DanceFlurry News & Calendar
December, 2022
Special Events
​​🎊🎶​ DANCE on New Year's Eve! ​💃🎉

DanceFlurry will take part in the 2022 Saratoga New Year's Fest, presenting a full schedule of events Saturday Dec. 31 at the Saratoga Music Hall:

  • 12 pm-1:10 International Folk Dance with the Tri-City Folk Dancers

  • 1:15-2:45 Family Dance with Paul Rosenberg and Tamarack

  • 3:00-6:00 Contra Dance with Will Mentor calling for River Road

  • 6:45-7:30 Saratoga High School Fiddle Club Performance

  • 7:45-8:30 Swing Lesson & Demo with Johnny Martinez and Diane Lachtrupp

  • 8:30-11:15 Swing Dance with the Giacomo Smith Quartet

Only $10 to dance for almost 12 hours - under 16 is free! Masks will be required while in the Music Hall. This program is supported by a grant through Saratoga Arts.
Find performer and session information below:
Get free admission to all these events when you volunteer for a 1.5 hour time slot!
Winter Roots tickets go on sale in December!

Our Covid precautions poll has closed and we'll be announcing policy before tickets
go on sale. Thank you to everyone who sent in feedback! We've offered some insight into our process of developing the draft policy here.

  • The Flurry is looking for new Committee members for coordination of Performer Housing, Vendors, and Parking/Camping/Security Logistics. If interested, please reach out to Danielle.
New and Noteworthy
International Folk Dancing Resumes

After two and a half years of dancing outdoors and with continually changing restrictions, DFO affiliate Tri-City Folk Dancers are back in their Schenectady YWCA “home” and ready to welcome back former and new dancers!
International Folk Dancing includes the traditional dances of many countries and cultures done to authentic music in a variety of formations (long and short lines, circles, broken circles, duos and trios). Our group is particularly fond of dances from the Balkan countries (Bulgaria, Macedonia, former Yugoslav countries), Romania, Greece Turkey, Armenia, Israel and many other countries. We mostly dance to recorded music, but have live music events a few times a year.

We welcome all ages and genders, and no partner is necessary, as most dances do not involve couples. We welcome beginners and children who are interested in dancing. We encourage them to come early in the evening when instruction is emphasized and tailored to newer dancers. Typically, the level of difficulty increases as the evening progresses and we move on to dances requested by the group. Comfortable clothing and clean, soft-soled shoes are recommended.

Tri-City requires proof of vaccinations with up to date boosters, and everyone wears a mask. Find our general guidelines and Covid protocol at
Homestay Hosts Needed for Flurry

The Flurry Festival is seeking homestay “hosts” for both the Winter Roots and
Spring Bloom Festivals! Hosts provide lodging for Festival performers and sound pros. Clean, comfortable and conveniently located homestays are needed, on one or both of these dates:
  • February 17 and 18th, 2023, in or near to Saratoga Springs, NY
  • June 2 & 3rd, 2023, near to Schaghticoke, NY

In appreciation for being a host, the Flurry will provide you with free admission to the Festival. Please reach out to Annie Haller, the Flurry Homestay Coordinator, at, if you’d like to support the Flurry in this wonderfully personal way.
Buhrmaster Barn Summer Contras Return in 2023

Thanks to the efforts of new lead organizer Cindee Herrick and long-time volunteer Kathryn Wedderburn-Vincent, this summer series at the Pruyn House in Latham will be back in 2023, with a 5pm Potluck followed by Contra Dancing from 6 until 9. Anticipated dates are June 11, July 16, July 30, and August 13.
Pilot Carpooling Initiative

DFO is piloting an initiative for people to carpool to Sacred Harp in Schenectady on Saturdays. Find out how to request a ride at, or call 518-992-5590 and leave a message.
DEAI Conversation at CDSS
If you missed it live, you can click this video to hear Community Culture Committee Chair Lauren Keeley speak at a Country Dance and Song Society-sponsored webchat about DFO's Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion work. As part of an organizer conversation, Lauren discusses our work on Culture of Consent, outreach to local community organizations, carpooling, and training volunteers as Safer Spaces Ambassadors.
We've Made an Upgrade...

DFO is testing a point-of-sale credit card system for our local dances, in anticipation of finally being able to accept credit cards at Flurry this year! For their December dances, First Friday Swing and Albany Contra will be able to process credit and debit cards, as well as PayPal and Venmo, at the door.
Events Calendar
(Click event title
for details)
Listen, Play,
and Sing
(DFO Affiliate)
Saturdays 1-3:30 PM
Schenectady Stockade
With Jordan Taylor Hill (DFO Affiliate)
Mondays from 6-7:30 PM
at the Albany Barn
Drumming at 6:00, and dance at 6:45

(DFO Affiliate)

Fridays, 7:30-10 PM
Friday, December 9
8-11PM, lesson at 7:45
The Russet Trio (Aldo Lavaggi, Peter Madsen, Stuart Kenney)
with caller Will Mentor
(DFO Affiliate)
NBCD is planning to resume our regular second Saturday monthly dance schedule in January 2023.
(DFO Affiliate)

Sunday, December 4, 2-5 PM
William Brearley with Karen Axelrod and Rachel Bell

Friday, December 2
7-8 PM Free lesson, no partner needed
8-11 PM Jonathan Greene's Grand Boubousse
To avoid long lines, pre-register here

No dance in December
Returns Saturday, January 28
DFO Membership Benefits:

  • discounted admission to dances
  • opportunity to attend board meetings and serve on committees
  • reduced-price tickets to the Flurry Festival
  • the joy of supporting your local dance community!
Choose your level of support, or make a donation.
Connect Online Join a Facebook group to chat about local dances, arrange carpools, and share your photos and videos:
Have an idea for an event? Receive a stipend of up to $500 to help fund a new event that brings traditional music or dance to the community. We offer grants for community events, as well as those geared toward families. We can also assist with start-up suggestions, or help finding a band/instructor. Click for details.
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Find the full calendar and much more at!