Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge
English & American Dance & Music
August 9-16, 2015
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Program Description: a 1 page version of this page
Daily Schedule: a 1 page daily timetable
Description of Classes: a 2 page description of the classes
For accepted campers: Links to a few important pages and surveys.
CDSS turns 100 years old in 2015! We extend a warm welcome to you and your Family to come join in the celebration at Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge. We are planning the party of the Century and we cannot wait to see you there!
At CDSS Timber Ridge we weave American and English Music and Dance, English Ritual Dance, Appalachian Percussive Dance, Art, Singing, and Storytelling together into a truly stunning week. Our cauldron of tradition and transformation seethes and bubbles over with creativity, synthesis, and passion as Campers of all ages become involved and contribute to the mix. The culture of appreciation, participation, and perpetuation of the music and dance and singing and storytelling that we all love is simply contagious! The result is a unique and dynamic program with brilliant options for kids, teens, young adults, and adults.
Back by very popular demand, Lisa Greenleaf will lead our American Dance portion of the week. Lisa always has new and sometimes hilarious tricks up her sleeve, and her skills at clear, effortless walk throughs and dance programming are unparalleled. She will also teach the Contra Callers Mini-Course. (Advance registration required.)
David Millstone's English dance classes are enhanced by his delightful sense of humor and extensive knowledge of dance history. To honor the CDSS centennial he will take us on a journey exploring the roots of today's dance traditions - Dancing Through Time also known as The Evolution of Dance. No, not THAT Evolution of Dance, we will actually dance the precursors to and trace the development of our own beloved contras, squares, and English dances. David is also the genius behind the Square Dance History Project.
Andy Davis is a master Community Dance leader, musician, and storyteller. He is one of the authors of the New England Dancing Masters series, in other words he helped write THE book on Community Dancing. He will lead the 10-12s in spinning a folk tale into a dramatic event with acting, music, and song, and he will enthrall us with his tall tales as our storyteller. He will lead the Traditional Dance for Educators Mini-course. (Advance registration required.)
We're thrilled to have The Gigmeisters playing their innovative, inspiring music for the American dance portion of our week. Featuring fiery fiddler Alexander Mitchell, multi-instrumentalist Paul Oorts, Family Week fave Dave Wiesler, and rhythm king Ralph Gordon, they'll have us soaring through contras and squares on the dance floor.
Naomi Morse, Dave Wiesler, and Ralph Gordon play lush, exquisite, music for English Country Dancing. They wowed us last year with their delightful arrangements for fiddle, guitar, piano, cello, and bass, and we are so very pleased to have them back.
Steve Hickman and John Devine are masters at so many of the things we cherish and remember from Camp, from Steve's amazing Hambone skills, to John's sweet Pied Pipering, they are also quintessential dance musicians, playing for all styles and all dance forms. Incredibly generous with their time and knowledge, they are enthusiastic mentors and perennial favorites at Family Weeks around the country. They will play for David Millstone's Dancing Through Time class and for morning contras.
New on staff at Timber Ridge -- but a seasoned and spectacular performer and instructor -- Ira Bernstein will co-teach the Teen class and will present an Appalachian improvisational percussive dance form known as flatfooting. Kappy Laning has the English Ritual Dance portion of our week covered with her popular Rapper class, with Robert Mills providing the music.
Our own Leslie Sudock is an Artist in residence this year, she'll teach the Afternoon Art class (Eco-Art Printmaking) and organize several engaging Community Art projects, including weaving, which was such a big hit last year.
Powerful singer and song leader Suzannah Park brings an eclectic, accessible, and exhilarating repertoire for group harmony singing to our singing class, Harmony for All. Suzannah will also co-teach the Teen Class and lead a session of singing and silliness for the 10-12s.
Leslie Jeanne Devine Millbourne's Nature Explorations are an integral part of our Camp offerings. From the river to the woodlands to the fossil pit, Leslie helps us view and understand the world around us through the eyes of a veteran naturalist.
DeLaura Padovan is our Community Dance Mistress, and will lead the 8-9s in a session of dance, Dance, DANCE! Renee Brachfeld leads the 8-9s in a session of juggling, songs, and stories called Things That Go Bump.
Eric Maring our "Monster Musician for the Youngsters" will inspire and uplift our children and he (along with Alexander Mitchell) will also lead the Community Dance Band as they rock the Sasha and all our Family dance faves.
In addition to the scheduled classes, there are gatherings where stories, songs, talents, and much uncontrollable laughter are shared. Somehow there is also time during the day for nature walks, swimming, canoeing, and hanging out with friends. Adults and teenagers enjoy marvelous evening dances and fabulous after-dance activities - pub singing, dance parties, cabaret, and honky-tonkin’. The last full day of camp is show and tell time, and we celebrate our wonderful week together with a big parade, a pool party, and dancing, dancing, dancing. Come join in the FUN.
We're saving a spot just for YOU!
-- Janine Smith, Program Director
Printable Information for Accepted Campers
The Program: one page Program Description
- Daily Schedule
- Class Descriptions
- Class Questionnaire: Please give us an idea of the classes you will take. Available online or pdf form
Getting Ready: Details for being at camp.
Getting to Camp: Driving Directions
Childrens' Morning Classes 9:00
Age 2-3 Musical Explorations: Delaura Padovan -- DeLaura's happy combination of songs and stories will have our young-ins movin' and groovin' in the mornin'!
Age 4-5 Holy Guacamole!: Eric Maring -- Eric Maring (aka Mr. M) will lead young campers in a wonderful concoction of delightful dances and songs. Young musicians are encouraged to bring along their instruments!
Age 6-7 Stories and Nature: Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne -- We'll learn stories and make up new stories about Nature and we'll fashion crafts from natural objects found at Camp.
Age 8-9 Things that go Bump: Renee Brachfeld -- We will throw, catch, drop, chase, balance, and amaze ourselves and others with a great variety of juggling and object manipulation materials, with some stories and songs up in the mix, too.
Age 10-12 Spin a Folk Tale: Andy Davis -- Andy and the 10-12s will spin a traditional folk tale into a dramatic event including song, dance, and acting. We will also explore some folk rhythm and dance traditions from other parts of the world. Bring musical instruments that you can play!
Teen Class (13-17): Suzannah Park, Ira Bernstein
This high energy group will delve into the dance and music of South Africa during the years of Apartheid. Ira will teach Gumboot dancing, a style of dance created by black miners in South Africa. Ira learned these dance steps from his friend and political exile, Tsepo Makone in the 1980s. Suzannah will teach songs and dances she learned in S.A. in 2014. Music and dance is what moves humans forward together, particularly in the face of great hardship.
Wake UP! Contras & Stuff: for All (18 & up): Janine Smith
Music by: Steve Hickman, John Devine
It's time to dance! Roll outta bed and come as you are, whether you are new to contras and squares or a seasoned veteran, Janine will get you up and dancing with style, grace, and pizzazz in no time flat.
English with a Twist: Experienced ECD (18 & up): David Millstone
Music by: Naomi Morse, Dave Wiesler, Ralph Gordon, Paul Oorts
Aimed at dancers comfortable with basic ECD figures and styling, this session will include less-familiar dances, including more set dances and some moderate challenges. Repertoire will span the centuries, from the early years to contemporary delights, and of course we'll enjoy stellar musical accompaniment.
teacher will pick up children at snack and bring them back to Gathering after class
Age 2-3 Playtime: Renee Brachfeld -- Renee will keep our youngest campers busy and happy with singing, movement games, stories, and digging in the dirt.
Age 4-5 Stories and Nature: Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne -- We'll learn stories revolving around the natural world and we'll work together putting the stories into action through play-acting.
Age 6-7 Holy Guacamole!: Eric Maring -- Eric Maring (aka Mr. M) will lead the group in an age-appropriate concoction of delightful dances and songs. Young musicians are encouraged to bring along their instruments!
Age 8-9 dance, Dance, DANCE!: DeLaura Padovan / Steve Hickman, John Devine -- With superb music by Steve and John and DeLaura's skillful leadership and enthusiasm, the FUN just never stops.
Age 10-12 Sing & Dance!: Suzannah Park -- We will sing, play games, run about and learn a Maori stick dance. We will also spend some time talking about the music/dance traditions we love that are already a part of our lives and what other traditions we may want to explore. We'll dream big, play hard and lay on the floor.
I Dare You Dances (13 & up with experience): Lisa Greenleaf
Music by: Alexander Mitchell, Dave Wiesler, Ralph Gordon, Paul Oorts
This is Contras and More for Experienced Dancers! With Lisa at the helm, and her characteristic quick wit, humor, and excellent teaching at the ready, you will easily navigate the quirks and intricacies of even the most challenging American dances. The Gigmeisters provide music!
Rapper (13 & up): Kappy Laning
Music by: Robert Mills
Rapper is an English tradition from the late 1800s. 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 of fast moving figures and team work that is fun for all.
|Traditional Dance for Educators|
|11:30-12:15||All Camp Gathering with songs, singing, games and stories|
|1:45-2:45||99 & under Nap, rest, snore, dream|
Afternoon Art (All ages, under 8 w/parent): Leslie Sudock
Eco-Art Printmaking: monoprinting with recycled materials and soy-based printing inks (safe, non-toxic, and really wonderful to work with. You can work on your own prints during the period (individual ideas, illustrate a book (even a cranky!), etc.) and/or contribute to a collaborative "flip-book" of images we can decide on as a group (faces, figures, feet, etc.).
Nature Exploration (All ages, under 10 w/parent): Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne
We will explore the different ecosystems at camp, including the beautiful Cacapon River and the amazing fossil pit.
Flatfooting (10 & up): Ira Bernstein
Music by: Naomi Morse
Flatfooting is an improvised Southern Appalachian percussive dance form. This class will focus on style and technique, with an emphasis on musicality. It is open to all levels of experience, so if you are starting from scratch or have years of flatfooting under your belt, you will still learn lots from this master dancer and teacher!
Many Moods of English - ECD for ALL (13 & up): David Millstone
Music by: Alexander Mitchell, Dave Wiesler, Ralph Gordon
English country dance offers extraordinary variety: formations, meter, tempo, energy level. We'll pay particular attention to these variables and how our bodies (and brains) respond to each. Perfect for dancers new to English country dance and for experienced dancers eager to revisit old favorites and discover new ones.
|Traditional Dance for Educators|
|Contra Dance Callers Course|
|2:15-2:45||Adult Swim at the pool|
|2:45-3:45||Swimming and handwork at the pool|
Harmony Singing for All (13 & up): Suzannah Park
We'll learn a handful of songs from a handful of different countries including Bulgaria, Georgia and America in 2, 3 and 4 part harmony. Some rounds, maybe a lullaby and some big juicy gospel song most likely. Everyone is welcome to join and all songs will be taught by ear. So come give your feet a rest and we'll make a grand noise together.
Dancing Through Time: Evolution of Dance (13 & up): David Millstone
Music by: Steve Hickman, John Devine
From classic "chestnuts" to contemporary cool-move contras, we'll explore how American country dance has changed over two centuries. Our primary focus is contras, but we'll also dance traditional squares from different regions and some exemplary couple dances.
|4:00-5:00||Swimming at the pool|
|4:00-5:15||Canoeing in the River|
Callers Class Dance Party (9 & up): Lisa Greenleaf
Music by: Naomi Morse, Paul Oorts, Robert Mills
This delightful hour of dancing is hosted and called by participants in the Contra Callers Course. Come give them your support and you'll have a rollicking good time to the fabulous music of Naomi Morse, Paul Oorts and Robert Mills. Parents: This is a great chance to dance contras with your age 9+ kids!
Community Dance Band (10 & up): Eric Maring, Alexander Mitchell
Bring your instrument and under the expert guidance of Eric and Alexander we will meld our talents and enthusiasm into an amazing ensemble that will play for the Community Dance each evening.
|5:15-5:45||Sing for your supper|
|6:45||Parade to the Playhouse|
|7:35||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|
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.