Adirondack Dance Weekend - September 21-23, 2018


Registration form

Youth Scholarship form

Welcome Letter

Director: Joe DePaolo

Registration forms/rates after January 1, 2018

Enjoy private bath or shared bath rooms in the Main Inn. Questions: email: 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.


    Contra Lineup:

  • Callers: Steve Zakon-Anderson, Frannie Marr from CA
  • Bands:

  • Party of Three: Neil Pearlman on piano, Lilly Pearlman on fiddle, Joe De Paolo on percussion
  • Eloise & Co: Becky Tracy on fiddle & a octave fiddle, Rachel Bell on accordion, Bethany Waickman on guitar
  • English Lineup:

  • Callers: Gene Murrow, Tom Amesse
  • Band:

  • Bare Necessities: playing in various musician configurations Jacqueline Schwab on piano, Kate Barnes on flute, piano and other assorted instruments, Mary Lea on violin and viola, Earl Gaddis, violin and viola
  • Karen Axelrod, piano and accordion

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 - September 21-23, 2018


English Country Dances Called in 2017

The program 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 of contra and English Country dances along with impromptu 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 in English and contra with at least one session in an alternate genre (e.g., waltz, tango, Scottish).

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

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: $393 ($383 DFO member) Single: $530 (DFO $520) Triple: $307
  • Shared bath: $326 ($316 DFO member) Single: $426 (DFO $416)
  • Cabin w/ shared bath: $326 ($316 DFO member)
  • Youth Scholarship (under 30 and first-time attending): $175 (submit additional form). ONLY Shared bath or Cabin *Double Occupancy


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 5 , 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.

Registration form

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.


Contra Lineup

  • Party of Three
  • Eloise & Company (Bethany Waickman on guitar)
  • Callers:Frannie Marr, Steve Zakon-Anderson

English Lineup

  • Bare Necessities: Jacqueline Schwab, Kate Barnes, Mary Lea, Earl Gaddis
  • Karen Axelrod
  • Callers: Gene Murrow, Tom Amesse

Party of Three

Party of Three brings together three musicians from diverse musical backgrounds who share a depth of experience playing for dancing. Combining high energy Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle music with Latin and Funk influenced piano and drum grooves, Party of Three has been enthusiastically received by dancers across the mid-atlantic and northeast. Members include Lilly Pearlman on fiddle, Neil Pearlman on piano and Joe De Paolo on drums, doumbek and bodhran. Website

Personal Bios:

Pianist Neil Pearlman is rapidly distinguishing himself as a uniquely innovative artist in the contemporary traditional music scene. Called “a tremendous pianist” on BBC Radio Scotland and “a force to be reckoned with” by WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan, Neil is recognized in many Celtic music circles for his unique approach to the piano. Rooted in traditional Cape Breton piano styles, Neil brings in ideas from many other genres and the result is an exciting new sound that remains true to its traditional roots.

Fiddler Lilly Pearlman has grown up immersed in the musical traditions of Scotland and Cape Breton, performing with family band Highland Soles since the age of nine. Through her experiences living and studying in New York City and Salvador da Bahia,Brazil, she has continued to explore and incorporate influences from various other musical genres--from bluegrass to samba to funk-- into her unique Celtic-based fiddle sound. Lilly has played across the nation with the bands Party of Three and Alba's Edge since 2011. She has also been on staff for Scottish Fiddle and Cello Camp at Ashokan for many years. Lilly graduated from Barnard College in 2014 with a degree in Dance.

Joe De Paolo has been drumming for over 30 years. His early studies were with Master Drum Teachers Sam Ulano and Joe Cusatis. He has also studied at both Drummers Collective and Irish Art Center in New York City. Throughout his career Joe has played in jazz/rock fusion, funk, Zydeco, Cajun and contra dance bands. He also plays and teaches bodhran and doumbek and has taught both hand drums at NEFFA. Joe also calls for contra dances and at times combines calling with drumming. His eclectic past has influenced his current style of playing and can be heard on the three CDs that he is featured on. He has recorded with Eclectic Dance Orchestra, Coracree and Party of Three.

Eloise & Company

Eloise & Co. features the combined creative forces of two of the country’s most sought-after dance musicians, Becky Tracy and Rachel Bell. These two, joined by powerhouse guitarist Bethany Waickman, crank out dance music with unbridled energy and soaring beauty. Their depth and versatility is evident not only in their dynamic playing but also in their rich and unique repertoire, ranging from exciting original compositions to rock-solid traditional tunes. Eloise & Co. was born out of Becky and Rachel’s transcendent melodic connection, their shared love for powerful rhythmic momentum, and their affinity for spending hours and hours crafting compelling arrangements. Expect a sublime and memorable dance experience propelled by gritty French groove tunes, intense reels, soaring waltzes, lively Quebecois tunes, and exhilarating originals written by Becky Tracy, Keith Murphy, and Rachel Bell.

Bethany Waickman

Bethany grew up in a musical family in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York state. She started piano at an early age and played traditional and classical music along with her fiddle- and cello-playing brothers. She discovered DADGAD guitar tuning while attending Meadowlark, a folk music camp in Maine. There she studied with Keith Murphy, a well-known composer, musician, and influential practitioner of DADGAD. The modified tuning offers unique harmonies and rich drones well suited to supporting traditional music and to the driving, rhythmic playing for which Bethany is known. Inspired by the vibrant community of musicians that gathered every summer at Meadowlark, Bethany decided to delve deeper into the music of New England, and made guitar her primary focus.

While attending UMass Amherst, Bethany joined the contra dance band The Hip Bones, and on her summer breaks she worked on the crew at Pinewoods, a dance and music camp in Plymouth, MA. It was there that she started making music with like-minded fiddler Amelia Mason and accordionist Emily Troll. After a few summers of exploring and building repertoire together, they formed the contra dance trio Anadama in 2007. Known for their tight arrangements and propulsive energy, Anadama has been charming dancers across North America ever since.

After college, Bethany spent some time traveling in Ireland, moved to Boston, and signed on as Lissa Schneckenburger’s guitarist. Lissa is a lyrical fiddler known for the lift and drive she incorporates into the traditional dance tunes she grew up playing. Also a skillful singer, she brings new life to old ballads, and takes a special interest in exploring the singing traditions of the Maine lumber camps. Her album Dance features Bethany’s guitar playing and draws from the rich repertoire of New England contra dance tunes. Bethany and Lissa have toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, and Belgium. They are often joined by Jeremiah McLane (accordion), Corey DiMario (double bass), and Stefan Amidon (percussion) for larger festivals.

Bethany moved to Maine in 2013, and shortly thereafter co-founded the trio Fódhla with Nicole Rabata on Irish flute and Ellery Klein on fiddle. The trio brings traditional Irish music to festivals, sessions, and concert series around New England. They will be releasing a 6-track EP in late 2015.

Bethany has also worked with many other artists, including Ari and Mia Friedman, Mark Roberts and Laurel Martin, Ryan McKasson, Jeremiah McLane, Rose Clancy, Ed Pearlman, Katie McNally, Eric McDonald, Tashina Clarridge, Simon Chrisman, Nic Gareiss, Rodney Miller, Dave Langford, Julie Metcalf, Glen Loper, Alden Robinson, and others. In 2014 she toured Germany as a member of The Southgate Band.

Bethany is a mainstay on the New England contra dance circuit, playing in countless combinations of the scene’s myriad musicians.

Frannie Marr

In 1998, Frannie Marr started dancing and quickly fell in love with contra dancing. She began teaching contra dances to her elementary school students as a vehicle to expose them to new and fun dances. After calling exclusively to children for 10 years, Frannie debuted to rave reviews at a regularly scheduled Los Angeles contra dance and was strongly encouraged to keep on calling. Since 2008, Frannie has been calling regularly, traveling from coast to coast, and has appeared in over a dozen states at some of the biggest name venues with some of the hottest and most popular contra dance musicians.

Steve Zakon-Anderson

On a fateful night in 1980 Steve walked into his first contra dance, in Francestown, NH, which thoroughly changed his life. He started calling a few years later and has now danced, called, organized, and taught contra dances for over 35 years. Steve delights in the role of facilitator between the dancers on the floor and the band onstage, and over the years has honed his calling presentation to an art. A mixture of humor, musicality and skilled programming make Steve a favorite of dancers of all levels, and he is also appreciated by musicians across the country for his considerate weaving of his calling with their music. A number of Steve's many dance compositions have successfully 'left town' and can be found at the top of many callers’ favorites list.

Bare Necessities

Bare Necessities, a quartet known for its creative interpretations of English country dance tunes, has been playing together since 1980. Earl Gaddis and Mary Lea both play violin and viola, Kate Barnes is on winds and guitar, and Jacqueline Schwab plays piano. Together they have redefined the sound of English country dance music with an improvisatory and playful style that reflects their classical backgrounds and extensive experience playing for all kinds of dancing. Their music spans the centuries from 16th century early music to recently-composed pieces with a delightful variety of moods and meters that lends itself to their exploratory approach and interweaving of harmonies and countermelodies. The group has inspired dancers and audiences from Hawaii to England, from Alaska to St. Croix, VI. They have performed at concerts, festivals, week-long dance events as well as weekly dances in Boston and in the course of their long association have made 18 recordings.

Pianist Jacqueline Schwab fell in love with English country dancing in high school in Pittsburgh and then moved to Boston, where she became a founding member of the English country dance ensemble Bare Necessities, whose flowing, improvisational style has inspired new generations of dancers and musicians. Jacqueline’s signature playing infuses the sound tracks of Ken Burns’ Grammy- winning Civil War, Baseball, Lewis and Clark, Mark Twain, The National Parks, among others. She graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston, majoring in piano improvisation. She has performed at the White House for President Clinton and, with Scottish singer Jean Redpath, on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion and on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman. She has released four solo recordings and has performed concerts of vintage American music, in almost every state of the Union. She lives on Cape Cod.

Kate Barnes has been playing piano, flute guitar and assorted other instruments for traditional dancing since 1971, and has been invited to most major contra, square, British Isles and vintage dance events throughout the U.S., performing for dances and concerts, leading ensemble workshops, and generally acting in a crazy and often undignified manner. Averaging over 250 engagements per year since 1980 she is arguably one of folk music's busiest musicians, and has also played for festivals and tours in England, France, Denmark, Shetland, Scotland and Czechoslovakia. She works with the bands The Latter-Day Lizards, Bare Necessities, The 3rd String Trio, Big Bandemonium and Les Z-Boys, and has performed with many traditional greats including Seamus Connolly, Joe Derrane, Cathie Ryan, Chris Norman, Alasdair Fraser, Rodney Miller, and Joe Cormier. Publications include English Country Dance Tunes Volumes One and Two, widely used collections of English traditional dance music. Recordings include Sleeping On a Rock and Rainy Night in Montague with The Latter Day Lizards, Kitchen Junket and Heatin' Up The Hall with Yankee Ingenuity, Bare Necessities, Take A Dance, Nightcap and at least 15 others in the Boston CDS Centre Dance Series with Bare Necessities, and Airplang and Airplang II with Rodney Miller.

Mary Lea Classically trained from a musical family, Mary has been playing dance music professionally on the violin and viola since 1977. Besides performing at English country dances, Mary continues to play for contra dancing, couple dance and vintage dance events, and for local listening gigs in a duo playing French and Swedish music. Over the years, she has been teaching, playing for dances, private events (weddings etc), organizing concerts and dance weeks, playing on numerous recordings and performing at dance and music weeks throughout the country and abroad.

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Earl Gaddis was originally trained as a classical violinist, with a special passion for Baroque music. But his orientation shifted when he discovered the excitement of small-ensemble music improvisation for dancers, with its unique opportunities for creating interesting harmonies, countermelodies, and rich musical textures on the spur of the moment. He is now a full-time dance musician who has been playing violin and viola for various combinations of English, Scottish, American, and international dancing for more than fifty years. He plays at dance camps, workshops, balls, festivals, and dances throughout the United States, in Canada, and abroad. As a member of Bare Necessities Earl has made eighteen recordings of English Country Dance music so far, and he has recorded with a number of other musicians as well. He lives in great contentment on ten acres of woods in Plainwell, Michigan with his wife Sherry Brodock.

Karen Axelrod

Karen Axelrod is highly regarded for her creative piano playing at English, American and Scottish dance events around this country, and in Canada and Europe.  She is in the band Foxfire, with Daron Douglas; in Alchemy, with Eric Martin and Rachel Bell; and in Peregrine Road with Rachel Bell.  Karen plays accordion with 3rd String Trio, a band that plays old world cafe music, and also plays accordion for Orion Longsword. She loves the ensemble aspect of playing for dancing, as well as the close connection between what the musicians do and what the dancers do. When not playing music, Karen spends her time coming in last in marathons.

Gene Murrow

Gene Murrow has been an English country dancer and musician since 1965 and has taught and called since 1988 at clubs, workshops, festivals and balls throughout the U.S. as well as Britain, Europe and Japan. As a dance musician he performs on recorders and concertina, has made four CD recordings for dances of Fried Herman and Gary Roodman, and is the Producer of the series of English dance recordings featuring the Boston-based band Bare Necessities. At the 2001 EFDSS/Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society conference in London he was invited to present a paper tracing the history of English country dancing in America, and in 2004 he was honored as the featured country dance caller and teacher at the gala 50th anniversary of England’s Sidmouth International Festival. He has returned to England many times to teach Festivals, Gatherings, and club dates across the country. In 2006, he toured Japan for two weeks teaching English dance workshops, where he returned in 2011 to instruct over 200 folk dance teachers at the National Folk Dance Federation annual conference. Gene approaches English country dance as a medium in which dancers and musicians alike participate in the realization of works of art. His dance workshops strive to make their richness of structure, musical form, texture, and affect enjoyable and appreciated by dancers of all abilities. Gene is the founder and Executive Director of Gotham Early Music Scene, a service and advocacy organization for early music in New York City, and has served on the Board of Directors of CDSS, Early Music America, and the American Recorder Society. He currently is a member of the Board of Pinewoods Camp, Inc.

Tom Amesse

Tom Amesse is a regular ECD caller for Country Dance New York and for the North Jersey English Country Dancers in Ridgewood, NJ, where he is the emcee of their annual Play-ful Ball.  His easy going style and clear instructions have helped make him a popular ECD leader at venues in the Northeast such as White Plains, Hurley, Albany, Binghamton and Troy, NY, Lambertville and, Princeton, NJ, Smithtown, Long Island, and Amherst and Boston MA.  He has also emcee’d numerous Playford Balls and dance weekends including Rochester’s Jane Austen ball weekend three times, and the New York Playford ball four times, with Gene Murrow.  In 2017 Tom was the emcee of Atlanta’s Fandango weekend as well as the co-emcee of Across the Lake in Burlington VT.

Scholarship Opportunities

**NEW** We need to grow a new generation of  younger dancers. ADK Weekend is asking for donations for a Youth Scholarship Fund (under 30 and first-time attendance). DFO has given us $1300 to start this year. Please consider a tax-deductable donation. Tax donation slips emailed upon  money receipt.


**NEW** Youth Scholarships(under 30 and first-time attendance). Scholarships awarded by June 15, 2018 or after as received.

Youth Scholarship form


**Weekend volunteer Scholarship positions available.** $60 registration credit

  • Silent auction Helper - Sat after breakfast & Saturday at auction end 6:45PM
  • Floor sweeper - Twice a day in 2 dance halls
  • Snack Preparation: Friday 9:30PM and Sat 9:30PM. The job requires preparing snacks for about one hour before snack time (with staff), setting out the food at 9:15, and putting it away around 11PM.

Call 518-813- 0530 if you are interested in helping this year.  We love new ideas.