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Saratoga Springs, NY: The Flurry Festival (with Mickela Mallozzi, YouTube video)
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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FLURRY
Event Name: 33rd Annual FLURRY FESTIVAL
Date: February 14, 15, 16, 2020
Location: Saratoga City Center & Hilton Hotel, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
WHAT: The Flurry Festival is a celebration of music and dance from America and around the world, with dances such as Contra, Swing, Square, Waltz, Latin, African, European, Israeli, Celtic, Scandinavian and more. Participants come to dance, watch, listen, or participate in a variety of dances and workshops, including dance lessons, singing sessions, instrument workshops, scheduled and impromptu jam sessions, and family events for all ages.
The Flurry is a major economic contributor to the City of Saratoga Springs, which has embraced the Flurry since 1994. Flurry participants celebrate a variety of cultures from around the world. Engaging in other peoples’ cultures while creating one’s own community helps us understand and appreciate people who are different from us, rather than feeling threatened by them.
WHERE: The Flurry takes place in several locations in downtown Saratoga Springs. Event headquarters is the City Center and The Saratoga Hilton Hotel (534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY). Other venues include the Saratoga Music Hall, The Parting Glass Pub, and Caffe Lena, as well as other locations — all withing walking distance from the City Center.
WHEN: Every President’s Day Weekend (Friday-Sunday, 3rd weekend in February).
Friday — 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Saturday — 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Sunday — 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
COST — ADMISSION PRICES: (Children 5 and under are free).
Advance Discount Tickets are available online (late fall through mid-January), via PayPal or Credit (no PayPal account needed), or by check and mail-in form.
Full-Price Tickets are available online for two weeks after the Advance Discount deadline, and are then on sale during the Festival Weekend in the City Center lobby. We do not run out of at-door tickets.
Discounts apply for Teen, student, senior, military, and DanceFlurry Organization members. ID is required for discounts.
Ticket Prices vary depending on type, time of purchase, and block of time desired (day, night, all-day or all-weekend).
- Adult prices range from $34-$115
- Senior/Student/Member/Military prices range from $23-$105
- Teen prices range from $16-$70
- Child (6-12) prices runs from $3-$8
EVENT SIZE — ATTENDANCE:
Roughly 5,000 participants, 400 performers, and over 200 separate sessions during the weekend. These include social dance parties, workshops (instruments, vocals, dance), concerts, dance performances, participatory singing and jam sessions, and family-oriented events.
- Everyone! All ages. Primarily coming from the NY Capital District area and New England, others come from Central and Western states, Canada.
- Dancers and non-dancers. While most come to dance, many attendees come to sing, play music, learn or listen to music, or enjoy watching events.
- All levels, from beginner sessions to “experienced only” dances. There are workshops and dances for novices (“101” and “102” classes).
- Singles and couples. As a community dance event, people often switch partners after each dance. You don’t need to bring a partner.
- Adults, teens and families.
— Sessions for families often include storytelling, sing-alongs, family dances, kid-friendly concerts, dances from other cultures.
— Sessions that teens might enjoy might include hip-hop, improv, bellydance, swing, African dance/drum, Irish step, youth contras, and events performed by other teens.
- Instrument workshops and demos for a variety of ability levels may include: vocals, fiddle, wind instruments, banjo, mandolin, guitar, percussion and more.
WHAT KIND OF DANCING:
- A wide variety of dance forms is offered (though may change from year-to-year): Contras, squares, circle, community, swing, Latin (salsa/tango), English Country, waltz, hip-hop, clogging, zydeco, belly dance, improv, two-step country, line dances.
- Dances from many different cultures: African, Cajun, Scandinavian, Scottish, Celtic/Irish, French-Canadian, Indian, Israeli, Balkan, English, German, Cajun, Native American, Middle Eastern, French, Russian and more.
- The Flurry is not about “competitive”‘ ballroom-type dancing, nor is it formal; it’s about having fun with plenty of opportunities to learn new dances and meet new people. Dress is casual and comfortable. Soft-soled, clean shoes (shoes not worn outdoors) are required on all dance floors.
- After all these years, contra dancing remains the most popular dance form at the Festival. Contra dancing is easy to learn. If you can walk, count to eight, and you know your left from your right, you can learn to contra dance.
Please see website for complete performer list and links to their websites.
To communicate with the Program Curator contact: email@example.com
We over 200 sessions to choose from, it’s hard to pick just a few to highlight. Please review the Schedule on this web site (or contact the Program Director).
WHAT ATTENDEES SAY / QUOTES:
Survey Responses to: “My Favorite Thing About The Flurry is. . . ”
- The welcoming, joyful celebration of shared human emotions through music and movement.
- How can one festival open so many hearts at once?
- The collective love of dance and music is both contagious and restorative, inspiring a lifelong practice and participation in both music and community.
- The joy — the way it fills my heart and soul with hope as we carry on from here.
- Gracious, supportive, community-driven atmosphere can’t be beat! It’s rare!
- I always find something I never heard of, or haven’t been exposed to, or haven’t yet had the opportunity to try. It satisfies my spirit!
- It was my first time, and I came solo with no dance background, and everyone said that it was really brave, but it honestly didn’t require bravery because EVERYONE I met was so incredibly friendly and welcoming!
- Enjoying letting myself relax into “flurry time” — being off the clock for 2-1/2 days and filling up with as much dancing and playing music and listening to music as there is at the Flurry. It’s cool!
- The jam sessions, the contra dancing, the overall atmosphere, and just how friendly everyone is, whether they’re staff, volunteers, or attendees!
- The feeling on Friday when I start dancing, that I’ll be able to do this all weekend. Or maybe the feeling on Saturday when I’m in the groove and my whole body is dancing. Or maybe the feeling on Sunday evening when I’m exhausted and my batteries are fully charged.
- The people! Everybody is happy. Every place you look, people are laughing. They smile and say “Hi” in the halls, even if they don’t know you.
- Welcoming atmosphere for all ages, genders, orientation, expression and skill levels
- Combination of fun and security that makes us feel like anybody can talk, hang out, or dance with anyone else there.