, please see https://folkproject.org/covid-guidelines/

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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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      Bob Isaacs with Wry Bred

      With the best thing since sliced bread, Wry Bred rises to the occasion playing a Panettone on the Crumpet second to Naan. Challah Bob gives you what you knead with a basket full of no-loaf contras. Seagulls and Bagels join the Terns as they Zwieback and forth. We won’t Pumpernickel and dime you or take your Sourdough – it’s really not a lot of bread. Don’t tortilla yourself by missing this – it would be a pita. Papadum’s got a brand new Baguette!

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      Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  If Morris County drops into the Yellow or Green level, we will have two dance lines. One line will be Mask Required and one line will be Mask Optional. At any dance, we may announce that masks are required in all lines. 

      Proof of vaccination must be presented at the door or may be sent in advance—see full Covid protocol below.

       

       

       

       

       

      Caller: Bob Isaacs
      Photo of Bob Isaacs
       
      Bob calling at Swingin' Tern

      Swingin’ Tern is fortunate to have had a close relationship with Bob Isaacs. Bob is known for his clear, concise calling. He is a prolific contra choreographer—his creative dances are called throughout the country. Bob is also known for his unusual dance forms: the Zia is a literal cross between a square and a contra while Bob’s grid squares provide a wild ride.

      Band: Wry Bred
      Photo of Wry Bred
      Wry Bred at Swingin' Tern

      The contra dance trio Wry Bred has been energizing dance floors for years. With Julie Sorcek on flute and saxophone, Mickey Koth on fiddle, and Robert Messore on guitar, Wry Bred engages in rollicking musical conversations with driving rhythms and exuberant harmonies. Wry Bred: good music no matter how you slice it!

       

       

       

      COVID PROTOCOL

      • Proof of Covid Vaccination required—remember to bring your vaccine card to show at the ticket desk. You will be turned away if you do not have a CDC Covid Vaccination card indicating you have been fully vaccinated for more than two weeks.
      • Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  If Morris County drops into the Yellow or Green level, we will have two dance lines. One line will be Mask Required and one line will be Mask Optional. At any dance, we may announce that masks are required in all lines.  Please bring your own N95 equivalent or surgical mask—we’ll have extra masks at the ticket desk if you forget.
      • The new level is posted by 8pm on the Thursday before each dance.  Select Morris County on this link for the current level: CDC
      • We are maintaining a roster of dancers that have been vaccinated to speed admission at future dances. If you are not already on our vaccine list, you may expedite entry by sending an image of your Covid Vaccination card in advance to Doug at dheacock at aol dot com and we will have your name on the roster.  We are asking for email addresses should there be a need to contact you about an issue at the dance.
      • Please arrive early. We ask for your patience at check-in.
      • We will have some individually wrapped snacks for the break. You are welcome to bring your own snacks—if you plan to share, please make sure they are individually wrapped.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. We will not be providing a punch bowl
      Michael Karcher with Rhythmic Heart

      Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  If Morris County drops into the Yellow or Green level, we will have two dance lines. One line will be Mask Required and one line will be Mask Optional. At any dance, we may announce that masks are required in all lines. 

      Proof of vaccination must be presented at the door or may be sent in advance—see full Covid protocol below.

       

       

       

       

       

      Caller: Michael Karcher
      Photo of Michael Karcher

      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.

      Band: Rhythmic Heart
      Photo of Rhythmic Heart

      Rhythmic Heart mixes old-timey, jazz, Celtic, and New England traditional tunes with occasional notes of new age and rock.  Rhythmic Heart features Anna Bosnick on fiddle, Norma Castle on flute and percussion, Doug Healy on guitar, banjo, and djembe, and Robin Russell on keyboard.

       

       

       

      COVID PROTOCOL

      • Proof of Covid Vaccination required—remember to bring your vaccine card to show at the ticket desk. You will be turned away if you do not have a CDC Covid Vaccination card indicating you have been fully vaccinated for more than two weeks.
      • Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  If Morris County drops into the Yellow or Green level, we will have two dance lines. One line will be Mask Required and one line will be Mask Optional. At any dance, we may announce that masks are required in all lines.  Please bring your own N95 equivalent or surgical mask—we’ll have extra masks at the ticket desk if you forget.
      • The new level is posted by 8pm on the Thursday before each dance.  Select Morris County on this link for the current level: CDC
      • We are maintaining a roster of dancers that have been vaccinated to speed admission at future dances. If you are not already on our vaccine list, you may expedite entry by sending an image of your Covid Vaccination card in advance to Doug at dheacock at aol dot com and we will have your name on the roster.  We are asking for email addresses should there be a need to contact you about an issue at the dance.
      • Please arrive early. We ask for your patience at check-in.
      • We will have some individually wrapped snacks for the break. You are welcome to bring your own snacks—if you plan to share, please make sure they are individually wrapped.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. We will not be providing a punch bowl
      Bob Isaacs with Wry Bred

      With the best thing since sliced bread, Wry Bred rises to the occasion playing a Panettone on the Crumpet second to Naan. Challah Bob gives you what you knead with a basket full of no-loaf contras. Seagulls and Bagels join the Terns as they Zwieback and forth. We won’t Pumpernickel and dime you or take your Sourdough – it’s really not a lot of bread. Don’t tortilla yourself by missing this – it would be a pita. Papadum’s got a brand new Baguette!

      ____________________________________

      Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  If Morris County drops into the Yellow or Green level, we will have two dance lines. One line will be Mask Required and one line will be Mask Optional. At any dance, we may announce that masks are required in all lines. 

      Proof of vaccination must be presented at the door or may be sent in advance—see full Covid protocol below.

       

       

       

       

       

      Caller: Bob Isaacs
       
      Bob calling at Swingin' Tern

      Swingin’ Tern is fortunate to have had a close relationship with Bob Isaacs. Bob is known for his clear, concise calling. He is a prolific contra choreographer—his creative dances are called throughout the country. Bob is also known for his unusual dance forms: the Zia is a literal cross between a square and a contra while Bob’s grid squares provide a wild ride.

      Band: Wry Bred
       
      Wry Bred at Swingin' Tern

      The contra dance trio Wry Bred has been energizing dance floors for years. With Julie Sorcek on flute and saxophone, Mickey Koth on fiddle, and Robert Messore on guitar, Wry Bred engages in rollicking musical conversations with driving rhythms and exuberant harmonies. Wry Bred: good music no matter how you slice it!

       

       

       

      COVID PROTOCOL

      • Proof of Covid Vaccination required—remember to bring your vaccine card to show at the ticket desk. You will be turned away if you do not have a CDC Covid Vaccination card indicating you have been fully vaccinated for more than two weeks.
      • Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  If Morris County drops into the Yellow or Green level, we will have two dance lines. One line will be Mask Required and one line will be Mask Optional. At any dance, we may announce that masks are required in all lines.  Please bring your own N95 equivalent or surgical mask—we’ll have extra masks at the ticket desk if you forget.
      • The new level is posted by 8pm on the Thursday before each dance.  Select Morris County on this link for the current level: CDC
      • We are maintaining a roster of dancers that have been vaccinated to speed admission at future dances. If you are not already on our vaccine list, you may expedite entry by sending an image of your Covid Vaccination card in advance to Doug at dheacock at aol dot com and we will have your name on the roster.  We are asking for email addresses should there be a need to contact you about an issue at the dance.
      • Please arrive early. We ask for your patience at check-in.
      • We will have some individually wrapped snacks for the break. You are welcome to bring your own snacks—if you plan to share, please make sure they are individually wrapped.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. We will not be providing a punch bowl
      Michael Karcher with Rhythmic Heart

      Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  If Morris County drops into the Yellow or Green level, we will have two dance lines. One line will be Mask Required and one line will be Mask Optional. At any dance, we may announce that masks are required in all lines. 

      Proof of vaccination must be presented at the door or may be sent in advance—see full Covid protocol below.

       

       

       

       

       

      Caller: Michael Karcher

      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.

      Band: Rhythmic Heart

      Rhythmic Heart mixes old-timey, jazz, Celtic, and New England traditional tunes with occasional notes of new age and rock.  Rhythmic Heart features Anna Bosnick on fiddle, Norma Castle on flute and percussion, Doug Healy on guitar, banjo, and djembe, and Robin Russell on keyboard.

       

       

       

      COVID PROTOCOL

      • Proof of Covid Vaccination required—remember to bring your vaccine card to show at the ticket desk. You will be turned away if you do not have a CDC Covid Vaccination card indicating you have been fully vaccinated for more than two weeks.
      • Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  If Morris County drops into the Yellow or Green level, we will have two dance lines. One line will be Mask Required and one line will be Mask Optional. At any dance, we may announce that masks are required in all lines.  Please bring your own N95 equivalent or surgical mask—we’ll have extra masks at the ticket desk if you forget.
      • The new level is posted by 8pm on the Thursday before each dance.  Select Morris County on this link for the current level: CDC
      • We are maintaining a roster of dancers that have been vaccinated to speed admission at future dances. If you are not already on our vaccine list, you may expedite entry by sending an image of your Covid Vaccination card in advance to Doug at dheacock at aol dot com and we will have your name on the roster.  We are asking for email addresses should there be a need to contact you about an issue at the dance.
      • Please arrive early. We ask for your patience at check-in.
      • We will have some individually wrapped snacks for the break. You are welcome to bring your own snacks—if you plan to share, please make sure they are individually wrapped.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. We will not be providing a punch bowl
      Bob Isaacs with Wry Bred

      With the best thing since sliced bread, Wry Bred rises to the occasion playing a Panettone on the Crumpet second to Naan. Challah Bob gives you what you knead with a basket full of no-loaf contras. Seagulls and Bagels join the Terns as they Zwieback and forth. We won’t Pumpernickel and dime you or take your Sourdough – it’s really not a lot of bread. Don’t tortilla yourself by missing this – it would be a pita. Papadum’s got a brand new Baguette!

      ____________________________________

      Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  If Morris County drops into the Yellow or Green level, we will have two dance lines. One line will be Mask Required and one line will be Mask Optional. At any dance, we may announce that masks are required in all lines. 

      Proof of vaccination must be presented at the door or may be sent in advance—see full Covid protocol below.

       

       

       

       

       

      Caller: Bob Isaacs
      Bob calling at Swingin' Tern

      Swingin’ Tern is fortunate to have had a close relationship with Bob Isaacs. Bob is known for his clear, concise calling. He is a prolific contra choreographer—his creative dances are called throughout the country. Bob is also known for his unusual dance forms: the Zia is a literal cross between a square and a contra while Bob’s grid squares provide a wild ride.

      Band: Wry Bred
      Wry Bred at Swingin' Tern

      The contra dance trio Wry Bred has been energizing dance floors for years. With Julie Sorcek on flute and saxophone, Mickey Koth on fiddle, and Robert Messore on guitar, Wry Bred engages in rollicking musical conversations with driving rhythms and exuberant harmonies. Wry Bred: good music no matter how you slice it!

       

       

       

      COVID PROTOCOL

      • Proof of Covid Vaccination required—remember to bring your vaccine card to show at the ticket desk. You will be turned away if you do not have a CDC Covid Vaccination card indicating you have been fully vaccinated for more than two weeks.
      • Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  If Morris County drops into the Yellow or Green level, we will have two dance lines. One line will be Mask Required and one line will be Mask Optional. At any dance, we may announce that masks are required in all lines.  Please bring your own N95 equivalent or surgical mask—we’ll have extra masks at the ticket desk if you forget.
      • The new level is posted by 8pm on the Thursday before each dance.  Select Morris County on this link for the current level: CDC
      • We are maintaining a roster of dancers that have been vaccinated to speed admission at future dances. If you are not already on our vaccine list, you may expedite entry by sending an image of your Covid Vaccination card in advance to Doug at dheacock at aol dot com and we will have your name on the roster.  We are asking for email addresses should there be a need to contact you about an issue at the dance.
      • Please arrive early. We ask for your patience at check-in.
      • We will have some individually wrapped snacks for the break. You are welcome to bring your own snacks—if you plan to share, please make sure they are individually wrapped.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. We will not be providing a punch bowl
      Michael Karcher with Rhythmic Heart

      Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  If Morris County drops into the Yellow or Green level, we will have two dance lines. One line will be Mask Required and one line will be Mask Optional. At any dance, we may announce that masks are required in all lines. 

      Proof of vaccination must be presented at the door or may be sent in advance—see full Covid protocol below.

       

       

       

       

       

      Caller: Michael Karcher

      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.

      Band: Rhythmic Heart

      Rhythmic Heart mixes old-timey, jazz, Celtic, and New England traditional tunes with occasional notes of new age and rock.  Rhythmic Heart features Anna Bosnick on fiddle, Norma Castle on flute and percussion, Doug Healy on guitar, banjo, and djembe, and Robin Russell on keyboard.

       

       

       

      COVID PROTOCOL

      • Proof of Covid Vaccination required—remember to bring your vaccine card to show at the ticket desk. You will be turned away if you do not have a CDC Covid Vaccination card indicating you have been fully vaccinated for more than two weeks.
      • Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  If Morris County drops into the Yellow or Green level, we will have two dance lines. One line will be Mask Required and one line will be Mask Optional. At any dance, we may announce that masks are required in all lines.  Please bring your own N95 equivalent or surgical mask—we’ll have extra masks at the ticket desk if you forget.
      • The new level is posted by 8pm on the Thursday before each dance.  Select Morris County on this link for the current level: CDC
      • We are maintaining a roster of dancers that have been vaccinated to speed admission at future dances. If you are not already on our vaccine list, you may expedite entry by sending an image of your Covid Vaccination card in advance to Doug at dheacock at aol dot com and we will have your name on the roster.  We are asking for email addresses should there be a need to contact you about an issue at the dance.
      • Please arrive early. We ask for your patience at check-in.
      • We will have some individually wrapped snacks for the break. You are welcome to bring your own snacks—if you plan to share, please make sure they are individually wrapped.
      • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. We will not be providing a punch bowl