Welcome Letter

Adirondack Dance Weekend – September 22-24, 2017


Director: Joe DePaolo

Enjoy private bath or shared bath rooms in the Main Inn. Questions: email: Adirondack@danceflurry.org or call 518-813-0530

Silent Auction items (new or used) are needed and appreciated to support the weekend costs.

Contras, English, Waltzing, Jamming, Kayaking, Hiking

Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-free buffet options

Looking for more friendly, fun dancers. Registrations accepted until the weekend. Please print the flyer from the website and share at your local dances.


  • The Moving Violations
  • Nova
  • Alchemy
  • The Flying Romanos
  • Callers:Bob Isaacs, Dana Parkinson, Beverly Francis, David Millstone

Silver Bay,Lake George, a gorgeous Adirondack setting for a fun-filled dance weekend!
Contact: Contact L. Perrault, 5 Werner Road, Halfmoon, NY 12065

Adirondack Dance Weekend – 2016 – Sept 30 to Oct 2


Dances Called in 2017

2017 Dance Schedule

begins with dinner on Friday evening at Silver Bay. Your registration covers six meals, two nights' lodging, snacks, and the entire dance program. The dance program consists mainly of contra and english country dances along with swing, hambo and jamming sessions. The program ends Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. with the last waltz of the final dance party. There will be several activities available concurrently, throughout most of the weekend. The two dance halls have wood floors well-suited for dancing. Licensed massage therapists will be available for hire.

TWO DANCE AREAS (with wood floors) will usually be operating simultaneously: one will be used primarily for contras; the second primarily for english country dance. Both areas will feature Dance Parties on Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Otherwise, these areas will be used for workshops with swing and hambo or special themed dances.

OTHER AREAS will be available for participatory singing, informal jam sessions, and other activities. Or you can stroll the grounds, kayak, canoe, shoot archery, get a massage, relax, and hang out in this beautiful setting!


THE SITE - Silver Bay YMCA Conference Center

LOCATION: Silver Bay is about 90 minutes from Albany, NY or Burlington, VT, on the north-western shore of Lake George, with easy access via the Adirondack Northway (I-87). Amtrak trains stop 15 miles from Silver Bay and buses stop 28 miles away. Airline service is available to both Albany and Burlington airports. DIRECTIONS

SILVER BAY is situated along 6,000 feet of shoreline on the undeveloped side of shimmering Lake George and is surrounded by the magnificent Adirondack Mountains. The entire campus is a registered National Historic Site. Its 600 acres (with access to 1,000 more) are dotted with 65 buildings, from rustic cottages and lodges to the gracious 1902 Inn. Their stone facades, warm fireplaces, tolling bells, and rocker-filled porches reveal Silver Bay's charm and history. Throughout the grounds, both indoors and outdoors, there are numerous spaces for jamming, singing, or just hanging out. Not to mention DANCING! Visit the Silver Bay website at www.silverbay.org

LODGING will be primarily in the Main Inn. Both private bath*and shared bath accommodations are available. Also, a number of cabins for four (indicate lake front or dance hall side) are available at the shared bath rate.Somewhat longer walk to/from the dance or dining hall. Indicate roommate where applicable. *Private bath - limited space - first come-first served- CHECK WEBSITE FOR AVAILABILITY

RATES (rates shown are per adult, double occupancy)

  • Private bath: $381 ($371 DFO member) Single: $512 (DFO $502) Triple: $307*
  • Shared bath: $326 ($316 DFO member) Single: $412 (DFO $402) Triple: $282*
  • Cabin w/ shared bath: $326 ($316 DFO member)



REGISTRATIONS are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment, as we expect this event to fill up. Full-time participants only. Registration deadline is Sept 10 , but register early to ensure your space.

To register for the weekend, print out the registration form and mail it to us, along with your check.

PAYMENT: We prefer payment in full for your first choice of housing. However, a deposit of $150 will hold your space. Any remaining balance is due before Sept. 10th.

REFUNDS/CANCELLATION POLICY: No Refunds after Sept, 10, 2017.

WORK SCHOLARSHIPS: A very limited number of partial work scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To receive information about work options and scholarship amounts, please indicate your interest on the registration form or call 518-813-0530.


Performer Bios

  • Nova
  • The Moving Violations
  • Alchemy
  • The Flying Romanos
  • Callers:Bob Isaacs, Dana Parkinson, Beverly Francis, David Millstone

The Moving Violations

The Moving Violations have a playful energy that transcends the borders of countries and encourages spontaneity and improvisation. Driving double fiddle harmonies, strong rhythm, and occasional silliness prevail. Original compositions as well as New England, Irish, Cape Breton, Eastern European, Swedish, Klezmer, and classical tunes are all fair game for The Moving Violations. The Moving Violations travel throughout the U.S. and play monthly at their 3rd Saturday dance in Greenfield, Mass. The band recently released its third CD, titled "Elasticity."


Dana Parkinson

Dana began contra dancing in 2009 and was immediately fascinated by the way folk dance and music fostered connections and communities. By 2010 she was calling, and has since been bringing her sweet and sassy style to dance weekends across the U.S. and Canada. Dana is best known for her creative programming, sense of humor, and no-nonsense walkthroughs.

Bob Isaacs

Bob Isaacs of New Jersey has been calling since 1999, and calls regularly at weekends and camps in Europe and across the U.S. He is known for clear, enthusiastic teaching, and the ability to adapt the teaching and dance selections to audiences of all levels. Bob is also one of the most prolific and respected choreographers writing contras and squares today.  He is one of the few writers to explore contra/square hybrids such as grid squares and zias, which continue to fascinate experienced dancers.


Alchemy brings together dynamic dance musicians: Karen Axelrod (piano, accordion), Rachel Bell (accordion), Eric Martin (violin, viola) steeped in traditional English Country Dance music. Individually, they have performed across the United States, Canada, and Europe. As a trio, their improvisatory style brings a contemporary and innovative feel to both traditional and newly composed tunes. From lush waltzes to driving jigs and everything in between, Alchemy delights the listener with heartfelt performances touched with whimsy.

The Flying Romanos

Robin Russell ("Ro") on piano, Marnen Laibow-Koser ("Ma") on violin, viola and recorders, Norma Castle ("No") on flute and percussion

The Romanos have been playing and having fun together since 1998.  Their music is elegant and spirited, with a strong pulse and phrasing that propel the dancers into their moves.  In their music you can spot the influence of Bach, Brahms, Mozart, Spike Jones, Victor Borge and Harpo Marx, among others.

You'll find the Flying Romanos playing at ECD and contra dances in the New York metro area and further afield at waltz weekends, dance weeks, ECD balls, festivals and dance weekends on both coasts. They've toured UK, Canada and Japan.


For bookings and other inquiries, please contact rbnrussell@gmail.com

Beverly Francis

Beverly Francis finds English country dance endlessly fascinating after more than four decades. She is Country Dance New York’s leader of longest standing and has called dances up and down the East coast as well as across the country and in Canada. She has been on the staff at several CDSS Pinewoods weeks. Beverly is known for the clarity of her calling and her broad knowledge of dance history. These skills, coupled with a subtle sense of humor, enhance her rapport with dancers. A former member of Ring o’ Bells Morris and New World Sword, Beverly also has a particular fondness for Jane Austen’s country dance.

David Millstone

Photo by Nikki Herbst

David Millstone started contra dancing with Dudley Laufman in the early 1970s and has been calling dances for forty years. In addition to American contras and squares, he is an experienced caller of English country dances, appearing at weeklong camps and weekend events across North America. Both as a caller and as a dancer, he enjoys the variety of formations, music, and moods that ECD offers. He helped found the Strafford Ball and currently programs for the Star Hampshire dance weekend. David has called in 30 US states, 4 Canadian provinces, and 9 countries in Europe, but he is looking forward to this, his first time at Adirondack Dance Weekend. He is known for his clear and supportive teaching style, the breadth of his repertoire, his sense of humor, and his ability to pick dances that offer the right level of challenge for all audiences.