American Dance Callers Course at Timber Ridge

August 16 - 23, 2009

This week is over -- see you next year!

Tentative Schedule

American Dance Callers Course at Timber Ridge
August 16 - 23, 2009

Program Director
Bob Dalsemer

7:45 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:15 - 8:45 Vocal and Body Warm-Up with Elise
9:00 - 10:00
English Breakfast Brad Sayler
Great American Dances David Millstone
10:00 Refreshments
10:15 Two Gatherings
11:00 - 12:30 Swim and relax time, Bookstore staffed
11:15 - 12:15
American Dance Callers Course Bob Dalsemer
12:30 - 1:30 Buffet Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 Canoeing on the River
1:30 - 2:15 Bookstore Staffed
1:45 - 2:45
American Dance Callers Course Bob Dalsemer
with Elvie Miler
3:00 - 4:00
American Sampler Bob Dalsemer
Clogging Basics Abby Ladin
4:15 - 5:15 Swimming and Handiwork by the Pool
Callers Open Mic DeLaura Padovan
Dance Band David Cantieni and Ralph Gordon
Afro-Celt Percussion Jubal Creech
Rapper Kappy Laning
5:15 - 5:45 Adult Swimming
4:45 - 5:45 Bookstore staffed
5:15 - 5:45 Sing For Your Supper
5:45 - 6:45 Dinner
6:45 Parade from The Grove to...

7:00 - 7:35 Community Dance

7:35 - 8:15 All Camp Gathering

8:15 Pied Piper / Bedtime for children 9 and younger
8:30 - 11:00 Evening Dance Party
9:30 Bedtime for 10-12 year olds
11:00 Optional after-dance activities/parties

Program Description

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.

Class Descriptions

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.


Please bring:

  • 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.