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.
All Hands In Virtual Dance
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 Saturday, January 23, 2021, at 7:30 pm (social time to begin at 7). The music is by Nathan Smith and Emilyn Stam, with Jacqui Grennan calling.
Resources on Dance History
1) Phil Jamison discusses his book, “Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance," focusing on the multicultural roots and historical development of these dances and identifying the components of earlier European, African, and Native American dance forms that combined to make them uniquely American.
2) David Millstone presents a program on "Country Dance in Modern Times: Squares, ECD & Contras in Post WWII America."
Thanks to Mt Airy Virtual Contra Dance for sponsoring these two talks! You can support Mt Airy's virtual dances and programs here:
Muse Mentors Podcast
Karen Kevra, PCD dancer from the 1980's, has been creating podcasts ("Muse Mentors") and recently made an episode about Tony Barrand, in which our own Sue Dupre is featured. You can check it out here:
Reminder that CDDS publishes an online events calendar
where you can "learn about traditional dance, music, and song activities happening every week throughout North America…and beyond."
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.
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 virus has run its course. Be kind and understanding with the dancers, singers, musicians, callers, and organizers around you.
$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
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 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!
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