June 25-July 1, 2017
Western+Swing Week

Western + Swing Week photos by Stewart Dean View more on Flickr

Western+Swing Week
Sunday, June 25–Saturday, July 1, 2017

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

Dance: Lindy and West Coast swing, Two step, waltz and other C&W dances, squares & contras, dance parties and more.

Music: Fiddle, mandolin, guitar, steel guitar, piano, vocal technique, harmony singing, swing and country band clinics, improvisation, music theory, jam sessions, song swaps, and more.

Swing Dance Party & BBQ: Saturday, June 24 before camp (details).

Open to Western+Swing Week campers who need an extra night of fun and to folks who aren’t joining us for the whole week. You can add tickets when registering for camp or purchase à la carte dance and BBQ tickets if you’re not coming to Western+Swing Week.

2017 Staff (subject to change)


left-thing BANDS right-thing

left-thing DANCE right-thing

John Krumm

Photo by Stewart Dean

John Krumm
Squares and contras

Photographer: Rick Lightbody

Photo by Rick Lightbody

Cindy Overstreet
Steve Ryan

Swing, Country Western, blues
and a taste of Salsa


Erin Morris & Danny Beyrer
Swing Dance

left-thing FIDDLE right-thing

Junior Daugherty


Junior Daugherty
Country and western swing

emily miller


Emily Miller
Country and western swing

evan price


Evan Price
Swing Fiddle


Ben Sanders
Country, swing

Jay Ungar


Jay Ungar
Waltzes, swing

left-thing GUITAR right-thing


Larry Baione
Jazz and swing


Ryan Hommel
Country and rockabilly


Molly Mason
Swing basics


Tom Mitchell
Jazz, swing and
Stephane & Django class

left-thing MANDOLIN right-thing

left-thing SINGING right-thing

Zara Bode


Zara Bode
Vocal technique, harmony and vintage country

Laurel Masse


Laurel Massé
Swing and jazz singing, singer’s safety net

Emily Miller


Emily Miller
Vocal harmony, vintage country

left-thing PIANO right-thing


Vinnie Martucci

left-thing UKULELE right-thing

Robbert VanRenesse


Robbert Van Renesse
Ukulele and ukestra

left-thing IMPROV & MUSIC THEORY right-thing

Photo by I, Infrogmation

Peter Ecklund

left-thing BASS right-thing

Harry Aceto

Photo by Chad Lieberman

Harry Aceto

Colin McCaffrey

Photo by Will Forest

Colin McCaffrey

left-thing DRUMS right-thing

billy lang

courtesy Dixie Doughboys

Billy Lang

left-thing BAND CLINICS right-thing


Dave Davies
Jug Band



Barry Mitterhoff
Mando Band

Photo by I, Infrogmation

Peter Ecklund
People’s Swing Band

Evan Price and Tom Mitchell


Evan Price and Tom Mitchell
Stephane & Django Band

sweetback sisters


The Sweetback Sisters
Rockabilly Band

More to come!



While the schedule for Western+Swing Week 2017 is in development, you may view the camp materials and photos from last year:

2016 Western+Swing Week Camp information and photos (Archive)

Tuition and Meals

Tuition for the 2017 camp includes all meals*, classes and activities. Work exchange positions and youth scholarships are available.

Adults  $775
Youth Ages 13-25  $575
Children Ages 5-12  $475
Under 5  FREE 

Lodging is additional.

Camp attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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.

* June 24 pre-camp Swing Dance & BBQ and June 25 Brunch are available as add-ons during online registration.


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 camp.


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, blanket, 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. 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. Special event clothes and dancing shoes.
  • Public consumption of alcohol is discouraged.

See this What To Bring/Camp Summary for more details about what to bring, the schedule for camp, directions to Ashokan and other important information.

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

A limited number of work exchange positions are available to partially defray the cost of the 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 office@ashokan.org for details.


Registration will once again be available online. Watch for our announcements on facebook (see below).

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Stay in the loop!

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Once you’re registered for camp, be sure to join the Western & Swing Facebook group to stay in the loop.