Adirondack Dance Weekend

Adirondack Dance Weekend

September 29-October 1

Registration is open

See below for housing options & to register

A weekend of Contra, English Country and Balfolk dancing, couples dancing, singing, music & dance workshops.

The Silver Bay YMCA Retreat Center, located 1 1/2 hours north of Albany New York, is tucked into the Adirondack Mountains and sits on the shore of Lake George. In mid September, the days are warm and the evenings chilly, the leaves just turning. A great place to spend a September weekend.

We offer continuous dancing in two halls all day, with workshops mixed in throughout the day. Two big evening dance parties. Great meals and awesome snacks. If you need a break from dancing, go for a walk around the lake, or take a canoe or kayak out for a spin on the lake. Or hang out, visit, and jam on the porches at the dance hall or Inn.

ADK is an all inclusive weekend:

  • Housing – Friday & Saturday night – included in price 
  • All Meals —Friday dinner through Sunday lunch – included in price 
  • All dancing & workshops – included in price 

Two great Contra dance bands, one great English country dance band & three awesome callers & workshop leaders:

Red Case Band

Featuring Clara Stickney on fiddle & harp, Alex Cumming on accordion & piano, and Sturt Kenney on bass & banjo. Red Case weaves together banjo, lever harp, and accordion textures to create groovy, trancelike dance experiences as well as combining fiddle, piano, and bass for a more raucous good time.

Alchemy brings together three dynamic players steeped in traditional English Country Dance and contra dance music: Rachel Bell, Karen Axelrod, and Eric Martin. Individually, they have performed across the United States, Canada, and Europe. As a trio, their improvisatory style brings a contemporary and innovative feel to both traditional and newly composed tunes and songs.

George Marshall is a full-time musician, caller and dance teacher, touring nationally year-round. His specialty is teaching and calling the New England-style contra dances he has collected throughout the country. George is renowned for his knack of matching music to dance and for his smooth, concise teaching and presentation. In addition to calling for contra dance, George will also be managing sound.

Dereck Kalish will be managing sound for us once again. He has provided great sound for weekly dances, and larger events from Pinewoods Camp, Tropical Dance Vacation St. Croix, Peterborough Snow Ball, Across The Lake, NEFFA, CDS, Adirondack Dance Weekend (just last year) to name a few. Dereck can also be seen calling English or contra dances throughout New England. He might even call a dance or two for us?

More band and caller info coming soon

(Prices are per person & include all meals & all dancing)

STAY AT THE INN — an historic inn with private and shared baths:

  • Single room with a private bath — $575 
  • Single room with a shared bath — $470
  • Double room with a private bath — $425
  • Double room with a shared bath — $360

 STAY AT THE WILLIAM BOYD CENTER — deluxe accommodations located on the 2nd floor above the dining room:

  • Single room with a private bath — $675 
  • Double room with a private bath — $490

STAY IN A CABIN  each cabin has several bedrooms, a small kitchen, living room, a shared bathroom and great porches:

  • Double room with a shared bath–$360 

STAY OFF SITE—stay at a local campground, motel, or airbnb of your choice

  • Access to all dancing and workshops — $150 (housing and meals not included)
  • Onsite meals can be purchased individually or as a package – call Silver Bay at (518) 543-8833

GET A SCHOLARSHIP — We offer a limited number of work scholarships (first come first served)

  • Double room with a shared bath — $175

CANCELLATION — You will receive a full refund (less PayPal fees) if we need to cancel the weekend due to Covid-19 concerns.

REFUNDS – You may cancel and receive a full refund (less PayPal fees), up to August 29. No refunds after August 29. 

Covid Protocols

Covid vaccination is encouraged but not required. Masking is optional. Please test on Friday, before leaving home for the weekend. If you test positive, provide us with a photo of the test results and we will issue a refund (less PayPal fees).

Questions? reach us at or call (518) 441-3667

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