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Swinging to live music at the Flurry. Photo:  Todd Moe
Swinging to live music at the Flurry. Photo: Todd Moe

Dance Flurry swings through Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs is known for its mineral springs, race track and Revolutionary War battles, but it's also a popular gathering spot for those who love social dancing. Thousands gather for a "flurry" of dancing and music at the Saratoga City Center each Presidents' Day weekend. The annual Dance Flurry Festival is celebrating its 26th anniversary this weekend. You'll find dancers of all ages enjoying everything from African to Zydeco.

Originally, it was a one-day event near Albany back in 1987. Since then, the Flurry, as it's called, has evolved into a three-day winter gathering, drawing musicians, teachers, callers, volunteers, and of course, dancers from across the country. Todd Moe stopped by the event last February and found thousands enjoying wall-to-wall music and dance.  Go to full article
Summer square dancing on the shore of Schroon Lake has been a tradition since the 1930's.  Photo: TAUNY
Summer square dancing on the shore of Schroon Lake has been a tradition since the 1930's. Photo: TAUNY

Still "do-si-doing" after all these years

A local square dancing tradition in Schroon Lake continues to draw hundreds of particpants. Since the 1930s, it's been a weekly social event in July and August. TAUNY gave the dance organizers a 2012 North Country Heritage Award on Sunday.

Todd Moe talks with musician Ed Lowman, coordinator of the Schroon Lake Square Dances. He's a fiddler who has helped lead the dances since 1979. Lowman says the dance steps and tunes vary from week to week. At a time when square dancing has decreased in popularity in some parts of the country, he's excited to see young families, seniors and even teens turning out to "do-si-do".  Go to full article
Swinging to live music at the Flurry.
Swinging to live music at the Flurry.

Dance Flurry swings through Saratoga

Saratoga Springs is known for its mineral springs, race track and Revolutionary War battles, but it's also a popular gathering spot for those who love social dancing. Thousands gathered for a "flurry" of dancing and music at the Saratoga City Center earlier this month. The annual Dance Flurry Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary over the Presidents' Day weekend. There were dancers of all ages enjoying everything from African to Zydeco.

Originally, it was a one-day event near Albany back in 1987. Since then, the Flurry, as it's called, has evolved into a three-day winter gathering, drawing musicians, teachers, callers, volunteers, and of course, dancers from across the country. As Todd Moe found out, families have grown up coming to the Flurry and for some it's an annual tradition.  Go to full article

Spicy music on a crisp fall morning

The Potsdam ensemble Piquant! joined us in the studio for some live music. Just the thing for an autumn morning. Like their brand of Latin/bistro music? You're invited to a live recording session at the Russell Opera House on Sunday at 3 pm for their next cd, The South of My North.  Go to full article
Frank and Mason hillips both won first place.
Frank and Mason hillips both won first place.

Heard Up North: Akwesasne smoke dancers

Last weekend, hundreds of people gathered outside the arena on Cornwall Island for the Akwesasne Pow Wow. More than 200 dancers from across the Iroquois territories competed. David Sommerstein spoke with two smoke dancers for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Preview: Twelfth Night Festival

The party continues: "Hill and Hollow Music" is sponsoring a Twelfth Night Festival this weekend (January 6-7) at the Plattsburgh Elks Lodge and the Saranac Church in the Hollow. Twelfth Night marks the conclusion of the Christmas season with music, dance and feasting. The Baltimore Consort will be the centerpiece of this weekend's festival. And "dancing-master" Gene Murrow will teach an English county dance workshop, and will be prompter for the Playford Ball Saturday night. He spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

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