Upcoming Dances

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.

Community News
Dance News

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:

  1. Mercer County is now in the CDC's "substantial" transmission category, for which they recommend limiting indoor contact

  2. The new (as of Aug 2) Suzanne Patterson Center's requirements that all attendees, whether vaccinated or not, must wear masks.

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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:

  1. Download the Suzanne Patterson Center/ Princeton Senior Resource Center waiver in PDF form here.

  2. Print and complete the form with your signature.

  3. Scan the form and your proof of vaccination.

  4. 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.

Admission

Wednesday Dance:      
$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.

Please Bring

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!

Executive Committee

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.

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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.

 

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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:

  1. An enjoyable social dance event open to all

  2. Live music always

  3. A different band each week

  4. National and local talent

  5. Once a month Pick-Up Band

  6. Beginners welcome

  7. No partner needed

Dance Traditions

Contra dance is a traditional folk dance that has many "American" elements, but has its origins in Western Europe.

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. 

At Family Dances, children are welcomed and encouraged to dance and/or play in the Mixed Age Dance (MAD) Band.

Visit our Special Events page to see some exciting things that we are looking forward to.

On select days throughout the year, musicians can bring their instruments to join the Pick-up Band.  Click over to our PUB page to find out about the Pick-up Band.  You can click here for information about the MAD (Mixed Age Dance) Band.

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.

Molly dancing team which presents traditional dances of East Anglia in a New Jersey style.

Morris team that performs traditional English dance utilizing rhythmic stepping, the wearing of bells, and the use of implements such as sticks, swords, and handkercheifs.

This Rapper Sword Team performs intricate dances with flexible swords.

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