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: $10 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.

December 2: Ron Blechner
Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes: Wes Steenson – guitar; Mike Rovine – fiddle, banjo, mandolin; Jill Smith – piano

Ladies and Gentlemen, step right up and get your bottle of Dr. Twamley’s Audio Snake Oil! There is no malady it will not mend, no tune it will not play. Act now and we’ll throw in Dr. Blechner’s bouncing ball toe tapping tonic. Together they will cure all your contra ailments: Beckets not progressing?—Dr. T’s will get you down the hall. Feel like you’re dancing your hey on a Möbius strip?—The Snakes will put the end in sight. Hair falling out?—one gulp of Dr. Blechner’s will help you rogaine your strength. Knock-kneed and knickers in a twist?—Together they will have you dancing like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at the same time! How much would you pay for these elixirs of life? $100? $500? Tonight they are yours for a mere ten bucks [shipping and handling may apply in certain states of mind].

December 16: Donna Hunt
Eileen Nicholson and Jill Smith : Eileen Nicholson – fiddle; Jill Smith – piano

After the dance Holiday Party at Doug & Brian’s


Eileen and Jill went up the hill

To fetch a pail of tunes.

With keys and bow, music did flow

Playing reels for many moons.


From the stage, and all the rage

Donna calls contras fine.

With every hey and each sashay

The dancers were quick to shine.

Sunday, December 31: NEW YEARS' EVE DANCE
Janine Smith
Riptide: Glen Loper – mandolin; Alden Robinson – fiddle, Owen Marshall – guitar

Dance in the New Year from 8pm 'til 12:30am. A Swingin' Tern tradition for over thirty years!

This year features Riptide – wicked good traditional music from Maine and seriously fun contras from Janine Smith.

Admission: $20 if purchased by 12/24; $25 after 12/24 and at the door. [Students $12 advanced/$15 at the door]

There will NOT be a pot-luck dinner before the NYE Dance. Visit one of the two dozen restaurants with two miles of the dance.