Advanced Dance and Music Course for Young Adults at Timber Ridge

August 16 - 23, 2009

This week is over -- see you next year!

Tentative Schedule

Advanced Dance and Music Course for Young Adults at Timber Ridge
August 16 - 23, 2009

Program Director
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins

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
Advanced Dance Techniques Ann Percival and David Cantieni / John Devine, Steve Hickman, Ralph Gordon
12:30 - 1:30 Buffet Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 Canoeing on the River
1:30 - 2:15 Bookstore Staffed
1:45 - 2:45
Advanced Dance and Music Course for Young Adults Seminar Ethan Hazzard-Watkins and guests
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.

We are very excited to announce our first ever Advanced Dance and Music Course for Young Adults at Timber Ridge concurrent with CDSS English and American and Family programs. The course will offer lots of opportunities for young adults to develop music and dance skills, discuss important issues, learn from staff and from each other, and make connections with other young people from elsewhere in the country.

With the combination of class time and social time the course will enable participants to get know each other, share ideas and experiences, and create lasting connections, giving them the skills, confidence and resources to take on leadership roles wherever they live and wherever they go. The program will include several components:

  • An advanced dance skills and dance leadership class, led by Ann Percival and David Cantieni, will give folks a chance to take their dancing to a new level, to try new styles of dance, and to learn how individuals can build community through their leadership on the dance floor.
  • A leadership seminar will provide an opportunity to work with a different member of the staff each day. Topics might include an advanced singing workshop, preparing a dance to call at Campers night, a presentation on the history of contra dance, organizing dances on college campuses, etc.
  • Course participants will be able to organize and perform for late night dance and music activities in collaboration with other campers and staff.
  • Participants can choose from the full range of activities in the other programs that week, including contra, English, rapper, clogging and percussion, art, jamming, storytelling and singing; and, of course, swimming, napping and hanging out.

This program, held concurrently with the Adult and Family programs, is designed and led by Ethan Hazzard-Watkins. Ethan has worked through the winter with the host program and the staff to develop and realize the vision for this Course and will facilitate the leadership seminar. Ethan plays fiddle in several popular bands. He is the CDSS Youth Programs intern where he develops new programs for young dancers.

Ann Percival and David Cantieni are well known as contra dance musicians but are also widely appreciated for their popular dance classes. Spanning a range of styles from swing to Scandinavian and everything in between, their clear instruction and organized approach is fun and guaranteed to take your dancing to a new level. In addition to the basics, they teach style, partnering, relating to the music and to the rest of the dancers. This will be an exciting and stimulating class for dancers of all levels. Music will be provided by Steve Hickman (fiddle), John Devine (guitar) and Ralph Gordon (bass) -- a practically legendary group that can play great music for any style of music the dancers desire.

During other times, participants can choose from among the activities available at the Adult and Family programs.


This course is open to young adults age 17 to 25. It is limited to 20 participants to ensure plenty of opportunity for active participation. If it is oversubscribed on March 16, there will be a lottery. Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend Timber Ridge if you do not get into this course. Scholarships are available.