Old Town School will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

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!

Sat. May 25, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Gentle Movement, Guided Relaxation & Sound with Tiffany Mitchenor

A Saturday afternoon designed for total mindbody relaxation and renewal to launch you into the start of a new week. We’ll begin with a brief gentle restorative movement segment, followed by a systematic guided relaxation session, and ending with a harmonic crystal singing bowl soundbath. A Soundbath is an experience in which instruments are played in a manner meant to relax the body, calm the mind and ignite the inner experience. Individual responses to soundbaths vary and every soundbath itself varies. Please arrive with a sense of curiosity and receptivity. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($18 members)
Sun. May 26, 12:00 PM – 1:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Dance/Movement with Ayako Kato: Reading the Air

As one of the traditional skills Japanese people have is sensing what others are feeling/thinking. Then, they try to make the best choice for the next move. In this workshop, Ayako will share her practice as a dancer, choreographer, and improviser for you to heighten the physical and mental sensitivity and awareness to move in space more openly and freely. It is getting very important for contemporary humans to understand the intangible. This workshop will offer you the revived, centered and grounded self not only to dance but also to live your daily life by realizing both non-control (emptiness of self) and control (fulfillment of self). [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Tue. May 28, 8:00 PM – 8:55 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Tue. June 04, 8:00 PM – 8:55 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Tue. June 11, 8:00 PM – 8:55 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Tue. June 18, 8:00 PM – 8:55 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Zumba Workshop with Ramon Munoz

Zumba combines dance moves from cumbia, merengue, samba, mambo and salsa with time-tested dance moves such as hip pops, booty shakes and shoulder shimmies. It is a fusion of Latin and International music - dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system! The instructor adds her own style and choreography into the routines to ensure that Zumba is always about having fun. Zumba means to move fast and have fun. It is a dance workout that anyone can do. The movements are body sculpting, and the dance steps are energizing and easy to follow. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$66 ($66 members)
Sat. June 01, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

For Womxn, By Womxn: Self-Defense Workshop

A 3 tiered self-defense program for Womxn owning their own world. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$40 ($30 members)
Sun. June 02, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Family Pride Art Workshop

[more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Art
$25 ($25 members)
Sun. June 02, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Sing A Rainbow Family Singalong

[more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$20 ($20 members)
Fri. June 07, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Songwriter’s Circle with Daniel Connolly

Listen and respond to the work of your peers in a supportive and creative community of artists. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Fri. June 07, 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz, Flamenco, and World Music Jam with Hadar Noiberg and Chano Dominguez

[more info]

Open to All
Program:
Sat. June 08, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

The Embodied Musician - Intro to the Alexander Technique

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Voice
$30 ($28 members)
Sat. June 08, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Dance Basics for Couples

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$45 ($43 members)
Sat. June 08, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Gentle Movement, Guided Relaxation & Sound with Tiffany Mitchenor

A Saturday afternoon designed for total mindbody relaxation and renewal to launch you into the start of a new week. We’ll begin with a brief gentle restorative movement segment, followed by a systematic guided relaxation session, and ending with a harmonic crystal singing bowl soundbath. A Soundbath is an experience in which instruments are played in a manner meant to relax the body, calm the mind and ignite the inner experience. Individual responses to soundbaths vary and every soundbath itself varies. Please arrive with a sense of curiosity and receptivity. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. June 08, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Youth Hip-Hop Dance Workshop with Monternez Rezell

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn with the founder and Artistic Director of Movement Revolution Dance Crew. [more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Dance
$15 ($13 members)
Sat. June 08, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Country Dancing!

Learn some fun country dances with Louie Stallone, starting with the basic two-step, which you can dance in pairs or by yourself. We’ll then break down a few classic line dances, and maybe one or two you’ve never seen before. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and there’s no need for a partner, but bring ‘em if you got ‘em! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. June 09, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Bluegrass Fiddle with Jeremy Garrett of The Infamous Stringdusters

This workshop with internationally renowned fiddle player, Jeremy Garrett of The Infamous Stringdusters, will get students of any level on the road to building great solos, improvising, backing up singers, and building rhythmic chops. [more info]

Open to All
Program:
$30 ($25 members)
Thu. June 13, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Sing A Rainbow Family Singalong

[more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$20 ($20 members)
Fri. June 14, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Dylan Songbag: The Travelling Wilburys

This month we’ll play songs from Traveling Wilburys, that supergroup with Dylan, Harrison, Orbison, Petty and Lynne. Lots of great songs to sing and play [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($15 members)
Sat. June 15, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Bodhran Intro Workshop

You’ll learn how to hold the tipper and the drum itself, and by the end of the workshop, as you are thumping out a jig or a reel! [more info]

Beginner
Program: Drumming
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. June 15, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Old Time Banjo with Jake Blount

Students will learn a tune from Nathan Frazier and Frank Patterson, a Black fiddle-banjo duo recorded in Nashville, TN in 1942. This class will cover melodic and rhythmic variations for both banjo and fiddle with members of Tui, beginning with a banjo specific segment and moving to a combined fiddle and banjo segment. [more info]

Intermediate
Program:
$30 ($25 members)
Sat. June 15, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Old Time Fiddle with Libby Weitnauer

Students will learn a tune from Nathan Frazier and Frank Patterson, a Black fiddle-banjo duo recorded in Nashville, TN in 1942. This class will cover melodic and rhythmic variations for both banjo and fiddle with members of Tui. [more info]

Intermediate
Program:
$30 ($25 members)
Sat. June 15, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

How to Build Vocal Harmony

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Voice
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. June 16, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Licks and Chord Melody with Fareed Haque

Join master player and educator, Fareed Haque as he illuminates a handful of jazz guitar licks and an approach to chord melody. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$30 ($28 members)
Tue. June 18, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Youth Dance Master Class with Hamilton Dancer Michael George

Join Hamilton swing Michael George and celebrate the last day of school with this dance master class. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, Michael George has been performing with Hamilton Chicago for the past two years, as well as area regional theaters including MUNY St. Louis, Drury Lane, et al. [more info]

Intermediate
Kids Group Class – Program: Dance
$15 ($12 members)
Thu. June 20, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Improvising Blues for the Solo Acoustic Player

Study with Jon Shain, of Durham, NC, this year's International Blues Challenge winner in the solo/duo category. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Fri. June 21, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Acoustic Blues Clinic: Piedmont, Delta and Chicago

Grab your steel string guitar and slide and learn to enhance your playing with personal style. Participants will be assigned to 3 hands-on groups that will each experience the three artists. Students should have some experience with fingerpicking. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$120 ($100 members)
Fri. June 21, 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Voice of the People - Pride Jam!

[more info]

Program: Voice
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. June 22, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Live Lit Storytelling

We’ll open up with some fun exercises, then explore all of the elements of great storytelling, while honing our own personal narratives. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Theater
$45 ($42 members)
Sat. June 22, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Gentle Movement, Guided Relaxation & Sound with Tiffany Mitchenor

A Saturday afternoon designed for total mindbody relaxation and renewal to launch you into the start of a new week. We’ll begin with a brief gentle restorative movement segment, followed by a systematic guided relaxation session, and ending with a harmonic crystal singing bowl soundbath. A Soundbath is an experience in which instruments are played in a manner meant to relax the body, calm the mind and ignite the inner experience. Individual responses to soundbaths vary and every soundbath itself varies. Please arrive with a sense of curiosity and receptivity. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. June 22, 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Sing A Rainbow Family Singalong

[more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$20 ($20 members)
Tue. June 25, 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Femme Heels Dance with Cinna Marie

In celebration of Pride Month, burlesque performer Cinna Marie will lead a heels dance workshop. Get down and express yourself in this fun class by learning a piece of heels choreography. This style will have you dancing like your inner diva and is gender inclusive and open to all who want to get sassy. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Fri. June 28, 7:30 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Out Rock Songbag

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. July 06, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Gentle Movement, Guided Relaxation & Sound with Tiffany Mitchenor

A Saturday afternoon designed for total mindbody relaxation and renewal to launch you into the start of a new week. We’ll begin with a brief gentle restorative movement segment, followed by a systematic guided relaxation session, and ending with a harmonic crystal singing bowl soundbath. A Soundbath is an experience in which instruments are played in a manner meant to relax the body, calm the mind and ignite the inner experience. Individual responses to soundbaths vary and every soundbath itself varies. Please arrive with a sense of curiosity and receptivity. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($18 members)
Fri. July 19, 7:30 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Dylan Songbag: Rolling Thunder Revue

This month we’ll play songs from the Rolling Thunder Revue an epic tour fro the mid seventies. New recording have been released as well as a Netflix film by Martin Scorsese. The time is ripe... [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($15 members)
Sat. July 20, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Live Lit Storytelling

We’ll open up with some fun exercises, then explore all of the elements of great storytelling, while honing our own personal narratives. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Theater
$45 ($42 members)
Sat. July 20, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Gentle Movement, Guided Relaxation & Sound with Tiffany Mitchenor

A Saturday afternoon designed for total mindbody relaxation and renewal to launch you into the start of a new week. We’ll begin with a brief gentle restorative movement segment, followed by a systematic guided relaxation session, and ending with a harmonic crystal singing bowl soundbath. A Soundbath is an experience in which instruments are played in a manner meant to relax the body, calm the mind and ignite the inner experience. Individual responses to soundbaths vary and every soundbath itself varies. Please arrive with a sense of curiosity and receptivity. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($18 members)
Fri. July 26, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Summertime Beatles Songbag

It’s like a beach campfire sing-a-long without the sand & fire. Participants take home a generous packet of songs! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$15 ($14 members)
Sun. July 28, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Easy Cajun and Creole Fiddle Tunes

Want to get a little of that Louisiana sound in your fiddle playing? In this workshop you will learn two or three easy Cajun and Creole fiddle tunes. Hear a little history and learn some of the bowing and ornamentation that gives the music its characteristic sound. Stick around for the jam afterward and play your new tunes with other musicians including a Cajun accordion player! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Fiddle & Cello
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. July 28, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Cajun Jam

All instruments are welcome to join in on this special free jam exploring Cajun and Creole music! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Fiddle & Cello
Sat. August 10, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

The Embodied Musician - Intro to the Alexander Technique

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Voice
$30 ($28 members)
Sat. August 10, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Dance Basics for Couples

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. In this two-hour workshop, Louie will cover the one-step, the fox-trot, and the six-count swing. Emphasis will also be given to the basics of coupling, floorwork, and turns. This class is ideal for couples who are either preparing for their own wedding or those wanting to dance with ease at any party or occasion. Spend some time with your honey, get moving, and have fun! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$45 ($43 members)
Sat. August 10, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Swing Dance: Brush-Up Workshop

Brush up on your Swing in this low-commitment, one-day workshop! Stop by on a Saturday afternoon to work with Louie on your swing turns, plus pick up a few new ones to liven up your dancing - you'll add turns like the "Charleston," "Texas Tommy" and "Slingshot." Sign up with or without a partner, we’ll figure it out! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. September 14, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Dance Basics for Couples

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. In this two-hour workshop, Louie will cover the one-step, the fox-trot, and the six-count swing. Emphasis will also be given to the basics of coupling, floorwork, and turns. This class is ideal for couples who are either preparing for their own wedding or those wanting to dance with ease at any party or occasion. Spend some time with your honey, get moving, and have fun! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$45 ($43 members)
Sat. September 14, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Cajun and Zydeco Dance

Let the good times roll! Learn to partner dance like the Cajuns have since 1721 in southwest Louisiana. In this workshop, you will learn the traditional Cajun two-step and waltz, plus the more contemporary Cajun jitterbug step. As a bonus, you'll be introduced to the faster, looser Zydeco two-step! Celebrate Mardi Gras by getting onto the dance floor! No partner necessary to register. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Tue. September 17, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Flatpicking Globalization and Creativity with Beppe Gambetta

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$30 ($28 members)
Sat. October 12, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Dance Basics for Couples

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. In this two-hour workshop, Louie will cover the one-step, the fox-trot, and the six-count swing. Emphasis will also be given to the basics of coupling, floorwork, and turns. This class is ideal for couples who are either preparing for their own wedding or those wanting to dance with ease at any party or occasion. Spend some time with your honey, get moving, and have fun! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$45 ($43 members)
Sat. October 12, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Country Dancing!

Learn some fun country dances with Louie Stallone, starting with the basic two-step, which you can dance in pairs or by yourself. We’ll then break down a few classic line dances, and maybe one or two you’ve never seen before. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and there’s no need for a partner, but bring ‘em if you got ‘em! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)