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.

View photos from past camps by Stewart Dean on Flickr


31 - 3

Ashokan New Year's CampType:Weekend Camp


28 - 4

Western and Swing WeekType:Week-Long Camp


12 - 16

Guitar CampType:Week-Long Camp

19 - 25

Northern WeekType:Week-Long Camp


9 - 15

Southern WeekType:Week-Long Camp

16 - 20

Family CampType:Week-Long Camp


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