Friday, 07 February 2014 10:59

Flurry Of Activity - 27th Annual Flurry Festival Storms Into Town Next Weekend

By staff Report | Entertainment
Flurry Of Activity - 27th Annual Flurry Festival Storms Into Town Next Weekend
SARATOGA SPRINGS – The 27th Flurry festival is on President’s Weekend and runs from February 14 to 16 throughout downtown Saratoga Springs. Festival headquarters is centered at the Saratoga Springs City Center and Saratoga Hilton Hotel, with more performances and workshops scheduled at Saratoga Music Hall, Caffé Lena, and The Parting Glass Pub. The Flurry is well known as the best winter weekend for dancers and music lovers of all ages, featuring more than 400 performers, five venues and over 250 events. Events this year will include a huge lineup of programs for families with young children, many new programs for teens and ‘all ages’ programming. This includes international music and dance events, non-stop swing and contra dancing, jamming and music instruction and storytelling. Young children will be busy with easy family dances, traditional square dancing, international family dancing, a kids jug band jam, community barn dances, improvisational modern dance, funny songs and sing-alongs, story telling and much more. Teens will have their very own contra dance and improvisational modern dance classes, a teen talent showcase, teen jam session, World dance for teens, Sing-along Songs from Summer Camp, Spanish style hip-hop dancing and many more activities specially lined up for teens and young adults. Festival goers of all ages will enjoy a major lineup of international music and dance experiences, featuring events like an African Jive Dancapalooza, Cajun dance parties, Regional Greek Folk dances, Irish singing, yodeling, Yiddish square dancing, Scandinavian dance party, as well as many more international dance, music and singing sessions. Traditional Flurry Festival activities such as non-stop contra and swing dancing will go all weekend long, including a Lindy Boot Camp, and a Lindy Bomb Ball later the same day, Contra dancing for all levels of ability, waltzes, squares, and even romantic couple dances featured on Friday for Valentines Day. This year will also feature two techno contra dance parties, one late at night, and one during the day. Even if you have two left feet and can’t bust a move to save your life, there is more than enough to keep you busy at the Flurry. The weekend has more than 20 live concerts programmed, from African American gospel and freedom songs with Kim and Reggie Harris, to vintage blues with Annie & the Hedonists, Flamenco Music and Dance with Tania Asili. In addition, there are over 30 music instruction workshops from beginning harmonica to body percussion, hillbilly blues banjo playing and steel pan drum. Plus 20 singing sessions including songs from the Underground Railroad, sea shantys and drinking songs and round singing. Vendors will be on hand with beautiful and fun dance wear, including dance shoes, and a variety of food options will be available, including options for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free attendees. Tickets are available at the door all weekend long. They are available as full weekend passes or day passes with special discounts for students, children and seniors. To see a full schedule of events and purchase your tickets, visit
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