Ashokan Music and Dance Camps were established in 1980 at the Ashokan Center, a 385 acre environmental education and nature retreat center along Esopus Creek 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.



New Year’s at Ashokan

Dec 31, 2015 – Jan 3, 2016 Learn more & register

Three days of music and dance workshops and performances featuring old timey, swing, waltz, contra and square dancing plus a magical dinner and dance party to ring in 2016. And did we mention the wood burning sauna?!

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Bruce Molsky & Debra Clifford:
Old Time Rollick Weekend

April 1-3, 2016  Learn more & register

Bruce Molsky & Debra Clifford of Southern Week staff host this brand new Old Time Music weekend immersion camp. Beginner, intermediate and advanced Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Old Time Singing & Ballads, a Gospel Sing, Square Dancing, jam sessions and more!

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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas:
Trad String Fling

April 29-May 1, 2016  Learn more & register

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!

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Uke Fest

May 27 – 30, 2016  Learn more & register

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, genre-based classes like Jazz, Blues and Ragtime, soloing skills, embellishments, turnarounds and more.

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Western + Swing Week

June 26 – July 2, 2016   Learn more

Swing, Jazz, Country and Western-Swing music and dance

Learn the Lindy and West Coast swing, Two step, waltz and other C&W dances, squares & contras, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, steel guitar, piano, vocal technique, harmony singing, band clinics, improvisation, music theory, jam sessions, song swaps, and more.

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Guitar Camp

July 11 – 15, 2016 Learn more

Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz, Folk and Country

plus practical music theory, mini-concerts, jam sessions and song swaps.World class guitar instruction featuring a variety of levels and styles including flatpicking, fingerpicking and more!

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Northern Week

July 17 – 23, 2016 Learn more

New England, Quebecois, English and Scandi music and dance

Contras, squares, English dances, Scandinavian turning dances, fiddle, nyckelharpa, mando, guitar, piano, singing, calling, band clinics, dance parties, jam sessions, song swaps and more!


Family Camp

Aug 8 – 12, 2016  Learn more

Music, dance, puppetry, nature, crafts and family fun.

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!

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Southern Week

August 14 – 20, 2016 Learn more

Appalachian, Old Time, Cajun and Zydeco music and dance

Square dancing, flatfooting and clogging, Cajun & Zydeco dance, accordion, fiddle, banjo, guitar, mountain singing, caller’s workshops, traditional clogging team, harmony singing and band workshops, jam sessions, song swaps, dance parties, slow jams and more!