Our primary dance hall is at the Suzanne Paterson Center, 1 Monument Drive, Princeton NJ. Please see our Directions page for more details.
Wednesdays Contra Dances: 8-10:30 pm Contra Dance (7:30 pm Intro to Basics Workshop)
English Country Dances (2nd Saturday of most months): 8-11 pm English country dance (7:30 pm Intro to Basics Workshop)
Saturday Contra Dances (4th Saturday of most months): 8-11 pm Contra dance (7:30 pm Into to Basics Workshop)
Family 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.
You can click on any of the events below for more details.
The PCD Executive Committee has decided to suspend the upcoming scheduled dances for the foreseeable future, starting with the dance on Wed, August 4.
The decision was made in light of the fact that:
Mercer County is now in the CDC's "substantial" transmission category, for which they recommend limiting indoor contact
The new (as of Aug 2) Suzanne Patterson Center's requirements that all attendees, whether vaccinated or not, must wear masks.
In hopes that this will pass quickly, the displayed calendar for September has not yet been altered, but please keep in mind that those dances are likely affected by this decision as well.
When we do return to dancing, the following information shows the most recent requirements for admission to the dance, but may change in light of current coronavirus news.
Requirements for admission to the dance:
One-time showing of proof of vaccination, eg a CDC card, an Excelsior Pass, etc.
One-time signing of waiver provided by SPC
Every dance: signing a Covid screening questionnaire provided by SPC
There will be a list at the dance of people who have submitted the information above, and you can expedite your admission to the dance by following these steps before you arrive:
Download the Suzanne Patterson Center/ Princeton Senior Resource Center waiver in PDF form here.
Print and complete the form with your signature.
Scan the form and your proof of vaccination.
Email the scanned files to the PCD Executive Committee by clicking here. Or to enter the address manually, email pcd_ex(at)googlegroups(dot)com.
Doing this in advance means that you will only need to fill out the covid screening questionnaire when you arrive at the dance, and you will be able to get to dancing and socializing quicker. We look forward to seeing you there!
Executive Committee News
The following people were elected to the 2021-2022 Executive Committee: Connie Crush, Larry Koplik, Dan Porcher, Jim Rice, Brian Schmult, Christine Sidorski, and Fang Wu. Thank you to all who participated in this election.
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. For more information about the Executive Committee, contact Larry Koplik.
Special thanks to Bill O'Sullivan for his time on the EC, Jim Rice for filling Bill's position, Christine Sidorski for her time on the EC, and to Nancy Beyer for filling Christine's position. Details about these changes can be found below in our Executive Committee section.
$10 regular admission; $5-$10 for Students / Limited Income
Free admission on the last Wednesday of every month for all dancers age 35 and under.
Saturday Dance: $11 regular admission; $5-$11 for Students / Limited Income
Family Dance: $5 per person, or $15 per family
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 current Executive Committee members for the 2021-2022 year are Connie Crush, Larry Koplik, Dan Porcher, Jim Rice, Brian Schmult, Nancy Beyer, and Fang Wu.
Left to Right: Christine Sidorski, Connie Crush, Shanti Kengeter, Larry Koplik, Fang Wu, Dan Porcher, Bill O'Sullivan. This photo depicts a previous EC, but several of the current EC members are pictured here.
Executive Committee News
Christine Sidorski has resigned from the PCD Executive Committee (EC)
due to her move to New York City (Thank you, Christine, for all your
contributions!). Per the PCD Constitution, the EC has filled the vacancy. Nancy Beyer has agreed to be a member of the EC. (Thank you, Nancy!)
Bill O'Sullivan has resigned from the PCD Executive Committee (EC) due
to his move to Vermont (Thank you, Bill, for all your contributions!). Per the PCD Constitution, the EC has filled the vacancy. Jim Rice has agreed to be a member of the EC (Thank you, Jim!).
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 are interested in being considered as a candidate on the EC during the next election or vacancy, please contact Larry Koplik by email.
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