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, 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
At PCD, we promote a number of traditional dance styles. Click the links below to explore our world of folk dancing!
When We Dance
7:30 pm Intro to Basics Workshop
8-10:30 pm Contra dance
2nd Saturday of most months:
7:30 pm Intro to Basics Workshop
8-11 pm English country dance
4th Saturday of most months:
7:30 pm Into to Basics Workshop
8-11 pm Contra dance
3-5 pm Family dances. Children welcomed and encouraged to dance and/or play in the Mixed Age Dance (MAD) Band!
Please note that the Introduction to Basics Workshop is open to beginners and anyone with experience who may want to learn to dance in their opposite role.
Please see our calendar of events for details on each dance and any possible deviations from the above schedule.
$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.
Where We Dance
For GPS: Suzanne Patterson Center, 1 Monument Drive, Princeton, NJ
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!
Schedule of Events
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 Larry Koplik, Dan Porcher, Jeff Gauthier, Shanti Kengeter, Connie Crush, Bill O'Sullivan, Christine Sidorski.
2019-2020 Executive Committee
Left to Right: Jeff Gauthier, Connie Crush, Larry Koplik,
Christine Sidorski, Bill O'Sullivan, Dan Porcher, Shanti Kengeter
Executive Committee News
Ben Root has resigned from the Executive Committee due to his move to Boston. (Thank you, Ben, for all your contributions!)
If you are interested in being considered as a candidate to fill the vacancy, please contact Larry Koplik or any Executive Committee member by Nov 27.
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.