Below are links to a variety of resources for dancers, event organizers, musicians, and singers.
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Articles on Health Benefits of Dancing
Nation-wide Resources for Dancers, Musicians, & Singers
Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) – WE LOVE traditional and participatory dance, music and song, especially those with roots in English and North American culture. We believe in the joy and strength they bring to individuals and communities, and we are committed to their vitality and sustainability. CDSS has a wide variety of resources and programs.
The National Dance Grid – Schedules of contradances and English country dances across the country
Shared Weight – These mailing lists are for the people involved in producing events for Contra and Traditional Square Dance. This is a place where callers, organizers and musicians can support each other by: Sharing information Asking advice Discussing issues common to our community People new to these roles are specifically encouraged to send questions to the group and learn from those with more experience. We also encourage people to use these lists to plan gatherings, workshops or anything else that helps to build our community.
New York Folklore Society – The New York Folklore Society fosters the study, promotion, and continuation of folklore and folklife of New York’s diverse cultures through education, advocacy, support, and outreach.
Classes, Camps, & Jams
Ashokan Music and Dance Camps – Hosted by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason at Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY.
Old Songs, Inc., centered in the New York State Capital Region, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to keeping TRADITIONAL MUSIC & DANCE alive through the presentation of festivals, concerts, dances and educational programs.
Fiddler’s Tour – Open to all musicians: Any age, any ability – REALLY! Come if you play only by ear! Music books and music stands are also welcome! If you do a little by ear, a little by site reading, this is the gathering for you too!
Irish Slow Session – Irish Slow Session held at Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S. Main St., Voorheesville, NY on the Third Wednesday of each month.
The Pick’n’ & Sing’n’ Gather’n’, Inc. (PSG) – We like to gather, pick and sing. We have monthly sing-arounds in Voorheesville. We produce the GottaGetGon folk festival at the end of May annually, and a private gathering “The Last Gasp” over Labor Day weekend. There are many other informal get-togethers arranged by our members and we are active participants in the activities of other like organizations.
Saratoga Pan Celtic Sessions – Jam session, Wednesdays, Parting Glass Pub, Saratoga Springs, NY
Camp Violon Trad Québec takes place at Plein Air Lanaudia, Saint-Côme, Quebec. The primary objective is to introduce, teach and thoroughly examine traditional Québécois fiddle music while developing the skills of the musician/camper. This five-day programme is led by top professionals in the field and welcomes students of all levels from age 6 to 99 (with a minimum of 2 years violin instruction).
Catskill Irish Arts Week Classes, Concerts, and Pub sings
Northeast Tionol – Held in East Durham, NY every year since 1986, the Northeast Tionol is a weekend of classes, workshops, and concerts focusing on the Irish uilleann pipes and fiddle.
Pinewoods Camp – Pinewoods is a traditional dance and music camp located in a beautiful 25-acre pine and beech forest between Long Pond and Round Pond in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Piper’s Gathering – The Pipers’ Gathering is a musical convention that features “alternative bagpipes” of all types.
Dance Organizations Around the State
Central and Western New York
The Dance Gypsy – Information on dances in western New England & Capital District.
Syracuse Country Dancers and English Syracuse Country Dancers – We hope you will also join us at one of our contra dances or English country dances. Every dance has live music and a caller who teaches each dance sequence. It’s fine to come with or without a partner. New dancers are always welcome, and if you’re an old hand, you already know how much fun it can be.
Syracuse International Folk Dances – Circle, line, and couple dances from around the world. Especially Eastern Europe, The Balkans, Israel, Scandinavia, Greece, Russia and The British Isles.
Rochester Dance – Links to dance events & organizations in Rochester and the Western New York State area.
Queen City Contra – Buffalo, NY. We dance on 1st and 3rd Saturdays from October to June and 3rd Saturdays only in July and August * Sometimes we dance on 5th Saturdays,too! * Most dances run from 8-11 pm * No partner required. Come alone, or with friends and family, or with a significant other, just come! * No experience required. Beginners welcome! All dances are taught and walked through.
Swing Dancing in the Mid-Hudson Valley – Mostly swing, C&W, Cajun, Zydeco and Latin
Massachusetts & Vermont
Country Life Dance and Music Society Pittsfield, MA – Come to a Traditional New England Contra Dance
Brattleboro Dawn Dances – The Brattleboro Dawn Dances take place twice a year on Labor Day and Memorial Day at the Gibson-Aiken Center in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont. Each dance features contra dancing with three bands and three callers from 8pm Sunday evening to 7am Monday morning. The Brattleboro Dawn Dances are an opportunity to join hundreds of enthusiastic dancers from far and wide in dancing from dusk to dawn to some of the finest musicians and callers around.
Vermont Swing Dance – The Vermont Swing Dance Championships is a recently established annual dance event. This event is the only WCDC annual event with a points registry WSDC ( World Swing Dance Council) in this four state region of New England including Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and RI.
Ballroom – where to go ballroom dancing in Western MA, and the NY Capital District Area