Family Week at Ogontz
August 3 - 10, 2013
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Description of Classes: a 2 page description of the classes
Daily Schedule: a 1 page daily timetable
For accepted campers: Links to a few important pages and surveys.
We look forward to seeing old, and making new, friends this summer at Family Week at Ogontz in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. We’ll immerse ourselves in great music, dance, stories and song while creating our friendly, laughter-filled, camp community. We are very excited to offer you an extraordinarily gifted staff full of youthful talent and experienced old-hands - all masters of their crafts.
In the mornings children age 2 and up will learn and play in two periods of age-specific classes while parents and the teens can choose to dance contras, English country dances or Appalachian clogging. For those who love to sing, Shape Note Hymns will drift down the hill each morning and Harmony Singing will fill the air each afternoon. We’ll all come together after morning classes for Morning Gathering - a favorite part of the day where we hope you’ll share your talents and humor.
Our afternoons can be as busy, or relaxing, as we choose. Come to dance, or to listen, at a daily Swing Dance Party, or put those hard-soled shoes on for some English Clogging. Musicians of all levels can join the Family Band and play for our Community Dance each evening. Whether making art, playing music, dancing, mumming, swimming in the crystal-clear lake or napping, the afternoons are yours to do as you please. Don’t forget watching our children’s friendships bloom and grow on the swing-set or soccer field while we visit with each other at the Green Chairs. Ahhh- the Green Chairs - that magical place where we’ll end each afternoon with the incomparable Donald Davis and his stories that knit us all together.
Each evening we’ll gather at the cozy Recital Hall for the Community Dance and Evening Gathering. As dusk settles around us the Pied Piper will lead the families with children ages 9 and under to their cabins where the parents will put their children to bed. Campers age 10 and up will proceed to Ogontz Hall for our Evening Dance Party. Soon the parents will be able to join the dancing while roving monitors listen attentively for any children stirring in their cabins. If a child needs a parent to return, a monitor will come and get them at the dance. It is always best if you prepare your children for this aspect of camp.
At the halfway point of the dance it will be time for the 10-12’s to head off for bed. We’ll sing their goodnight song and ask them to go quietly to their cabins, being extra careful not to wake any of their younger, sleeping friends. In this way, and so many others, we’ll care for each other during the day and right up to bedtime, knowing that we build this community and revel in its gifts. Life at Ogontz sure is great! Our family looks forward to sharing this special week with your family!
Warmly, Bettie and Steve Zakon-Anderson, Program Directors
We are excited to announce a new program in conjunction with Ogontz Family Week - an American Dance Musicians Course which will be led by Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy this year. We also welcome Kari Smith’s Teachers Training Course. We look forward to having participants in these special courses join in our gatherings, afternoon classes and evening program and become part of the wonderful community at camp.
Printable Information for Accepted Campers
Acceptance Information: Details for getting to and being at camp.
Welcome letter with more information about the program.
Family Bio Sheet: Use this or create your own with information you want to share and that will help others get to know your family better.
Parent & Guardian Form: Needed for each minor at camp.
Rides: Do you need or can you offer a ride? Also included with class questionnaire Survey
If you have not already, please do sign the Waiver.
To pay any camp Balance Due
9:00 Kids' Classes
Each morning campers 12 and under will join with others in their age-groups for two periods of classes. We may combine these classes into broader age-groups based on actual registrations, but be assured our young friends will be kept busy and having fun!
Age 3-4 Playtime!: DeLaura Padovan -- We will start our day with a wonderful playtime. Songs, dances, stories and more.
Age 5-6 Silly Songs, Silly Games, Silly Dances: Lily Kruskal Leahy -- Join us for classes brimming with creative silliness. Come prepared to laugh, dance, sing and act!
Age 7-9 English Spring Celebration: Bettie Zakon-Anderson -- Bettie will take us on a journey to Helston, Cornwall, where we'll learn a version of an ancient song and dance ritual that is still performed there every May to help welcome in the spring. Since it won't be spring and we won't really be in merry old England, we might have to do some revising to suit merry old Ogontz Camp! We'll include a bit of a Robin Hood play so there will be costumes, props and instruments to be made!
Age 10-12 Dance: Steve Zakon-Anderson, Steve Hickman -- We'll start the day by getting ready for the night - by dancing that is! Steve will get us ready to contra dance, English Country dance, and waltz to Steve Hickman's wonderful fiddling. We'll also learn to call dances, work together on a daily group challenge and enjoy a bit of hambone!
9:00 Adult Classes
(13 & up) English Dance: Brad Sayler / Naomi Morse, Kathy Talvitie -- After going over the basic figures used in English country dancing, we'll focus on some of the things that make English dancing so rewarding - good timing, phrasing, and interacting with your partner and with the whole set. We'll endeavor to strike a balance with a generous helping of dances that we'll do just for the fun of it to the beautiful playing of Naomi and Kathy.
(13 & up) Beginning Rapper: Natty Smith, Erika Roderick -- In this class we will explore rapper sword dancing by thinking about these questions: What makes a good rapper dance? What types of figures are best in different performance spaces? How can good stepping affect a dance? These questions are helpful for rapper dancers of all levels to consider. We will keep them in mind as we work on stepping, learn new figures, and create dances together. We hope you’ll join us!
(13 & up) Shape Note Singing: Stefan Amidon -- Experience the untamed beauty of a shape note sing. We will go through the shapes and basic layout of a sing for newcomers, and then sing your favorites from The Sacred Harp as well as more recent compositions written in the shape note tradition. Everyone is invited to call a song, stand up to lead, and sing to your heart's content.
10:05 Kids' classes
A snack will be brought to the class locations between each period as the teachers move and the campers stay put. We may combine these classes into broader age-groups based on actual registrations, but be assured our young friends will be kept busy and having fun!
Age 3-4 Movement, Song and Props: Erika Roderick -- Make stories and songs come alive with Erika! We will have fun exploring singing games, creating our own stories to act out and making masks and costumes for the characters we become!
Age 5-6 Moving and Grooving: DeLaura Padovan -- We'll be moving and grooving, dancing and singing and having a wonderful, playful time together.
Age 7-9 Longsword: Lily Kruskal Leahy, Laura Sprung -- Lily will teach the longsword class, a folk tradition from the north of England in which the dancers link together by "swords" and work together as a team. We will also learn a "calling on song" to welcome the dancers to the stage. To warm up each day we will be learning some fun group games to get to know each other and as an excuse to be silly! (As if we will need one!)
Age 10-12 Morris: Brad Sayler, Natty Smith -- Brad will have us concentrate on the rich tradition of morris dances from the Welsh border region. These dances combine simple stepping and appealing figures with dynamic music played by Natty to produce a powerful seasonal display. Singing is also a part of this tradition, and we'll include that as part of the performance.
10:05 Adult Classes
(13 & up) Contras: Steve Zakon-Anderson / Naomi Morse, Owen Morrison -- We will explore the varied world of American dancing. There will be many contra dances, as well as other shaped dances (squares, circles, triplets, etc) and a sampling of dances that will encompass the choreography from many different eras. Most of all we will have fun together dancing to wonderful music by Naomi and Owen.
(13 & up) Appalachian Clog: Kathy Talvitie / Steve Hickman -- Kathy will teach a variety of clogging steps and short routines to Steve's great old-time fiddling. From beginners to more experienced foot percussionists, this will be a fun toe-tapping class.
|11:15-12:00||Morning Gathering: songs, dances, show & tell|
|12:30-1:00||Buffet Lunch Served|
1:30 Mixed-age Classes
(All ages) Napping, walking, relaxing or...
(8 & younger/parent) Readin' and Restin': DeLaura Padovan -- A quiet and relaxing hour for families with younger children - not quite a nap, but it will refresh and recharge. If you have some favorite books in your cabin, please bring them to share.
(All ages, under 8 w/parent) Community Art: Laura Sprung -- We'll work on new projects everyday but you can also concentrate on just one, if you find a favorite. You will have a chance to work with a mix of new and repurposed materials to create practical and ornamental objects. You don't need to bring anything but yourself, but if you have favorite paper craft tools, bring them along. Some possible projects are paper boxes, stationary, napkin rings, magnets, and more.
(8 & up, younger if passionate w/parent) Family Band: Steve Hickman -- Steve will get us ready to play for the Community Dance each night! All abilities and instruments welcome.
(10 & up) Swing Party: Bettie Zakon-Anderson, Steve Zakon-Anderson / Zara Bode, Naomi Morse, Owen Morrison -- Bettie and Steve will teach and review some simple swing moves each day to get you dancing to the amazing singing/playing of Zara, Naomi and Owen! More of a party than a class - but dance assistance will be available on the sides.
(13 & up) English Clog: Kathy Talvitie / Natty Smith -- Bring your hard-soled shoes and learn a traditional clog dance in the English Clog style.
|2:35-4:35||2-Hour Swim Block All ages, 9 & under/parent|
2:35 Mixed-age Classes
(All ages, 9 & under/parent) Swimming --
(13-19) Teen Class: Stefan Amidon, Zara Bode -- Hey teens! With your help we will have more fun than anyone else at camp! We'll sing songs, play ukuleles, find our special talents (who can lick their elbow. Try it right now!) and play games. We can't wait to meet you!
(20 & up) Afternoon Contras: / Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy, American Dance Musicians Course -- An opportunity to contra dance during the afternoon and, for those of you with experience, a chance to call some dances too.
3:50 Mixed-age Classes
(All ages, 9 & under/parent) Swimming --
(8 & up) Mummers: Paddy Swanson -- The artistic director of Revels will lead us in the creation of a spectacular mummers play.
(13 & up) Harmony Singing: Stefan Amidon, Zara Bode -- Take a break from dancing or running after your kids and take part in the joy of harmony singing. We'll learn traditional two, three and four part songs, from traditional sources, done up in traditional and contemporary arrangements. Most songs will have music, but we may learn some simple songs by ear.
Teachers Seminar: Kari Smith
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 - Donald Davis
Donald Davis - storyteller extraordinaire! Donald will take us on a daily journey during which we’ll guffaw with laughter and nod our heads in recognition of our common stories.
|8:15||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger|
|8:30-10:45||Evening Dance Party|
|9:30||Bedtime for 10-12 year olds|