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Overview
Freestyle Frolic Barefoot Dance Events
Mid-Hudson Valley, Ulster County, New York

Dance as if no one is watching

The Freestyle 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!

2014 Summer Dances rock out under the stars at the dance stage at Stone Mountain Farm (Center for Symmbolic Studies) North of New Paltz -- 8:30pm to 12:30pm

Summer Dance entry fee in New Paltz is $7~15 for adults, $3-7 for teens, $3~7 for seniors, volunteers & kids 12 & under are free. (all sliding scale and includes parking) PLUS, volunteers & kids 12 & under free!

Children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian.  No dogs, drugs, alcohol or smoking, please.

Spring is here and the indoor dances are getting hotter!
We've already started scheduling the summer dance coordinators - so step up, volunteers - if you aren't a coordinator yet, you can still help with a tent set-up work day, halp put up lights, or move sound gear when we switch to our exciting summer venue at Stone Mountain Farm (Center for Symmbolic Studies).

DANCE MUSIC!

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, Tribal, World, Soul, Hip Hop, Ambient, Latin, Reggae, House, 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

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

Summer Postcards are mailed -- watch your mailbox or pick some up at the dance. Take home extras to give to your firiends!

Please volunteer to help setup before and takedown after our evening dance events, or sign up for a 30-minute doorshift, so we can put on even more of these exciting events -- as a bonus, you get free entry!  

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 12:30 am...
We hold our dances on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month,
so as to alternate weekends with New York City's Barefoot Boogie

Summer 2014 Dances
Date
Event
Location
May 17 Outdoor Freestyle Dance

CSS in New Paltz

June 7 Outdoor Freestyle Dance

CSS in New Paltz

June 21 Outdoor Freestyle Dance

CSS in New Paltz

July 19 Outdoor Freestyle Dance

CSS in New Paltz

August 2 Outdoor Freestyle Dance

CSS in New Paltz

August 16 Outdoor Freestyle Dance

CSS in New Paltz

September 6 Outdoor Freestyle Dance

CSS in New Paltz

September 20 Outdoor Freestyle Dance

CSS in New Paltz

 

All dates fall on our usual "First and Third Saturday" schedule - though we're skipping July 5.

Cost of our Dance Events
Cost of Our Freestyle 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. Additional donations are always welcome.

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

Why? In 2012 the Frolic's leadership council decided that decreasing the effective entrance fee every year was threatening the dance's survival. The dance started in 1993, and $5 was the fixed entrance fee. That's $8.18 in 2014 dollars -- so the price has effectively dropped every year since, but inflation in our overhead costs were bringing us down. Because different people have differing economics, and we still want everyone to be able to come, pay what they can, and have a good time at our events --hence, a sliding scale. Also, people can still attend for FREE by volunteering, so everyone has multiple options, and the experience is quite the bargain at any of these prices.

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


2014 Outdoor Admission Fees (New Paltz)
Person
Admission
Adult $7 ~ $15
Sliding Scale,
Includes Parking
Teens & Seniors $3 ~ $7
Sliding Scale,
Includes Parking
Child under 12 Free
Volunteers:
Doorshift, Setup, & Takedown
Free
Additional donations are always welcome.
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Location of our Dance Events

Locations of Our Dance Events



The Kingston Knights of Columbus Hall  at 389 Broadway, Kingston 
(October through April;  Indoors)  ---  8:30 pm ~ 12:30 am

Located in midtown Kingston, across from the Kingston Hospital, at 389 Broadway. From the Thruway traffic circle, take the I-587 (Colonel Chandler) bypass to its end, then go straight through the light and merge onto to Broadway, South bound. Go through 3 more lights, under the railroad overpass, then through 2 more lights. The building is on the right, just after the Kingston High School, on the corner of Broadway and Andrew Street.
Park in a legal space on the street, or in one of the Kingston Hospital lots behind or next to # 389 -- enter from Andrew Street. (Note: the signs that say "Doctors Only" are not enforced at night).   Enter through the front door. Click here for a Google Map or a Mapquest map to this location.

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
(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

Mailing Lists


NOTE: At this point, auto-submission to our mailing lists is broken; please sign up for our lists in person at a dance, or by emailing the address below. Also, visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/thefrolic
Contact Us
Contact Us


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:

Contact
Email / Phone / URL
Notes
Via Facebook Page
http://www.facebook.com/thefrolic
Live Web Community
Facebook Group
http://www.facebook.com/groups/FreestyleFrolic/
Live Web Community
Frolic Info Line
845 658-83I9
Late breaking info
Hrana Janto
frolic@hranajanto.com
Created the lovely hand artwork on this page



by Hrana
Page last updated Januay 2012