June 24-30, 2018
Western+Swing Week

Western + Swing Week photos by Stewart Dean
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Western+Swing Week

Sunday, June 24–Saturday, June 30, 2018

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 23 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.

While the daily schedule for this year is in development, you may wish to view the schedule, photos and staff from last year’s camp.

2018 Staff (more to come!)

left-thing BANDS right-thing

left-thing DANCE right-thing

Emily Vanston & Brian Lawton


Emily Vanston and Brian Lawton
Lindy Hop

Wesley Boz

Ryan Boz

Debbie Ramsey

Debbie Ramsey & Wesley Boz and Ryan Boz

West Coast Swing, Country Western

left-thing FIDDLE right-thing

Junior Daugherty


Junior Daugherty
Country and western swing

emily miller


Emily Miller


Ben Sanders
Country and swing

Jay Ungar


Jay Ungar
Waltzes and swing

Kevin Wimmer


Kevin Wimmer
Swing and Blues

left-thing GUITAR right-thing


Larry Baione
Jazz and swing


Molly Mason


Tom Mitchell
Jazz, swing and
Stephane & Django class


Ryan Hommel
Country and rockabilly


Rob Stein
Lap Steel Guitar (Pedal Steel, too!)

left-thing MANDOLIN right-thing

Don Stiernberg

Don Stiernberg
Swing and Jazz

left-thing SINGING right-thing

Laurel Masse


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

Katie Martucci


Katie Martucci
Swing Harmony Singing

emily miller


Emily Miller
Country Harmony Singing

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: I, Infrogmation

Peter Ecklund

left-thing BASS right-thing

Harry Aceto

Photo: Chad Lieberman

Harry Aceto

Colin McCaffrey

Photo: Will Forest

Colin McCaffrey

PJ George


Eric Frey

left-thing DRUMS & PERCUSSION right-thing

billy lang

courtesy Dixie Doughboys

Billy Lang

left-thing BAND CLINICS right-thing


Dave Davies
Jug Band

Don Stiernberg


Don Stiernberg
Mando Band

sweetback sisters


The Sweetback Sisters
Country/Rockabilly Band

. Kevin Wimmer.

Tom MitchellKevin Wimmer
Django Band

Peter Ecklund. Katie Martucci.

Peter EcklundKatie Martucci
People’s Swing Band

More to come!



While the daily schedule for 2018 is in development, you may wish to take a look at the schedule, photos and staff from Western+Swing Week Camp 2017

Tuition and Meals

Tuition for the 2018 camp includes all meals*, classes and activities. Lodging is additional. Work exchange positions and youth scholarships are available.

Adults:  $835
Youth (Ages 13-25):  $615
Children (Ages 5-12):  $505
Children under 5:  Free 

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

* June 23 Pre-Camp Swing Dance & BBQ and June 24 Pre-Camp breakfast are available as add-ons during online registration.

You may select omnivore, no red meat, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals. We make every effort to include allergen-free dishes at every meal 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 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.

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 wet and dry weather. Special event clothes and dancing shoes.

See Important Information about Fiddle & Dance Camps for details about what to bring, when to arrive, 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 partially defray the cost of the 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 office@ashokan.org for details.


Register for Western+Swing Week Now!

Please do not call to register or mail a 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.

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.


Stay in the loop!

Like our Facebook page to stay in touch.

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