Swingin' Tern Dances

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

ADMISSION: $12 per adult, $5 per student with Student ID.

TIMES: Beginner's workshop at 7:30 PM. Dance follows, 8 PM - 11 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.

INFORMATION: (973) 295-6864 or send email to E-mail

What, you may be asking, is Contra Dancing? Watch the video at right and see our About page for a video and an explanation.


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December 15: Dance & Party - click for info
Donna Hunt
Peter, Paul, Ed, Garry: Peter Szego - guitar; Paul Prestopino - mandolin, banjo; Ed Jankowitz - upright bass; Garry Moore - fiddle.

Puff, the magic dragon danced by the sea
And contra'd in East Hanover
in a land called Swingin' Tern.

Peter Paul Ed Garry loved that rascal Puff,
They played on strings and tuning pegs and other fancy stuff, oh!

Puff, the magic dragon danced right out front
And contra'd in East Hanover
to the calls of Donna Hunt.

Together they would balance, swing, twirl and then cross trail,
Donna called out contras perched on Puff's gigantic tail.
Dancers far and wide would gather whene'er they came,
On the dance floor with whoops galore when Puff roared out his name, oh!

Puff, the magic dragon is sure to return
And contra in East Hanover
in a land called Swingin' Tern.

After the dance Holiday Party at Doug & Brian's home. The break will be shortened and the dance will end at 10:30pm to allow folks to get to the party. Directions will be at the dance.

Monday, December 31: NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE
Bob Isaacs
The Organic Family Band: Jakob Raitzyk - fiddle, foot percussion; Rebekah Geller - fiddle, Michael Raitzyk - guitar; Judith Geller - French horn

It's all in the family as The Organic Family Band brings Irish, Quebecois, Klezmer, New England, ragtime, jazz, and rock to keep you on the move.

Called by Bob Isaacs: A prolific choreographer of creative dances, Bob is known for his clear calling of flowing contras and hot grid squares.

Dancing from 8pm until 12:30am.

$20 each if purchased in advance by 12/24, $25 each after 12/24 and at the door. Students $12 advanced/$15 at door.
See this page for more information and to buy tickets.

There will be NO pot-luck dinner this year. Visit one of the two dozen restaurants within two miles of the dance. There WILL be an amazing dessert break so bring something delectable! Soft soled shoes only and no alcohol please. We'll be at our usual dance site.