Used to be that square dancing could be found in almost any American city or town, danced by young and old, black and white, urban and rural folks alike. Today, it's making a comeback as people re-discover the joy of a foot-stomping, rollicking, barn-shaking dance party. Never been square dancing before? Don't worry! It's easy to learn and requires no previous experience. You don't need to bring a partner or wear any special getup. We always have live music and a caller to walk you through the dances.
On Sunday, June 3, 2018, the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will again welcome Dave Harvey and a live band to call an afternoon dance for visitors of all ages and abilities. Join caller Dave Harvey and the Backyard Boys (Paul Friedman, Jody Kruskal and Bob Jones) for square dancing at the open air pavilion in Palisades Park!
Admission to the program is FREE though there will be a $5 parking fee charged for cars at the Alpine Area.
Don your best Kentucky Derby duds and mark the occasion with City Farm Presents at The Bell House on May 5th! This year we're getting on our high horse to create an awesome afternoon with our friends Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, sweets from Blue Marble, as well as live music from Dave Harvey with the Remedies.
Join us for tailgating, lawn games, square dancing, prize drawings, and contests for best outfit, bowtie, and Derby Pie. Top it all off with a with a human horse race and enough Mint Juleps to take down, well, a human horse. $100 cash prizes go to the race and pie contest winners. Arrive early as the first 150 Derby fans receive a commemorative Mint Julep glass. VIP and General Admission tickets are on sale now.
- 1pm Bar Opens
- 2:30pm Prize Wheel Drawing
- 3pm Music from Dave Harvey with the Remedies
- 4pm Square Dancing & Prize Wheel Drawing
- 4:45pm Prize Wheel Drawing
- 5pm Human Horse Race
- 5:30pm Contest Winners Announced (Derby Pie, Best Hat, Outfit, Bowtie)
- 6:30pm Call to Post / Derby Race
Embrace the climb to the top through activities inspired by our new special exhibition, The Rockies and The Alps: Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains. Highlights include virtual reality mountain climbing, an inflatable rock wall, live entertainment, artmaking workshops, and a talk on access to mountain landscapes.
• So, you think you can climb? Give it a shot on our 25-foot high inflatable rock wall.
• Experience a virtual reality mountain climbing session. See gameplay footage here.
• Grab a partner and hit the dancefloor in an Appalachian square dance workshop.
• Join a talk about access, diversity, and environmental justice regarding mountain landscapes. Panelists include Nathan Baker of the New York – Northern New Jersey Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club; Shuan Butcher of Disabled Sports USA; Keyana M. Jones of Hikeoloution, and Anahí Naranjo of Latino Outdoors. Moderated by Curator of American Art Tricia Laughlin Bloom.
• Learn the sport of lacrosse as depicted in Ball Players.
• Program also includes MakerSPACE drop-ins, gallery tours; planetarium shows, includingEarthquake; and more.
Come on down for live music, dancing, countrified lawn activities (including cornhole and trick-roping lessons), plus beer and wine and tasty grub curated by Hester Street Fair (for purchase).
DAVE HARVEY with TOM BAILEY, ELLERY MARSHALL, ANNA ROBERTS-GEVALT & JASON SYPHER
Dave Harvey of NYC Barn Dance is coming back to serve as the featured caller, backed by live boot-stomping bands. We will offer a free bag check, so you can keep your hands free to swing your partner. You’ll meet loads of people, and we’ll teach you the steps. No partner or experience is necessary.
Back by popular demand, the mechanical bull will return courtesy of Southwest Airlines. If the bull is too much of a thrill, we’ll have a “bouncy horse corral” for little cowboys and cowgirls. Plus, take your chances and enter the raffle to win free plane tickets anywhere Southwest flies. When you need a break from all the action, you can hang your hat and have a drink at the rustic Southwest Airlines lounge. Square Dance participants will also walk away with a fantastic free souvenir – one of our famous Bryant Park Square Dance cowboy hats (while supplies last). We invite everyone to dust off that festive country attire and check out a midtown hoedown like no other!
5pm – 6pm
Live Music—Morgan O’Kane and Zeke Healy
6pm – 7:30pm
Square Dance Set 1
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Live Music—Pete and the Stray Dogs
8:30pm – 10pm
Square Dance Set 2
Porch Stomp is a folk celebration unlike any other. Set on the beautiful greenery of Governors Island, Porch Stomp invites over 60 bands, artists, or performing arts organizations to utilize the historic porches of Nolan Park as a pulpit for performance and education, highlighting artistry ranging from traditional folk to old-time, blues, roots, bluegrass and americana. Now in its fourth year, Porch Stomp offers more unique performance and educational opportunities than ever before with increased performance locations, workshops, food and drink vending, there are a million ways to get involved with Porch Stomp as a performer, student or viewer. This year there's no better way to spend a Saturday in June!
St. Ann's Church supports the arts in Brooklyn as the home of the Brooklyn Folk Festival. This past year St. Ann's suffered severe damage to their roof and now they are asking for our help in preserving the church. THIS IS ALSO A POTENTIAL FUTURE HOME FOR THE NYC BANR DANCE! Help support the church that supports dance and music in NYC! The event runs 7-10 pm, with the square dance itself taking place in the latter part of the evening.
This event is sponsored by the Long Island Traditional Music Association (LITMA).
Contradancing and square dancing share many of the same figures, but the former are configured in long lines, while the latter in, obviously, squares. If you tried one, but never the other come join us.
No experience necessary! No partner necessary!
The HUNTINGTONES are our band for the event.
Lesson 6:15-6:30 pm (Great for those for whom it is a first or second time dancing!)
Dance 6:30-9:30 pm
John C. Campbell Folk School's Fall Square Dance Weekend
Three days of square dances, workshops, and great food and camaraderie. Last time I was down there I found myself stepdancing on top of a local bar counter at 2 AM! A great time for all!
GOTHAM GIRLS ROLLER DERBY FUNDRAISER!
ROLLER DEBRY + NYC HOEDOWN RUCKUS + NYC BARN DANCE 10th ANNIVERSARY!
Lightning Fast Fiddle and a hall full of Roller Derby Rockstars!!!!
Come join us at the GOTHAM GIRS ROLLER DERBY FUNDRAISER DANCE in Bushwick on Saturday, October 22. This is also the closest we're going to get to a NYC BARN DANCE 10th ANNIVERSARY DANCE. I'll be calling with our longtime favorite band, the REMEDIES.
HELP THE ORGANIZERS BY BUYING TICKETS EARLY!
Unlace your skates and put on your cowboy boots, it's square dancing time! Get ready to kick up your heels, do-si-do, and curtsy to lighting-fast fiddle tunes. All dances are taught beforehand as part of the fun, so beginners are as welcome as those who can Allemande blindfolded.
LIVE CALLER & LIVE BAND
Dave Harvey, caller
Doors open at 8:00 P.M.
Live music and dancing commences at 8:30 P.M.