Family Week at Ogontz
9:00 Kids' Classes
Age 2-3: Bettie Zakon-Anderson --
Age 4-5: Singing, Playing, Moving, Shaking: Peter Siegel -- We will play group movement games, sing a ton of songs, and dance as many dances as we can from around the world.
Age 6-7: Songs and Dances: Kari Smith --
Age 8-9: Songs, Dances & Stories: Mary Cay Brass -- In this class, we will sing fun and wacky songs from many traditions as well as learn to lead the whole camp in song. We will also learn lots of dance skills through singing games, longways sets, circle dances and squares so we can participate in all-camp dancing.
Age 10-12: Cat's Cradle String Stories: Anne Glover -- Learn simple and advanced string figures and weave them into stories. Your shoelaces will never look the same!
9:00 Adult Classes
English Country Dance: Brad Foster / Karen Axelrod, Daron Douglas --
Rapper (Beginner/Intermediate): Sarah Pilzer / Becky Tracy -- We will begin with a quick review of the basic stepping/figures then spend most of the week learning a dance written at Oberlin College that contains many classic rapper moves.
10:05 Kids' classes
Age 2-3: Bettie Zakon-Anderson --
Age 4-5: Art, Stunts and Other Fun: Robin Davis -- In this class we will begin with snack and a story. Each day we'll do some really fun art....instrument making for sure, and our own camp scrapbooks! There will also be playtime, and a chance to explore and learn some fun stunts to WOW our friends!
Age 6-7: Songs and Stories: Andy Davis --
Age 8-9: Longsword: Kari Smith --
Age 10-12: Sing, Dance, Perform: Peter Siegel -- We will sing songs, dance dances and play games from around the world. We'll also spend our time putting together a group performance piece; a pagaent of sorts!
10:05 Adult Classes
Contras and Squares: Susan Kevra / Mary Cay Brass, Becky Tracy --
Ducklington Style Morris (Beginner/Intermediate): Sarah Pilzer / Brad Foster -- Come learn dances in the tradition of Ducklington with a chance to explore cotswold morris choreography both old and new. Some prior familiarity with morris will be helpful but not absolutely necessary.
|11:15-12:00||Morning Gathering: songs, dances, show & tell|
|12:30-1:00||Buffet Lunch Served|
1:30 Mixed-age Classes
(All ages) Nap or Rest
(All ages) Quiet Time Stories: Andy Davis -- Each day Andy will meet with folks who want to hear a story, help create a story, have a picture book sung to them or just close their eyes and let it all pass them by as they lie in the grass or relax in a green chair. All ages, and no commitments.
(Age 10 & up) Community Art: Ann Percival -- A judgment free zone where we'll create fantastic art using bleach, paint, string, glitter glue, puff paint, mirror and imagination!
(Age 10 & up) Community Band: Peter Siegel -- We'll play lots, talk a little, and in general have a jolly time working out arrangements of jigs and reels (maybe a waltz or two). Come with your intermediate to advanced skill levels, an instrument, and good spirits!
|2:35-4:35||2-Hour Swim Block All ages, 9 & under/parent|
2:35 Mixed-age Classes
(All ages, 9 & under/parent) Swimming --
(All ages, 9 & under w/parent) Storytelling Workshop: Anne Glover -- Develop strategies for creating and performing your own stories. No experience necessary. We will do a series of activities as well as practicing stories with each other.
(Age 10 & up, 9 & under w/parent) Share Your Songs: Sarah Pilzer -- Bring a song to share with the group. Chorus songs, rounds, whatever you feel like singing!
(Age 13-19) Teen Class: Ann Percival, David Cantieni -- Singing, dancing stomping and frivolity. We can't tell you too much because- IT'S A SECRET!!!
3:50 Mixed-age Classes
(All ages, 9 & under/parent) Swimming --
(Age 10 & up) Harmony Singing: Mary Cay Brass -- Mary Cay will lead a potpourri of songs from many cultures - including the British Isles, contemporary shape note, early 1930's gospel, as well as a song or two from some more distant traditions of the Balkans, South Africa and the Republic of Georgia. All songs are accessible and inclusive and taught to a wide variety of learning styles.
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.
Stories at the Green Chairs: Anne Glover
All-Camp gathering under the venerable White Pine before dinner for storytelling each day. This begins promptly at 4:55 and ends at 5:30 so campers who are setting tables for dinner can leave. Anne's witty, warm tales draw on both folklore and personal experience. She intertwines English and French, Sign language and string figures for a riveting show.
|7:45-8:30||Evening Gathering: Andy Davis and friends|
|8:15||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger|
|8:30-10:45||Evening Dance Party|
|9:30||Bedtime for 10-12 year olds|
Is there still room?
For up-to-date info about availability and wait lists,
see our main Dance & Music Camps page.
July 28 - August 4, 2012
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We hope you can join us this summer for a magical week enjoying family and friends 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.
Along with our traditional offering of contras, squares and English country dance, there will be morris and rapper. We will also have a daily class that will feature a variety of other dance styles -- a taste of Irish sets, French bourees and other gems. If you play an instrument, you can join the community band class and play for the community dances each evening. There is an art class after lunch for those who are creatively inclined or simply want to relax and socialize. At the close of each day, we will all gather under the venerable white pine to hear stories, some with a French twist and some with the twist of a string!
Singers will be delighted to find a wide variety of singing traditions. Sing classic shape note hymns after lunch. Bring a song or request a favorite for the afternoon song swap. Join the harmony singing class to learn traditional songs from the Balkans and other lands, as well as American spirituals and newly composed shape note hymns. Morning and Evening Gatherings will ring with the singing of old favorites and 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.