Dec 29, 2017-Jan 1, 2018
New Year’s Weekend

New Year’s Camp photos by Stewart Dean
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New Year’s Weekend

Friday, Dec 29, 2017 – Monday, Jan 1, 2018

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Three days of music and dance classes, evening dance parties, sing-alongs and jams, plus our annual New Year’s Eve Dance and Dinner Party featuring Swing, Cajun, Contras, Squares, Blues and Waltzes!

If you like to dance, but can’t make it to the whole weekend, come join us just for our New Year’s Eve Dinner and/or Dance.  You’ll have a fantastic time.  (details/tickets).


featuring instruction & entertainment by

john krumm

 John Krumm


 Cindy Overstreet & Steve Ryan

Photo: Rick Lightbody


Erica Weiss


and joining us for New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Weekend Schedule

A detailed class schedule will be available on arrival. View last year’s schedule and photos here.


  • 3-6pm: 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, you’ll need a special parking permit from the Ashokan office on site.
  • 6pm Dinner is served
  • 7pm Choose a Sing-along or Slow Jam
  • 8pm Contras and Waltzes with John and Swingology
  • 9pm Swingtime
  • 10pm Cajun with Jesse Lége & Bayou Brew
  • 11pm Snacks

Saturday & Sunday
Dance classes, music classes and jam sessions all day. Wood-burning sauna, nature walks, (cross country skiing, ice skating.

  • 8:30am: Breakfast
  • 9:30am–1pm: Dance classes, music classes, singing and jam sessions
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 2–5:30pm: More dance classes, music classes, singing and jam sessions
  • 6pm: Dinner
  • 7pm: Sing-along or Slow Jam
  • 8–11pm Saturday: Contras, Waltzes, Cajun and Swing dancing
  • 11pm: Snacks

Sunday Night
New Year’s Eve Dance & Dinner Party! After a four-course meal and a sing-along, there’ll be dancing in two rooms until the wee hours, with a midnight countdown celebration to ring in the new year!

  • 6pm: New Year’s Eve Dinner (including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options)
  • 7pm: Waltzes and a Sing-Along Song Swap
  • 8pm: New Year’s Eve Dance with our weekend camp staff plus Special New Year’s Eve guests Bob Isaacs and Ball, Bell & VanNorstrand
  • 11pm–1am: Our bountiful New Year’s Eve snack table—while the dancing continues
  • Midnight: Countdown to 2018
  • More dancing ’til the wee hours!


  • 10am: Farewell Breakfast
  • Noon–2pm: Farewell Dance—a little of everything!

While we finalize the schedule for this year, please visit the 2016/2017 New Year’s Camp page featuring photos and videos of last year’s weekend and dance.

Our Staff


  • Swingology – Contras & Squares, Swing, Blues, Waltzes with groove, creativity and pizzazz!. Molly Mason (vocals, guitar & piano), Jay Ungar (vocals, fiddle & mandolin), Peter Davis (vocals, clarinet, sax, guitar, piano), Dave Davies (vocals, trombone & guitar), Peter Ecklund (trumpet, flugelhorn), Harry Aceto (bass), Russ Sternglass (drums)
  • Jesse Lége & Bayou Brew –  Led by Jesse Lége, one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists in Southwest Louisiana, Bayou Brew brings foot stompin’ Cajun music to the world, one dance hall at a time. Jesse Lége (accordion & vocals), Darren Wallace (fiddle, electric guitar), Missy Roser (fiddle,vocals), Evelyn Schneider (bass), Erica Weiss (rhythm guitar, vocals), Keith Garovoy (drums, vocals)
  • Singing and instrumental music classes with many of the folks above plus John Krumm and Tom Krumm
  • and joining us for New Year’s Eve 
    • Ball, Bell & VanNorstrand – Driving and inventive contradance music, stunningly beautiful waltzes and more with Tim Ball on fiddle and guitar, Rachel Bell on accordion, and Andrew VanNorstrand on fiddle, banjo and guitar.
    • ZydeGroove –  a New York based zydeco band with one prime directive — to deliver the most irresistible dance grooves possible.


  • Cindy Overstreet and Steve Ryan – Lindy, West Coast, Slow Blues
  • Erica Weiss – Cajun and Zydeco dance
  • John Krumm – Contras & Squares
  • and joining us for New Year’s Eve
    • Bob Isaacs  – Contras & Squares

Classes and Workshops will include: Swing, Cajun dance, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, singing, waltzes, Cajun and swing/jazz, ensemble jams, sing-alongs and more.

Tuition and Meals

These fees includes all activities, classes, dances, workshops and meals from New Year’s Eve through Tuesday, including the New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance. Lodging is additional, see below. Work exchange and youth scholarships are available. 

Adults: $485
Discounted Youth Price (13-25): $375
Children (age 5-12): $275
Parent/Guardian: $275*
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.

You may select omnivore, no red meat, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals. We make every effort to include a range of allergen-free dishes and to inform diners of meal ingredients.


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

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 for this event. 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.

What to Bring, When to Arrive, and Transportation

  • If you are staying onsite: Sleeping bag or sheets, blankets, pillowcases, towels, soap, toiletries. Pillows are available. 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 both 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.

See Important information about New Year’s Weekend for more details about what to bring, when to arrive, the schedule for camp, directions to Ashokan and more. 

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 help partially defray the cost of camp. A list of work exchange 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 Dinner and 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.