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Music & Dance Camps

Discover the Joy! At Ashokan, you can ignite excitement, hone your skills, and experience captivating sound, rhythm, and movement. Ashokan Music & Dance Camps are held in a serene natural setting, where you can sing, dance, and jam with new-found friends and leave the worries of the world far behind. We offer flexible pricing that includes on-site camping and delectable meals. Or for added comfort, private rooms and bunks are available at an extra cost. All are welcome, including families and folks of all ages. Campers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Western and Swing BBQ & Dance 2024

June 22, 2024 - June 22, 2024

Dine, dance, or just enjoy a great evening of Swing & Classic Country music under Ashokan’s outdoor pavilion! Learn swing & two-step basics and then get down to live music by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason and the Western & Swing Week house band.

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Western & Swing Week 2024

June 23, 2024 - June 29, 2024

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason host this full week of Vintage Jazz, Swing, Western-Swing, and Classic Country music and dancing.

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Northern Week BBQ & Dance 2024

July 13, 2024 - July 13, 2024

Dine, dance, or just enjoy a great evening of New England music and dancing under Ashokan’s outdoor pavilion! Learn dance basics and then join in the contras & squares with live music by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason and the Northern Week staff.

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Northern Week 2024

July 14, 2024 - July 20, 2024

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason host a fun and friendly full-week of traditional music & dance from New England, Québec, England, Sweden, and France. Beginners welcome!

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Acoustic Guitar Camp 2024

July 22, 2024 - July 26, 2024

Ashokan Acoustic Guitar Camp offers guitarists of all levels an opportunity for real immersion and growth in a friendly environment. Come sing, jam, and incorporate new styles and techniques into your playing!

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Guitar Summit 2024

July 24, 2024 - July 24, 2024

We invite our community to enjoy a wonderful evening of acoustic guitar players. Don't miss this incredible lineup. 7:30pm

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Bluegrass Camp 2024

July 29, 2024 - August 02, 2024

Kimber Ludiker hosts a week of bluegrass instruction and jamming for guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bass, vocals and songwriting. Jam with and learn from inspirational teachers hand-picked to cultivate a magical musical environment.

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Bluegrass Open House 2024

August 1, 2024 - August 1, 2024

Enjoy the Bluegrass Camper & Staff Concert, then pick a few tunes at the jam. This is an open community night on the last night of Ashokan's Bluegrass Camp. 6pm dinner (optional), 7:30pm concert

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Family Camp 2024

August 05, 2024 - August 09, 2024

Don’t let the summertime fly by without some quality JOY with your kids or grandkids. Ashokan Family Camp is a laid-back, cross-generational escape into nature, music, arts, crafts, and interactive fun & games! From babies to teens and parents to grandparents, you’ll leave with hearts full of music and family memories to last a lifetime. 

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Southern Week Shindig 2024

August 10, 2024 - August 10, 2024

Dine, dance, or just enjoy a great evening of Cajun, Créole, Zydeco, and Old Time string band music under Ashokan’s outdoor pavilion! Learn dance basics and then join in the square dance, Cajun, and Zydeco party.

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Southern Week 2024

August 11, 2024 - August 17, 2024

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason host a fun and friendly full-week of Southern traditional music from the Bayou to the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond. Have fun learning and playing together!

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Banjo Weekend 2024

November 15, 2024 - November 17, 2024

It’s Ashokan’s second annual Banjo Weekend, featuring all styles and levels of instruction, jamming, and fun-filled banjo inspiration with your host Scott Hopkins and an exciting teaching staff Hilary Hawke, Maggie Shar, BB Bowness, Keith Billik!

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Banjo Concert 2024

November 17, 2024 - November 17, 2024

Join us for a fabulous evening of 5-string bliss in the performance hall with Scott Hopkins, Hilary Hawke, BB Bowness, Maggie Shar, and Keith Billik.

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Future Ashokan Music & Dance Camp Dates:

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS APRIL 8th AT 9am ET

Nov 15 – 17 • Banjo Weekend

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS JULY 1st AT 9am ET

Dec 20 – Jan 1 • New Year’s Weekend

2025 DATES ANNOUNCED AUG 1st AND REGISTRATION OPENS OCTOBER 1st AT 9am ET

Scottish String Fling
Uke Fest
Old Time Rollick
Western & Swing Week
Northern Week
Acoustic Guitar Camp
Bluegrass Camp
Family Camp
Southern Week

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Contact our Music & Dance Camp staff at 845-246-2121 or camps@ashokancenter.org

Thank you to the Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation for supporting Ashokan Music & Dance Camps and the Summer Hoot


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