Dance Organizers Course

August 23 - 30, 2014

Held during English & American Dance Week at Pinewoods

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Program Description

This course is designed for people involved in and committed to organizing in their home dance community. We plan to discuss and strategize about issues that affect local dances. There will be time for sharing, questioning, collaborating and connecting. We will devote time to interviewing “experts” at camp, creating solutions to “problems”, brainstorming, practicing and giving feed-back. We will create a network of support, and a toolkit of ideas, that each participant will be able to take home.

This Course is for 12-24 people actively involved in the organization of their local social dance, be it contra, square, or English, adults or families,

  • wanting to increase the regular attendance
  • wanting to grow their community and make the dance attractive to newcomers
  • wanting to spread the base of leadership in their community
  • wanting to improve their leadership skills, delegate, find and use resources, and share their own experience

The course is also useful to people wanting to start a dance or wanting to include dance in another local or regional event.

We will gather twice each day. Though we will invite guest speakers/facilitators from the English & American Dance Week staff and beyond, most of the wisdom will be shared by participants, through panel discussions, breakout sessions, brainstorming sessions, and other guided activities. For the rest of the day and evening, the wonderful resources of English & American Dance Week are yours for the picking.


This course is limited to 24. If the class is oversubscribed on March 17, preference may be given to active dance organizers and to give the group geographic diversity.

Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend English & American Dance Week if you do not get into this course. Scholarships are available.

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Here are links to further details:

The Program: one page Program Description

Getting Ready: Details for being at camp.

Getting to Camp: Driving Directions

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Tentative Schedule

7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
11:25-11:55 Gathering with Owen Morrison
11:55-12:30 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 Dance Organizers Course: Gaye Fifer
4:15-5:15 Dance Organizers Course: Gaye Fifer
5:15-6:00 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
6:15 Dinner
7:40 Couple Dances
8:00-11:00 Evening Dance Party
11:00 After-dance Activities