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Dancing in the mid-Hudson Valley, NY (and nearby)

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A free-style swing dip with MYM, one of my favorite partners


By my counter people have waltzed through here since 31 January 1999.


WHAT'S HAPPENING?

Mostly swing, C&W, Cajun, Zydeco and Latin --
Contra dancers, please go to the Fiddle and Dance News Dance Calendar

updated 9 February 2017
I update the page much more frequently than I remember to update this date!


Some Hudson Valley dancing

No partner necessary for most of these dances!


Special Events

30th Annual Dance Flurry Festival with Stone Cold Roosters (country), Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew (Cajun), Eight To The Bar (swing), Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, The Lightning Rods (hoedowns to Honky Tonk), Gals Who Play Jazz (swing), Annie & The Hedonists (blues, swing), Gordon Webster Band (swing), The Resonators (blues), plus contras, Balkan, clogging, waltzes, Irish, and much more, Friday-Sunday, Feb. 17th-19th, at the Saratoga Hilton & Saratoga City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga, NY.

Soul Purpose (Motown/R&B, Soul, and Blues), Saturday, Feb. 18th, at Lydia's Cafe, 7 Old Route 209, Stone Ridge, NY. 7-10pm. For more info call 845-687-6373.

Swing Daddyz, Sunday, Feb. 19th, at The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinell St., Rhinecliff, NY. 11:30am-2:30pm, small dance space. For more info call 845-876-0590.

Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys (Cajun), Monday, Feb. 20th, at The Falcon, 1384 Rt. 9W, Marlboro, NY. 7pm, usually only a 2 hour show, they say they're making dance space. For more info call 845-236-7970.

Cajun Dance (dj'd), Friday, Feb. 24th, at Parish Public House, 388 Broadway, Albany, NY. 7:30-10pm, lesson 6:30. For more info call 518-465-0444.

The Internationals (Ballroom, Latin & Swing - but you do need to take a partner for this one ), Sunday, Feb. 26th, at the White Eagle Hall, 487 Delaware Ave., Kingston, NY. $7.50, 1-5pm. For more info call 845-339-5685.

Tango Tea Party, Sunday, Feb. 26th, at CCE Beacon, 464 Main St., Beacon, NY. $15, 4:30-8pm.

Mardi Gras Party with C.J. Chenier (Zydeco), Sunday, Feb. 26th, at Let's Zydeco at Connolly's (3rd floor), 121 W. 45th St. (between 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY. $25, 7:30-10:30pm. For more info zydecolaura@hotmail.com or call 212-685-7597.

Westies At The Winery (dj'd), Saturday, Mar. 3rd, at Weed Orchards & Winery, 43 Mount Zion Rd., Marlboro, NY. $5, 6-10pm, 1/2 hour basic lesson at 7pm, food for purchase. For more info call 845-542-7610.

Terry and The Zydeco Bad Boys, Friday, Mar. 3rd, at the White Eagle Hall, 487 Delaware Ave., Kingston, NY. $15/student $10, 8-11pm, beginner lesson 7pm. For more info 845-255-7061.

Bernstein Bard Trio (swing plus), Saturday, Mar. 4th, at Gomen Kudasai Noodle Shop, Rite Aid Plaza, New Paltz, NY. 7-9pm, they have some dance space. For more info call 845-255-8811.

Mardi Gras Party with River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs, Sunday, Mar. 5th, at the Westchester Ballroom, 565 N. State Rd., Briarcliff, NY. $20, 6-9:30pm, basic lesson 5:30pm. For more info call 914-960-9057.

Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys (Zydeco), Sunday, Mar. 12th, at Let's Zydeco at Connolly's (3rd floor), 121 W. 45th St. (between 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY. $22, 6-9:30pm, lesson before dance. For more info zydecolaura@hotmail.com or call 212-685-7597.

Zydeco Dance (dj'd), Thursday, Mar. 23rd, at Parish Public House, 388 Broadway, Albany, NY. 7:30-10pm, lesson 6:30. For more info call 518-465-0444.

ZydeGroove (Zydeco), Saturday, Mar. 25th, at Let's Zydeco at Connolly's (3rd floor), 121 W. 45th St. (between 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY. $22, 8-11:30pm, lesson 7:15pm. For more info zydecolaura@hotmail.com or call 212-685-7597.

The Lustre Kings (Rockabilly, Honky Tonk), Sunday, Apr. 9th, at Let's Zydeco at Connolly's (3rd floor), 121 W. 45th St. (between 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY. $20, 6-9:30pm, lesson 5:15pm. For more info zydecolaura@hotmail.com or call 212-685-7597.

Terry & The Zydeco Bad Boys, Saturday, Apr. 22nd, at Let's Zydeco at Connolly's (3rd floor), 121 W. 45th St. (between 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY. $22, 8-11:30pm, lesson 7:15pm. For more info zydecolaura@hotmail.com or call 212-685-7597.


Regular Dances

If you don't know the venue, it's best to call first, as I'm not always notified when a dance goes extinct.

= live music

Every Tuesday West Coast Swing Dance (dj'd), at 402 25th St. Watervliet, NY. $10, 8pm; lesson 7pm, $10; both $15. For more info call 845-679-4464.

Every other Tuesday West Coast Swing & Salsa at the Ukrainian American Citizens Club, 1 Pulaski St., Cohoes, NY. $10, 8:30pm, lesson 8pm. (Call on this one!) For more info call 518-782-0608.

Every Wednesday West Coast Swing Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church of Highland, Grove St., Highland, NY. Dance 8:30-11pm, $5 or $2 with lesson; Basic lesson 7-7:45pm, $10; Intermediate lesson, 7:45-8:30pm, $10. For more info swingdance@earthlink.net or call 845-679-4464.

Every Wednesday Vassar College Swing Dance at the UpCDC (2nd floor, All Campus Dining Center), 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY. 8-10pm, $Free, basic lesson 7:30pm. For more info call 845-416-1869.

Every Wednesday Salsa and Hustle at Globe Bar & Grill, 1879 Palmer Ave., Larchmont, NY. 9pm to midnight $5, plus one lesson $10: hustle lesson 7-8pm, salsa lesson 8-9pm; they say there's a large dance floor. For more info call 914-833-8600.

Every Wednesday Latin Night at The Albany Railyard, 1118 Central Ave., Albany, NY. 8pm-2am, $7 includes lesson. For more info Christine@albanyhotspots.net or call 518-545-5468.

Every Thursday Salsa Dance at the Rosendale Cafe, 434 Main St., Rosendale, NY. 8:30-10:30pm, $5; lesson 7:30pm, $5. For more info call 845-658-9048.

Every Thursday West Coast Swing Dance at The MAC Fitness Center on 9W (743 East Chester Street), Kingston, NY. 8:30pm dance, $10; 7pm basic lesson, $7; 7:45pm Beyond the Basics, $7. For more info call 914-475-0803.

Every Thursday Swing Dance at the Albany Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany, NY. 9-11(or 12)pm, $5. For more info call 518-434-4037.

Every Thursday West Coast Swing Dance at the Uptown Gallery, 96 Wall Street, Kingston, NY. $12, 8-10:30pm, lesson 7-8pm. For more info evan@evanmacdonald.com or call 917-697-6916.

Every Thursday Blues Jam at Daniel J's, 2970 Rte. 22, Patterson, NY. 9pm, no cover. For more info call 845-878-3838.

Every Saturday Salsa Dance at Gabriel's Cafe, 316 Wall St., Kingston, NY. 8pm, $5. For more info call 845-338-7161.

First Tuesday Blues with Big Joe Fitz (see you in the spring) at the High Falls Café, 12 Stone Dock Rd. (off Berme Rd.), High Falls, NY. You can West Coast to some of it, East Coast to some of it, and some of it is Latin, plus a touch of Rock. 7-10pm, $5 or eat/drink there. For more info call 845-687-2699.

First Thursday Swingin' Newburgh with the Swing Shift Orchestra (Feb. 2) at Newburgh Brewing Company, 88 Colden St, Newburgh, NY. For more info call 845-569-2337.

First Friday Albany Swing Dance (Mar. 3: Alan Thomson Little Big Band; Apr. 7: Lustre Kings) at the Albany Elks Lodge, 25 South Allen St. (just one block South of Rt. 20 -- So. Allen is where Western and Madison meet), Albany, NY. 8pm, $15, basic workshop at 7pm. For more info jdolen@att.net or call 518-292-0133.

First Friday Salsa at Aesthetics, 63 Broadway, Kingston. 9pm, $10. For more info call 845-340-4278.

First Saturday West Coast Swing Dance (Mar. 4), at the First Presbyterian Church of Highland, Grove St., Highland, NY. 8pm, $10, free lesson at 7pm. For more info swingdance@earthlink.net or call 845-679-4464.

First Saturday Swing Dance Party (Mar. 4) at MAC Fitness/Group Fitness Studio, 743 E. Chester Street (Route 9W), Kingston, NY. $10, $6 students w/ ID, 8-10:30pm, 7:30pm basic workshop. For more info call 845-236-3939.

First Saturday Woodstock Milonga (Mar. 4), at Mountain View Studio, Mountain View Ave., Woodstock, NY. 9pm-1am, intro lesson 8-9pm, buffet, $15. Afternoon workshops -- see website above. For more info call 845-246-1122.

First Saturday Ballroom Dance (Mar. 4) at 40 Market St., Ellenville, NY. 9-10:30pm, lesson at 8:30pm, $5, $10 for lesson and dance. For more info call 845-647-5087.

First Saturday Club-style Ballroom Dance at The Fuze Box, 12 Central Ave., Albany, NY. 8-10pm, lesson at 7:40pm, $2.

First Saturday Milonga el Garaje (Mar. 4) at The Rhinebeck Dance Center, 7345 S. Broadway (Rt. 9), Red Hook, NY. $10, 6:30-10:30pm. For more info call 917-288-8430.

First Sunday Tango in the Afternoon (Mar. 5) at Gomen Kudasai Noodle Shop, Rite Aid Plaza, New Paltz, NY. 4-6:30pm lesson at 3:30pm, they have some dance space. For more info call 845-255-8811.

First Sunday Schenectady Swing Dance at 1020 Barrett Street, Schenectady. West Coast, Lindy Hop, East Coast, Jitterbug and Foxtrot to a "request-responsive" DJ. 6:30-10:15pm, $8 ($4 students), air-conditioned. For info call Jana at 518-435-8042.

First Sunday Ballroom at the Ukrainian American Citizens Club, 1 Pulaski St., Cohoes, NY. $10, 7-10pm, lesson 6:15pm.

First Sunday Ballroom at Danceland, Latham Circle Mall, 800 Loudon Rd., Latham, NY. For more info call 518-785-3888.

Second Wednesday WestChester Tango "Milonga" (Argentine Dance Party), at Eagles, 7 Old Albany Post Rd, Ossining, NY (directions at website). 8-11pm, one hour lesson begins 8pm, dance party 9-11pm, $10. For more info tangoWNY@yahoo.com or 914-528-9771. For carpool call 845-229-7269.

Second Friday Swing (Feb. 10) at The Hudson Valley Dance Depot, 1151 Route 55 (Freedom Plains Rd.), LaGrangeville, NY. $15, 9-11pm, workshops 7:30-9pm. For more info call 845-204-9833.

Second Saturday Swing with Emily Vanston (Feb. 11) at Hudson Valley Dance Depot, 1151 Route 55, Lagrangeville, NY. $10, 8:30-11pm, 7:30pm lesson. For more info emily.vanston@gmail.com.

Second Saturday Milonga (Feb. 11) at Strictly Ballroom, 5208 Rte. 9W, Newburgh, NY. $10, 8pm-midnite. For more inf call 845-783-6002.

Second Saturday Ballroom, Latin & Swing at Liberty Fitness Center, 85 North Main St., Liberty, NY. $10, 8-10pm, 7:30 free lesson. For more info call Cindy at 845-292-0756.

Second Saturday Salsa Social at Liberty Fitness Center, 85 North Main St., Liberty, NY. $10, 8-10pm, 7:30 free lesson. For more info call Cindy at 845-292-0756.

Second Saturday Noche Latina at The Albany Railyard, 1118 Central Ave., Albany, NY. 8pm, $7 includes Salsa Shines & Styling lesson 9-10pm. For more info Christine@albanyhotspots.net or call 518-545-5468.

Second Saturday Blues Dance at Hudson River Coffee House, 227 Quail St., Albany, NY. 9-11:30pm, free. For more info call 518-449-2174.

Second Sunday Poughkeepsie Swing Dance (NEW TIME!!! Feb. 12 CANCELLED due to weather! : Shorty King's Rhythm Review; Mar. 12: La Familia Swing & Blues Band) at the Arlington Reformed Church, southeast corner of EASTBOUND Route 44/55 and Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY. 3:30-6:30pm, beginner's lesson 3pm, $12. For more info call 845-454-2571.

Second Sunday Albany Dance at DDB, 724 Watervliet Shaker Rd. (Albany Med. Prof. Bldg.), Latham, NY. Swing, cha cha, mambo, samba, waltz, foxtrot, etc. to recorded music, 7-10:30, $10 ($7 students). For info call 518-786-7780 or 518-783-9829.

Second Sunday East Coast Swing Party at the First Presbyterian Church, 2568 South Ave., Wappingers Falls, NY. 6pm. For more info call 845-423-4111., NY. $10, 7-10pm, lesson 6:15pm.

Second Sunday Ballroom at the Ukrainian American Citizens Club, 1 Pulaski St., Cohoes, NY. $10, 7-10pm, lesson 6:15pm.

Second Sunday Ballroom at Danceland, Latham Circle Mall, 800 Loudon Rd., Latham, NY. For more info call 518-785-3888.

Third Saturday Swing-n-Blues Salon (Feb. 18) at The ARTBAR Gallery, 674 Broadway, Kingston, NY. $12, 8-11pm. For more info call 845-399-9034.

Third Saturday Milonga Del Corazon (winter break Jan.-Feb.) upstairs in the Ballroom at the Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston, NY. $15, 8pm-12am, tango basics at 7pm. For more info call 845-399-9034.

Third Saturday Club-style Ballroom Dance at The Fuze Box, 12 Central Ave., Albany, NY. 8-10pm, lesson at 7:40pm, $2.

Third Sunday Ballroom Dancing at the Polish Community Center, Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY. Class 6:15-7:00pm; Dancing 'til 10pm; Members-$9; Non-$12; College-$5; Free under 18.

Third Sunday Milonga (Feb. 19) at The New Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY. 8pm, $15/students $10, lesson 7pm. For more info call 518-828-4800.

Third Sunday Tango Tea Party (Feb. 19) at 1222 Hopewell Ave., Fishkill, NY. 4-7pm, $15, Master Tango class 3pm. For more info maia@dojodancecompany.com.

Fourth Wednesday WestChester Tango "Milonga" (Argentine Dance Party), at Eagles, 7 Old Albany Post Rd, Ossining, NY (directions at website). 8-11pm, one hour lesson begins 8pm, dance party 9-11pm, $10. For more info tangoWNY@yahoo.com or 914-528-9771. For carpool call 845-229-7269.

Fourth Friday Poughkeepsie Swing Dance (Feb. 24: Gordon Webster Sextet; Mar. 24: Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles) at The Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 S. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie, NY (see link for directions). 8:30pm, $15, 8pm beginner's swing workshop free, Intermediate workshops: wkshop 1: 6:30pm, wkshop 2: 7:15pm, $15 each / $20 both. For more info call 845-454-2571.

Fourth Saturday Ballroom by Request (Feb. 25) at The Hudson Valley Dance Depot, 1151 Route 55 (Freedom Plains Rd.), LaGrangeville, NY. $15, 9-11:30pm, lesson 8pm. For more info call 845-204-9833.

Fourth Saturday Milonga Comme Il Faut at the ArtBar Gallery, 674 Broadway, Kingston, NY. 8-11pm, $12. For more info call 845-594-5429.

Fourth Saturday California Mix at the Albany Elks Lodge, 25 South Allen St., Albany, NY. 8pm, $10, free lesson 7:30pm. For more info call 518-860-9010.

Fourth Saturday Blues Dance at Hudson River Coffee House, 227 Quail St., Albany, NY. 9-11:30pm, free. For more info call 518-449-2174.

Fourth Sunday Lefty's Sunday Salsa Socials at Maximum Fitness/Dance Studio, 59 North Plank Rd., Newburgh, NY. $5, 1-5pm, must have dance shoes or sneakers, 17 or older. For more info call 914-527-5075.

Last Friday Fishkill Practilonga at 1222 Hopewell Ave., Fishkill, NY. 9pm, $15/$25 couples, lesson 8:30pm, Salsa 10:30pm-12:30am. For info call 845-475-6006.

Fifth Sunday Albany Dance at DDB, 724 Watervliet Shaker Rd. (Albany Med. Prof. Bldg.), Latham, NY. Swing, cha cha, mambo, samba, waltz, foxtrot etc. to recorded music, 7-10:30, $10 ($7 students). For info call 518-786-7780 or 518-783-9829.

Fifth Sunday Schenectady Swing Dance at 1020 Barrett Street, Schenectady. West Coast, Lindy Hop, East Coast, Jitterbug and Foxtrot to a "request-responsive" DJ. 6:30-10:15pm, $8 ($4 students), air-conditioned. For info call Jana at 518-435-8042.

Fifth Sunday Ballroom at the Ukrainian American Citizens Club, 1 Pulaski St., Cohoes, NY. $10, 7-10pm, lesson 6:15pm.

Fifth Sunday Ballroom at Danceland, Latham Circle Mall, 800 Loudon Rd., Latham, NY. For more info call 518-785-3888.


Special Events have been moved to the top of the page


If you know any other dances or events that could be listed here, please contact me at FeatherSite -- questions and comments (I had to link this in to my Poultry Page web form as I was getting much too much spam off the address that was here).


Here's a few links to dance information on the web.

Information on Country Western dance floor etiquette.

Here's a site with a history of Swing Dance.

lindyhopper.com links to several histories of Lindy Hop

Yehoodi.com leans toward Lindy info. There's a calendar here for various areas of the country.

Here's the Hudson Valley Community Dance page of the HVCD. It includes their swing dance schedule, along with contra and English Country Dance information.

MHV Dance Connection has a page of Hudson Valley links.

Ballroom dancing in the Albany, NY, area

Here's the calendar for Danceland, in Latham north of Albany.

Where to go Ballroom Dancing in Berkshire County, MA, and the Capital District, NY.

Ballroom Dancing Resource in the Berkshires, MA: Berkshire County USABDA

This is Aria's list of places to dance in New York City.

Carlos has put together a Calendar of Swing Dance events for New York City.

Here's Swing Out -- another NY swing site.

SwingCraze! is a site promoting independent swing bands. Some great music available here.

And for you Argentine Tango fans, here's the Hudson Valley Tango page.

Here's the Hudson Valley West Coast Swing calendar!!

And a Capitol District (Albany-Troy) Swing Dance calendar.

And since you're in the area, check out the home page of Hudson-Mohawk Traditional Dances.

If you're in the western New York State area, check out the Syracuse dance calendar.

Or check out Arn Burkhoff's Northeast USA Cajun and Zydeco Schedule.

Let's Zydeco! Zydeco and Cajun in NYC.

And here's another site on Cajun/Zydeco Music and Dance.

Somebody Scream NY: Zydeco and Cajun in Ossining, NY.

For summers in NYC, here's where to find out about Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing.

This is the site of the Connecticut Swing Dance Society.

Hartford Country Dance keeps schedules for Contra, Swing, Cajun and Zydeco in central Connecticut.

The Mid-Hudson Valley (and beyond) Dance Calendar covers contra, square, English Country, swing and Cajun dancing. This great listing is part of the Fiddle and Dance News (spam: of which I'm the production editor).

Ashokan: Friends of Fiddle and Dance sponsors three great weeks of dance in the summer: Western and Swing Week, Southern Week (clogging, Cajun and Old-Timey) and Northern Week (contras and French Canadian). Check out their pages for further info on these camps and other dance events held at the Ashokan Field Campus in Olive Bridge, NY, home of "Ashokan Farewell."

More great dance can be found at the Augusta Heritage Center's Dance Weeks.

And finally, here's the Dance Connection -- maybe you can find a dance partner here.


"We are fools whether we dance or not,
so we might as well dance." -- Japanese proverb


And now for some band and music info . . .

For some great radio listening in the Hudson Valley, try tuning in WHVW, 950 AM (Yes! AM!) They play great old music, old country, Western Swing, R&B, some fifties, some Old Timey and "hillbilly." The stuff you never get to hear almost anywhere else.

This is the Cajun & Zydeco Radio Guide - Louisiana's Cajun and Zydeco music resource.

Bob Wills was the King of Western Swing, and here's a page with a lot of biographical info and some discography.

Here's some Western Swing Band history.

Here's the cyberhome of Asleep At The Wheel, a modern Western Swing band.

Fans of old Western Swing music might want to drop by the home page of the Light Crust Doughboys.

Here's the home page of the Cowboy Junkies. This isn't danceable music, but I can listen to Margo Timmins sing for hours.

If, like me, you play a Kay acoustic upright bass, there's now a registry for them.


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