Community & Classroom Dance Leaders Course

August 11 - 18, 2013

Held during Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge

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Tentative Schedule

Program Director

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Program Description

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.

Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge if you do not get into this course. Scholarships are available.

Tentative Schedule

7:45-8:30 Breakfast
10:00 Refreshments
11:30-12:15 All Camp Gathering with songs, singing, games and stories
12:30-1:15 Lunch Buffet
1:00-1:30 Canoeing in the River
1:30-2:15 Bookstore staffed
1:30-2:30 Community & Classroom Dance Leaders
2:45-3:45 Community & Classroom Dance Leaders
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 Playhouse
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