2011 Family Week at Ogontz
9:00 Kids' Classes
Age 2-3: Bettie Zakon-Anderson
Age 4-6: Kathy Reid-Naiman The 4 to 6 year olds will start the day with songs, singing games, rhythm band and laughter!
Age 7-9: Andy Davis Andy will teach songs, tell stories, play musical games, and assist the class in putting together a short play.
Age 10-12: Dancing, Calling, and Games -- Steve Zakon-Anderson / Lissa Schneckenburger Each day we will dance together, with an emphasis on preparing you to strut your stuff at the evening dance. There will be a chance to practice calling a dance or two for those that are interested. We will also collaborate to do some group challenge games, and, of course, we'll share some bad jokes!
9:00 Adult Classes
English Country: Brad Foster / Karen Axelrod, Daron Douglas Come and experience the joy of English country dance. Dances will range from old classics to recently composed dances, from Cecil Sharp reconstructions to Gary Roodman compositions. Many current favorites will be included with a focus on dances that flow and the transitions that make them fun.
Marley Clog: Kari Smith / Bruce Rosen The legacy of the Dancing Marleys brings us clog dances from the early decades of the 20th century and a window into the English-style clog dancing that was being created and danced then, and across the latter part of the previous century, by American clog dancers on American stages. One of the many dances from the Marley repertoire will be the focus of the class, as well as a general history of American English-style clog dancing.
10:05 Kids' classes
Age 2-3: Bettie Zakon-Anderson
Age 4-6: Robin Davis Snack, Art and Song ....in that order!! This summer, children will be having snack within their classes around 10am. After snack we will get down to the business of making stuff........instruments, puppets, toys........and maybe do some singing and stories with the things we have made.
Age 7-9: Longsword: Kari Smith / Daron Douglas Dancing with swords! What could be more fun - and mystifying?! 7-9 year olds will gather each day to learn to dance Longsword, working together as a team to learn the tricks of the trade to become awesome sword dancers and to wow their audience! Fun movement games, songs and perhaps a bit of mumming, will be added to the mix to allow for a balance of playfulness and skill-work, quiet focus and bursts of pleasure.
Age 10-12: Heroes & Hard Times: An American Folk Odyssey: Sparky and Rhonda Rucker A class where 10-12 year olds will work together to tell traditional folktales in a dramatic fashion. This class will be fun!
10:05 Adult Classes
Morning Contras: Steve Zakon-Anderson / Bruce Rosen, Lissa Schneckenburger During this session we will cover lots of ground in the world of contra dancing. We'll draw from contemporary compositions to see what the latest trends are, as well as dance some of the great classics that are getting harder to find at your local contra dance. The best part is we do this all to wonderful music by Lissa and Bruce!
Morris: John Mayberry / Kathy Reid-Naiman
John,"Fool" of the Toronto Morris Men and one of the team's founding members, will teach dances in the Hogtown style. Hogtown was once a derisive nickname for Toronto, but The Toronto Morris Men are proud to be continuing practitioners of a set of dances in a style that is marked by its relaxed exuberance and un-self-conscious vigour. No previous Morris experience necessary, but old hands will see the similarities to traditional Bampton dances.
|11:15-12:00||Morning Gathering: songs, dances, show & tell|
|12:30-1:00||Buffet Lunch Served|
Art Potpourri (All ages): Robin Davis
Let's face it, we are only in the middle of January, so I can't say for SURE what projects we will undertake when August comes around. We will NOT pursue the same projects as last year, although we did have a blast with them! Projects might include needle felting, because Emma (my daughter) and I just made some wonderful pigs over Christmas that were so much fun to do. And it might include Ukrainian egg dying, which we haven't done at camp in ages, or juggling balls, or piggybanks. It might even be something I haven't thought of yet. But to be sure, Art Potpourri will be just that, a potpourri. It will be a fun, creative and social time for all.
Please Note: Each day (at a time and place TBA, but NOT in class) I will also be teaching a different modular origami ornament. The individual modules are quite simple. Putting them together is lots of fun. If you are interested, you should bring 30 pieces of origami paper for each person interested. Also bring a few small zip lock bags. Ages: 13+
I've Got a Story to Tell (8 & up): Rhonda and Sparky Rucker
Everybody has a story to tell, whether it is a family story, a traditional folktale, or the creative expansion of a wonderful joke. We will work with campers to help them develop their own ideas for stories. This class will generally be for adults. A recording device might be helpful for this class, but it is not required.
Teen Class (13-19): John Mayberry
The teens will meet every day at this time, when John will explore with them a varied, vast and vibrant program including circus skills (juggling, slack-rope, etc.), song (harmonies, ballads, shanties), aspects of performance (comedy, jokes, voice, movement) and community-building (ritual, tradition). We will also play with the concept of surprise, and how we can use our imaginations to improve the camp experience for everyone.
Family Band: Lissa Schneckenburger
This class will continue the Ogontz tradition of giving participants a chance to play jigs, reels and waltzes numerous times throughout the week at the Community Dance. The class is open to players of all instruments who can play at a moderate dance tempo. Tunes will be taught primarily by ear, although music notation will be available for some tunes. This is a multi-generational dance band!
|2:35-4:35||2-Hour Swim Block All ages, 9 & under/parent|
|2:35-3:30||All ages, 9 & under/parent Swimming or napping OR|
Ukulele (All ages): Kathy Reid-Naiman
Bring your ukulele to camp and come to this all ages class to learn and share songs using the most popular instrument on the planet! If you don't have a ukulele but would like to learn, there will be a few inexpensive one available for purchase. Please let us know before camp starts to avoid disappointment.
North-West/Clog Morris (10 & up): Kari Smith / Karen Axelrod
Come to explore the pleasures of making an organized musical racket with your feet while moving powerfully and gracefully in surprising formations with fellow dancers! (Your feet are in the band while the rest of you is in the dance!) Beginner and experienced dancers alike will enjoy mastering fundamentals of the tradition while dancing recently composed repertoire from Kari's team Guiding Star Clog Morris.
We've Got the Blues (13 & up): Rhonda and Sparky Rucker
This class will be a blues workshop in which participants who are already proficient in playing guitar or harmonica have a chance to play together as a group. Campers should be at the intermediate level or higher on their instrument. The class will be aimed at teenagers and adults. There will be some opportunity for individual help early in the week, but most of the time will be spent working together as a group. Harmonica players should bring diatonic harmonicas in the keys of A, C, D and G. If you have other keys, bring them.
|3:50-4:45||All ages, 9 & under/parent Swimming or napping OR|
Harmony (All ages): Andy Davis
Songs will be drawn from a variety of community singing traditions: American folk songs, spirituals, English pub carols and multi-part songs from Africa and the Caribbean. Parts will be taught both "by ear" and with written scores. All levels are welcomed!
Mumming (8 & up): John Mayberry
Most communities, all over the world, have a tradition of taking some time, usually at a special points in the year, to put aside the work-a-day world and turn the usual order of things upside down. This often involves disguising, visiting people's houses, asking for food, drink or money, and saying special words or doing a prescribed performance. The Ogontz Family Week Mummers' Play is our chance to do this. John will guide the group through inventing and shaping our own, never-seen-before play to share with the whole camp. No acting experience is necessary. Unlike the modern practice of Trick-or-Treating, this is definitely open to adults. Children need to be at least nine years old.
Teachers Seminar: Jane Miller
Teacher Training Course participants will join the class teachers and students in the morning to work with traditional material. This will be our daily chance to discuss what we have observed and to try some of the material ourselves.
Telling the Truth Goodbye: Folktales and Legends (All ages): Rhonda and Sparky Rucker
Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will be performing at the Green Chairs for this session. Their performances will include storytelling and chance for group singing. This is for all ages.
|7:45-8:30||Evening Gathering: Daron Douglas, Lissa Schneckenburger|
|8:15||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger|
|8:30-10:45||Evening Dance Party|
|9:30||Bedtime for 10-12 year olds|
July 30 - August 6, 2011
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We hope you can join us this summer for a joyous multi-generational celebration through the enduring pastimes of traditional music, dance and storytelling. We have pulled together a truly outstanding staff of musicians, dance callers, song leaders and storytellers.
This year - along with our traditional offering of contras, squares and English country dance - we offer Cotswold morris dancing, Northwest clog morris and Marley clog. If you play an instrument, you can join the community band class and play for the community dances each evening. If you want to learn about blues on harmonica, piano, guitar or vocals from experienced blues masters, don't miss the blues workshop in the afternoon. Got uke? Always wanted to learn how to play? You can take a beginning ukulele class. There will also be a potpourri of unusual art projects throughout the week for those who are creatively inclined or simply want to relax and socialize. At the end of the day before dinner you can settle in to the green chairs, joined by two singer/storytellers from Tennessee: Sparky and Rhonda Rucker. They will take you on an inspiring journey of song and story ranging from tales rooted in American history to amusing renditions of Brer Rabbit stories.
Singers will be delighted to find a wide variety of singing traditions. Our staff this year includes singers of old-time blues and slave songs, Appalachian songs and ballads, spirituals, work songs and shape note hymns, as well as English pub songs and traditional children's songs from many cultures. There will be many venues to sing old favorites and learn new treasures.
Ogontz Camp is the perfect setting for all of this joyous fun and community building, meeting the diverse needs of a large family dance community. It offers woodlands and wide open spaces where children can play, a mountain stream for exploring and a pristine lake (with no motor boats) hosting a family of loons - perfect for swimming and canoeing. Whether you are having supper on the outdoor dining deck or simply relaxing in the circle of Adirondack chairs under the old white pine, you will enjoy peace and contentment as you take in the beauty of this piece of heaven in the foothills of the White Mountains. Delicious home cooked meals and fresh baked breads will nurture your body and soul, fueling you through an unforgettable week.
Please come help us celebrate the joy of traditional music, dance and story! Come to Ogontz!
-- Robin & Andy Davis, Program Co-directors
Jane Miller will lead her Teachers Training Course during this week (pre-registration required).
A Typical Day
At each of our Family programs, a typical day includes two classes tailored to age groups. Morning starts with age specific classes for children age 2 and up, while parents and the teens pursue their own music and dance classes. Also, the whole camp gathers to sing and dance together before lunch. Children not napping after lunch may join their parents in a wide variety of classes designed for mixed age groups. After dinner the whole community comes together for a family dance followed by singing and stories.
As dusk settles, a Pied Piper leads the families with children age 9 and younger (8 and younger at Campers' Week) to their cabins where the parents put their children to bed. Preteens stay halfway through the evening dance before their bedtime comes. Adults and teenagers can enjoy the evening dance and later activities, while roving monitors listens for wakeful children. If a child is uncomfortable, the monitor will alert the parent at the dance. Each family is expected to prepare their children for these scheduled bedtimes.