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
All Hands In Virtual Dance

Most recently, we have added an event to our Special Events page called All Hands In Virtual Social Gathering and Contra Dance, which is a recurring event, on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. Prior to the dance is a virtual meetup where dancers have the opportunity to socialize with each other prior to the dance. We encourage you to check the special events page for details on how to connect with other dancers and to continue dancing during this pandemic. This dance is sponsored by the Toronto Contra Dance, but it is a great opportunity to dance with people in communities all over the world.

The next All Hands In will be November 28, 2020, at 7:30 pm (social time to begin at 7). The music is by Cedar Stanistreet and Donal Sheets of Cloud Ten, and the caller will be Chet Gray.

Dance News

 

Princeton Country Dancers events are canceled through at least the end of February.  Please stay healthy and keep washing your hands and wearing your mask!

 

We will continue to post updates here, and if any canceled dances turn out to be merely postponed to a later date, we will be sure to keep you updated via the special events page.

 

Sometime in February, we will re-evaluate and make a decision
about whether to schedule any dances for the following few months.

As the Country Dance and Song Society reminds us:

Our dance, song, and music traditions will not go away if we need to hit the pause button for a while. They’ve made it through population migrations, world wars, and the rise of digital entertainment. Dancing and singing together will continue with gusto after the initial virus has run its course. Be kind and understanding with the dancers, singers, musicians, callers, and organizers around you.

Notification

 

Thomas Edward Wazny passed away on Tuesday October 13, 2020. He was born on March 3, 1948 in New York City and grew up in Elizabeth and has most recently lived in Somerville. He worked many years in the banking industry and the movie theatre. He was a member of the Bee Sharps square dance group and The Folk Project and enjoyed dancing Irish folk, contra, and squares. He is survived by his brother John (Eva), niece Suzanne and her daughters Lizzie and Jessie, nephew Michael (Michelle), and many friends. Graveside services for Thomas will be Monday Oct 19 at 11 am in Nesquehoning PA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Adult Day Center 872 East Main St Bridgewater NJ 08807.

A guestbook for expressing memories or condolences can be found at the funeral home website here.

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 download our quarterly schedule, you can do so with a Word doc here, or with PDF 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 are:

 

Left to Right: Christine Sidorski, Connie Crush, Shanti Kengeter, Larry Koplik, Fang Wu, Dan Porcher, Bill O'Sullivan. Please note in the most recent election, Shanti did not run, and Brian Schmult (not pictured) was elected in her stead.

Executive Committee News

Ben Root has resigned from the Executive Committee due to his move to Boston. Thank you, Ben, for all your contributions!

 

Jeff Gauthier has also passed his EC duties along, and we thank him for his contributions to PCD as well. Thank you Jeff!

 

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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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