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2019 Upstate Dance Challenge

Upstate Dance Challenge 2019!
Rising Star Tour
When: Today until Monday, Dec 9, 2019
See Below for Dates & Times
Cost: Prices Vary Depending on Workshops and/or Dances attended

Calling all Dancers! Upstate Dance Challenge 2019 is right around the corner!

New York State's own West Coast Swing Dance Weekend event returns to the Gideon Putnam Hotel on December 5-9, 2019 and we couldn't be more excited!

Join us for four thrilling days of workshops, competitions, social dancing, and fun activities in our gorgeous setting in the Saratoga Spa State Park.  The focus of the event is on West Coast Swing, using a variety of modern and past styling techniques,  also included this year is Latin dancing and Lindy Hop workshops and dances and fantastic live band in the Lindy room on Saturday night.  Don't know how to dance? No Problem! The Newcomer program welcomes beginners and is designed for dancers who have never competed before.   Dancers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate, so break out those dancing shoes, because the rafters will be rockin' at The Gideon Putnam! A special room block rate is available by calling 866-746-1077 and mention Group Code 9NC9KG.

Markus & Tren and Patty Vo will be teaching workshops in addition to special mini-intensive sessions for dancers with experience. Professional staff at the event include Champions John Lindo, star of this famous viral video; Trendlyon Veal & Markus Smith; Patty Vo; and Didier Jean-Francois (Charmin’ Dee) of Montreal’s SAF Entertainement Group, Studio 88 Swing, and The Canadian Swing Championships; and others! Local teachers Johnny Martinez & Diane Lachtrapp, and Marty Comstock &Lili Pipiliac will also be teaching throughout the weekend event.

Full details of the event and registration information can be found on-line by searching for Upstate Dance Challenge 2019

*IMPORTANT* Your room reservations do NOT include admission to the event. Attendees must register for the event separately on the official Upstate Dance Challenge website.

  • Four days of West Coast Swing learning, dancing, competitions, and shows
  • Mini Intensives with Patty Vo on Friday and Trendlyon Veal & Markus Smith on Saturday
  • Social dancing starts early and goes until 4:00 am
  • Registered with the World Swing Dance Council – we welcome open-role dancers in all contests
  • Lindy Track on Friday/Saturday with workshops and dances 
  • Live band in the Lindy Room – the Grand Boubousse - on Saturday night
  • Latin Track with Latin dance room hosted by Johnny Martinez
  • WCS Beginner Track
  • WCS Leveled/Advanced Track
  • Rising Star Tour
  • Juniors
  • Onsite shoe vendor
  • 25 minutes from Albany International Airport; free shuttle to town, train, and bus station
  • Gorgeous Resort with an onsite spa and restaurant
  • Free parking & free WiFi
  • In-room coffee and refrigerator
  • Gorgeous, newly renovated ballroom
  • Beautiful rooms & suites
  • 4 hours from Manhattan & Boston
  • 3.5 hours from Montreal

Contact Information
Inquiries from media, dancers, and dance groups can be directed to:
Karen Graham, Event Director
Upstate Dance Challenge
Phone: 802-558-1870

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