Beginner’s Dance Workshop at Staatsburgh

Featuring Joe Donato from the Hudson Valley Dance Depot
Sunday, April 29 at 1pm

Have you ever walked into the Staatsburgh dining room and thought to yourself, “I would love to attend a ball here!” ?  If so, now is your chance to dance in the Millses grand dining room.  Workshop attendees will learn the scandalous dances of the Gilded Age, the waltz and the tango, taught by Joe Donato, “Ballroom Joe,” of Hudson Valley Dance Depot.  No experience necessary (and no partners needed)!  We will serve light refreshments at the conclusion of the program.

Both the tango and the waltz were popular dances in the Gilded Age, but each was considered scandalous when it was introduced.  Prior to the waltz, dancers had held only each other’s hands.  When, in the waltz, the gentleman put his arm around the lady and the lady put her hand on the gentleman’s shoulder, proper society was shocked.  In 1816, The Times of London said, “We remarked with pain that the indecent foreign dance called the Waltz was introduced…at the English court.”

In the early 20th century, the sultry and sensuous tango made its way from Argentina to Paris.  Guardians of morality warned against its malign influence as the tango craze spread to Berlin, London and New York.   But after movie star Rudolf Valentino tangoed on screen, the dance’s popularity knew no bounds.

Reservations are required.  Call 845-889-8851 to reserve.
Cost: $15 / Person, $12 / Friends of Mills Mansion Members

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