Music and Dance Camps have been held at Ashokan since 1980 at the Ashokan Center, a 385 acre nature preserve and environmental education center in New York’s Catskill Mountains. Our camps provide a learning vacation – that means lots of fun and enjoyment as well as serious classes and workshops.

We provide both music and dance classes, so that dancers will have the finest music to dance to and musicians will be inspired by the great dance forms that their music is rooted in. They are designed to be richly rewarding for complete beginners as well as the experienced dancer or musician.

Dancers get to dance to some of the most inspired music around, which in turn inspires the musicians to new heights. Participants can tailor their own schedule to focus exclusively on vocal or instrumental music, dance or a mix of your own. With musicians and dancers able to take classes in music, dance or a mix of both, that hazy line between musicians and dancers tends to melt away as we let the good times roll.

Each week is packed with great classes in dance, instrumental music and singing at a wide variety of experience levels, as well as jam sessions, evening dance parties, song sessions and much more. You’re welcome to attend any classes and workshops that are appropriate for your skill level or that you’d just like to observe. There’s no need to pre-register for specific classes.


New Year’s at Ashokan

Dec 31, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015

Registration and info about this year’s camp coming soon. 

Four days of music and dance workshops and performances featuring old timey, swing and cajun, waltz, contra and square dancing! Dinner and dance party to ring in 2015! Not to mention the wood burning sauna! Schedule to be announced. Learn More about last year’s camp
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Scottish Fiddle + Cello Camp

May 1 – 3, 2015
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World-class Scottish traditional music workshops led by musicians and teachers Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. Three days and two nights of workshops, jamming and a concert by our instructors. An unforgettable experience for anyone interested in traditional Scottish music.
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Uke Fest

May 22 – 25, 2015
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A family-friendly weekend retreat for ukulele players of all levels. A diverse offering of workshops led by expert instructors. The weekend also includes concerts, jamming, dancing and lots of fun. Past classes have included beginner-level instruction, technique workshops (fan strokes, claw hammer, fingerpicking), genre-based classes (Swing, Big Band, 80s music, etc.), playing by ear and soloing skills, embellishments and turnarounds and more. Stay tuned for the instructor and course list for 2015 – it’s sure to be another fantastic Ashokan experience!
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Western + Swing Week

June 28 – July 4, 2015
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A camp for dance and music lovers, young and old. Learn the Lindy and West Coast swing, Two step, waltz and other C&W dances, squares & contras, dance parties and more. Music covered includes fiddle, mandolin, guitar, steel guitar, piano, vocal technique, harmony singing, swing and country band clinics, improvisation, music theory, jam sessions, song swaps, and more. One of our most-loved camps!

Family Camp

July 5 – 9, 2015
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Our family camp returns – music, dance, puppetry, nature, crafts and goofiness. For everyone, from babies to grandparents. A wide variety of age-specific and skill-specific workshops and activities… more promotional text here. Create family memories that will last a lifetime. Instructors listed here.

Guitar Camp

July 12 – 16, 2015
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An opportunity for all levels of players. Immerse yourself and grow! Connect with other guitarists – you’ll come away with new repertoire and techniques and greater confidence in your music. This year, our instructors will offer classes in blues, country, fingerstyle, flat-picking, and chordal playing.
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Northern Week

July 19 – 25, 2015
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Contras, squares, English dances, Scandinavian turning dances, fiddle, nyckelharpa, guitar, piano, singing, calling, band clinics, dance parties, jam sessions, song swaps and more!
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Southern Week

Aug 9 – 15, 2015
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Square dancing, flatfooting and clogging, Cajun & Zydeco dance, Cajun accordion, fiddle, guitar, vocals and bass & percussion, caller’s workshops, traditional clogging team workshop, old-time fiddle, banjo and guitar, old-time songs, harmony singing and band workshops… plus jam sessions, song swaps, dance parties, slow jams and more!


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