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: 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. 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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      Donna Hunt with Smash the Windows

      Donna’s breakthrough contras will Smash the Windows while keeping your awning a bay as you sash-ay across the floor.  Not to be a pane or make a federal casement, but you’ll be double-hung and in a jamb if you miss this screentest.  Don’t be blind or jalousie, drape yourself in something sheer or pleated before the final curtain.

       

      There will be a Holiday Party nearby after the dance.  Please bring hugs, substantial food, drinks, and desserts.  Directions will be at the dance.

      Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green level, masks will be optional in all dance lines.  At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  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: Donna Hunt
      Photo of Donna Hunt
       
      Donna Hunt calling at Swingin' Tern

      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: Smash the Windows
      Photo of Smash the Windows

      Smash The Windows began as a Civil War period dance project in 2006 and branched out to play contras and festivals in 2007.  Their music features Sligo-style Irish and New England jigs and reels but also includes Bluegrass and Old Timey tunes as well as a nice selection of waltzes and couples dances.  Their motto:  Dancing beats sitting every time!  Smash the Windows features Bruce Young on guitar, Peggy Kaiser on piano, and Ryck Kaiser on fiddle.

      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. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green Level, Masks will be optional in all dance lines. The current level for Morris County will be posted by 8pm on the Thursday before each dance. If the county level is raised to Orange/High, Masks will be required in all dance lines [N-95 equivalent or surgical masks]. We will have extra masks at the ticket desk.
      • 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 & Co. with Squirrel's Chair

      Who would thunk it back in 1984?  Here we are dancing 39 years later.  Come join us for our 39th Anniversary Dance!

       

      Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green level, masks will be optional in all dance lines.  At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  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 & Co.
      Photo of Bob Isaacs & Co.
       
      Bob Isaacs calling at Swingin' Tern

      In keeping with the tradition for our anniversary dances, this night will feature several of our callers that honed their calling chops at Swingin’ Tern.  The callers will be organized by Bob Isaacs who is known for his clear, concise calling. He is a prolific contra choreographer—his creative dances are called throughout the country.

      Band: Squirrel's Chair
      Photo of Squirrel's Chair

      Squirrel’s Chair features Nathalie Levine on fiddle, Nathan Bishop on fiddle [pictured], and Judy Minot on piano.

      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. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green Level, Masks will be optional in all dance lines. The current level for Morris County will be posted by 8pm on the Thursday before each dance. If the county level is raised to Orange/High, Masks will be required in all dance lines [N-95 equivalent or surgical masks]. We will have extra masks at the ticket desk.
      • 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 Torrent

      Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green level, masks will be optional in all dance lines.  At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  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: Torrent
      Photo of Torrent

      Torrent is New York City’s newest contra dance band featuring Nadia Gaya on accordion, Sarah Stefanski on fiddle, and Ross Parker on piano. Torrent’s driving rhythms and exciting tunes will get you on your feet and dancing!

      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. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green Level, Masks will be optional in all dance lines. The current level for Morris County will be posted by 8pm on the Thursday before each dance. If the county level is raised to Orange/High, Masks will be required in all dance lines [N-95 equivalent or surgical masks]. We will have extra masks at the ticket desk.
      • 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.
      Donna Hunt with Smash the Windows

      Donna’s breakthrough contras will Smash the Windows while keeping your awning a bay as you sash-ay across the floor.  Not to be a pane or make a federal casement, but you’ll be double-hung and in a jamb if you miss this screentest.  Don’t be blind or jalousie, drape yourself in something sheer or pleated before the final curtain.

       

      There will be a Holiday Party nearby after the dance.  Please bring hugs, substantial food, drinks, and desserts.  Directions will be at the dance.

      Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green level, masks will be optional in all dance lines.  At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  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: Donna Hunt
       
      Donna Hunt calling at Swingin' Tern

      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: Smash the Windows

      Smash The Windows began as a Civil War period dance project in 2006 and branched out to play contras and festivals in 2007.  Their music features Sligo-style Irish and New England jigs and reels but also includes Bluegrass and Old Timey tunes as well as a nice selection of waltzes and couples dances.  Their motto:  Dancing beats sitting every time!  Smash the Windows features Bruce Young on guitar, Peggy Kaiser on piano, and Ryck Kaiser on fiddle.

      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. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green Level, Masks will be optional in all dance lines. The current level for Morris County will be posted by 8pm on the Thursday before each dance. If the county level is raised to Orange/High, Masks will be required in all dance lines [N-95 equivalent or surgical masks]. We will have extra masks at the ticket desk.
      • 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 & Co. with Squirrel's Chair

      Who would thunk it back in 1984?  Here we are dancing 39 years later.  Come join us for our 39th Anniversary Dance!

       

      Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green level, masks will be optional in all dance lines.  At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  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 & Co.
       
      Bob Isaacs calling at Swingin' Tern

      In keeping with the tradition for our anniversary dances, this night will feature several of our callers that honed their calling chops at Swingin’ Tern.  The callers will be organized by Bob Isaacs who is known for his clear, concise calling. He is a prolific contra choreographer—his creative dances are called throughout the country.

      Band: Squirrel's Chair

      Squirrel’s Chair features Nathalie Levine on fiddle, Nathan Bishop on fiddle [pictured], and Judy Minot on piano.

      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. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green Level, Masks will be optional in all dance lines. The current level for Morris County will be posted by 8pm on the Thursday before each dance. If the county level is raised to Orange/High, Masks will be required in all dance lines [N-95 equivalent or surgical masks]. We will have extra masks at the ticket desk.
      • 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 Torrent

      Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green level, masks will be optional in all dance lines.  At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  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: Torrent

      Torrent is New York City’s newest contra dance band featuring Nadia Gaya on accordion, Sarah Stefanski on fiddle, and Ross Parker on piano. Torrent’s driving rhythms and exciting tunes will get you on your feet and dancing!

      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. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green Level, Masks will be optional in all dance lines. The current level for Morris County will be posted by 8pm on the Thursday before each dance. If the county level is raised to Orange/High, Masks will be required in all dance lines [N-95 equivalent or surgical masks]. We will have extra masks at the ticket desk.
      • 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.
      Donna Hunt with Smash the Windows

      Donna’s breakthrough contras will Smash the Windows while keeping your awning a bay as you sash-ay across the floor.  Not to be a pane or make a federal casement, but you’ll be double-hung and in a jamb if you miss this screentest.  Don’t be blind or jalousie, drape yourself in something sheer or pleated before the final curtain.

       

      There will be a Holiday Party nearby after the dance.  Please bring hugs, substantial food, drinks, and desserts.  Directions will be at the dance.

      Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green level, masks will be optional in all dance lines.  At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  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: Donna Hunt
      Donna Hunt calling at Swingin' Tern

      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: Smash the Windows

      Smash The Windows began as a Civil War period dance project in 2006 and branched out to play contras and festivals in 2007.  Their music features Sligo-style Irish and New England jigs and reels but also includes Bluegrass and Old Timey tunes as well as a nice selection of waltzes and couples dances.  Their motto:  Dancing beats sitting every time!  Smash the Windows features Bruce Young on guitar, Peggy Kaiser on piano, and Ryck Kaiser on fiddle.

      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. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green Level, Masks will be optional in all dance lines. The current level for Morris County will be posted by 8pm on the Thursday before each dance. If the county level is raised to Orange/High, Masks will be required in all dance lines [N-95 equivalent or surgical masks]. We will have extra masks at the ticket desk.
      • 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 & Co. with Squirrel's Chair

      Who would thunk it back in 1984?  Here we are dancing 39 years later.  Come join us for our 39th Anniversary Dance!

       

      Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green level, masks will be optional in all dance lines.  At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  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 & Co.
      Bob Isaacs calling at Swingin' Tern

      In keeping with the tradition for our anniversary dances, this night will feature several of our callers that honed their calling chops at Swingin’ Tern.  The callers will be organized by Bob Isaacs who is known for his clear, concise calling. He is a prolific contra choreographer—his creative dances are called throughout the country.

      Band: Squirrel's Chair

      Squirrel’s Chair features Nathalie Levine on fiddle, Nathan Bishop on fiddle [pictured], and Judy Minot on piano.

      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. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green Level, Masks will be optional in all dance lines. The current level for Morris County will be posted by 8pm on the Thursday before each dance. If the county level is raised to Orange/High, Masks will be required in all dance lines [N-95 equivalent or surgical masks]. We will have extra masks at the ticket desk.
      • 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 Torrent

      Our mask policy is based on the current rating for Morris County from the CDC. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green level, masks will be optional in all dance lines.  At the Orange level, masks [N/KN-95 or surgical] are required on all dance lines.  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: Torrent

      Torrent is New York City’s newest contra dance band featuring Nadia Gaya on accordion, Sarah Stefanski on fiddle, and Ross Parker on piano. Torrent’s driving rhythms and exciting tunes will get you on your feet and dancing!

      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. When the county rating is at the current Yellow or Green Level, Masks will be optional in all dance lines. The current level for Morris County will be posted by 8pm on the Thursday before each dance. If the county level is raised to Orange/High, Masks will be required in all dance lines [N-95 equivalent or surgical masks]. We will have extra masks at the ticket desk.
      • 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.