Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge
English & American Dance & Music
August 12 - 19, 2012
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CDSS at Timber Ridge is a wonderful week of connecting with traditions and rituals, while building community with new and old friends. The culture of participation and involvement is contagious! We have a great program for adults, children, families and young adults featuring a mix of English and American dance, border morris, clog, song, music, arts and crafts, nature walks and more. Adults can participate in their classes all day, while children enjoy age-appropriate dance and music options.
The teaching/calling staff is entertaining and inspiring, the musicians are superb and the schedule allows you to do as much as you could possibly want. In addition to classes, there are two all community gatherings (morning and evening) where we share stories, songs and talents. There is time during the day for a nature walk, swimming, canoeing and hanging out with friends. After dinner, we parade to the hall for a community dance which includes everyone in the fun. The evening dances combine English and contra, with bedtimes for the younger ones at appropriate intervals and adult dancing into the night. After the dance, there is always a late night activity which gives everyone a chance to shine and play.
On the last day, we have show and tell, a big parade, a pool party and lots of dancing. We would love to have you come to join in our week of traditions, making them yours as well
-- Gaye Fifer, Program Director
Also offered during this week: Ralph Sweet and Nils Fredland will lead the Singing Squares Callers Course, Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger will lead the American Dance Musicians Course, and Gaye Fifer and Adina Gordon will lead Leadership in Dance & Music for Young Adults. Pre-registration is required for each of these Courses.
Childrens' Morning Classes 9:00
Age 2-3 Sing & Play: DeLaura Padovan -- We will do just that and more!
Age 4-5 Play! Sing! Dance! Tell stories!: Liessa Bowen -- We will learn songs that are not only fun to listen to, but also fun to learn and perform. These include nursery rhymes and even foreign songs. The movement will be basic, yet still lay the foundation for contra dancing.
Age 6-7 Movement, Singing and Stories: Abby Ladin -- Movement, singing, and telling stories with our bodies
Age 8-9 Nature Stories and Craft: Leslie Jeane Millbourne Devine -- Each day a different story will be told by Leslie Jeanne revolving around the natural world. The group will also be engaged in a natural craft.
Age 10-12 Put the glide in your stride: dancing with style: Bill Wellington -- Designed for beginner and experienced dancers, this class will teach the finer points of contra dance in a way that will make dancing more fun for those who take the class and everyone who gets to dance with them! This class provides fundamental instruction that never gets taught at a regular dance. Figures are broken down so that students see that how they dance is a huge part of making squares and contras so much fun. In addition to working on squares and contras, students will also learn the waltz.
Morning contras (13 & up): Nils Fredland
Music by: John Devine, Steve Hickman
Wake up gently with smooth, fun dances and wonderful music that will make you glad to start your day!
Experienced English (13 & up): Joseph Pimentel
Music by: Dave Wiesler, Barbara Greenberg, Daniel Beerbohm
This is geared towards those familiar with the repertoire and figures and who learn patterns well. We will look at some challenging dances that are best taught in a workshop environment, as well as some familiar dances with the intent of finding the special connections (with the music and the other dancers) that make those dances so wonderful.
Childrens' Late Morning Classes 10:15
Age 2-3 Sing and Dance : Charlotte Swovola -- We will learn songs that are not only fun to listen to, but also fun to learn and perform. The dances will be basic, yet still contain elements of contra dancing. Time permitting, we will include some body rhythm as well.
Age 4-5 Stories, Songs, Dancing: DeLaura Padovan -- The title says it all!
Age 6-7 Nature Stories and Games: Leslie Jeane Millbourne Devine -- Leslie Jeanne will tell nature stories from various Native American tribes while the group role plays the story. After story play we will play games and sing songs with nature themes.
Age 8-9 Maori and Filipino Dance: Abby Ladin -- Maori stick rhythms and Filipino tinikling dance
Age 10-12 Border Morris: Kappy Laning / Bill Wellington -- Border Morris is an energetic English tradition that involves stepping and sticking and dancing together, in pairs and as a team, to lively music. Kappy has taught this tradition at several other dance camps and is particularly excited about working again with this year’s 10-12 year old group with this English tradition. We will take a traditional border morris dance or two and make them uniquely our own, as has become the Timber Ridge tradition for Kappy’s 10-12 year old class. Sneakers recommended.
Challenging Contras (13 & up): Adina Gordon
Music by: Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand
Get your dance buzz going from intricate moves, close timing and unexpected choreography. A few brain-benders, a variety of surprises and a whole lot of fun!
English for All (13 & up): Joseph Pimentel
Music by: Dave Wiesler, Barbara Greenberg, Daniel Beerbohm
Come and enjoy the many pleasures of English country dancing (the beauty, playfulness, variety and great energy). The dances (old and new) will be accessible to all, but interesting to even the most experienced dancers.
|11:30-12:15||All Camp Gathering with songs, singing, games and stories|
|1:30-2:30||99 & under Nap, rest, snore, dream|
Nature Walk (All ages, under 8 w/parent): Leslie Jeane Millbourne Devine
the different ecosystems at camp will be explored, including the beautiful Cacapon River and the amazing fossil pit.
Singing (13 & up, 8-12 w/parent): Mia Bertelli
Mia will teach a mix of songs including rounds, African running songs and harmony songs, Appalachian, gospel, pub songs, sea songs, English Ballads, work songs, and perhaps some Balkan, Georgian, and/or shape note. The emphasis will be on satisfying harmonies and the cool things that happen when many voices rise together.
Clogging (13 & up): Abby Ladin
Music by: Sam Bartlett
We visit the basics every day, adding as we go. Fun footwork with a solid rhythmic foundation. Let's clog!
|2:15-2:45||Adult swim at the pool|
|2:45-3:45||Swimming and handwork at the pool|
Art with Sam 8 & up, under 7 w/parent): Sam Bartlett: Sam Bartlett
Anyone who's interested can come and build large, colorful cardboard cut outs for the final parade. Fun! And no art skills required!
Dance Potpourri (13 & up): Gaye Fifer
Music by: Dave Wiesler
Join us for a different dance form every day! Try your hand at waltz, snoa, schottische, Norwegian polka, Dutch Crossing, Irish sets, unusual formation dances and more.
Rapper (13 & up): Kappy Laning
Rapper sword is an English tradition that dates back to the 1880s when steel became flexible. We will focus on the elements of stepping, timing and teamwork as we create our own dance based on traditional rapper dance elements. Kappy has enjoyed teaching rapper to children and adults at many dance camps over the last 12 years. All levels are welcome. Smooth soled shoes are recommended.
|4:00-5:15||Canoeing in the river|
|4:00-5:00||Swimming in the pool|
Stunts & Games at Poolside (8 & up, under 7 w/parent): Sam Bartlett
Sam will direct a Daily Stuntology free-for-all: absurd games, balancing, tossing, throwing, creative manipulation of everyday objects. Fun, funny, educational, not necessarily in that order.
Family Dance Band (11 and up): Barbara Greenberg, Daniel Beerbohm
Daniel and Barbara welcome all who are comfortable playing tunes at relaxed up to peppy dance tempos in the standard keys (C, G, D, & A). We’ll explore ways to improve listening and harmonizing skills. Also we’ll work on ensemble skills and prepare dance medleys to play for the Community Dances during the week. Whether you play from written music or by ear, bring your instrument and join us!
International Dancing (13 & up): Rachel Fifer
Music by: Eden MacAdam-Somer
Remember last year when you kept thinking jealously that you wished you could do some International Dancing too? Now you can! We will do a mix of Romanian, Bulgarian, Israeli, French, and other dances to the enchanting and fascinating music of the Balkans. Dances can be as simple or as challenging as the class desires. If you have a particular dance you'd like to do, please email me ahead of time at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to make it happen!
Dance Community Conversations (13 & up): Joseph Pimentel
Joseph facilitates discussions on topics of interest to dance community leaders of many stripes. Those present will determine topics for discussion, and may include: attending to varying ages and interests in a single dance community, contra and English cross-over, balancing dance time and social time, success stories with challenging situations/people, and embracing the authority vested in us. Joseph provides focus and ensures equal opportunity for all to contribute and learn from each other.
Open Calling (13 & up): Adina Gordon
Music by: Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand
Take your turn at the mic or come to dance. I am sure we will get many squares from the Singing Squares Callers Course!
|5:15-5:45||Sing for your supper|
|6:45||Parade from the Grove to the Playhouse|
|7:00-7:35||Community Dance with DeLaura Padovan|
|7:35-8:15||All Camp Gathering with Bill Wellington|
|8:15||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger|
|8:30-11:00||Evening Dance Party|
|9:30||Bedtime for 10-12 year olds|
A Typical Day
At any 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, snack and swim time. 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.