Workshops

Join us for an upcoming workshop! Your date with the arts.

Workshops are special, one-time experiences of music and dance with master teachers at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Low in time commitment but high in artistry, workshops are timely, engaging, and dynamic sessions targeted to serve participants with varied interests and goals.

The typical duration of a one-day workshop is an hour and a half to two hours, but we also offer intensives and multi-day or multi-week options. Workshops costs are dependent on length, specialty, and teaching artist, and some are funded by grants to make them low-cost to you. Each week we host something or someone new, so check back often!

Fri. March 06, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Advanced Modern Dance »

Join us as Joanna Rosenthal Read, Artistic Director of Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, teaches an exciting new Advanced Modern class!

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Fri. March 06, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
The Gather-All »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Ensemble

$5 ($5 members)

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Fri. March 06, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Color Songs »

Join Dan Fulkerson and a group of like-minded musicians and singers to sing and play songs with color in their names. All instruments (you bring your own) welcome, guitar tabs, and lyrics will be provided. Paint some pretty pictures with music this cold and gray season!

Open to AllProgram:

$15 ($10 members)

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Fri. March 06, 7:00 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Words & Music: The Songwriters’ Circle »

The song’s the thing; the words and the music - the fingerprint - we live and learn - sing and dance, and listen... and enrich one another along the way! Come share your song, new or old, all-done or somewhere in between. Listen and respond to the work of your peers in a supportive and creative community of artists. Bring your voice and what you play on (we have a piano, so you don't have to bring one of those). We meet (mostly) each month for THE SOCIAL - Words & Music: The Songwriters’ Circle.

Open to AllProgram:

$10 ($7 members)

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Sat. March 07, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Sat. March 14, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Washboard Workshop: “Grab A Board & Rub” »

In just two Saturday afternoons, you can learn the basics and be playing the washboard! Join Barb for fun, rhythmic music-making in a group setting.

Open to AllProgram: Drumming

$55 ($53 members)

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Sun. March 08, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Latin Blended Contemporary Dance »

Join us as Valerie Alpert, Artistic Director of Valerie Alpert Dance Company, teaches an exciting new Contemporary dance class!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Fri. March 13, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Advanced Modern Dance »

Join us as Joanna Rosenthal Read, Artistic Director of Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, teaches an exciting new Advanced Modern class!

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Sat. March 14, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

A great date or first “step” for couples who’d like to feel comfortable and have fun on the dance floor!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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Sat. March 14, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Country Dancing! »

Country line dancing - the perfect way to get a move on for singles or couples. So get your boots a scootin’ to the Old town School of Folk Music for a fun workout on the dance floor!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. March 15, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Fingerpicking For Absolute Beginners »

Fingerpicking can be easy with these simple tips to help you start!

BeginnerProgram: Guitar

$25 ($25 members)

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Sun. March 15, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Latin Blended Contemporary Dance »

Join us as Valerie Alpert, Artistic Director of Valerie Alpert Dance Company, teaches an exciting new Contemporary dance class!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Thu. March 19, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Sat. March 21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Sun. March 22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Thu. March 26, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Sat. March 28, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Sun. March 29, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dancing Around the World - What Moves Chicago? »

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$60 ($55 members)

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Thu. March 19, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dancing Around the World - What Moves Chicago? »

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Fri. March 20, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Advanced Modern Dance »

Join us as Joanna Rosenthal Read, Artistic Director of Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, teaches an exciting new Advanced Modern class!

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Fri. March 20, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL: Antiwar Songs, Part 2 »

Time to load up your songbag! The causes of war have always been the same: greed and fear... These songs are eternal. If you missed (or were a part of) our sold-out conversation last month with Ron Cohen and Bill Ayers, here is a chance to revisit antiwar and peace songs throughout history with Jimmy T!

Open to AllProgram:

$15 ($10 members)

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Sat. March 21, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dancing Around the World - What Moves Chicago? »

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Sun. March 22, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dancing Around the World - What Moves Chicago? »

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Thu. March 26, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dancing Around the World - What Moves Chicago? »

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Fri. March 27, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Advanced Modern Dance »

Join us as Joanna Rosenthal Read, Artistic Director of Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, teaches an exciting new Advanced Modern class!

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Sat. March 28, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dancing Around the World - What Moves Chicago? »

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Sun. March 29, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dancing Around the World - What Moves Chicago? »

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Thu. April 02, 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Introduction to Middle Eastern Dance »

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$15 ($14 members)

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Fri. April 03, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
The Gather-All »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Ensemble

$5 ($5 members)

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Fri. April 03, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Almost #1: Songs That Topped at #2 »

Dan Fulkerson delivers some of the very best songs that didn’t quite chart at number one! Sing and play some great tunes with a group of like-minded musicians and singers. All instruments (you bring your own) welcome, guitar tabs and lyrics will be provided.

Open to AllProgram:

$15 ($10 members)

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Fri. April 03, 7:00 PM – 9:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Words & Music: The Songwriters’ Circle »

The song’s the thing; the words and the music - the fingerprint - we live and learn - sing and dance, and listen... and enrich one another along the way! Come share your song, new or old, all-done or somewhere in between. Listen and respond to the work of your peers in a supportive and creative community of artists. Bring your voice and what you play on (we have a piano, so you don't have to bring one of those). We meet (mostly) each month for THE SOCIAL - Words & Music: The Songwriters’ Circle.

Open to AllProgram:

$10 ($7 members)

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Thu. April 09, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Latin/Jazz Dance Technique »

Celebrate Chicago Dance Month by exploring traditional jazz technique blended with a variety of Latin dance forms in this workshop with Valerie Alpert.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$15 ($14 members)

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Sat. April 11, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

A great date or first “step” for couples who’d like to feel comfortable and have fun on the dance floor!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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Sat. April 11, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Cajun and Zydeco Dance »

From the steamy Cajun swamp to the dance floor, this partner workshop will allow you to dance to some of the best bands around!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. April 12, 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Getting Ready for the Gig »

You've got songs ready to go, but how do you make the most out of your time, and your band’s rehearsal time? Join this workshop with veteran performer to learn real-world tips you’ve never learned in class!

Open to AllProgram: Songwriting

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. April 12, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Songs of Sailors, Pirates, and Adventurers! »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Voice

$15 ($14 members)

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Mon. April 13, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Contemporary Dance Workshop »

Celebrate Chicago Dance Month in this contemporary dance workshop with one of Chicago’s dance master choreographers: Kevin “Iega” Jeff from Deeply Rooted Productions.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$15 ($14 members)

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Fri. April 17, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Music of Jethro Tull »

Instead of sitting on a park bench, come to the social! Join Mark Vee for the music of Jethro Tull and take home a bunch of music to keep playing. Intermediate to advanced players on any instrument are welcome. BRING A CAPO and you’ll be rocking...no problem!

Open to AllProgram:

$15 ($10 members)

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Sun. April 19, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Illapu from Chile - All Ages Jam »

Open to AllProgram:

FREE!

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Sun. April 19, 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Andean Stringed Instruments with Illapu »

Open to AllProgram:

$5 ($4 members)

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Mon. April 20, 7:30 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Andean Melodic Wind Instruments with Illapu »

Open to AllProgram:

$5 ($4 members)

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Tue. April 21, 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Chilean and AfroCaribbean Drumming with Illapu »

Open to AllProgram: Drumming

$5 ($4 members)

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Thu. April 23, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Go-Go Dance Workshop »

Join this fun and all-inclusive dance workshops to learn steps and a combination you can do anywhere, to rock or pop music!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$15 ($14 members)

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Fri. April 24, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Advanced Modern Dance »

Join us as Joanna Rosenthal Read, Artistic Director of Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, teaches an exciting new Advanced Modern class!

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Thu. April 30, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
We Got Rhythm – And So Do You! »

Join this workshop in making joyously rhythm-charged body music with Chicago’s “miracle of inventive energy,” JUMP RHYTHM Jazz Project! Taught by Billy Siegenfeld, JUMP RHYTHM Jazz Project’s Artistic Director.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$15 ($14 members)

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Fri. May 01, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Advanced Modern Dance »

Join us as Joanna Rosenthal Read, Artistic Director of Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, teaches an exciting new Advanced Modern class!

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Fri. May 01, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
The Gather-All »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Ensemble

$5 ($5 members)

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Fri. May 01, 7:00 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Words & Music: The Songwriters’ Circle »

The song’s the thing; the words and the music - the fingerprint - we live and learn - sing and dance, and listen... and enrich one another along the way! Come share your song, new or old, all-done or somewhere in between. Listen and respond to the work of your peers in a supportive and creative community of artists. Bring your voice and what you play on (we have a piano, so you don't have to bring one of those). We meet (mostly) each month for THE SOCIAL - Words & Music: The Songwriters’ Circle.

Open to AllProgram:

$10 ($7 members)

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Sun. May 03, 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Strumming Secrets »

Beginners and pros: Make your rhythm sound more solid in this afternoon workshop.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. May 09, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

A great date or first “step” for couples who’d like to feel comfortable and have fun on the dance floor!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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Sat. May 09, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Swing Dance: Brush-Up Workshop »

Polish your swing dance moves in this two-hour workshop!

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. May 23, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Old Time Banjo: Beyond the Bum-Ditty »

Explore old-time clawhammer banjo with Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world.

IntermediateProgram: Banjo

$30 ($29 members)

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Sun. May 31, 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Effect Pedals and Electronics for Guitars »

The modern guitar is not just a guitar and amp any more!

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Fri. June 05, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
The Gather-All »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Ensemble

$5 ($5 members)

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Fri. June 05, 7:00 PM – 9:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Words & Music: The Songwriters’ Circle »

The song’s the thing; the words and the music - the fingerprint - we live and learn - sing and dance, and listen... and enrich one another along the way! Come share your song, new or old, all-done or somewhere in between. Listen and respond to the work of your peers in a supportive and creative community of artists. Bring your voice and what you play on (we have a piano, so you don't have to bring one of those). We meet (mostly) each month for THE SOCIAL - Words & Music: The Songwriters’ Circle.

Open to AllProgram:

$10 ($7 members)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. June 13, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

A great date or first “step” for couples who’d like to feel comfortable and have fun on the dance floor!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. June 13, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Cajun and Zydeco Dance »

From the steamy Cajun swamp to the dance floor, this partner workshop will allow you to dance to some of the best bands around!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. August 08, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

A great date or first “step” for couples who’d like to feel comfortable and have fun on the dance floor!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. August 08, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Cajun and Zydeco Dance »

From the steamy Cajun swamp to the dance floor, this partner workshop will allow you to dance to some of the best bands around!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. September 12, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

A great date or first “step” for couples who’d like to feel comfortable and have fun on the dance floor!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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Sat. September 12, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Swing Dance: Brush-Up Workshop »

Polish your swing dance moves in this two-hour workshop!

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. October 10, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

A great date or first “step” for couples who’d like to feel comfortable and have fun on the dance floor!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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Sat. October 10, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Cajun and Zydeco Dance »

From the steamy Cajun swamp to the dance floor, this partner workshop will allow you to dance to some of the best bands around!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. November 14, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

A great date or first “step” for couples who’d like to feel comfortable and have fun on the dance floor!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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Sat. November 14, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Cajun and Zydeco Dance »

From the steamy Cajun swamp to the dance floor, this partner workshop will allow you to dance to some of the best bands around!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. December 12, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

A great date or first “step” for couples who’d like to feel comfortable and have fun on the dance floor!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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Sat. December 12, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Swing Dance: Brush-Up Workshop »

Polish your swing dance moves in this two-hour workshop!

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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