Mohonk Thinks You Can Dance

Have fun, let loose, and MOVE, MOVE, MOVE! If you’ve ever wanted to learn a few dance steps, but never had the time, this is the weekend for you. There's no experience necessary—beginners are welcome! Enjoy basic dance lessons during the day led by Candace Woodward-Clough, Jeni Breen, and Gene Eagle. Join the instructors at the Welcome Dance Friday night. Our Saturday night dance showcases live music from Fleur Seule—ballroom, swing, and more. Delight in a variety of performances on Sunday morning by our professional dancers, followed by more dance floor time with instructors and new friends—because “Mohonk Thinks YOU Can Dance!”

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Our 147-year-old Victorian castle resort in the heart of the Hudson Valley rests beside a glacially-formed lake surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine wilderness. In winter, discover our open-air ice-skating Pavilion and 35 miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (weather permitting). Inside we feature an indoor heated swimming pool, comprehensive fitness center, and yoga, meditation, and fitness classes. These exciting activities are included in your overnight rate, as are delicious meals. We also feature an award-winning Spa that offers a variety of treatments, an outdoor heated mineral pool, and a solarium for relaxation and renewal.

Mohonk Thinks YOU Can Dance Events

Friday | Saturday Sunday | Program Leaders

Friday, March 10

9:00 p.m. 
Meet your instructors for Saturday’s lessons and dance the night away. Enjoy a beverage from the cash bar in the Lake Lounge.

Saturday, March 11

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 
The First Truly American Dance: The Swing
The East Coast swing has a six-count basic step that evolved from the lindy hop when Arthur Miller Dance Studios were as popular as Starbucks. Bring your "Main Squeeze Daddy-O" and learn this classic favorite with Candace Woodward-Clough.

11:00 a.m. - noon 
The 1930’s Craze: The Peabody
The Peabody is a fast-moving one-step dance that captivated New Yorkers for more than four decades. Join Gene Eagle for an introduction to this lively and energetic dance!

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
The Scandalous Dance from Europe: The Waltz
Jeni Breen teaches us the waltz, the original scandalous dance of the eighteenth century, in which people actually held one another when dancing!

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 
A Taste of the Exotic: The Tango

Tango comes to us from Argentina and combines native South American, European, African, and Caribbean elements into a mesmerizing, elegant, and sensual dance.  We’ll learn some of the fundamental patterns and variations from Jeni Breen to awaken your inner tanguero!

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
The Smooth Son of Swing: The Foxtrot
Join Candace Woodward-Clough to learn the foxtrot, a smooth, lyrical dance that’s a perfect accompaniment for the music of the great vocalists like Sinatra or Ella.

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Classic Cocktails Demonstration and Tasting

Join Anna Stone, Mohonk’s Beverage Manager, as she shows you how to “mix up” some well known cocktails! Taste each recipe as Anna shares tips and tricks to making delicious drinks to get your tastebuds dancing. NOTE: Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Tasting fee is $30 per person. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend the tasting.

9:00 p.m.   
Mohonk KNOWS You Can Dance
DANCE PARTY with Live Music from Fleur Seule

Show off your newly acquired skills and heat up the dance floor with Fleur Seule, an authentic 1940’s-style jazz, swing, and ballroom band that plays hits from all around the world.

Sunday, March 12

11:00 a.m. - noon   
Performance by our Instructors

The morning begins with a dance performance by our professional dance instructors who will perform swing, foxtrot, waltz, and tango numbers. After the show, enjoy our final dance party and a chance to get some last-minute instruction from your teachers before Sunday Brunch!


Candace Woodward-Clough has a BFA in Theatre/Dance from the University of Connecticut and is the founder of the Ballroom Dance Program at the New York Health and Racquet Clubs. A freelance teacher since 1977 at over 200 venues, Candace currently owns her own dance studio in the Princeton, New Jersey area. She is the resident choreographer at the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey. 

Jeni Breen is the owner and artistic director of Jeni Breen Tango Academy in Manhattan. She was director of the Tango and Salsa Programs at the Sandra Cameron Dance Center in New York City for many years, and prior to that was a member of the legendary modern dance company Donald Byrd/The Group. 

Gene Eagle teaches social ballroom dancing and deejays in Manhattan. Gene has been dancing ballroom and swing for over 20 years, and is the host and DJ for the Ballroom Dance Parties at the 92nd Street Y. He has performed with the Sandra Cameron Ballroom Dancers, and was a member of the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, the dance troupe of the New York Swing Dance Society. His eclectic music library includes both traditional ballroom dance music and contemporary pieces suitable for ballroom dancing.

Fleur Seule is an authentic 1940’s-style jazz and swing band that plays hits from all around the world. Songbird/bandleader Allyson Briggs sings in six languages to accommodate a wide variety of New York audiences. Whether they perform an All-American USO style set, or an exotic voyage through Europe, Fleur Seule will take you on a memorable musical journey, reviving hits made famous by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, Dinah Shore, and more. 

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