Updates! Beltane Festival 2019

Beltane 2019

All dancers in our institute are invited to perform at the annual Beltane Festival pageant at Stone Mountain Farm, in New Paltz, NY. This is a wonderful end to our school year and a time for all of our dancers—young and old—to share what they have learned on a beautiful outdoor stage for the King and Queen of the May. We welcome all families, caregivers and friends to join us at the Beltane Festival on Saturday, April 27th (Rain Date: Sunday, April 28th).

The following is important information regarding the event.  Please read carefully.


Preparation for the event takes place during class time, so please try to attend all classes. Please RSVP to the office (vcoffice@vanavercaravan.org) as soon as possible. (Please note that class tuition must be paid in full prior to Beltane in order for your child(ren) to participate.)

  • ALL CLASSES WILL MEET AT STONE MOUNTAIN FARM (475 River Rd., New Paltz) DURING THE WEEK OF APRIL 22-26.  Please make sure to park in LOT “A” and walk up the drive. Please be respectful of the neighbors and drive slowly.

  • Dress rehearsal Fri., 4/26, 4:00–7:00pm at Stone Mountain Farm 475 River Rd., New Paltz. Please come in costume. Bring water and snacks. *Creative Movement classes for ages 4 – 6 are asked to attend from  4:00-5:00pm 4/26.*  Please park in LOT “A” and walk up the drive.

  • Beltane Festival Sat. 4/27: Arrive by 2:30pm to set up a blanket and enjoy the festival. Pageant lineup is at 3:45pm (or when the MC calls for lineup).


Everyone: slip-on shoes or jazz shoes (black, beige, or brown preferred) that are secure for the outdoor procession and to dance in.

  • Monday World / Percussive, Modern, 6:15pm and Youth Company King/Queen Court – Renaissance/courtly attire. Bring in whatever you have to Monday class/rehearsal on 4/22. Livia will also bring costumes to dress rehearsal.  

  • Wednesday AND Thursday Creative Movement, 4:00pm Spring Fairies and Elves: pastel colors and wings if you have/want them. (Avoid white).

  • Wednesday World /Modern/Percussive, 4:50pm Dark blue and black clothing of your choice. Shimmery clothing is good. Lots of flowing material if possible.

  • Thursday World/Percussive/Modern I, 4:45pm White pants or leggings, and a white t-shirt or long sleeve shirt. TVC will provide silver tunics.

  • Thursday World/Percussive/Modern II, 5:45pm Fancy carnivale renaissance style costumes that can easily be thrown over simpler clothes (white shirt, leggings). (*You will not be able to use the bathroom as a changing room, so please come wearing whatever you will have underneath your costume.)

Tickets & Event Details

RSVP ASAP so we can request one guest pass for each performer and one accompanying adult.  The parent will still pay for parking, but entry to the performance is comped.  As this is a fund-raiser for Center for Symbolic Studies/ Stone Mountain Farm, we strongly encourage those who can afford it, to pay for tickets.

The Beltane Festival is a fun afternoon for family and friends to celebrate spring with song and dance. Gates open at 12:00pm and close at 7:00pm. Many of our families arrive early and spend the day. For directions and more information about the festival, admission and parking, please visit www.symbolicstudies.org.

The folks at Stone Mountain Farm are looking for volunteers.  There are many ways to help including with admission to the festival, parking and food for the day.  You’ll feel a part of something really wonderful while supporting a beautiful organization. Contact Carrie- carriechapmancat@gmail.com

We are excited to celebrate May and share all the beautiful work our SpringDancers have been doing with you!

May Peace Prevail on Earth,

The Vanaver Caravan Faculty & Staff