Dec 30, 2016-Jan 2, 2017
New Year’s at Ashokan   Recently updated !

New Year’s Camp photos by Stewart Dean View more on Flickr

New Year’s at Ashokan
Friday, Dec 30, 2016 – Monday, Jan 2, 2017

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Three days of fabulous music and dancing plus our annual New Year’s Eve dinner dance featuring Swing, Cajun, Zydeco, Contras, Squares, Blues and Waltzes! Enjoy music and dance classes, singing, jamming and evening dance parties.

If you can’t make it to the whole weekend, please join us for the New Year’s Eve Dance & Dinner Party, an amazing night that’s included in camp registration.  (details/tickets).

featuring instruction & entertainment by

Jay & Molly with Swingology  •  Les Ferrailles

 John Krumm    •    Tom Krumm   •   Cindy Overstreet & Steve Ryan  •  Erin Segura

New Year’s Eve Dance Party also includes Tempest  and  Zydegroove 

More to come!



Les Ferrailles

john krumm

John Krumm

Tom Krumm

Cindy Overstreet & Steve Ryan
Photo: Rick Lightbody

New Year’s Camp Schedule (subject to change)

While the daily schedule for this year’s camp is in development, you can view the 2015/6 New Year’s Camp page featuring photos and videos!


  • 2-5pm: Arrival and check in. Follow signs to check-in. If you must drive down, please unload and then return your car to the main lot immediately. If you need your car nearby for disability or health reasons, youʼll need a special parking permit from the Ashokan office on site.
  • Evening schedule to be announced


  • Breakfast and lunch will be served
  • All Day: Dance workshops and music workshops, and jam sessions
  • Wood-burning sauna
  • Cross country skiing and ice skating available (weather permitting, with your own equipment)

Saturday Night

Our New Year’s Eve Dance & Dinner Party! After a four-course meal, there will be a sing-a-long, then dancing in two rooms until the wee hours, with a midnight countdown celebration for the New Year!

  • 6pm: New Year’s Eve Dinner (menu to be announced)
  • 7pm: Sing-a-long
  • 8pm: New Year’s Eve Dance Party
  • Midnight: Count Down to 2017
  • More dancing ’til the wee hours!


  • Three meals and a late night snack will be served
  • All Day: Dance workshops and music workshops, and jam sessions
  • Evening: Dance to great live music
  • Wood-burning sauna, cross country skiing, ice skating again available


  • 10am: Brunch
  • Noon – 2pm: Farewell Dance


2016-17 Staff

Dance Bands

  • Jay & Molly and Swingology – Contras & Squares, Swing, Blues, Waltzes
  • Les Ferrailles – This Louisiana band packs a powerful Cajun punch guaranteed to get your feet moving. Singer/Songwriter Yvette Landry (guitar, vocals), Ryan Brunet (accordion), Chris Segura (fiddle), Jonno Frishberg (fiddle) and Trevor Landry (drums).

Dance Staff

Music Staff

More bands and performers to come…


Tuition + Meals

Tuition includes all activities, classes, dances, workshops and meals from New Year’s Eve through Sunday, including the New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance. Work exchange and youth scholarships are available. 

Adults: $475
Discounted Youth Price (13-25): $365
Children (age 5-12): $265
Parent/Guardian: $210*
Children (Under 5): Free

*Camp attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We offer a special Parent/Guardian rate which includes meals, dance and concert, but no classes.

Lodging is additional.

You may select regular, vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free meals. We make every effort to include a range of allergen-free dishes and to inform diners of meal ingredients.

Payment/Cancellation/Refund Policy

You may hold your place with a deposit of $150. Full payment is due no later than six weeks before camp begins.

Partial refunds are available until two weeks before camp begins. To cancel, please log into the account you created when registering on Regonline and select the option to cancel. Cancellation fees apply.

Please refer to our official payment/cancellation/refund policy for important deadlines and dates for this workshop.


Enjoy the full Ashokan experience and choose comfortable onsite lodging as part of the registration process. More information and costs here.

What to Bring

  • If you are staying onsite: Sleeping bag or sheets, blankets, pillowcases, towels, soap, toiletries. There are light quilts in each private room and a small number of light blankets for those bunkhouse residents who are unable to bring one of their own. Pillows are available. If you will need us to provide one, please let us know well in advance and we’ll do our best.
  • Flashlight, camera.
  • Clothes and shoes for wet and dry weather. Festive dress and dancing shoes for the New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance, if you like.
  • Cross country skiing and/or skating equipment if you like.


Youth Pricing and Scholarship Fund

We’re excited about the growing interest in traditional music and dancing among young people–the future is in their hands. To help young people take part in Ashokan Music & Dance Camps, we offer major discounts for children and young adults and have established a Youth Scholarship Fund. Anyone age 25 or younger can apply by filling out our Youth Scholarship Application.

Work Exchange

Work exchange positions are available to help partially defray the cost of camp. A list of available positions can be found here.

Indicate your first three choices of positions during online registration and make a deposit of $150 or more to hold your registration.

Contact us by phone (845) 246-2121, or email for details.


You can pay in full now, or hold your spot with a deposit of $150 for each attendee until six weeks before camp begins, when full payment is due. If you are applying for a work exchange position, a deposit of $150 is still required.

Register for New Year’s Camp Now!

Please do not call to register or mail in your payment before registering online. If you prefer to pay by check, or with a credit card by phone, you may select that option when you register.

To register for the New Years Eve Dance Party only, click here. 


Questions?  Contact us!

Directions to the Ashokan Center can be found here.

Stay in the loop!

Like our Facebook page to stay in touch.

Once you’re registered for camp, be sure to join the New Year’s Eve Facebook group to stay in the loop.


The photos in the slide show above were taken by Stewart Dean during New Year’s camp.
View more on Stewart Dean’s Flickr site.