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THE REVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF BLUES, SOUL, AND FUNK
Join us for an online program exploring music and dance history.

The event will be streamed via Facebook Live on Wednesday, January 27th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm (Eastern).  (You do not have to be on Facebook to watch the program.)  Visit www.facebook.com/events/244681367273326.

Every genre of Black music, intrinsic to the growth of American popular music, informs the next generation of music listeners and performers about the black experience. From the way it sounds, to the way you move with it, and the way it continuously challenges the black social issues of today and yesteryear, Black music cannot be separated from its roots of oppression and celebration. Come learn the key threads of Black history that link the blues, soul, and funk genres together and how it forms the basis for future genres of Black music.

The program will be presented by Kenneth Shipp, the Event Advisor & Executive Director for the Ujima Blues Foundation.
Kenneth hails from St. Louis, MO and is an instructor who grew up dancing hip hop and breakdancing before jumping into Blues.  For the past few years he has been passionately studying the family of Blues idioms, incorporating his nerdy personality along the way. Kenneth’s life experiences inform his dancing and he wants his students to walk away with a better historical and contextual understanding to exhibit it in their dances.


Flurry Festival is Coming!

Get ready for Dancing in the Cloud, Feb 12-14, 2021: a full digital weekend festival with all the Flurry goodness you know and love.

View the lineup and get your advanced tickets at https://www.flurryfestival.org/flurry21-tickets/


 

 

 

 

 

All in-person sponsored events are currently suspended until it’s safe for our community to gather again. Decisions about resuming events will be based on the recommendations of local health officials and on the policy of the hosting venues.  Please check the calendar page for information about events.


MONTHLY DANCE SERIES

Cajun/Zydeco & Swing dances

Albany First Friday Swing Dance, each month, all year

Cajun/Zydeco Dance, Begins again in October, 4th Saturdays!

Savoy Diamond Dance, swing and more, 7:30-11 PM, 3rd Fridays (except Feb. when they’re at the Flurry)

Contra, Community, & Family Dances

Albany Contradances! , Sept.-June on the 2nd and 5th Fridays.  See also the ContraFest! which happens in November

Buhrmaster Barn Contra Dances  Will begin again in May and run through September

Contra Fest!  Friday evening through Saturday evening, November 8-9th

Clifton Park Contras  Third Saturdays beginning in September

Family Dances, Sunday fun for all ages!

North Berkshire Community Dance, 2nd Saturdays in Williamstown, MA

Old Songs Community Barn Dance, First Saturdays from November to May!  Sponsored by our colleagues at Old Songs, a fellow organization promoting traditional music and dance.

Troy Barn Dance Experience  A new dance series in downtown Troy

English Country Dances

Capital English Country Dancers first Sundays, Oct.-May

Rensselaer English Country Dances, third Sundays from Sept.-April

Stockade Assembly, for experienced English Country dancers in December and May.

Troy English Country dance workshops

 

TRADITIONAL MUSIC

Albany Sacred Harp (Shape Note) Singing, every Wednesday in Schenectady (except for some special sessions at the Shaker Heritage Society Meeting House)

Capital District Megaband  For intermediate to advanced musicians, ready to play up to dance speed and looking for a new direction and a challenge

SPECIAL EVENTS

Adirondack Dance Weekend, Contra & English Country Dances at the scenic Silver Bay YMCA, Lake George

Albany Lindy & Blues (And Swimming) ALBS, dances, workshops, house parties, usually in July

Contra Fest!  Friday evening through Saturday evening, November 13-14, 2020.  A short festival that’s long on great music and dance.

The DFO will be at Troy’s Victorian Stroll!  Capital English Country Dancers from noon to 1:45 pm and the Troy Barn Dance Experience from 2-4 pm.  Both sessions at Christ United Methodist Church.

The Flurry Festival  More dance and music than you can imagine in one great weekend — February 14, 15, & 16, 2020

Hubbard Hall Community Dance  A variety of events during the year, including a pre-Flurry Festival warm up session.  Freight Depot Theater, Cambridge.

Outreach and Grant-Funded Programs — The DFO is out and about engaging new audiences and helping to support events sponsored by other organizations.

Stockade Assembly, for experienced English Country dancers in December and May.