Our primary dance hall is at the Suzanne Paterson Center, 1 Monument Drive, Princeton NJ. Please see our Directions page for more details.
PRINTABLE SCHEDULE: You can click on any of the events in the calendar below for more details, or find a printable copy here: schedule of events. Please do not forget to check our "Dance News" section at right for the most recent updates. If viewing on a mobile device, you may scroll down to find it.
Wednesdays Contra Dances: 8-10:30 pm Contra Dance (7:30 pm Intro to Basics Workshop)
English Country Dances (2nd Saturday of most months): 7:30-10:30 pm English country dance (7:00 pm Intro to Basics Workshop)
Saturday Combo Contra/English Dances (4th Saturday of most months): 7:30-10:30 pm Evening dance (7:00 pm Into to Basics Workshop)
All-Ages Folk Dances and Mixed Age Dance Band (Selected Sundays:) 3-5 pm dancing, 2:15 pm rehearsal for MAD Band
ScandiDance-NJ: Every 3rd Monday of the month, 8-10 pm, held at Christ Congregation, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton NJ, parking in lot off Houghton Road.
PCD Executive Committee Election Upcoming
The annual election of the 7 members of the Executive Committee will be done electronically.
The electronic polls will be open for voting from March 10 to March 19. The results will be announced at the March 20 dance.
Instructions about how to vote will be distributed closer to the start of the voting.
From the PCD Constitution: "The Executive Committee shall be
responsible for organizing the weekly dances, planning special events, making policy decisions, organizing the music, handling finances, purchasing equipment and supplies."
Responsibilities also include being in the rotation to manage opening and/or closing dances.
To nominate yourself or for more information, contact one of the members of the Nominating Committee: Larry Koplik email
or Jim Rice email. Nominations are due by March 7.
There is no limit to the number of people who can run for the 7 positions. If there are more than 7 candidates, the Nominating Committee will endorse a slate of 7, but all candidates will be listed on the ballot.
Priority admission to CDSS Camps
As an affiliate member of the Country Dance and Song Society,
PCD may designate up to two people to receive priority admission to any camp program, including intensive courses, at a CDSS Camp this summer.
If interested or for more information, contact Larry by email at by March 20.
For more info re CDSS camps: https://camp.cdss.org/camp-weeks/
Matching Scholarship to CDSS Camps
The PCD Executive Committee is pleased to once again offer
a partial scholarship to a PCD member who attends an Intensive Callers' or Musicians' course at a Country Dance and Song Society camp this summer where they can improve their calling or musicianship.
Camp attendees can also apply to CDSS for a scholarship from them which, if granted, would match the contribution made by PCD.
PCD will pay for up to one third of the cost of the camp, so if a
CDSS matching scholarship is awarded, the camp attendee will
end up only paying for one third of the total cost.
If you are interested in being considered for the PCD scholarship or would like more information, please contact Larry by email by March 1.
For more information about the week-long intensive courses:
For more information about CDSS's matching scholarship:
Note: CDSS offers other scholarships besides the matching scholarship.
New PCD Executive Committee Member
Brian Schmult resigned as a member of the PCD Executive Committee as of Dec 31, 2023. The EC appointed Larry Kaufman to fill the vacancy.
Thank you, Brian, for your service and your many contributions to PCD. Welcome, Larry!
Dance Safety Requirements for Admission to Dance
PCD continues to adhere to the standard safety guidelines established for dance safety. The following information was most recently updated on 11/28/23, and is subject to change in light of current coronavirus news. This information should be reviewed if you are planning to attend a dance.
Current requirements for admission to the dances:
For Contra, Combo, All Ages Folk dances:
Masks & vaccines optional
For English dances:
Masks are required (N95, KN95, or KF94 masks are strongly recommended), except during specified mask-optional dances.
For Scandinavian dances:
Vaccinations strongly recommended but not required.
Masks required (N95, KN95, KF94, or equivalent)
Complete a one-time waiver that can be used for contact tracing if necessary.
Dance Times Are Changing
Please note the new start and end time of the Saturday dances, in the information at the left. (7:30- 10:30, instead of 8:00- 11:00)
$15 regular admission; $5-$15 for Students / Limited Income
Saturday Dance: $15 regular admission; $5-$15 for Students / Limited Income
All-Ages Folk Dance: $7 per person, or $20 per family. Financial assistance is available.
FREE admission on the last Wednesday of every month for all dancers age 35 and under.
Please note that special events may have a different admission charge.
Schedule of Events
If you would like to print a hard copy of our quarterly schedule, you can download the PDF by clicking here.
To protect the floor of the hall, please bring clean, SOFT-SOLED SHOES to dance in.
Also, in consideration of dancers with sensitivities, please do not wear FRAGRANCES. Thank you in advance!
Our dance is a fully volunteer-run organization. The Executive Committee is responsible for organizing the weekly dances, planning special events, making policy decisions, organizing the music, handling finances, and purchasing equipment and supplies. If you have questions, comments, concerns, are having a problem with someone on the dance floor, or would like to find out how you can volunteer with us, please see a member of the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee members for a previous year from left to right: Brian Schmult, Jim Rice, Larry Koplik, Jay Gaonkar, Dan Porcher, Bill Taylor, Ann Meng.
Executive Committee News
The current members of the Executive Committee are:
Our dances are run by volunteers, including the Executive Committee, who oversee things like setting up tables and chairs, set out refreshments, collect money at the door, set up or take down the sound system, and clean up after the dance. If you have any questions about the EC or have interest in joining the committee that keeps our dances planned and running smoothly throughout the year, please contact Larry Koplik or speak to him at the next dance -- or talk to any other current EC member.
Where Feet Fly and Spirits Soar
Princeton Country Dancers is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization whose mission is to carry on and promote traditional forms of American and English dancing, both historic and in modern interpretation. We sponsor contra and English country dances, Scandinavian couple dancing, as well as Morris, Longsword, Rapper Sword, Molly, Garland, and May Pole dance teams, a house Pick-Up Band, and a series of family dances. All our events are open to the public, and all ages are welcome. If you would like to learn more about how our organization operates, you can read our constitution. Please also consider connecting with us on our Facebook group. You can search for "Princeton Country Dancers (PCD)," or you can click the social media button at the bottom of this page to go directly to our group.
You can expect:
An enjoyable social dance event open to all
Live music always
A different band each week
National and local talent
Once a month Pick-Up Band
No partner needed
Click the titles on each image to visit the pages that interest you:
English Country Dance is an ancestor of contra dance and shares many similar movements. The music and dance forms are more varied in tempo and style than contra and provide myriad opportunities to relate to your partner and the set as a whole.
The newest dance series sponsored by PCD, this series features traditional couple dancing mainly from Sweden and Norway. As with our other dances, all are welcome, no partner required. Dances include schottische, reinlender, polska, slangpolska, snoa, waltz, and hambo.