Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge
English & American Dance & Music
August 9-16, 2015
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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.
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.
Traditional Dance for Educators
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, as well as some stories and songs in the mix.
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
Wake UP! Contras & Stuff (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 --
I Dare You Dances (13 & up with experience): Lisa Greenleaf
Music by: Alexander Mitchell, Dave Wiesler, Ralph Gordon, Paul Oorts
This is 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 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|
Singing (13 & up): Suzannah Park
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.