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Program Information

Program name: Colonial Dance
Program category: History
Multicultural- Other
Program length: 50-75 Minutes
Audience level: All ages
Audience size: 20-150 people
Program description: What did people do for fun in the Colonial era? They sang, made their own music, and danced! Are you looking for a way to bring the Colonial era to life? Participants will learn firsthand how people socialized and hear anecdotes from American history. Encourage them to come in costume from clothing they already have – or make their own. Colonial New York and New England was a crossroads of trade, commerce and culture, influenced by Dutch, French, English, African and Native American among many other peoples and traditions. “Multicultural” is not a new concept. The audience will connect with centuries-old traditions and participate in the traditional house party dances as generations of Americans have done – by dancing! Squares, contras and circle dances were brought to American from Europe and Africa. The program 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, gourd banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, recorder, 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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