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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 13 August 2018
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

Halloween Dance Party with Soul Purpose (rock, swing, Motown, R&B etc.), Saturday, Oct. 27th at Lydia's Cafe, 7 Old Route 209, Stone Ridge, NY. 7-10pm. For more info call 845-687-6373.

River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs, Saturday, Oct. 27th, at the First Unitarian Church, 405 Washington Ave., Albany, NY. 8-11pm, lesson 7:30pm, $15/$12 DFO members. For more info call 518-859-0092.

Soul Purpose (swing, Motown, R&B) Benefit to save Tillson Lake, Sunday, Oct. 28th, at Greenhouse Barn, 2187 Bruynswick Rd., Wallkill, NY. 3-5pm, $30/$25 adv.

ZydeGroove, Friday, Nov. 2nd, at West Gate Restaurant and Lounge, 26 RT-59 (off Polhemus St) , Nyack, NY. 7:30pm, $30/adv. $25, large ballroom. For more info call 845 598-9421.

Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fi's (blues), Sunday, Nov. 4th, at The Falcon, 1384 Rt. 9W, Marlboro, NY. 11am-2pm. For more info call 845-236-7970.

Cindy Cashdollar & The Syncopators (Country, Western Swing), Monday, Nov. 5th, at The Falcon Downstairs, 1384 Rt. 9W, Marlboro, NY. 8pm. For more info call 845-236-7970.

Li'l Anne & Hot Cayenne (Zydeco), Friday, Nov. 9th, at the White Eagle Hall, 487 Delaware Ave., Kingston, NY. $15/student $10, 8-11pm, beginner lesson 7pm. For more info 914-388-7048.

The Bunkhouse Boys (Cajun), Saturday, Nov. 24th, at the First Unitarian Church, 405 Washington Ave., Albany, NY. 8-11pm, lesson 7:30pm, $15/$12 DFO members. For more info call 518-859-0092.

Cindy Cashdollar & The Syncopators (Country, Western Swing), Monday, Dec. 3rd, at The Falcon Downstairs, 1384 Rt. 9W, Marlboro, NY. 8pm. For more info call 845-236-7970.


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 (May-Sept.) Tango at Slingerland Pavilion, Spring Farm Trailhead, Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz, NY. 6:30-8:30pm, reservations required, suggested donation $15, pay what you can, lesson followed by dance. For more info call 845-256-0114.

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 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 Center for Creative Education, 15 Railroad Ave., 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 Friday Latin Dance at Newberry Music Hall, 388 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. 9pm-2am, no cover; lesson 8pm, $10. For more info ailicec1031@gmail.com.

Every Friday Practica de Tango at The Living Seed Studios, 521 Main Street, New Paltz, NY. 7:30-9:30pm, $12. For more info call 914-484-6881.

First Tuesday Blues with Big Joe Fitz (Nov. 6; Dec. 4) 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 (Oct. 4) at Newburgh Brewing Company, 88 Colden St, Newburgh, NY. For more info call 845-569-2337.

First Friday Albany Swing Dance (Oct. 5: The Resonators with Phil Drum; Nov. 2: Graham Tichy & The New Lowdown; Dec. 7: TBA; Jan. 4: Sonny & Perly Jive Five) 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/$10 Srs/Stdnts, basic workshop at 7pm. For more info firstfridayswingdance@gmail.com or call 518-292-0133.

First Saturday Dance Groove Mix (Oct. 6), at InnerLight Health Spa, 1 East Dorsey Lane, Poughkeepsie, NY. 8pm, $15, free lesson at 7:30pm. For more info swingdance@earthlink.net or call 845-679-4464.

First Saturday Ballroom Dance (Oct. 6) 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 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 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 (Oct. 14: Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fi's; Nov. 11: Crazy Feet; Dec 16 - 3rd Sun. this month: Bernstein Bard Quartet) at the Arlington Reformed Church, southeast corner of EASTBOUND Route 44/55 and Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY. $12, 6:30pm, lesson 6pm. 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 Milonguita (Tango) (Oct. 14; Nov. 11; Dec. 9) at D'Amby Project, 7270 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY. $10, 5-8pm. For more info Vivafeiner@gmail.com.

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 Thursday Swing with The Fabulous Versatones (Oct. 18) at The Traghaven Pub, 66 Broadway, Tivoli, NY. 8-10:30pm, dance between the tables. For more info call 845-518-8910.

Third Friday Swing Dance (Oct. 19: Bernstein Bard Quartet) at Unison Arts and Learning Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz, NY. 8pm, $15, free intro lesson 7:30pm, intermediate workshop with Emily Vanston 6:30-7:30pm, $10. For more info call 845-255-1559 or info@UnisonArts.org.

Third Saturday Swing-n-Blues Salon (Oct. 20) at The ARTBAR Gallery, 674 Broadway, Kingston, NY. $12, 8-11pm. For more info call 845-399-9034.

Third Saturday Milonga Del Corazon upstairs in the Ballroom at the Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston, NY. $15 / $10 stdnt, 7:30-11pm. For more info call 845-399-9034.

Third Sunday Honky Tonk with Lyn & The Undoables (Oct. 21) at The Pines, 5327 Rte. 212, Mt. Tremper, NY. 7:30pm, small space, take a partner, but great music. For more info call 845-688-7311.

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 Tango Tea Party (Oct. 21) 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 HVCD Poughkeepsie Swing Dance (Sept 28: The Fabulous Versatones; Oct. 26: Ray Blue, Blues & Swing Quartet; Nov. 25: Swingaroos) at The Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 S. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie, NY (see link for directions). 8pm, $15/$10 ft stdts, 7:30pm free beginner's swing workshop, Intermediate Workshop: 6:30pm, $20. For more info call 845-454-2571.

Fourth Saturday HVCD Ballroom by Request (Oct. 27) 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 Brava at the The Rhinebeck Dance Center, 7345 S. Broadway (Rt. 9), Red Hook, NY. For more info email VivaFeiner@gmail.com.

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.

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.

Last Sunday Saints of Swing (Sept. 30; Oct. 28) at The Falcon, 1384 Rt. 9W, Marlboro, NY. 10am-2pm. For more info call 845-236-7970.

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.

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 the Hudson Valley West Coast Swing calendar!!

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

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.

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."


"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.

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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