The North River


The Hudson was named the "North River" by the Dutch, who called the Delaware River the "South River." The name "North River" was used in the New York City area up until the early 1900s, with limited use continuing into the modern day. The term persists in radio communication among commercial shipping traffic, especially below Tappan Zee. It was the English who originated the use of the name "Hudson" - even though Hudson had found the river while exploring for the Dutch. We, the North River Colonial Dancers chose a name that represents the areas in New Jersey and New York in which we live and dance.

John Ferguson Weir (1841-1926) View of the Highlands from West Point, 1862. Oil on linen, 20 x 34 in. (50.8 x 86.4 cm). Courtesy of The New-York Historical Society.

 Our New Name - The North River Historical Dancers


Founded in 2008 as the North River Colonial Dancers, we are a historic dance troupe that performs and instructs English Country dances from the late 17th through 19th centuries. Many of us are historical re-enactors, and our specialty is authentic period-correct attire. We are experienced dancers of various ages and professions who have trained with many renowned callers and have performed and danced at many well-known historic sites in the Northeast.


We have a passion for instructing! We teach everyone and exclude noone- regardless of your experience level.