The Slyboots School of Music, Art and Dance Head Quarters is hiding in plain sight in Buffalo, NY and has proudly served the music, dance and art communities in WNY and CNY over the past decade, on the sly.

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The Sly Guy

First and foremost renowned for their world music and dance educational tours, workshops and private instruction, this grassroots operation has been rapidly gaining a name in the Upstate New York Festival scene with their annual fundraiser, SLYFEST– a 3 day camping extravaganza featuring live music, art installations, workshops, YOGA, swimming and even a Hot Air Balloon–  SLYFEST 9 is set to take place in conjunction with the SLYBOOTS SUMMER CAMP in August of 2014 at the Griffis Sculpture Park in Ashford Hollow, NY. Details to be released soon.


As the Sly family grows from their humble roots in Fredonia, NY to engage larger communities in the Upstate New York area, we have been simultaneously branching out to address issues in our global village and utilize world music as a vehicle to unite people from around the world and manifest positive social change in our communities and beyond. September 2013 marked the start of the Slyboots School’s 7th US tour with the SAAKUMU Dance Troupe from Ghana, West Africa- performing at colleges and universities, clubs and schools all over the country.

Slyboots has helped to expose an estimated 40,000 students to cultural arts programming EVERY year since 2006– that’s 560,000 lives inspired, on the sly.

A vast majority of these students are engaged while touring to colleges, universities, schools and clubs across the US including:

  • Indiana University – Bloomington, IN
  • SUNY Fredonia- Fredonia, NY
  • University of Buffalo – Buffalo, NY
  • Goddard College – Plainfield, VT
  • Canisius College- Buffalo, NY
  • SUNY Buffalo- Buffalo, NY
  • Villa Maria College- Buffalo, NY
  • Daemen College- Buffalo, NY
  • University at Tennessee – Knoxville, TN
  • NYU- Manhattan, NY
  • Hamlin University- St Paul, MN
  • Gustavus Adolphus- St Peter, MN
  • Concordia College- Moorehead, MN
  • Alfred University- Alfred, NY
Berklee College of Music- Boston, MA
Colorado State University – Fort Collins, CO
Fort Lewis College- Durango, CO
Adams State College- Alamosa, CO
North Carolina University
Akron University- Akron, OH
Babson College- Boston, MA
Northern Michigan University – Marquette, MI
RIT – Rochester, NY
Eastman School of Music- Rochester, NY
…and many more.

Help Support Slyboots!

Like what you see?  As a grassroots community operation,  we need all the support we can to make Slyboots programming more accessible and sustainable in our community.  Any and all donations are greatly appreciated- thank you!

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