Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge
English & American Dance & Music
August 10 - 17, 2014
Description of Classes: a 2 page description of the classes
Daily Schedule: a 1 page daily timetable
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CDSS at Timber Ridge is a wonderful week of connecting with traditions and rituals, while building community with new and old friends. The culture of participation and involvement is contagious! We have a great program for adults, children, families and young adults featuring a mix of English and American dance, border morris, clog, song, music, arts and crafts, nature walks and more. Adults can participate in their classes all day, while children enjoy age-appropriate dance and music options. We will add details as they become available.
The teaching/calling staff is entertaining and inspiring, the musicians are superb and the schedule allows you to do as much as you could possibly want. In addition to classes, there are two all community gatherings (morning and evening) where we share stories, songs and talents. There is time during the day for a nature walk, swimming, canoeing and hanging out with friends. After dinner, we parade to the hall for a community dance which includes everyone in the fun. The evening dances combine English and contra, with bedtimes for the younger ones at appropriate intervals and adult dancing into the night. After the dance, there is always a late night activity which gives everyone a chance to shine and play.
On the last day, we have show and tell, a big parade, a pool party and lots of dancing. We would love to have you come to join in our week of traditions, making them yours as well.
Childrens' Morning Classes 9:00
Age 2-3 Morning ROAR with Mama Bear: Kim Yerton --
Age 4-5 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 6-7 Holy Guacamole!: Eric Maring -- 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 Longsword: Kappy Laning / Robert Mills--
Age 10-12 Madame Padovan's School of Dance: DeLaura Padovan / Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand -- Like any good finishing school, we start with our diamonds in the rough, then teach the ABCs of contras, English, and squares, and reveal the brilliant, sparkling gems throughout the week.
Pass It On (13-17): Becky Hill, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Elizabeth LaPrelle, Sarah Pilzer
A Dance Awakening (18 & up): Lisa Greenleaf
Music by: Steve Hickman, John Devine, Ralph Gordon
Wake up! 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, Lisa will get you up and dancing with style, grace, and pizzazz in no time flat.
Maggots in the Morning (18 & up): Brad Sayler
Music by: Naomi Morse, Dave Wiesler
What are the magic ingredients for a wonderful English dance? Brad cooks up a delicious hour of dance, starting with basic figures and focusing on timing, phrasing, and a generous heap of interacting with both your partner and the whole set.
teacher will pick up children at snack and bring them back to Gathering after class
Age 2-3 Musical Explorations: DeLaura Padovan -- DeLaura Padovan'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 -- 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 -- Stories about the natural world will be told, along with making nature crafts.
Age 8-9 Clogging, Square Dance, Body Percussion and MORE!: Becky Hill / Steve Hickman, John Devine -- Dance and play with Becky Hill while learning about the traditions that influenced dance in the mountains such as patting juba and making music with our bodies. We will learn basic clogging steps, square dance figures, and everyone will have the chance to make up their own steps! Come ready to laugh, wiggle and try anything!
Age 10-12 Border Morris: Brad Sayler / -- Get ready to swing some sticks when learning Border Morris! This Welsh dance tradition combines simple stepping and appealing figures with dynamic music and singing.
I Dare You Dances (13 & up): Lisa Greenleaf
Music by: Great Bear Trio: Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand, Kim Yerton
Double and even triple dawg dare you to join the FUN. 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 dances.
Ritual Dance Sampler (13 & up): Sarah Pilzer
Part instruction, part playtime, a little of this, a little of that...this class will be an experiment in discovery, focusing on a variety of English ritual folk traditions including but not limited to cotswold morris, rapper, longsword, and pub songs. If you have ever dreamed of sticking a sword lock into the middle of a morris dance, or ranting with clogs in a rapper dance, this is the class for you! We will take some time each day to focus on the basics of a particular tradition and discuss what makes traditions similar and different from each other. We will then use what we learn to explore ways to combine these different styles in new choreography of our own design. This class is open to anyone who is curious about what it means to be a "ritual dancer", whether you've been capering for years or never waved a hankie in your life. Much of what we cover will be determined by the interests of those who attend, so bring your ideas in addition to your dance shoes (both sneakers and hard soles, please!)
|11:30-12:15||All Camp Gathering with songs, singing, games and stories|
|1:30-2:30||99 & under Nap, rest, snore, dream|
Afternoon Art (All ages, under 8 w/parent): Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Elizabeth LaPrelle
Join Anna and Elizabeth each afternoon to explore different ways of using visual arts to share traditional songs and stories, family stories, oral histories, and new stories. Talking isn’t the only way to tell a story!
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.
ECD Squared (13 & up): Brad Sayler
Music by: Naomi Morse, Dave Wiesler, Ralph Gordon
That is ECD2. We'll crank it up a notch, and challenge you with some of the more complex dances from the English Country Dance repertoire, focusing on the details of personal style that increase everyone's enjoyment of the dance - timing, balance, form, and grace. Algebra-trig is not a prerequisite, but prior experience with English Country Dancing will be most helpful.
|2:15-2:45||Adult Swim at the pool|
|2:45-3:45||Swimming and handwork at the pool|
Figures, Beats, and Feet (10 & up): Becky Hill
Music by: Steve Hickman, John Devine
Join Becky for an exhilarating experience in percussive ensemble dancing! We will cover basic clogging footwork, throw in a little bit of body percussion, create our own steps and mix it all up with some square dance figures. Clogging steps will be taught
A Singing Sampler (13 & up): Elizabeth LaPrelle, Anna Roberts-Gevalt
Come find and lift up your voice! Elizabeth and Anna will lead you through an exploration of southern singing traditions including: early bluegrass & old country harmony, gospel music & shape note singing, lining out, and solo ballad singing.
|4:00-5:15||Canoeing in the River|
|4:00-5:00||Swimming at the pool|
Family Band (10 & up): Eric Maring, Ralph Gordon
DIY Dance Party (13 & up): Lisa Greenleaf
Music by Great Bear Trio: Noah VanNorstrand, Andrew VanNorstrand, Kim Yerton
End the day with a ROAR! Lisa and The Great Bear Trio and YOU will soooo rock this late afternoon Dance Party! Come prepared to dance, to call a dance, to teach a couples dance, and for anything and everything in between, but most of all come prepared for FUN with Lisa as our Happy Hour Hostess with the Most-est!
|5:15-5:45||Sing for your supper|
|6:45||Parade 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|
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.