Upstate Dance Challenge 2017

To learn more about the Upstate Dance Challenge please click here

New York State's West Coast Swing Event Weekend
September 7-10, 2017
The Radisson Hotel 
205 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 

On behalf of the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau we are delighted to welcome the Upstate Dance Challenge (formerly Vermont Swing Dance Championships) to New York State's historical Capital City for New York State's West Coast Swing Event Weekend.

 We are certain your experience will be fun, productive, and definitely one to remember.  We will also provide you with an opportunity to discover all that Albany has to offer.  From shopping to dining, to arts and entertainment opportunities, and countless cultural cuisine venues, Albany has it all for you to experience!

The Radisson Hotel will be the host hotel for this exciting event in Albany, NY.  You will find that Wolf Rd. is home to many amenities including over 40 restaurants and the Colonie Center Shopping Mall which features L.L. Bean, P.F. Chang's, The Cheesecake Factory, Sephora, Christmas Tree Shop, Nordstrom Rack, Regal Cinemas Stadium 13 and more!

Please click here for information on transportation along Wolf Road.

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What is West Coast Swing?  Please click here.

New York State's West Coast Swing Event is a weekend full of fun and dance!  Some features include: 

upstate dance 13~  Three days of West Coast Swing Dancing
~  Late-night social dancing until 4:00 am
~  Gender-neutral competitions registered with the World Swing Dance Council 
~  Onsite shoe vendor
~  Free Shuttle from Albany International Airport and Wolf Rd. stores/restaurants
~  22,000 sq. ft. of event space
~  Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
~  Free all-day coffee in hotel lobby
~  Restaurant, grab-and-go, food, room service
~  Nearby restaurants, grocery stores, salons, spas, golf (see below for more info).

For more information on ballroom and related style dances scheduled on specific dates in the Albany area, please click here

Salons, Spas, Nail Services & Golf 

Complexions Spa for Beauty & Wellness
221 Wolf Road, Albany(518) 489-5231 

City Nails
98 Wolf Road, Albany
(518) 435-1115 

Nail Art
241 Wolf Road., Albany 
(518) 438-0303 

Shapes and Colours Day Spa
Newbury Plaza
65 Wolf Road, Albany
(518) 869-4247 

Town of Colonie Golf Course
418 Consaul Road, Colonie
(518) 374-4181

Capital Hills Golf Course
65 O'Neil Road, Albany
(518) 438-2208

Things To Do in Albany 

upstate dance 4Just a stone's throw away from the hustle and bustle of Wolf Road is The Crossings of Colonie, an ideal place for walking, running, biking, skating and relaxing.  Conveniently bordering The Crossings is the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center, one of the most comprehensive fitness facilities in the Capital Region that includes a family friendly water park.  

upstate dance 5As you head into downtown Albany, you will discover many opportunities to experience our true culture.  Approximately 20 minutes from Wolf Road is the contemporary design of the Empire State Plaza, completed as a vision of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller in 1978. The Plaza was built not only to serve as government offices, but as a center of arts, culture and community activity, many of which are performances and concerts at The EggThe New York State Museum (the largest State Museum in the country), the Empire State Art Collection and the Empire State Performing Arts Center (known as The Egg for its unusual and distinctive design) are all contained at the Plaza. In addition, you will be able to visit the NYS Capitol as well as the Albany Institute of History & Art.

upstate dance 11The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center offers visitors access to information seven days a week.  The knowledgeable staff can answer visitor inquiries and they are well stocked with travel brochures about the capital region of New York State and the latest event information.  The Visitors Center is also home to the USS Albany Exhibit, an exhibit dedicated to preserving the National Heritage of the City of Albany and to honor all those who proudly served aboard ships named after the capital city of New York State.  Experience the rich history of the USS Albany ships starting in 1846 to the current day.  Come walk through history and view memorabilia!

Green MeetingWhat Can I do as an Attendee to be Environmentally Responsible at My Conference? You have the power to make a difference....start by adopting a few common sense policies that will not compromise your will make you feel good knowing you have contributed to part of your conference's success by leaving a smaller "carbon footprint". If available, please make sure to recycle as much as possible in your hotel room, catered functions, registration and on the exhibit floor. Paperless, paperless, paperless whenever possible. If conference mobile apps upstate dance 8are available, utilize as much as you can. Ask the housekeeping department not to change the sheets and towels daily unless requested by you. In addition, ask the hotel not to replace the amenities daily unless they are gone. Before leaving your sleeping room for the day shut blinds and turn down the heat/air conditioning during the day in rooms while attendees are gone. Utilize public or hotel transportation as much as possible....better yet walk if you can. For additional information on how you and/or your meeting can make a difference click here.

What is there to do in our 400 year old city?  You can find out right here!

Listed below are several useful links that will provide you with additional information regarding services, shopping and dining in the Capital District. If there is anything we can do prior to your visit or while you are here, contact Debby Goedeke, Convention Services Manager at (518) 434-1217 x100. Please enjoy your stay and come back soon.

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Maps, Dining and Attractions

Downtown Albany Dining Options/Map
Wolf Road Dining Options/Map
Albany Area Attractions
Calendar of Events

Transportation Information

Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
Capital District Transportation Authority
Driving Directions
Albany International Airport 

Shopping Information

Crossgates Mall
Stuyvesant Plaza
Colonie Center Mall




Bank of America                      

133 Wolf Road                         

(518) 459-9003


95 Wolf Road

(518) 482-6074

Medical Care Facilities 



Albany Medical Center

43 New Scotland Avenue

(518) 262-3125

Albany Med EmUrgentCare

98 Wolf Road #16

(518) 264-9500

Albany Memorial Hospital

600 Northern Boulevard

(518) 471-3221

St. Peter's Hospital

315 South Manning Boulevard

(518) 525-1550

Nearby Grocery Stores




 96 Wolf Road

(518) 482-1085 

Trader Joe's             

 79 Wolf Road      

(518) 482-4538 

Whole Foods Market   

 Colonie Center

(518) 621-5300





465 Sand Creek Road

(518) 482-2835

Hannaford Pharmacy

96 Wolf Road

(518) 482-1925

Rite Aid

463 Albany Shaker Road

(518) 458- 1205

To register for the Upstate Dance Challenge please click here.