Welcome

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:

  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

At PCD, we promote a number of traditional dance styles.  Click the links below to explore our world of folk dancing!

Contra Dances

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

English Country Dances

English Country Dance is both an historical and contemporary dance form. It originated in small rural villages and gradually become popular in royal courts. It 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. 

Family Dances

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

Special Events

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

Pick-up Band

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.

ScandiDance - NJ

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 will include schottische, reinlender, polska, slangpolska, snoa, waltz, and hambo.

Stay tuned and check back for more details, as ScandiDance will be getting its own tab alongside our other dance series pages.

Handsome Molly

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

Millstone River Morris

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.

Griggstown Lock

This Rapper Sword Team performs intricate dances with flexible swords.

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When We Dance

Wednesdays:

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

Selected Sundays:

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.

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.

Where We Dance

For GPS: Suzanne Patterson Center, 1 Monument Drive, Princeton,  NJ

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!

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.

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 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.

 

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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.

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