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Freestyle Frolic Dance Events
Mid-Hudson Valley - Kingston, New York

Dance as if no one is watching
Our Fall Dates are yet to be determined - will be announced here when they are!

See our Facebook Page for last-minute details and Discussions

Summer Dance EVENING entry fees in New Paltz are sliding scale, $7-15 for adults, $3-7 for teens, $3-7 for seniors, volunteers & kids 12 & under are free. Children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian. 

WHAT IS A FROLIC?   The Frolic is an all-ages dance party for dance lovers:  a not-for-profit all-volunteer freestyle dance event in the Mid-Hudson Valley (see schedule of events). Frolic dances are alcohol free, smoke free, and drug free which keeps the focus on dancing. Dancers of all kinds attend, ranging from people who are serious about dance and want to expand their experience and learn from other dancers, to people who just want to get down in a fun, open atmosphere.  No dance skills or partners are required!


The Frolic has some amazing DJs who specialize in ever-changing tapestries of music designed to thrill the diverse tastes of all present.  We feature many different genres of music: R&B, Dubstep, Funk, House, Tribal, World, Soul, Hip Hop, Ambient, Latin, Reggae, African, Downtempo Trance, Electronica, Disco, Rock, and Pop favorites; this breadth of styles is a rare treat! Our DJs are constantly seeking hot new grooves and unearthing historical treasures and remixes. If you love dance and all kinds of music, this is the place for you!

The Frolic is a member dance of Dance New England, a community of similar dances that stage wonderful dance workshop and camping events throughout the year. If there isn't a Frolic happening this weekend, and you're itchin' to move, check to see if there's a dance happening at New York City's Barefoot Boogie, or Northampton's Dance Spree, both DNE sister dances of the Freestyle Frolic.

You may also view our Vision Statement, which further describes the Frolic's goals and policies.

News and Announcements
News and Announcements

2015: Why Only One Frolic Per Month?

Reflecting on the past several years of the Frolic and our 22 year history, takes time and inspires a variety of thoughts. We are grateful for the joys created and community shared over these many years, and also challenged by a shrinking volunteer pool and overall decline in dancer attendance.

It is in the spirit of community and acknowledging our gifts, needs, and undersupply of volunteer resources, we have decided to concentrate our energies into a single monthly dance event instead of two, for these current seasons.

We hope this decision allows our community space for additional private gatherings in which to brainstorm, re-vision, and redesign our public offerings to better harness all that we are, and to better support our surrounding communities, so that the Frolic again shines as a glowing, growing, inspiring place to thrive.

FROLIC SURVEY -- take it now!

In the interest of better knowing our community's needs and gathering opinions beyond the council meeting champions, we've created a SURVEY for feedback from the greater community. Dozens of people have submitted so far, but we'd really love to know what YOUR experiences are, your needs, your preferences, so please fill one out.

After taking the survey, join the discussion on The Frolic's facebook group, if you'd like to join us there.

The Frolic also has a Twitter account -- @The_FrolicHV -- so stay informed and spread the word --
Follow The Frolic on Twitter!   The more the merrier, so jump in and follow us - pretty please.

Link up on our Facebook group TheFrolic!  for breaking news, chat, photos & more.

Please volunteer to help setup before and takedown after our evening dance events -- this earns you free entry!   (Note, we no longer run 30-minute doorshifts, as we've not had enough volunteers the last couple of years.)

We're Interested in New Dance Spaces! - If you know of anything that meets some of the criteria on our New Space Evaluation Form, please contact us. We'd love to hear about it!

Schedule of Dance and Movement Events
Schedule of Dance and Movement Events

Our dances are held on Saturdays, from 8:30pm to around 12:00 am...
We hold our dances on the 3rd Saturdays of each month,
so as to alternate with New York City's Barefoot Boogie

Summer 2015 Dances

June 6 Outdoor Freestyle Dance CSS in New Paltz
July 18 Outdoor Freestyle Dance CSS in New Paltz
August 1 Outdoor Freestyle Dance CSS in New Paltz
September 12 Outdoor Freestyle Dance CSS in New Paltz

Fall 2015 Dances

Dates To Be Announced Indoor Freestyle Dance CCE in Kingston

Cost of our Dance Events
Low Cost of Frolic Dances

The cost of Frolics is kept low by our incredible volunteer energy. Nobody in the Frolic community is paid for their time, not even the DJs. However, it does cost money to rent the spaces, buy equipment and supplies, and print mailings, so we do have a door fee. Additional donations are always welcome.

Our entrance fees are now based on an honor system Sliding Scale.

Why? The original $5 fee in 1993 is worth $8.18 in today's dollars, so keeping the $5 number meant the price was decreasing every year for >20 years. Eventually the Frolic's leadership council decided that the "real-dollars" decrease, especially coupled with falling attendance, threatened our dance's survival.

Because different people have differing economics, and we still want our events affordable for everyone to come and have a great time -- we created a sliding scale. Also, people can attend FREE by volunteering, so everyone has multiple options, and the experience is still a bargain at any of these prices.

Please consider helping us with the various tasks involved in setting up before, or taking down after, our dances. Working together can be nearly as rewarding as the dance itself!

2015 Summer
Outdoor Admission Fees (CSS / Tillson)
Adult $7 ~ $15
Sliding Scale
Teens & Seniors $3 ~ $7
Sliding Scale
Child under 12 Free !
Doorshift, Setup, & Takedown
Free !
On-site Camping $10 / person
Summer Frolics are on the stage at the Center for Symbolic Studies. Please note that summer prices are higher in order to cover the additional costs of parking at CSS.
Location of our Dance Events

Locations of Our Dance Events

Center for Creative Education  at 15 Railroad Ave, Kingston 
(February through April;  Indoors)  ---  8:30 pm ~ 12:00 am

Located in midtown Kingston, one half block North of where Greenkill Ave. and the railroad tracks cross over Broadway. From the I-87 traffic circle, take the 587 ramp and go 1.3 miles to the end; right lane, straight through intersection then road curves left onto Broadway. After 0.5 mi, turn left at third traffic light onto Cornell St, immediate Right onto Saccoman Ln, jog Left onto Thomas, immediate Right onto Fashion Ln, then immediate right onto Railroad Ave. (These last 4 streets are all very short blocks!) Park on the left across from #15, the only 4 story building on a block with 3 buildings on it. See the Google map here. Frompoints in town, approach via Greenkill or Cornell St.

From points South, take Route 32 North to the 6-way stop intersection where 32 takes a hard left -- instead, take a slight right onto Greenkill Ave. Cross over Broadway on the short trestle, park on the right across from #15, before Fashio Ln on the left and before Railroad Ave dead ends into more parking lots. See the Google directions here.

Entry fee is sliding scale, $5~10 for adults, $2~7 for teens, $2~7 for seniors, volunteers & kids 12 & under are free.  Children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian.

The Center for Symbolic Studies at 310 River Rd Extention, New Paltz, NY 12561
(May through September, Outdoors): --- 8:30 pm ~ 1:30 am

Our exciting summer dances are held on the CSS tent-covered outdoor stage next to the Stone Mountain Counseling center.  A nearby grassy lawn provides extra dancing space.  Wear layers, bring water, firewood (for the bonfire) and be prepared for bugs and the dark.  Come early and join us in our fun-spirited setup!  Three or more DJs per night!  Short break for community circle at about 10:30.  See you there!

Outdoor entry fee is sliding scale, $7~15 for adults, $3-7 for teens, $3~7 for seniors, volunteers & kids 12 & under are free.  Children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian.  Camping available on-site, $10/person additional. 

No dogs, drugs alcohol or smoking, please.

See the MapQuest map or Google Map.

From the North, (Kingston Exit on NY Thruway) take Washington St. to Rt. 32 South. Drive approx. 8 miles, passing Rosendale, then Tillson; 1 mile after the Postage Inn, turn Right onto River Rd.  Follow River Rd 0.7 mile, cross Springtown Rd onto River Road Extension. Follow back around curves and under Rail Trail trestle.  An attendant will assist in locating a proper parking spot for your vehicle -- big field (trucks, 4x4 and 4WD parking) or the gravel lot.  Walk up the hill towards the music & stage.

From the South,   Take the New Paltz exit on the NY Thruway, turn left at end of the ramp onto Main St/299. Drive 2 miles through town and turn Right on Route 32 North.  Drive 5 miles, cross over the Walkill River, then 0.5 mile later turn Left onto River Road.  Follow River Rd 0.7 mile, then straight across Springtown Road onto River Road Extension. Follow back around curves and under Rail Trail trestle.  An attendant will assist in locating a proper parking spot for your vehicle -- big field (trucks, 4x4 and 4WD parking) or the gravel lot.  Walk up the hill towards the music & stage.

Click here for more complete directions, and a map to the Center for Symbolic Studies.

Click here for the Center for Symbolic Studies' own web site.

Mailing Lists

Mailings / Announcements

Our events are now posted on FACEBOOK, Web, Email, Twitter, Email lists, and hardcopy Postcards.

We do still have a "Dates Only" (ultra low traffic) and "Frolic Announce" (medium low traffic) lists, but at this point, auto-submission to our mailing lists is broken; please sign up for email lists in person at a dance, or by emailing the contact address below.
Contact Us
Contacts / Communications

There are so many people involved in the Frolic, from core Council Members to casual dancers who sometimes volunteer to setup a dance. Here's some contact methods for getting in touch with these folks:

Email / Phone / URL
Twitterverse Connection
Facebook Page
Frolic Announcements
Facebook Group
Social Media Community
Meetup Group
Social Dance Community
Frolic Info Line
Talk to a real person
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Page last updated Januay 2015