Swingin' Tern Dances

Swingin' Tern is permanently changing its start time from 8pm to 7:30pm starting with the April 6th dance.   The beginners' lesson will be at 7pm followed by the dance from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.
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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 (March 16 dance only): Beginner's workshop at 7:30 PM. Dance follows, 8 PM - 11 PM
! IMPORTANT !   NEW TIMES, STARTING IN APRIL: 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.

INFORMATION: (973) 535-3274 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.

Swingin' Tern 35th Anniversary Buttons: Available now through April 2019 for only $3. Click on the button at right to purchase.
April 20: Click for info and videos
Rich Goss
Lake Effect: Chuck Abell - guitar, vocals; Matt Sloboda - fiddle; Harry Aceto - bass

Stormy weather is welcome as Lake Effect produces a blizzard of beats. A bomb cyclone drops 24 millibars of pressure over 24 hours. Lake Effect’s bomb contra drops 32 bars of pleasure every 30 seconds. Goss goes from gossamer to gale force with his whirlwind calls. Blow into Tern as Twister makes a comeback.

May 4: Diane Hartzell
Dance Therapy: Bill Christophersen - fiddle; Jody Kruskal - Anglo Concertina; Marnen Laibow- Koser - piano

If your life has become banal retentive, let Dr. Hartzell shrink your problems as she fulfills your Pleasure Principle with Dance Therapy. The band's multiple personalities will satisfy your aural fixation, but they may leave you with pianist envy. Wear your Freudian slip for a session of cathartic contras from the collective unconsciousness. Fun for Jung and old, Oedipus and Electra will dance to the complex rhythms. We wouldn't Id you, Diane will supersize your Ego with a libidosido. If it's not sublime, it's sublimation.

May 18: Don Flaherty
Sanity Clause: Helen White - flute; Michael Gorin - fiddle; Chip Prince - piano

Before progressing to the sanity clause, Counselor Don reviews the contra contract: the party of the first part shall dance with the party of the second part, leading the witness in bonded balances, habeas heys, proviso petronellas, and subpoena swings. Legal briefs may be exhibited by those seeking guilty pleasures. Therefore be it resolved in reference to the aforementioned, the verdict is in – there really is a Sanity Clause.

June 1: Anne Lutun
Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes: Mike Rovine - fiddle; Wes Steenson - banjo; Jill Smith - piano
June 15: Ted Crane
Peter, Paul, Ed, Garry: Peter Szego - guitar; Paul Prestopino - mandolin, banjo; Ed Jankowitz - upright bass; Garry Moore - fiddle
July 6: Quena Crain
The Long Pond Rounders: Jonah Sidman - fiddle; Corey Walters - flute, accordion, electric guitar; Michael Friedman - piano; Ness Smith-Savedoff - drums
July 20: Bob Isaacs
Rhythmic Heart : Doug Healy – guitar, mandolin, djembe; Norma Castle – flute; Robin Russell - keyboard; Anna Bosnick - fiddle