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. May 29, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Contemporary Modern Technique »

Join Joshua L. Ishmon, Artistic Director of the Emerging Choreographers Showcase of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in this high energy technique class!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Sun. May 31, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Making Friends with Barre Chords »

A great introduction to your lifelong musical pals - your fingers and your favorite songs will thank you!

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Thu. June 04, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Contemporary Dance Technique »

Join Joe Musiel, 2015 Emerging Choreographer of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, in this exciting fusion dance class!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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

Join the jam! You don't have to be in a class at Old Town School to join this music-making experience for all ages.

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: Guitar

$10 ($7 members)

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Fri. June 05, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL: Pop-Up Choir »

Folks of all singing levels are welcome to come together and experience the joy of harmony singing - to pop music! We'll start with some vocal warmups and harmony singing exercises. Then, we'll all learn a couple of modern pop tunes arranged for vocal harmony. Can't read music? Totally New to singing? No problem, join us! Andrea Bunch has been teaching music and singing for 15 years. She creates a fun atmosphere where people can make music, have some fun, and learn a thing or two.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$15 ($10 members)

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Fri. June 05, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL: Hits of the 60's Psychedelic Era »

Welcome to "The Social" - on the first and third Friday each month Old Town School hosts workshop-style social events with faculty and visiting artists. Join Dan Fulkerson to sing and play the hit songs of the Psychedelic Sixties. Take home a new trove of groovin’ toons, delivered by Dan in his inimitable style.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$15 ($10 members)

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Sat. June 06, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Remove the Pain from Your Fiddling! »

Gain tips and tricks plus lots of individual attention in this workshop dedicated to your future of pain-free, joyous playing!

Open to AllProgram: Fiddle & Cello

$25 ($25 members)

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Tue. June 09, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Exploring Improvisation »

Join Kaylin Horgan, 2015 Emerging Choreographer of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, in this new dance improvisation class.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Thu. June 11, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Exploring Movement »

Join James Johnson, 2015 Emerging Choreographer of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, in this exciting exploration of movement!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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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)

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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)

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Sat. June 13, 3:00 PM – 4:10 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Midwest Masters: “Forked Deer” - Fred Campeau’s Two-Fingered Banjo Version »

Fred Campeau, of old-time stringbands the Volo Bogtrotters and the Money Creek Boys will teach and discuss his unique arrangement of this tune in the first of our Midwest Masters workshops!

Open to AllProgram: Banjo

$20 ($19 members)

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Tue. June 16, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Improv & Phrasework »

Join Anthony Williams, 2015 Emerging Choreographer of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, as he leads this playful new class!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Sun. June 28, 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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Sat. July 18, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
West African Dance from Togo »

Shake your whole body to traditional djembe and modern rhythms of West Africa, known for its music and dances that are easy and fun to learn. Masina’s workshop will focus mainly on traditional dances from Togo, featuring elements from Ewe, Kabye & Losso ceremonial dances.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$18 ($17 members)

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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)

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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)

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Sun. August 09, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Fingerpicking Blues and Rags »

Join celebrated blues guitarist Mary Flower for her return to Old Town School with this fingerstyle blues workshop for advanced beginning through intermediate and advanced students!

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$35 ($34 members)

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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)

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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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The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000