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Western & Swing Week 2021




Swing, Jazz, Country, and Western-Swing music and dance!

2020 “in person” Western & Swing Week has been rescheduled. Registered participants may cancel before August, 31 2020 for a full refund or remain registered for the 2021 camp. Click below to learn more about Western & Swing Week Online.

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason host a fun and friendly full-week of vintage Jazz, Swing, Western-Swing, Country, and everything in between. Enjoy a week of music and friendship in a gorgeous natural setting, with daytime classes, post-dinner jams and song swaps, evening dancing to hot live music, and special nights like Caberet Night, Camper’s Night, and Honky Tonk. 

Beginners are welcome! Have fun learning and playing together!  

See more information below about the staff, schedule, tuition, work-exchange positions, lodging, and more. Children and teens are welcome to attend with a guardian. Youth discounts and scholarships are available. 


  • 10am: Brunch (Purchased with Bunk + Breakfast for Pre-Camp Dance)
  • 1-3pm: Arrival and check in.
    Follow signs to check-in. Please unload and then return your car to the main lot immediately. If you need your car nearby for disability or health reasons, please request a special parking permit.
  • 3pm: Welcome Gathering, Staff Concert & Orientation
  • 6pm: Dinner
  • 7pm: Jams & Song Swaps 
  • 8-11pm: Welcome Dance
  • 11pm: Snack

Monday – Friday

  • 8:30-9:30am: Breakfast
  • 9:30am-1pm: Morning classes
  • 12:30-2pm: Lunch
  • 2-5:45pm: Afternoon classes
  • 6pm: Dinner
  • 7-8pm: Jams & Song Swaps
  • 8-11pm: Evening Dance
  • 11pm: Snack
  • 12am: Midnight Specials


  • 10-11am: Breakfast
  • 12-2pm : Farewell Dance

See Western & Swing Week 2019 Schedule

Tuition includes all classes and activities, dances, concerts, and meals. Lodging is additional, see below. Work exchange and youth scholarships are available.

Adult: $875
Youth 13-25: $635
Child 5-12: $515

Children under 5 attend for free. Campers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We offer a limited number of Parent/Spouse registrations (for those accompanying a full participant) at a rate of $515 which includes meals, and evening dances/concerts, but no classes. 

We recommend online registration. If someone else registered you and paid for you, only that person may view and edit your registration. If you prefer to pay by check or with a credit card by phone, please call (845) 246-2121 to register.

You may pay in full, or hold your place with a tuition deposit of $150 per person when you register. If making a deposit, full payment is due no later than Monday, Jun 1, 2020 (4 weeks before camp begins). A $25 charge will be added to any remaining balance after this date to cover additional administrative costs, and full payment, rather than a deposit, will be required for any new registrations after this date.

Partial refunds are available until 2 weeks before camp begins. We retain $50 per person for cancellations up to Monday, Jun 1, 2020 (4 weeks before camp begins). We retain $150 per person for cancellations made between Monday, Jun 1, 2020 and Sunday, Jun 14, 2020. We retain the full registration amount for cancellations after Sunday, Jun 14, 2020 (2 weeks before camp begins).

All meals are included in the camp price. You may select omnivore, no red meat, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals. We make every effort to include a range of allergen-free dishes and to inform diners of meal ingredients.

The Ashokan Center is licensed to serve beer and wine in Esopus Lodge (the main building). The bar is generally open from late afternoon to early evening. Sorry, by law, guests are prohibited from bringing their own alcoholic beverages into this licensed building.

Enjoy the full Ashokan experience and choose comfortable onsite lodging during registration. 

LONGHOUSE BUNKS: Rooms hold up to 24 people and are designated women, men, or mixed gender. Place your belongings on a top or bottom bunk after you check in to claim it. Pillows are available, please bring your own blankets, sheets, pillowcases, and towels. There are a small number of light blankets for those bunkhouse residents who are unable to bring one of their own. If you will need us to provide one, please let us know well in advance.

PRIVATE ROOMS: There are a limited number of private rooms that must be reserved in advance at extra charge. Pillows are available, please bring your own sheets, pillowcases, and towelsThere are light quilts in each private room.

CAMPSITES: Camping is available with access to Longhouse bathrooms and showers. Please park by your campsite only if you plan to leave your car in place for the duration of the camp.

A limited number of work exchange positions are available to partially defray the cost of the camp. A list of work exchange positions are coming soon. 

Indicate your top 3 choices of work exchange positions during registration. If registering before the full payment deadline, make a deposit of $150 to hold your registration. If you receive a work exchange position, your balance will be adjusted before your final payment is due. When registering after the full payment deadline, pay in full at checkout and your award will be in the form of a refund. Contact us by phone (845) 246-2121, or email camps@ashokancenter.org for details.

Breakfast and Lunch Preparation (Discount: $300)

Monday through Friday 7:30-8:30am and 11:30am-12:30pm. Saturday 8:30-10:00am. Shift may include dining hall set up & kitchen cleanup.

Breakfast and Lunch Clean Up (Discount: $300)

Monday through Friday 9:30-10:30am and 1:30-2:30pm. Saturday 11am-12pm.

Dinner Preparation and Clean Up (Discount: $300)

Sunday through Friday 5-6pm and 7-8pm.

Dining Hall Clean Up (Discount: $400)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner cleanup: Sunday 7-8pm. Monday through Friday 9:30-10:30am, 1:30-2:30pm and
7-8pm. Saturday 11am-12pm.

Snack Every Night (Discount: $350)

Set out snack by 11pm, replenish as needed and clean up snack and dining hall when folks are finished. Sunday through Friday beginning at 11pm – approx. 12:30am.

Main Hall & Pavilion Crew (Discount: $350)

Meet Crew Chief after dinner on first night.
Daily, as needed: Sweep, mop, pick up trash, move tables, benches and chairs. Final clean up Saturday, last day, 2-5pm. Duties do not conflict with classes.

Bunkhouse Crew (Discount: $220)

Daily: Sweep bunk rooms; sweep, mop and resupply bathrooms. Final clean up Saturday, last day, 2-5pm. Duties do not conflict with classes.

Sauna (Discount: $350)

Clean and fire sauna by 9:30 each night and tend as needed. Final clean up Saturday, last day, 2-5pm. Duties do not conflict with classes.

We believe in fostering a love for traditional music and dancing among young people. The future is in their hands! In addition to our child and youth pricing, anyone 25 or younger may also apply for a Youth Scholarship. Please apply during registration. 

Children are encouraged to attend and take any classes in which they are interested. We also offer one nature and one music class specifically for younger kids. This option is included at no extra charge for children registered for camp. It is our mission to help parents attend at least one daytime class while their kids are happily engaged in fun of their own.

PERSONAL ITEMS: Sleeping bag or blanket and linens, towel, soap, flashlight, earplugs (for light sleepers). There are light quilts in each private room and a small number of light blankets for those bunkhouse residents who are unable to bring one of their own. If you will need us to provide one, please let us know well in advance and we’ll do our best. Hand-held recorders are welcome. We don’t supply musical instruments but some can be borrowed.

CLOTHING: Prepare for wet and dry weather. Most people wear comfortable, informal clothing. You are encouraged to bring dressy, wild or fun clothing for dances and dinner, but that is up to you! Soft-soled shoes are best for most dancing. Hard smooth-soled shoes are best for clogging and step-dancing. There’s no laundry on site so bring enough clothes for the week.

Please, no pets or drop-in guests.

Incoming mail

Your Name c/o Ashokan Music & Dance
477 Beaverkill Rd, 
Olivebridge, NY 12461

Outgoing mail leaves each weekday at 4pm.

Music & Dance (845) 246-2121 Wed & Thurs noon-8pm
Ashokan Center (845) 657-8333 standard business hours

Cell phone reception is available but spotty. Calls may be dropped but texts are reliably received.

High speed Wi-Fi is available in all buildings.

Physical Address:
Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge, NY 12461

Take NY State Thruway (1-87) to Kingston exit #19.
From traffic circle take Route 28 West (toward Pine Hill).
In 12 miles (shortly after Mobil & Citgo) turn left onto Reservoir Rd.
Cross the Ashokan Reservoir, turn left at the Tee.
Head down the hill, pass the first left (Rt 28A East) and merge onto 28A West.
Take next left onto Beaverkill Rd.
Follow Beaverkill for about one mile, then turn right into the Ashokan Center driveway and follow the signs.

AIRPORT  Albany, NY (ALB) is the closest major airport (about 1.5 hours away). Public transportation is available from the airport to the Kingston bus station, where you can take a taxi to Ashokan. Or contact us at least one month before your program begins for a list of people driving from the Albany area who may be able to give you a ride.

BUS  Trailways (800)858-8555 runs buses from Port Authority terminal in Manhattan to Kingston, NY (2 hours).

TAXI  We provide one taxi pick up at the Kingston bus station at 2:40pm on the first day of camp. Contact us at least three weeks in advance for a seat in the taxi (if still available). If you arrive at a different time, or do not reserve in time you’ll need to hire your own cab. We recommend Kingston Kabs 845-331-8200. (About $45.)

 If you’d like to carpool, or offer a ride, please contact our office at least one month before the program begins and we’ll help coordinate a ride.

Pre-Camp Saturday Dinner & Swing Dance is Saturday, June 27th. Add tickets when registering for camp or purchase à la carte if you’re not coming to Western & Swing Week.

< Join the Ashokan Western + Swing Week Facebook Group to connect with people who plan to attend and share photos and memories afterwards!


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