Performers and Programs

Program Information

Program name: Dance the World Around!
Program category: History
Multicultural- Other
Program length: 50-75 Minutes
Audience level: All ages
Audience size: 20-150 people
Program description: Your audience can try their hand at folk dancing, and kick up their heels to live fiddle music, just like people did in the 18th and 19th century before electricity! Enjoy a tradition of community dancing and music handed down from generation to generation and that is still going on in many communities. We play music and get everyone involved – from ages 3 to 103 — especially those who have not danced before, in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites: circles, squares, contras, as well as international folk (Irish, Dutch, African, Chinese, Korean, Latin American, Russian, Israeli, French, and more) dances. While participation in the dancing is encouraged — and it’s hard to sit still — it’s fun to just listen to the music and watch too! The “Dance the World Around” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. We play tunes, sing songs, and teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, clarinet, guitar, recorder, ukulele, hu lu si (Chinese wind instrument), percussion, and more. More information and video at this link: and
Space/special requirements: Sound System if available, three armless chairs for the artists, one 6’ table; approximately 20 chairs for participants, but no more because we want as many people to dance as possible. Clear indoor or outdoor space with relatively even ground/floor and room for participants to move freely. Outdoor programs must have an indoor space in case of bad weather.
Travel restrictions: none
Program fee: $351- $500
Is this fee negotiable? Yes
Mileage included? Yes
Notes about the fee: Generally, our range is $300 to $675. Our fees vary based on the library's budget as well as which musicians we include, time of year, weekday or weekend event, and whether a sound system is available at the library. Block Booking (more than one library in an area) available, as well as other money saving options - Call for Details. Additional Mileage Fee for beyond a 60-minute drive from Albany to be determined at time of booking.
Other notes: Homespun has CDs and books for sale. We would like to be able to offer them to participants on the day of the event.
Regions this program
can be performed in:
Capital District
North Country
Program last updated: 01/29/2018
Performer Information (see all of this performer's programs)
Stage name: Peter, Paul & George
Performer name: Paul Rosenberg
Phone: 518-482-9255
Mailing address: 538 Providence Street
Albany, New York 12208
E-mail address:
Previous appearances at: Wadsworth Library Geneseo, Schroon Lake Public Square Dance, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Albany Public Library Washington Ave. Branch, Altamont Elementary School, Guilderland Central School District
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Performer information last updated: 01/29/2018


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