Ballroom Dancing Weekend
December 4 – 6, 2020
An enchanted world of music, dance, and romance awaits you at Mohonk’s Ballroom Dancing weekend!
Bring a partner and twirl through a magical weekend, with dance classes, delicious cuisine and FIVE fantastic dance events! This year we feature five different live bands; After Five, Fleur Seule, Soul City, Avalon Jazz Band, and Margi and the Dapper Dots. Demonstrations and workshops are designed to teach students at all levels of experience. The instructors—Candace Woodward-Clough, Laurie Shayler, Gene Eagle, Lisa Uribe and Slavi Baylov—are well-known dancers, performers, and teachers. 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 students 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!
PLEASE NOTE: Rates reflect a 20% discount and include all meals, dances, and dance instruction, and a Ballroom Dance fee of $30.00 per person. This program is only available for overnight guests. Sign-up registration is required.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
2019 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Basics for Beginners
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 the Avalon Jazz Band
The music of Avalon Jazz Band is inspired by the Parisian jazz scene of the 1930s and 40s, when emblematic sound was made popular by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. Avalon Jazz Band performs the American standards popular in France during that time period, offering their own vision of what contemporary swing can be, blending their francophone culture into their American experience.
Welcome Dance with Fleur Seule Swing Band
Fleur Seule is an authentic 1940s Jazz, Swing, & Ballroom band that play hits from all around the world. The elegant Allyson Briggs returns as band leader and lead vocalist to present waltzes, mambos, foxtrots, tangos, swing, and more! Fleur Seule will take you on a memorable musical journey as you glide across the floor of Mohonk’s own Parlor.
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! Candace Woodward Clough will teach the basic steps as well as important leading and following techniques.
Continue to expand off your dance experience with this classic Foxtrot/Waltz class, taught by the talented Slavi Baylov and Lisa Uribe. You will learn important leading and following techniques that will enhance your skills. Some prior experience in Ballroom dancing needed.
Salsa and Cha-cha are a closely-related family of Latin dances from Cuba. Cha-Cha, and the precursor to Salsa, called Mambo, first became popular in the United States in the 1950s. Enjoy learning the basics of these spicy Latin dances with Gene Eagle.
Light up the dance floor with these two classic Latin Dance Forms. The cheeky Cha-Cha and sensual salsa bring the fire and passion to partner dancing. Intermediate dancers will enjoy learning some new turn combinations and styling possibilities in this rhythmic and lively class taught by Laurie Shayler and Dance Connection team.
Join Candace and learn the single 6-count East Coast Swing! This fun dance first appeared at the Savoy Ballroom in the late 1920s and it is still danced today to up-tempo Big Band or Rock and Roll music!
Intermediate Swing/Lindy Hop
Swing dancing is pure joy and a favorite among social dancers of all ages. Intermediate Dancers with knowledge of both 6 and 8 count rhythms will explore the classic swing out pattern, styling and more. Put some pep in your triple step and a smile on your face with Laurie and the Dance Connection team.
Enjoy the drama and romance that American Tango can bring to the dance floor! Come and learn to ignite the romantic Tango spark between you and your partner! This will be an intermediate/advanced class taught by Slavi and Lisa.
The Quickstep, with its roots in Ragtime, was developed in the 1920’s in New York from a combination of Foxtrot, Charleston, Peabody and the One-Step. It is an elegant and glamorous dance and body contact is maintained throughout the dance. Gene and Claire will lead this class for all levels.
Evening Dance with Soul City
Come and dance to the sounds of Soul City as they play Motown, R&B, Soul and Disco from the 1960’s to the 80’s! Enjoy hits by the Jackson Five, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and many more. All ages will have fun listening, dancing and singing along with two great female singers backed by a tight four piece band!
Margi and the Dapper Dots
What better way to recapture the bygone but not forgotten musical aura of the Great American Songbook and Old Hollywood than to listen and dance to Margi & the Dapper Dots! Inspired by the wonderful vocalists of the era, Margi Gianquinto will serenade you on the dance floor with selections from Gershwin and Berlin to Mancini and Jobim. A legendary era of great melodies, vocalists, and composers comes to life in one splendid evening.
Dancers can use this hour to practice steps they’ve learned and get ready for the Farewell Dance.
Join us for live Jazz and Swing music in the morning and the final dance of this fun-filled weekend!
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
Candace Woodward-Clough, founder of ballroom dance instruction at the New York Health and Racquet Club, has been a freelance teacher for four decades. She has danced in and choreographed off-Broadway, summer stock, movies, soap operas, and videos. Candace teaches at Princeton University, Mercer County Community College, the Peddie School, and has her own studio in Hightstown New Jersey.
Laurie Shayler has been dancing her entire life and started teaching children at an early age. Before falling in love with Ballroom Dancing and forming her company Dance Connection, she received a B.A. in Dance from SUNY Brockport. After moving to New York, she worked as a professional modern dancer with many choreographers performing and teaching in New York City, and touring across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Laurie also received an M.A. from Hunter College and has taught ESL to international students for over 20 years. She created the innovative Dance as a Second Language Course (DSL), merging the studies of English and Social Dancing at Baruch and LaGuardia Community Colleges. Now settled in Brooklyn, her passion for dance and teaching continues with her company Dance Connection offering group and private classes in Swing, Latin & Ballroom styles and specializing in Wedding Choreography.
Gene Eagle teaches social ballroom dance and DJ’s in Manhattan, and has been dancing ballroom and swing for over 25 years. He has performed at venues including the Waldorf Astoria and the 92nd Street Y, where he was also the host and DJ for the 92nd Street Y Ballroom Dance parties, and has DJ’d for Mid-Summer Night Swing at Lincoln Center as well as dance studios and private functions in NYC. He continues to host social dance parties in NYC under the auspices of GE Dance. His eclectic music library includes both traditional ballroom dance music and contemporary pieces ideal for all styles of ballroom dancing.
Slavi Baylov has over 30 years of ballroom dance experience including competing internationally in Open Professional Standard and is a U.S. Professional Rising Star Standard National Champion and Blackpool Open Standard Top 26. He teaches social as well as competitive Ballroom and Latin dances through Baylov Dance in New York City and judges ballroom dance competitions in addition to competing with his Pro/Am students across the country in International Standard and American Smooth.
Lisa Uribe has a background in competitive ballroom dance and performs across the Tri-State area. She is trained in International and American Smooth styles of Ballroom as well as social dances, including Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing and Balboa. Lisa teaches partner dance through Baylov Dance in New York City, combining a focus on solid technique with an emphasis on the joy of movement.
When you visit for Ballroom Dancing Weekend, your overnight package includes:
- Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet with made-to-order omelets, our famous mini-waffles, and more in our grand Main Dining Room; or Continental Breakfast in the historic Lake Lounge
- Brunch: Brunch Buffet
- Dinner: Surrey Fine Dining or Modern American Menu
- Afternoon tea and cookies in our historic Lake Lounge
- Complimentary weekend Kids’ Club drop-off program
- Nightly evening entertainment, special events, and more! See schedule of activities >
- Guided House History Tour of our National Historic Landmark resort
- Yoga, Meditation, and Fitness classes
- Visit our Greenhouse and Barn Museum
- Indoor heated pool with underwater music
- Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on more than 30 miles of groomed trails (weather permitting)
- Winter hiking with MICROspikes® (weather permitting)
- Ice-skating in the open air pavilion
- Guided outdoor activities and hiking with stunning views of the Catskill Mountains (weather permitting)
À la carte experiences available to overnight guests:
- A full menu of nature-inspired treatments at our award-winning spa
- The Carriage Lounge, featuring a full bar and handcrafted cocktails as well as hyper local draft beer and hard cider
- An award-winning wine list in our dining venues
- In-room dining
- Private fitness, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness sessions
- Disc golf discs available for purchase (weather permitting)
See full list of what’s included in your stay!