Dance Organizers Course
August 23 - 30, 2014
Held during English & American Dance Week at Pinewoods
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Gaye Fifer has been calling at dance weekends for many years. Her pleasant style and graceful teaching put dancers at ease and set the stage for a great dance experience. She has also taught numerous waltz workshops at virtually every dance weekend in the East. She now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. and travels whenever she gets the opportunity. Gaye has served on the CDSS Board and has a passionate interest in organizing to support dance community leaders & organizers.
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.
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The Program: one page Program Description
- Daily Schedule
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- Class Questionnaire: Please give us an idea of the classes you will take. Also available online.
Getting Ready: Details for being at camp.
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|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
Contra: Southern Accents: Connie Carringer
Music by: Dave Wiesler, Catherine Miller
Dance off those biscuits and gravy with a lively morning of down home contras from below the Mason-Dixon line.
Quebecois Step-Dancing (Beg): Yaëlle Azoulay
Music by: Marie-Pierre Lecault
This class reaches out to those of you who have always dreamed of doing foot percussion but never knew how or when to start! A somewhat good notion of rhythm and your favorite pair of shoes (hard sole and not too high heel) are required. In this class, we will learn all the basics of Quebecois Step-Dancing. During warm-up, we will examine the way our feet move and exercise our ankles, knees and feet to be ready for Step-Dancing. In a very musical approach, we will learn various sequences that you can bring home to work on. Material taught will be different from last year's class!
Cotswold Morris: Ben Moss
Music by: Tom Kruskal
Ben has danced with The World Famous Hammersmith Morris Men for several years and in these sessions will teach their renowned take on the Longborough tradition, focusing on a slow, energetic and powerful dancing style. The dances will be a mix of traditional and dances written by Hammersmith.
English (Adv): Bruce Hamilton
Music by: Dave Wiesler, Ariel Friedman, Catherine Miller
A mix of new dances with solid oldies, growing your awareness and skill, and the joy of dancing to good music with good dancers.
English for All (All): Gaye Fifer
Music by: Annemieke Spoelstra, Jeremiah McLane, Mia Friedman
Come and enjoy the beauty, playfulness, variety and great energy of English country dancing. The dances (old and new) will be accessible to all, but interesting to even the most experienced dancers.
Body Percussion: Yaëlle Azoulay
Everybody is welcome to this class. All you will need: ears, and various other body parts. This class will be an exploration of sounds produced by the body. In a way of a choir, we will develop polyrhythms and use melody and rhythm combined. This class will be inspired by Yaëlle's research in body percussion in The U.S., Quebec, Brazil, Eastern Europe, and South Africa. The material taught will be different from last year's class!
|11:25-11:55||Gathering with Owen Morrison|
|11:55-12:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|1:45-2:45||Dance Organizers Course: Gaye Fifer|
Contra & Couples: Shawn Brenneman
Music by: Owen Morrison, Jeremiah McLane, Marie-Pierre Lecault
Whirl away the afternoon with a delightful mix of social dances. Each afternoon we will do several contras and several couple dances, mostly waltz.
Harmony Singing: Ariel Friedman, Mia Friedman
We will explore rousing harmony arrangements from various traditions including shape note, madrigals, Appalachian and English songs. The ability to read music will be helpful for singing madrigals and shape note pieces - though the parts to these songs will also be taught by ear. We will learn a few new songs each day, as well as continued work on more complex pieces to be performed at the end of camp. You will leave the week with an expanded network of music from all over the world to sing with your family and friends for years to come!
Northwest Morris: Ben Moss
Music by: Tom Kruskal
Ben has danced Northwest Morris since he was 9 with Wheal Sophia, a team founded by his parents. In these sessions he will teach traditional dances as well as dances written by Wheal Sophia in the style of that team, with emphasis on expansive sets of dancers, slow and percussive stepping and high kicking!
|4:15-5:15||Dance Organizers Course: Gaye Fifer|
|5:15-6:00||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|8:00-11:00||Evening Dance Party|