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Rum & Onions XLII

October 28, 2023


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Rum & Onions XLII

An annual Gala Halloween Contra Dance

Caller:  Steve Zakon-Anderson

Music by:  Rum & Onions

Led by:  Bob Pasquarello

Please join us for:

3:00 Experienced dancers only afternoon contra dance

6:00 Potluck dinner

7:00 Contra Dance Basics Workshop/Warm-up.  A fun intro to contra dance basics.   Everyone welcome.

7:30 Costume Parade

8:00 Contra Dance.  Parade immediately followed by contra dancing for all till 11:00, costumes encouraged!

9:30 Refreshment Break.  Contributions (sweets, fruit, savory and salty snacks) gratefully accepted



All Day:

General Admission: $30

Students/limited income:  $18-30

Children: $12

Afternoon only:

General Admission: $18

Students/limited income: $13-18

Children: $7

Evening only:

General Admission: $18

Students/limited income: $13-18

Children: $7

Please email here for any questions you may have pertaining to the dance.

Photos of previous R&O events can be found in the gallery at our R&O page here.

If you are a musician and would like information about playing at this dance, please email Bob Pasquarello by clicking here.

Head for the Hills 2023

November 10-12, 2023


PCD’s getaway weekend in the Poconos, Head for the Hills


A getaway weekend of dance, music and song in the Poconos with many of your favorite musicians, callers, and workshop leaders, sponsored by Princeton Country Dancers.

Featuring: contra dancing every day, English dance workshops and parties, couple dancing, workshops in dance for all ages, singing, instrumental music, tune swaps/jamming, and more. Calling for the weekend will use gender-free role terms. Special events include an oh-so-elegant cocktail party with live swing dance music, a fabulous ceilidh (skits, songs, dance performances), and a late night dance party.

Performers include:

Daniel Beerbohm, Michael Bell, April Birnie, Marco Brehm, Josh Burdick, Minda Cowen, Alex Deis-Lauby, Danny Elias, Steve Epstein, Jeff Gauthier, Sue Gola, Barbara Goun, Barbara Greenberg, Diane Hartzell, Doug Healy, Donna Hunt, Carol Johnson, Karen Justin, Lenora Kandiner, Michael Karcher, Ben Kennedy, Judy Klotz, Robert LaRue, Peggy Leiby, Carl Levine, Nathalie Levine, Rick Lightbody, Susie Lorand, Louise McClure, Ted McClure, Cecily Mills, Imogen Mills, Janet Mills, Robert Mills, Bob Pasquarello, Daniel Potter, Norman Plankey, Anna Rain, Christie Riehl, Ted Rudofker, Dylan Simpson, Judi Stellar, Kathy Talvitie, Ret Turner, Miranda Weinberg, Helen White, Sam Zygmuntowicz



Adults: $225
Students/Limited Income: $175-$225
Youth (6-17): $155
Children: (3-6): $115


Fees cover all accommodation (heated double occupancy room with bathroom), meals from dinner on the arrival day to lunch on the departure day, and all of the various dance, music, and song events in the program.


2023 Winter Cotillion

December 9, 2023


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The Cotillion is the dressiest event on our calendar, but don't feel compelled to dress up.  With mood lighting, performances from the Cotillion Singers and our ritual dance teams, even some group participation in carol singing will be interspersed with regular contra and English country dancing.

Mistress of Ceremonies: Judy Rivkin

Band: Raise the Roof: Mat Clark, Bob Pasquarello, Judi Stellar, and Kathy Talvitie

Times: TBD


Admission $20, Students/Limited Income $15-$20

Please note the Cotillion this year will be held on a Saturday instead of a Sunday, and will be held in our regular dance hall (Suzanne Paterson Center) instead of the Trinity Cathedral in Trenton.

February Fling 2024

February 2024


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This is a skilled English country dance, jointly sponsored by PCD and the Lambertville Country Dancers.

Dancing Master: TBD
Music by TBD


Afternoon Dance: There will not be an afternoon dance this year.
Evening Dance 7:30-11:00
Admission: $25


Please note:

Admission is by advance registration only, and typically sells out in January, so register ASAP!  No walk-ins are accepted, but there is usually a waiting list for those registering late.  Please see the flyer and registration form below to apply.
Dances will be minimally taught and prompted. The Fling program is designed for experienced English country dancers. “Experienced” means that you know well the standard figures of English country dancing. You can skillfully execute casts and leads, gates, single and double figures of eight, standard and draw poussettes, as well as all manner of heys (circular, mirror and dolphin). You are on time for each move, can assist your partner and neighbor, and can recover quickly from mistakes — while having fun!

Covid safety requirements for admission to the dance:

  • Vaccines: All participants must provide proof of having been fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J) at least two weeks prior to the February Fling. If eligible for a COVID-19 booster for more than one month, you must also have had a COVID-19 booster. Proof of meeting this requirement will be required with your registration.

  • Masks: Everyone must wear a well-fitting N95, KN95, or KF94 (or equivalent) mask covering the mouth and nose when indoors at all times.

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