Swingin’ Tern Contra Dances Evening Session Grand Picnic photo

Swingin’ Tern Contra Dancing Evening Session

Contra dancing led by Annie Kidwell, with live music by Grand Picnic.

Note: This event is one part of a double dance: the afternoon session features dances for experienced dancers, while the evening session is for all levels of dancers. As a result, there will be separate admission tickets for each half.

Annie Kidwell is an up-and-coming caller based in Boston, having called at BIDA and Greenfield. As a result, we are thrilled to debut Annie’s spirited calling in NJ where they will call the all-level evening dance.

Grand Picnic
graced Swingin’ Tern’s stage in 1989 and has served up a musical feast of high-energy contras ever since. Additionally, this dance features the original lineup as shown in the boy band picture above: Michael Gorin on fiddle, Bill Peek on piano, Marco Brehm on bass, Sam Zygmuntowicz on fiddle, and Jody Kruskal on Anglo concertina.


  • Beginners are welcome. A beginners’ workshop will start at 7:00 to orient you and get you started.
  • We once again welcome contributions of home-baked [or not] goodies to share at the break.
  • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. The kitchen sink can fill water bottles.
  • All dances at Swingin’ Tern are called to the gender-neutral terms Larks & Robins.

The Folk Project is New Jersey’s leading acoustic music and dance organization and has been showcasing acoustic and traditional music in North Jersey for over 45 years. So, join them for the wonderful opportunity to learn about contra dancing!

Funding has been made possible partly by Morris Arts funds through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.


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Jun 01 2024


7:30 pm - 10:30 pm




St. Paul's Episcopal Church


The Folk Project
The Folk Project

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