American Dance Callers Course at Timber Ridge
August 16 - 23, 2009
This week is over -- see you next year!
Look at Special Programs for general information; here are details about this particular program and staff.
This callers course is for both new and experienced callers and will cover a number of important topics including calling techniques, teaching techniques, working with live music, understanding choreography, and program planning.
This program, held concurrently with the Adult and Family programs, is designed and led by Bob Dalsemer. Bob has called dances across the country and around the world for more than 35 years. He is co-founder of the Baltimore Folk Music Society, past president of CDSS and is currently Coordinator of Music and Dance Programs at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, where he has conducted an annual week-long callers' course, for the past 18 years.
The course will be divided into two sessions each day: a presentation/ discussion session and a calling practice session. Participants will also be able to take part in the open microphone dance session offered each day.
At other times in the day, participants can choose from among the activities available at the Adult and Family programs.
- Dances you might like to call
- Pen or pencil and notepad for notes
- Optional: small battery powered recording device
You will receive a set of printed notes which will include some dances and a resources list.
This course is limited to eight participants to ensure plenty of opportunity for active participation. If it is oversubscribed on March 16, there will be a lottery, in which case preference will be given to applicants from areas that are under-served with dance callers. Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend Timber Ridge if you do not get into this course. Scholarships are available.