Ballroom Dancing Weekend

December 2-4, 2016

For beginners to advanced dancers—there's something for everyone!

On Friday night Mohonk presents the classic style and undeniable talent of the band Fleur Seule. Led by the dynamic Allyson Briggs, Fleur Seule plays music from and inspired by the 1940’s and '50’s swing sound. Saturday evening features a favorite from Ballroom weekend, the 18-piece Full Count Big Band, and on Sunday, Fleur Seule performs again for the farewell dance in the Parlor.

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. Beginners never fear! Even if you’ve never danced before, this weekend is tailored to provide a perfect introduction to the waltz, fox trot, 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!

For reservations, please call .

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.

Mohonk Mountain House is a National Historic Landmark resort located just 90 miles north of New York City. Getting to our mountaintop is easy, and we can help you arrange transportation from the nearest airport, bus, and train station. Overnight rates include breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and cookies, and most activities, including ice-skating in our Pavilion; cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snow tubing (weather permitting); and use of the indoor heated swimming pool and comprehensive fitness center in our Spa wing.

Ballroom Dancing Weekend Activities

Friday | Saturday SundayInstructors|  Bands

Friday, December 2

8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  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!

9:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.  Welcome Dance
with Fleur Seule

Fleur Seule is an authentic 1940's-style jazz, swing, and Ballroom band that plays hits from all around the world. Ballroom Weekend dance instructor Gene Eagle introduced this dazzling new group to Mohonk. They will take you on a memorable musical journey as you glide across the floor of the Main Dining Room.

Saturday, December 3

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Beginner Fox Trot/Waltz
This class is a gentle introduction to two of the classic ballroom dances, the Fox Trot and the Waltz. Gene Eagle will teach the basic steps from both dances, as well as important leading and following techniques.

Intermediate Fox Trot/Waltz
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.

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Beginner Salsa/Cha-cha
Enjoy learning the basics of these spicy Latin dances with Jeni Breen.

Advanced Swing
Dancers with a foundation in swing will enjoy learning some new combinations and styling possibilities in this lively swing class with Laurie Shayler.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Beginner Swing
Learn the basics of single-step swing dance with Candace.

Advanced Salsa
Laurie will help experienced salsa dancers polish their steps with advanced patterns and shine work.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Dancers with some experience can use this opportunity to refine what they know and pick up some new techniques along the way with Jeni.

Peabody Class
Named a "dancer's dance" by noted teacher and historian Albert Butler, 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!

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Beginner's Practice Time
An instructor will be on hand to help you refine your technique.

9:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Evening Dance with The Full Count Big Band—
An 18-piece Orchestra

Celebrate your individual style as you dance to music provided by The Full Count Big Band, an elegant 18-piece orchestra. Also enjoy the featured dance show around 10:00 p.m. with the always stylish and smooth Lisa Uribe and Slavi Baylov.

Sunday, December 4

10:00 a.m.
Practice Session
Dancers can use this hour to practice steps they’ve learned and get ready for the Farewell Dance.

11:00 a.m.
Farewell Dance
This is the last chance to show off your newfound style and say good-bye to old and new friends, while dancing to music by Fleur Seule.


Candace Woodward-Clough, founder of ballroom dance instruction at the New York Health and Racquet Club, has been a freelance teacher for two decades. She has danced in and choreographed off-Broadway, summer stock, movies, soap operas, and videos. Candace teaches at Princeton University and the Peddie School.

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

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.

The Bands

The Full Count Big Band
This 18-piece professional orchestra has been performing together for almost two decades for swing dances, street fairs, charities, fundraisers, and jazz clubs in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Their music is eclectic, not just nostalgic. Enjoy the live, vibrant, exciting sound of the “Big Band.”

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 play 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.

See you there!

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For reservations, please call .

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.