American Dance Musicians Course

Tentative Schedule

7:45-8:30 Breakfast
10:00 Refreshments
11:30-12:15 All Camp Gathering with songs, singing, games and stories
12:30-1:30 Lunch Buffet
1:00-1:30 Canoeing in the River
1:30-3:45 American Dance Musicians Course
4:45-5:45 Bookstore staffed
  Swimming in the Pool
  Canoeing in the River
5:15-5:45 Sing for your supper
5:45-6:45 Dinner Buffet
6:45 Parade from the Grove to the Palyhouse
7:00-7:35 Community Dance
7:35-8:15 All Camp Gathering
8:15 Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger
8:30-11:00 Evening Dance Party
9:30 Bedtime for 10-12 year olds
11:00 After-dance Activities

August 12 - 19, 2012

Held during Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge

Is there still room?
For up-to-date info about availability and wait lists,
see our main Dance & Music Camps page.

Program Directors


Program Description

We will work on tunes from a variety of cultures, all of which can be used for contra dancing. We will play familiar tunes and will also learn music by ear, so be sure to bring your recording devices. We'll work both in small groups and as one large ensemble, and will focus on learning to play well in a band, to communicate with band members mid-set, to create harmonies and embellish melodies, to choose tunes for dances, and to use dynamics, articulation, and ornamentation to make the music especially fun to dance to. We're going to spend a lot of time working on melody and harmony, rather than jamming.

The Course meets for two periond each day. For the rest of the day, participants can choose from among the activities available at the host week.


This course is limited to 16 participants to ensure plenty of opportunity for active participation. Participants should be comfortable getting around on their instruments and playing at dance speed, or close to it. If it is oversubscribed on March 19, there will be a lottery, with preference given to musicians more comfortable playing at dance speed. Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge, if you did not get a space in the course. Scholarships are available.