Mohonk Thinks You Can Dance

Here is a weekend to have fun, let loose and move, move, move! Have you ever wanted to learn a few dance steps but have not had the time? Our “Mohonk Thinks You Can Dance” weekend is the perfect solution! This year we will be embracing Classic Ballroom Dances. Enjoy taking some basic dance lessons during the day led by Candace Woodward Clough, Jeni Breen, Laurie Shayler and Gene Eagle. Friday night join the instructors and Gene as our DJ for the welcome dance. Saturday night will be filled with the mellifluous Fleur Seule’s renditions of Swing, Disco, Ballroom, 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.
Welcome Dance with DJ Gene Eagle
Meet your instructors for Saturday’s lessons and dance the night away. Join DJ Gene Eagle for a night of dancing fun!

Saturday, March 11

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
The First Truly American Dance: The Swing (Beginner to Intermediate)
The East Coast Swing has a 6 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 and Laurie Shayler.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Two Caribbean Favorites: The Cuban Rumba and Merengue, the national dance of the Dominican Republic
Enjoy the slow romantic movements of the Rumba and then pick up the tempo and add in some fun turn sequences with the Latin party dance the Merengue.

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!

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The Spicy Latin Dances: The Cheeky Cha-Cha and the Sizzling Salsa
Learn some new turn combinations and improve your Latin styling, rhythm and musicality. VAMOS A BAILAR! ( LET’S DANCE!)

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. In this class we will learn some of the fundamental patterns and variations from Jeni Breen that will get you started on awakening 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 perfect to dance to the recordings of the great vocalists like Sinatra or Ella.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Ice Show with the McCann Skaters
Join Laurie May, program director and skating instructor at the academy in the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and the McCann Ice Skaters for a performance inspired by Mohonk at the skating pavilion.

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 another spectacular night with Fleur Seule, an authentic 1940s Jazz, Swing, & Ballroom band that plays hits from all around the world. Come dressed in a poodle skirt, disco platforms, Latin ruffles, formal wear, or dressed from dinner. It’s your time to “bust a move!”

Sunday, March 12

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Performance by our Instructors

The morning begins with a dance performance by our professional dance instructors who will perform Swing, Fox-Trot, Waltz, Tango numbers. After the performance enjoy our final dance party and a chance to get some last minute instruction from you teachers before a bountiful afternoon brunch!


Candace Woodward-Clough has a BFA in Theatre/Dance from the University of Connecticut and is 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 and is 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 NYC 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 DJ’s 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.

Laurie Shayler has performed and taught in New York City, and toured across the US and throughout Europe and Asia. Laurie's company, Dance Connection, offers private and group classes, and specializes in wedding choreography.

Fleur Seule is an authentic 1940s Jazz & Swing band that plays hits from all around the world. Songbird/Bandleader Allyson Briggs sings in 7 languages to accommodate a wide variety of New York audiences. Whether an All-American USO style set, or an exotic voyage through Europe, Fleur Seule will take you on a memorable musical journey, as they revive hits made famous by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, Dinah Shore, and more.

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