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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      Sue Gola with Midnight on the Water

      I go out dancin’ after midnight

      Out in the moonlight

      Just like we used to do, contra dancin’

      Midnight on the Water and Sue

       

      I’d dance for hours down Swingin’ Tern way

      Till the light of day 

      Twirlin’ and swingin’ you, I’m always dancin’

      Midnight on the Water and Sue

       

      To hear fiddle, guitar, and cello

      I’m a lucky fellow

      As happy as I could be

      With calling by Sue Gola

      Nathan, Tom, and Dani

      Their music fills me with glee

       

      I go out dancin’ after midnight

      Down at Swingin’ Tern

      You wouldn’t want to miss contra dancin’ to

      Midnight on the Water and Sue

      Caller: Sue Gola
      Photo of Sue Gola
       
      Sue Gola at NEFFA

      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.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Michael Karcher with 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.

      Caller: 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.

      Band: Hot Wasabi
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      Hot Wasabi features Dave Miller on fiddle, Roberta Goren on flute, and Chris Carpenter on guitar +/- mandolin, banjo, clarinet, and bodhran.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Jen Jasenski with Unbowed
      Caller: Jen Jasenski
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      Jen Jasenski is a former Spanish teacher who came to contra dance via swing dance over twenty years ago.  Having found herself calling while dancing to help dancers, in 2019 she decided to take one of Bob Isaacs’ Learn to Call classes and now calls regularly in Connecticut.  When planning a program, Jen thinks about herself as a dancer first, and is always prepared to make changes based on the needs of the dancers. Jen is an organizer for her local 2nd Saturday dance in CT and is on the NEFFA Board of Directors.

      Band: Unbowed
      Photo of Unbowed

      Unbowed is built around the mandolin as lead instrument in lieu of the more common fiddle.  The mandolin is played by Henry Koretzky, a veteran of various contradance and other bands.  He’s joined at Swingin’ Tern by Doug Healy on guitar and Aaron Blouin on upright bass.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Sunny Lawrence with Wry Bred
      Caller: Sunny Lawrence
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      Sunny Lawrence grew up in New York City and began dancing there in 2011. She recently began learning to call contras through Brooklyn Contra’s Caller’s Workshop series. Her goal as a caller is to bring a clear, calm, and joyful presence to the mic, to make contra accessible to new dancers, and to strengthen her beloved dance communities.

      Band: Wry Bred
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      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!

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Gaye Fifer with The Orphans

      DOUBLE DANCE
      3:45 – 5:45 pm Afternoon Advanced Contras $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 $15 adults/$5 students
      The Orphans will play for both sessions.

       

      Caller: Gaye Fifer
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      Gaye Fifer at LCFD

      Gaye Fifer is an accomplished caller from Pittsburgh, PA. An active dancer herself, Gaye understands the subtleties of making dances particularly satisfying for dancers. Her instructions are clear and concise, as she is a teacher by profession. An easy smile and delightful sense of humor are part of Gaye’s relaxed, pleasant style at the microphone. Gaye calls contra and English dances throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is also an enthusiastic advocate and instructor of contra-style waltz. Gaye is the former President of the Board of CDSS.

       

      Band: The Orphans
      Photo of The Orphans
      The Orphans at NEFFA

      Hailing from Philadelphia, The Orphans features Peter Buchak on button accordion, Miranda Weinberg on fiddle, and Ben Kennedy on keyboard.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Carl Levine with French Toast
      Caller: Carl Levine
      Photo of Carl Levine

      Carl Levine has been a familiar face on the dance floor and on the stage. He has been dancing, organizing, and calling traditional dance for thirty years. His teaching is clear and concise, and his programming is lively and interesting.

      Band: French Toast
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      French Toast is inspired by the gripping harmonies, driving rhythms and melodic whimsy of French Canadian music. In addition to Québécois tunes, their contra sets serve up jazzy rags, mesmerizing riffs & jaunty jigs—all great for dancing!  French Toast features Helen White on flute, Anna Bosnick on fiddle, and Cynthia Shaw on keyboard.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Angela DeCarlis with Sycamore

      DOUBLE DANCE
      3:45 – 5:45 pm Afternoon Advanced Contras $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 $15 adults/$5 students
      Angela DeCarlis and Sycamore will perform for both sessions.

       

      Caller: Angela DeCarlis
      Photo of Angela DeCarlis
       
      Angela DeCarlis at Dancing Fish

      Angela DeCarlis has more than a decade of calling experience and has performed across the country, including at Northwest Folklife in 2023 and at Pinewoods Harmony of Song & Dance Week in 2022. Hailing from Gainesville, Florida, Angela takes pride in their clear teaching and brings a strong sense of musicality to the mic.

      Band: Sycamore
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      Coming to us from Maine, Sycamore features Cedar Stanistreet [of Cloud Ten and Nor’easter fame] on fiddle, Michael Sokolovsky on guitar and feet, and Samuel Foucher on accordion.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Greg Frock with Good Company
      Caller: Greg Frock
      Photo of Greg Frock
       
      Greg Frock at NEFFA

      Greg Frock’s discovery of contra dance was pure accident, but it was love at first dance. He began calling in 1992 after only 2 years of dancing, and quickly became a highly sought-after caller. Through his 30-year career, Greg has remained relevant by adapting to the changing culture of the contra community, and constantly seeking new, interesting, and accessible dances.  Over the changing times, two elements of Greg’s approach has remained constant: keeping dances enjoyable for groups of dancers of varied size and skill levels, while teaching figures efficiently and intuitively. His calling talents have been appreciated by dancers throughout North America.

      Band: Good Company
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      Good Company at NEFFA

      Good Company is a trio that primarily plays for contra dances around New England. They draw their material from Irish, Scottish, New England, and Quebecois folk traditions, as well as original material heavily influenced by those traditions. The band includes Helen Kuhar on guitar and vocals, Cecily Mills on cello and vocals, and Rohan Weeden on fiddle. They bring the playfulness and dance-ability that hallmarks good contra dance music to all of their performances, regardless of venue.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Qwill Duvall with Dead Sea Squirrels
      Caller: Qwill Duvall
      Photo of Qwill Duvall
       
      Qwill Duvall calling at Ottawa Contra Dance

      In Qwill Duvall’s words: I am a contra dancer and caller from the Midwest. I began contra dancing in 2015 shortly after moving to Chicago. A couple years later I began regularly traveling for dancing and I started calling in 2019. I called regularly in the Chicago area during 2019 and the beginning of 2020, and I was just thinking about going on tour when the pandemic hit. Since my work is now remote and dances have started back up, I am now on the road and touring! I’ve been at it since the beginning of 2023. I’ve called from the Midwest to the both coasts including NEFFA this past spring

      Band: Dead Sea Squirrels
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      Dead Sea Squirrels at Swingin' Tern

      The Dead Sea Squirrels play widely for contra dances and are known for their danceable tunes arranged in medleys designed to closely match and enhance the movements of the particular contra dance being taught/called. They tend to push the boundaries of the southern style with fiddle and fiddle/guitar harmonies. Since all the musicians are also dancers, they understand the importance of the interaction between dancers and musicians, and how to use rhythm and dynamics to augment the feel and excitement of a dance.  The Dead Sea Squirrels features Cathy Mason on fiddle, Craig Edwards on fiddle, banjo, and mandolin, and Henry Yoshimura on guitar.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      TBA with Bosnick & Bittel
      Caller: TBA
      Photo of TBA

      A caller is being lined up to match the talent of Bosnick & Bittel.

      Band: Bosnick & Bittel
      Photo of Bosnick & Bittel

      Anna Bosnick is a fiddler from New Jersey. Aaron Bittel is a pianist from Connecticut. Together they are Bosnick & Bittel. With the attitude of “Down to Clown” they bring together an eclectic mix of traditional and modern styles, heavily influenced by the music of Eastern Canada and New England, with a healthy dose of Celtic and Southern American and a willingness to improv.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Sue Gola with Brooklyn Swing Ensemble

      This dance celebrates Gary Kendellen’s 80th birthday.  Roz & Gary have been dancing at Swingin’ Tern for over twenty-five years.

       

      Caller: Sue Gola
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      Sue Gola at Swingin' Tern

      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: Brooklyn Swing Ensemble
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      Brooklyn Swing at Swingin' Tern

      Brooklyn Swing Ensemble has been gracing the stage of Swingin’ Tern for over thirty years. They are well known in the Northeast for their unique blend of fiddle tunes, Klezmer music, and swing/blues – playing for contra dances and other events throughout the region. With fiddle and clarinet as the lead instruments, the world is their musical oyster, and they are unafraid to explore!! The band features Danny Elias on clarinet, Sam Zygmuntowicz on fiddle, Marco Brehm on double bass, and Norman Plankey on guitar.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Karen Justin with Torrent

      This dance will end early at 10pm so folks can go to the Holiday Party after the dance.  Directions to the local party will be at the dance.

       

      Caller: Karen Justin
      Photo of Karen Justin

      In 2022, Karen Justin discovered the joy of contra calling. Known as a friendly and precise dancer, she brings these same qualities to the microphone. With clear teaching and well-timed calling, Karen welcomes new and experienced dancers alike, helping them connect to the music and to each other.

      Band: Torrent
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      Torrent at Swingin' Tern

      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!

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Donna Hunt with TBA

      NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE

      A Swingin’ Tern tradition for over 35 years!

      Pot Luck Dinner 6:30pm–Please bring a entree or sidedish to share.

      Dancing from 8pm to 12:30am–including the fabulous dessert break [bring a dessert to share] and midnight toast!

       

      Admission:

      Adults $25 before 12/25; $30 after 12/26 and at the door.

      Students $12 before 12/25;$15 after 12/26 and at the door.

      Tickets will go on sale in November.

      All of our dances are called to Larks & Robins.

      Masks and vaccinations optional.

      Caller: Donna Hunt
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      Donna Hunt 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: TBA
      Photo of TBA

      We are in the midst of booking an amazing band to dance in the New Year!

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

        • 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! 
      Sue Gola with Midnight on the Water

      I go out dancin’ after midnight

      Out in the moonlight

      Just like we used to do, contra dancin’

      Midnight on the Water and Sue

       

      I’d dance for hours down Swingin’ Tern way

      Till the light of day 

      Twirlin’ and swingin’ you, I’m always dancin’

      Midnight on the Water and Sue

       

      To hear fiddle, guitar, and cello

      I’m a lucky fellow

      As happy as I could be

      With calling by Sue Gola

      Nathan, Tom, and Dani

      Their music fills me with glee

       

      I go out dancin’ after midnight

      Down at Swingin’ Tern

      You wouldn’t want to miss contra dancin’ to

      Midnight on the Water and Sue

      Caller: Sue Gola
       
      Sue Gola at NEFFA

      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.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Michael Karcher with 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.

      Caller: Michael Karcher
       
      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.

      Band: Hot Wasabi

      Hot Wasabi features Dave Miller on fiddle, Roberta Goren on flute, and Chris Carpenter on guitar +/- mandolin, banjo, clarinet, and bodhran.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Jen Jasenski with Unbowed
      Caller: Jen Jasenski

      Jen Jasenski is a former Spanish teacher who came to contra dance via swing dance over twenty years ago.  Having found herself calling while dancing to help dancers, in 2019 she decided to take one of Bob Isaacs’ Learn to Call classes and now calls regularly in Connecticut.  When planning a program, Jen thinks about herself as a dancer first, and is always prepared to make changes based on the needs of the dancers. Jen is an organizer for her local 2nd Saturday dance in CT and is on the NEFFA Board of Directors.

      Band: Unbowed

      Unbowed is built around the mandolin as lead instrument in lieu of the more common fiddle.  The mandolin is played by Henry Koretzky, a veteran of various contradance and other bands.  He’s joined at Swingin’ Tern by Doug Healy on guitar and Aaron Blouin on upright bass.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Sunny Lawrence with Wry Bred
      Caller: Sunny Lawrence

      Sunny Lawrence grew up in New York City and began dancing there in 2011. She recently began learning to call contras through Brooklyn Contra’s Caller’s Workshop series. Her goal as a caller is to bring a clear, calm, and joyful presence to the mic, to make contra accessible to new dancers, and to strengthen her beloved dance communities.

      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!

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Gaye Fifer with The Orphans

      DOUBLE DANCE
      3:45 – 5:45 pm Afternoon Advanced Contras $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 $15 adults/$5 students
      The Orphans will play for both sessions.

       

      Caller: Gaye Fifer
       
      Gaye Fifer at LCFD

      Gaye Fifer is an accomplished caller from Pittsburgh, PA. An active dancer herself, Gaye understands the subtleties of making dances particularly satisfying for dancers. Her instructions are clear and concise, as she is a teacher by profession. An easy smile and delightful sense of humor are part of Gaye’s relaxed, pleasant style at the microphone. Gaye calls contra and English dances throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is also an enthusiastic advocate and instructor of contra-style waltz. Gaye is the former President of the Board of CDSS.

       

      Band: The Orphans
       
      The Orphans at NEFFA

      Hailing from Philadelphia, The Orphans features Peter Buchak on button accordion, Miranda Weinberg on fiddle, and Ben Kennedy on keyboard.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Carl Levine with French Toast
      Caller: Carl Levine

      Carl Levine has been a familiar face on the dance floor and on the stage. He has been dancing, organizing, and calling traditional dance for thirty years. His teaching is clear and concise, and his programming is lively and interesting.

      Band: French Toast

      French Toast is inspired by the gripping harmonies, driving rhythms and melodic whimsy of French Canadian music. In addition to Québécois tunes, their contra sets serve up jazzy rags, mesmerizing riffs & jaunty jigs—all great for dancing!  French Toast features Helen White on flute, Anna Bosnick on fiddle, and Cynthia Shaw on keyboard.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Angela DeCarlis with Sycamore

      DOUBLE DANCE
      3:45 – 5:45 pm Afternoon Advanced Contras $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 $15 adults/$5 students
      Angela DeCarlis and Sycamore will perform for both sessions.

       

      Caller: Angela DeCarlis
       
      Angela DeCarlis at Dancing Fish

      Angela DeCarlis has more than a decade of calling experience and has performed across the country, including at Northwest Folklife in 2023 and at Pinewoods Harmony of Song & Dance Week in 2022. Hailing from Gainesville, Florida, Angela takes pride in their clear teaching and brings a strong sense of musicality to the mic.

      Band: Sycamore

      Coming to us from Maine, Sycamore features Cedar Stanistreet [of Cloud Ten and Nor’easter fame] on fiddle, Michael Sokolovsky on guitar and feet, and Samuel Foucher on accordion.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Greg Frock with Good Company
      Caller: Greg Frock
       
      Greg Frock at NEFFA

      Greg Frock’s discovery of contra dance was pure accident, but it was love at first dance. He began calling in 1992 after only 2 years of dancing, and quickly became a highly sought-after caller. Through his 30-year career, Greg has remained relevant by adapting to the changing culture of the contra community, and constantly seeking new, interesting, and accessible dances.  Over the changing times, two elements of Greg’s approach has remained constant: keeping dances enjoyable for groups of dancers of varied size and skill levels, while teaching figures efficiently and intuitively. His calling talents have been appreciated by dancers throughout North America.

      Band: Good Company
       
      Good Company at NEFFA

      Good Company is a trio that primarily plays for contra dances around New England. They draw their material from Irish, Scottish, New England, and Quebecois folk traditions, as well as original material heavily influenced by those traditions. The band includes Helen Kuhar on guitar and vocals, Cecily Mills on cello and vocals, and Rohan Weeden on fiddle. They bring the playfulness and dance-ability that hallmarks good contra dance music to all of their performances, regardless of venue.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Qwill Duvall with Dead Sea Squirrels
      Caller: Qwill Duvall
       
      Qwill Duvall calling at Ottawa Contra Dance

      In Qwill Duvall’s words: I am a contra dancer and caller from the Midwest. I began contra dancing in 2015 shortly after moving to Chicago. A couple years later I began regularly traveling for dancing and I started calling in 2019. I called regularly in the Chicago area during 2019 and the beginning of 2020, and I was just thinking about going on tour when the pandemic hit. Since my work is now remote and dances have started back up, I am now on the road and touring! I’ve been at it since the beginning of 2023. I’ve called from the Midwest to the both coasts including NEFFA this past spring

      Band: Dead Sea Squirrels
       
      Dead Sea Squirrels at Swingin' Tern

      The Dead Sea Squirrels play widely for contra dances and are known for their danceable tunes arranged in medleys designed to closely match and enhance the movements of the particular contra dance being taught/called. They tend to push the boundaries of the southern style with fiddle and fiddle/guitar harmonies. Since all the musicians are also dancers, they understand the importance of the interaction between dancers and musicians, and how to use rhythm and dynamics to augment the feel and excitement of a dance.  The Dead Sea Squirrels features Cathy Mason on fiddle, Craig Edwards on fiddle, banjo, and mandolin, and Henry Yoshimura on guitar.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      TBA with Bosnick & Bittel
      Caller: TBA

      A caller is being lined up to match the talent of Bosnick & Bittel.

      Band: Bosnick & Bittel

      Anna Bosnick is a fiddler from New Jersey. Aaron Bittel is a pianist from Connecticut. Together they are Bosnick & Bittel. With the attitude of “Down to Clown” they bring together an eclectic mix of traditional and modern styles, heavily influenced by the music of Eastern Canada and New England, with a healthy dose of Celtic and Southern American and a willingness to improv.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Sue Gola with Brooklyn Swing Ensemble

      This dance celebrates Gary Kendellen’s 80th birthday.  Roz & Gary have been dancing at Swingin’ Tern for over twenty-five years.

       

      Caller: Sue Gola
       
      Sue Gola at Swingin' Tern

      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: Brooklyn Swing Ensemble
       
      Brooklyn Swing at Swingin' Tern

      Brooklyn Swing Ensemble has been gracing the stage of Swingin’ Tern for over thirty years. They are well known in the Northeast for their unique blend of fiddle tunes, Klezmer music, and swing/blues – playing for contra dances and other events throughout the region. With fiddle and clarinet as the lead instruments, the world is their musical oyster, and they are unafraid to explore!! The band features Danny Elias on clarinet, Sam Zygmuntowicz on fiddle, Marco Brehm on double bass, and Norman Plankey on guitar.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Karen Justin with Torrent

      This dance will end early at 10pm so folks can go to the Holiday Party after the dance.  Directions to the local party will be at the dance.

       

      Caller: Karen Justin

      In 2022, Karen Justin discovered the joy of contra calling. Known as a friendly and precise dancer, she brings these same qualities to the microphone. With clear teaching and well-timed calling, Karen welcomes new and experienced dancers alike, helping them connect to the music and to each other.

      Band: Torrent
       
      Torrent at Swingin' Tern

      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!

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Donna Hunt with TBA

      NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE

      A Swingin’ Tern tradition for over 35 years!

      Pot Luck Dinner 6:30pm–Please bring a entree or sidedish to share.

      Dancing from 8pm to 12:30am–including the fabulous dessert break [bring a dessert to share] and midnight toast!

       

      Admission:

      Adults $25 before 12/25; $30 after 12/26 and at the door.

      Students $12 before 12/25;$15 after 12/26 and at the door.

      Tickets will go on sale in November.

      All of our dances are called to Larks & Robins.

      Masks and vaccinations optional.

      Caller: Donna Hunt
       
      Donna Hunt 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: TBA

      We are in the midst of booking an amazing band to dance in the New Year!

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

        • 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! 
      Sue Gola with Midnight on the Water

      I go out dancin’ after midnight

      Out in the moonlight

      Just like we used to do, contra dancin’

      Midnight on the Water and Sue

       

      I’d dance for hours down Swingin’ Tern way

      Till the light of day 

      Twirlin’ and swingin’ you, I’m always dancin’

      Midnight on the Water and Sue

       

      To hear fiddle, guitar, and cello

      I’m a lucky fellow

      As happy as I could be

      With calling by Sue Gola

      Nathan, Tom, and Dani

      Their music fills me with glee

       

      I go out dancin’ after midnight

      Down at Swingin’ Tern

      You wouldn’t want to miss contra dancin’ to

      Midnight on the Water and Sue

      Caller: Sue Gola
      Sue Gola at NEFFA

      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.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Michael Karcher with 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.

      Caller: Michael Karcher
      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.

      Band: Hot Wasabi

      Hot Wasabi features Dave Miller on fiddle, Roberta Goren on flute, and Chris Carpenter on guitar +/- mandolin, banjo, clarinet, and bodhran.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Jen Jasenski with Unbowed
      Caller: Jen Jasenski

      Jen Jasenski is a former Spanish teacher who came to contra dance via swing dance over twenty years ago.  Having found herself calling while dancing to help dancers, in 2019 she decided to take one of Bob Isaacs’ Learn to Call classes and now calls regularly in Connecticut.  When planning a program, Jen thinks about herself as a dancer first, and is always prepared to make changes based on the needs of the dancers. Jen is an organizer for her local 2nd Saturday dance in CT and is on the NEFFA Board of Directors.

      Band: Unbowed

      Unbowed is built around the mandolin as lead instrument in lieu of the more common fiddle.  The mandolin is played by Henry Koretzky, a veteran of various contradance and other bands.  He’s joined at Swingin’ Tern by Doug Healy on guitar and Aaron Blouin on upright bass.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Sunny Lawrence with Wry Bred
      Caller: Sunny Lawrence

      Sunny Lawrence grew up in New York City and began dancing there in 2011. She recently began learning to call contras through Brooklyn Contra’s Caller’s Workshop series. Her goal as a caller is to bring a clear, calm, and joyful presence to the mic, to make contra accessible to new dancers, and to strengthen her beloved dance communities.

      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!

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Gaye Fifer with The Orphans

      DOUBLE DANCE
      3:45 – 5:45 pm Afternoon Advanced Contras $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 $15 adults/$5 students
      The Orphans will play for both sessions.

       

      Caller: Gaye Fifer
      Gaye Fifer at LCFD

      Gaye Fifer is an accomplished caller from Pittsburgh, PA. An active dancer herself, Gaye understands the subtleties of making dances particularly satisfying for dancers. Her instructions are clear and concise, as she is a teacher by profession. An easy smile and delightful sense of humor are part of Gaye’s relaxed, pleasant style at the microphone. Gaye calls contra and English dances throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is also an enthusiastic advocate and instructor of contra-style waltz. Gaye is the former President of the Board of CDSS.

       

      Band: The Orphans
      The Orphans at NEFFA

      Hailing from Philadelphia, The Orphans features Peter Buchak on button accordion, Miranda Weinberg on fiddle, and Ben Kennedy on keyboard.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Carl Levine with French Toast
      Caller: Carl Levine

      Carl Levine has been a familiar face on the dance floor and on the stage. He has been dancing, organizing, and calling traditional dance for thirty years. His teaching is clear and concise, and his programming is lively and interesting.

      Band: French Toast

      French Toast is inspired by the gripping harmonies, driving rhythms and melodic whimsy of French Canadian music. In addition to Québécois tunes, their contra sets serve up jazzy rags, mesmerizing riffs & jaunty jigs—all great for dancing!  French Toast features Helen White on flute, Anna Bosnick on fiddle, and Cynthia Shaw on keyboard.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Angela DeCarlis with Sycamore

      DOUBLE DANCE
      3:45 – 5:45 pm Afternoon Advanced Contras $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 $15 adults/$5 students
      Angela DeCarlis and Sycamore will perform for both sessions.

       

      Caller: Angela DeCarlis
      Angela DeCarlis at Dancing Fish

      Angela DeCarlis has more than a decade of calling experience and has performed across the country, including at Northwest Folklife in 2023 and at Pinewoods Harmony of Song & Dance Week in 2022. Hailing from Gainesville, Florida, Angela takes pride in their clear teaching and brings a strong sense of musicality to the mic.

      Band: Sycamore

      Coming to us from Maine, Sycamore features Cedar Stanistreet [of Cloud Ten and Nor’easter fame] on fiddle, Michael Sokolovsky on guitar and feet, and Samuel Foucher on accordion.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Greg Frock with Good Company
      Caller: Greg Frock
      Greg Frock at NEFFA

      Greg Frock’s discovery of contra dance was pure accident, but it was love at first dance. He began calling in 1992 after only 2 years of dancing, and quickly became a highly sought-after caller. Through his 30-year career, Greg has remained relevant by adapting to the changing culture of the contra community, and constantly seeking new, interesting, and accessible dances.  Over the changing times, two elements of Greg’s approach has remained constant: keeping dances enjoyable for groups of dancers of varied size and skill levels, while teaching figures efficiently and intuitively. His calling talents have been appreciated by dancers throughout North America.

      Band: Good Company
      Good Company at NEFFA

      Good Company is a trio that primarily plays for contra dances around New England. They draw their material from Irish, Scottish, New England, and Quebecois folk traditions, as well as original material heavily influenced by those traditions. The band includes Helen Kuhar on guitar and vocals, Cecily Mills on cello and vocals, and Rohan Weeden on fiddle. They bring the playfulness and dance-ability that hallmarks good contra dance music to all of their performances, regardless of venue.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Qwill Duvall with Dead Sea Squirrels
      Caller: Qwill Duvall
      Qwill Duvall calling at Ottawa Contra Dance

      In Qwill Duvall’s words: I am a contra dancer and caller from the Midwest. I began contra dancing in 2015 shortly after moving to Chicago. A couple years later I began regularly traveling for dancing and I started calling in 2019. I called regularly in the Chicago area during 2019 and the beginning of 2020, and I was just thinking about going on tour when the pandemic hit. Since my work is now remote and dances have started back up, I am now on the road and touring! I’ve been at it since the beginning of 2023. I’ve called from the Midwest to the both coasts including NEFFA this past spring

      Band: Dead Sea Squirrels
      Dead Sea Squirrels at Swingin' Tern

      The Dead Sea Squirrels play widely for contra dances and are known for their danceable tunes arranged in medleys designed to closely match and enhance the movements of the particular contra dance being taught/called. They tend to push the boundaries of the southern style with fiddle and fiddle/guitar harmonies. Since all the musicians are also dancers, they understand the importance of the interaction between dancers and musicians, and how to use rhythm and dynamics to augment the feel and excitement of a dance.  The Dead Sea Squirrels features Cathy Mason on fiddle, Craig Edwards on fiddle, banjo, and mandolin, and Henry Yoshimura on guitar.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      TBA with Bosnick & Bittel
      Caller: TBA

      A caller is being lined up to match the talent of Bosnick & Bittel.

      Band: Bosnick & Bittel

      Anna Bosnick is a fiddler from New Jersey. Aaron Bittel is a pianist from Connecticut. Together they are Bosnick & Bittel. With the attitude of “Down to Clown” they bring together an eclectic mix of traditional and modern styles, heavily influenced by the music of Eastern Canada and New England, with a healthy dose of Celtic and Southern American and a willingness to improv.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Sue Gola with Brooklyn Swing Ensemble

      This dance celebrates Gary Kendellen’s 80th birthday.  Roz & Gary have been dancing at Swingin’ Tern for over twenty-five years.

       

      Caller: Sue Gola
      Sue Gola at Swingin' Tern

      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: Brooklyn Swing Ensemble
      Brooklyn Swing at Swingin' Tern

      Brooklyn Swing Ensemble has been gracing the stage of Swingin’ Tern for over thirty years. They are well known in the Northeast for their unique blend of fiddle tunes, Klezmer music, and swing/blues – playing for contra dances and other events throughout the region. With fiddle and clarinet as the lead instruments, the world is their musical oyster, and they are unafraid to explore!! The band features Danny Elias on clarinet, Sam Zygmuntowicz on fiddle, Marco Brehm on double bass, and Norman Plankey on guitar.

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Karen Justin with Torrent

      This dance will end early at 10pm so folks can go to the Holiday Party after the dance.  Directions to the local party will be at the dance.

       

      Caller: Karen Justin

      In 2022, Karen Justin discovered the joy of contra calling. Known as a friendly and precise dancer, she brings these same qualities to the microphone. With clear teaching and well-timed calling, Karen welcomes new and experienced dancers alike, helping them connect to the music and to each other.

      Band: Torrent
      Torrent at Swingin' Tern

      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!

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

      • 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! 
      Donna Hunt with TBA

      NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE

      A Swingin’ Tern tradition for over 35 years!

      Pot Luck Dinner 6:30pm–Please bring a entree or sidedish to share.

      Dancing from 8pm to 12:30am–including the fabulous dessert break [bring a dessert to share] and midnight toast!

       

      Admission:

      Adults $25 before 12/25; $30 after 12/26 and at the door.

      Students $12 before 12/25;$15 after 12/26 and at the door.

      Tickets will go on sale in November.

      All of our dances are called to Larks & Robins.

      Masks and vaccinations optional.

      Caller: Donna Hunt
      Donna Hunt 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: TBA

      We are in the midst of booking an amazing band to dance in the New Year!

      USEFUL INFORMATION:

        • 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!