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) 635-3274 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 6: FREE DANCE
Donna Hunt
Brooklyn Swing Ensemble: Sam Zygmuntowicz – fiddle; Danny Weiss – guitar, vocals; Barry Mitterhoff – mandolin Marco Brehm – bass; Danny Elias – clarinet

This FREE dance is sponsored by Katie Weiss and Richard Leister who met at a contra dance. And they’re still dancing together. Please help them celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary!

You cantilever eyes at Brooklyn bridges so many styles as they decide a pontoons. They’ll draw you in and leave you in suspension. Girder your strength and wear your truss—we’ve got you covered. Arch you glad you’ve got Donna to help you cross over?

April 20: Rich Goss
Lake Effect

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