2015… our 35th Anniversary Year!

Ashokan Music and Dance Camps were established in 1980 at the Ashokan Center, a 385 acre environmental education and nature retreat center in New York’s Catskill Mountains.

Our camps are a learning vacation where you’ll meet like-minded people, have a ton of fun and enjoy in depth, hands-on classes led by our supportive staff.

Our programs are designed to be richly rewarding for musicians and dancers of all levels, from beginners to seasoned professionals. You can create your own schedule and attend any classes or workshops that fit your skill level and pique your interest.

We offer youth pricing, work-exchange and financial aid, so all who want to attend can afford to attend.

Combine this with great food, comfortable lodging, friendly people and the magical beauty of nature and you have a recipe for leaps of learning, good times and priceless memories.


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Scottish Fiddle + Cello Camp

Took place May 1 – 3, 2015  learn more

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

Took place May 22 – 25, 2015  learn more

A family-friendly weekend retreat for ukulele players of all levels. A diverse offering of workshops led by expert instructors, concerts, jamming, dancing and lots of fun. Classes include beginner-level instruction, technique workshops (fan strokes, claw hammer, fingerpicking), genre-based classes (Swing, Big Band, 80s music, etc.), playing by ear, soloing skills, embellishments, turnarounds and more.
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Western + Swing Week

June 28 – July 4, 2015 REGISTER NOW or learn more

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 REGISTER NOW or learn more

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. Create family memories that will last a lifetime!

Guitar Camp

July 12 – 16, 2015 REGISTER NOW or learn more

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 flatpicking, fingerpicking, swing/jazz, blues, folk and country, plus practical music theory, mini-concerts, jam sessions, song swaps and more!
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Northern Week

July 19 – 25, 2015 REGISTER NOW or learn more

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 REGISTER NOW or learn more

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!

New Year’s at Ashokan

Dec 31, 2015 – Jan 3, 2016 Learn more

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!


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