Community & Classroom Dance Leaders Course
August 11 - 18, 2013
Held during Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge
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For twenty years DeLaura Padovan has been honored to share her enthusiasm and joy at Family Weeks. She is a family dance leader, singer and organic farmer. A pioneer of living life the best way possible, DeLaura spends her time homeschooling two teenage daughters, playing ukulele and marimba, milking goats and creating one thing out of another. DeLaura is a dedicated local foods activist in the King George, Virginia region.
Steve Hickman is a world class fiddler, a master hambonist, a passionate historian, and an organic homesteader, specializing in wild blueberries and Shiitake mushroom production. Since the 1970s, he has been the backbone of untold numbers of mid-Atlantic dance bands and has taught hambone to several generations of Family Week campers. He has toured internationally with groups including Childsplay.
John Devine is much loved by the Family Week community as the Pied Piper and as a solid mountain of rhythm guitar for all styles of country dancing from English to New England to Southern, with a not-so-secret leaning toward swing songs and joy. He has one of the most beautiful voices you'll ever hear. He brings a gentle power to all that he does, whether playing guitar, singing songs or tending his farm just over the ridge in northeast West Virginia.
Welcome to what will be a fantastic week of dance and sharing!
This course is for people already involved with community dancing, as well as teachers, caregivers or others who would like to become involved. We will gather a dozen to twenty enthusiastic individuals who wish to bring more dancing into the world—enough bodies for exciting dance sharing and thoughtful discussions. Dancing provides a heartbeat and connection for all communities, regardless of the ages or abilities of the members. Community dance creates a sense of identity, belonging and teamwork. We will explore dances that can be used with folks from pre-school age to wheelchair-bound nursing home seniors, and all the many fabulous stages in between. Together, we will build the skills and confidence necessary to craft more dancing into your families, communities and schools back home.
Set in the richness of Family and Adult Week, participants will have abundant dance experience daily, as well as discussion/processing time to really integrate all of those experiences. The program will feature several components daily. One daily session will be devoted to dancing and sharing repertoire, while the second will focus on processing and discussion: talking things through and sharing questions and observations. Participants are invited to bring dances and ideas they have used successfully to help create a group repertoire of tried and true dances and activities. With a strong repertoire, participants will develop self-reliance to trust their inner promptings to the question “What do I do now?”
Topics of discussion may include: our cultural need for dancing, “Why dance in the first place?”, “great moments in community dance history,” crash and burn opportunities to avoid, great ice-breaker ideas, dancing/moving with differently-abled dancers, and the nuts and bolts of choosing a dance that is “just right” for the moment at hand. Participants will share their dances, stories, fears and triumphs with each other and may have the chance to lead dances for fellow CDSS campers.
Finally, participants will have the opportunity to observe the children’s classes at Timber Ridge, and to participate nightly in the Community and Evening dances with campers of all ages.
We will share a warm and supportive week, filled with joyous moments of dance and discovery. I encourage you to share the invitation to join us with a teacher you love, and I look forward to dancing and growing with each of you in August!
This course is limited to 20 to ensure plenty of opportunity for active participation. If the class is oversubscribed on March 18, preference may be given based on criteria to be announced soon.
Childrens' Morning Classes 9:00
Age 2-3 Songs, Stories and Play: Jennie Kahly -- We will explore and create together by sharing stories and making a book.
Age 4-5 Song and dance, stories and crafts!: Olivia Padovan -- In addition to learning fun and simple songs and dances, we will exercise our acting skills and make beautiful art.
Age 6-7 Stories and Nature: Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne -- We will learn stories revolving around the natural world and work together putting the stories into action through play-acting.
Age 8-9 Longsword: David Roodman -- Come people give ear to my story, We have called for to see you by chance, Five heroes I bring blythe and bonny, Intending to give you a dance, Timber Ridge's our habitation, It's the place we were all born and bred, There are no finer kids in the nation, And none are more gallantly led. The 8 to 9s will be learning longsword dancing!
Age 10-12 Rapper: Kappy Laning / Jaige Trudel -- Rapper is an English tradition from the late 1800s. Its fast moving figures and team work make it an excellent experience for this age group. Each dance that is taught is based on notes from traditional dances with input from the group when possible, and changes made to fit the energy and needs of the group to create an exciting dance that is fun for all.
Teen Potpourri (13-17): Ann Percival, David Cantieni
Music by: Steve Hickman, John Devine
Morning Contras (18 & up): Gaye Fifer
Music by: Adam Broome, Nicholas Williams
Wake up gently with smooth, fun dances and wonderful music.
Advanced English (18 & up): Melissa Running
Music by: Daron Douglas, Dave Wiesler, Paul Oorts
For those familiar with the repertoire and those who learn patterns well. We'll do familiar dances from talk-throughs only, and save some intensive teaching time for the unfamiliar gems--dances you can sink your teeth into.
teacher will pick up children at snack and bring them back to Gathering after class
Age 2-3 Creative Play Time: Charlotte Swavola -- We will sing, dance, play games, tell stories and enjoy a wonderful week!
Age 4-5 Songs, Stories and Play: Jennie Kahly -- We will explore and create together by sharing stories and making a book.
Age 6-7 Stories, songs, and … science?!: Olivia Padovan -- We will learn tantalizing tales, stupendous songs, and daring dances from around the world. We will also perform some fun, simple, and safe scientific stunts that can be done anywhere!
Age 8-9 Stories and Nature: Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne -- Stories about the natural world will be told, along with making nature crafts.
Age 10-12 What Makes It English?: Melissa Running / Daron Douglas, Paul Oorts -- Modern English Country Dance uses moves that are also used in contra and other types of social or folk dance. What's different about how we do them in English? We'll dance familiar figures in several dance styles, in both classic and unusual dances.
Challenging Contras (13 & up): Rick Mohr
Music by: Adam Broome, Nicholas Williams, Jaige Trudel
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!
Morris (13 & up): David Roodman
Music by: David Cantieni
Come and learn morris dances new and old. Get airborn! Bring sneakers, enthusiasm and a passion for jumping around with bells!
|11:30-12:15||All Camp Gathering with songs, singing, games and stories|
|1:00-1:30||Canoeing in the River|
|1:30-2:30||Community & Classroom Dance Leaders|
|2:45-3:45||Community & Classroom Dance Leaders|
Family Dance Band (11 & up): Ann Percival, David Cantieni
All instruments welcome. If you are 11 years old or older, comfortable playing in the common keys (G,D,A,C) and want to have fun with dance music in an ensemble setting, come join us. Playing by ear will be stressed but not required -- here's a chance to leave your written music behind. The Family Dance Band will usually play for a dance or two during the evening program; it will also work out some other tunes plus get a handle on the parade music.
Open Calling (13 & up): Gaye Fifer
Music by: Nicholas Williams
New callers, or callers who want more practice, are welcome to come and give it a try. Folks in the caller's course are welcome as well. We'll have great music, some feed-back for those who desire it, and a need for dancers!
Swing/Blues (13 & up): Josh Van Vliet, Tresne Hernandez
Music by: Steve Hickman, John Devine
Swing dancing is all about energy in motion. Experience the juicy stretch, the graceful sharing of weight that makes Lindy Hop so exciting. Blues Dancing originated around the same time as Lindy Hop and represents the slower, smoother side of swing dancing. We'll start with the basics of blues and lindy hop: moving with a partner, add some key techniques for partner connection and musical interpretation (which you can bring to any partner dance!). Then on to the learning the 8-count swing out and some cool swing moves! As lindy hop and blues dances often meld together, you will be able to meld the two as well. All levels of dance experience welcome!
|4:45-5:45||Bookstore staffed, Swimming in the Pool, Canoeing in the River|
|5:15-5:45||Sing for your supper|
|6:45||Parade from the Grove to the Playhouse|
|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|