Ballroom Dancing Weekend
March 15 – 17, 2024
An enchanted world of music, dance, and romance awaits you at Mohonk’s Ballroom Dancing weekend!
Mohonk Mountain House welcomes you to the elegance of a bygone era where you and your partner can dance the night (and days) away. Demonstrations and workshops are designed to teach students at all levels of experience. The instructors—Candace Woodward-Clough, Laurie Shayler, Jeni Breen, and Gene Eagle—are well-known dancers, performers, and teachers from metropolitan New York.
Beginners never fear! Even if you’ve never danced before, this weekend is tailored to provide a perfect introduction to the waltz, foxtrot, swing, tango, and salsa. Intermediate and advanced dancers will refine their techniques and focus on new dance patterns throughout the weekend. So put on those dancing shoes and step out onto the dance floor for an unforgettable weekend of Ballroom Dancing!
$30 per guest to participate in Ballroom Weekend’s events
SAVE 20% ON BALLROOM WEEKEND!
Availability is limited.
For reservations, please call .
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, MARCH 15
Basics for Beginners
8:15pm – 9pm
Meet your instructors. Is it your first time out on the dance floor, or do you simply need a refresher? Come early for a “quick start” and learn the steps that will carry you through the weekend. No experience needed!
Welcome Dance with DJ Gene Eagle
9pm – 10:30pm
DJ Gene plays a great mix of the finest music for all styles of Social Ballroom dance, so get ready to dance the evening away!
SATURDAY, MARCH 16
9:30am – 10:30am
This class is a gentle introduction to two of the classic ballroom dances, the Foxtrot and the Waltz. The Foxtrot is one of the most versatile ballroom dances which can be adapted to a variety of musical styles. The Waltz originated as the original scandalous dance of the 16th Century in which the dancers actually held one another! Jeni Breen will teach the basic steps from both dances, as well as important leading and following techniques.
9:30am – 10:30am
New patterns and advanced techniques of leading and following, taught by Candace Woodward-Clough, will enhance the skills of guests with some prior experience in ballroom dancing.
10:30am – 11:30am
Dancers with a foundation in swing will enjoy learning some new combinations and styling possibilities in this lively swing class with Laurie Shayler.
10:45am – 11:45am
Join Candace Woodward-Clough and learn to dance the most popular fast dance ever! From the 1920s Savoy Ballroom to any dance floor you find yourself on today, you will enjoy and use the Swing dance basics!
11:45am – 12:45pm
Already warmed up? Those with a foundation of Salsa and Cha-Cha can join Laurie Shayler for some new moves.
11:45am – 12:45pm
Originally from Argentina, Tango is now danced all over the world. Elegant, sensual, and accessible it is an endlessly creative dance based on partner communication and mutual expression within the music. For this class we will review a Basic figure and see what we can develop from there!
Viennese Waltz Workshop
2:30pm – 3:30pm
The Viennese Waltz is danced to lively, up tempo Waltz music with steps designed to travel around the dance floor in a grand style – swirling gowns, elegant tailcoats and couples flowing down the dance floor with grace and poise. Come join Gene Eagle in this workshop that will begin with the basics and then progress to patterns that will have you moving around the dance floor with confidence and style. And don’t worry, we’ll be skipping the gowns and tailcoats for this class!
3:30pm – 4:30pm
The beautiful Ballroom Rhumba has its origins in Cuba. Extremely versatile it can be danced to a variety of music (from Motown to Cuban Danza to contemporary Pop…); a Must Have for the social Ballroom dancer! Merengue is a lively and playful dance from the Dominican Republic. Based on a simple rhythmic step, it has evolved a variety of delightful (and occasionally complex!) arm variations.
Dance, Dance, Dance with the Long Island Sound Big Band
9pm – 11pm
With a powerful passion for jazz, The Long Island Sound Big Band remind everyone of the elegant and awesome bands of the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond!
SUNDAY, MARCH 17
Dancers can use this hour to practice steps they’ve learned and get ready for the Farewell Dance.
We welcome Gene Eagle from the dance floor to the DJ table for our final dance party!
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
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