Teachers Training Course: Folk Arts for the Classroom
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!!!
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|
July 28 - August 4, 2012
Held during Family Week at Ogontz.
Is there still room?
For up-to-date info about availability and wait lists,
see our main Dance & Music Camps page.
The course is led by Jane Miller, an elementary school teacher for 25 years and the founder and director of Price Farm School in Antrim, N.H. She has a Doctorate in Education and is a core faculty member in the education department at Antioch University New England.
Matriculated Antioch students receive Supervised Independent Study credit for this course. Graduate credit is also available to others through Antioch University New England where this course is available for one Master's level graduate credit. Master's courses require a baccalaureate degree for admission. Registration forms for the course will be available at Ogontz from Jane Miller. Antioch tuition of $350 is due with the completed registration form. This may be paid by check made payable to Antioch University New England Graduate School or by credit card. This is in addition to the fees due to CDSS. All who participate fully (whether for credit or not) will be awarded a certificate (40 credit hours) at the end of the course.
Course requirements will be described in the syllabus which will be dispensed at Ogontz. The requirements are:
- Participation in at least three Ogontz Camp Family Week class sessions each day
- Participation in the teacher seminar each day, including sharing of materials and reflection on the process of collecting
- Demonstration of learning by sharing at least one newly learned activity with the camp group or the seminar group
- Development of a "collection" either in a journal, on a CD, audio tape or other format to be submitted to instructor at the week's end
This is a chance for teachers to attend a week-long folk camp for people of all ages. You will observe and participate while master folklorists teach groups of children traditional dances, songs, crafts, stories and rituals. You will participate in these folk traditions at an adult level yourself and "collect" by audio-recording, interviewing, note taking and experiencing traditional activities. We will meet daily in a Teacher Seminar led by Jane Miller to reflect on your observations and experiences and to share newly-collected activities.
-- Jane Miller, Program Director
Please check the description of Family Week at Ogontz for details on the rich and varied program and staff.
Morning by Age Classes (9:00 and 10:00)
The children are divided into classes by age (2-4, 5-7, 8-9, 10-12). Course participants will join the class teachers and students to work with traditional material.
Early afternoon classes (1:30)These are mixed-age classes
Pick the topic of your interest!
Teachers Seminar -- Jane Miller (3:50)
This will be our daily chance to discuss what we have observed and to try some of the material ourselves.
This course is limited to eight to ensure ample opportunity for active participation. If it is oversubscribed on March 19, there will be a lottery, in which case preference will be given to Antioch University New England graduate students. All who participate fully will be awarded a certificate at the end of the course. Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend Family Week at Ogontz if you do not get into this course. Scholarships are available.