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August 9-16, 2015

Held during CDSS's Adult and Family Week at Timber Ridge.



smith n tr14 9549 a7b01c48Photo by Nicholas Smith 2014Are your students tired of sitting still? Does your folk dance repertoire begin and end with the Virginia Reel? Are you looking for something new and exciting to get the kids you work with up and moving?

Then come to Traditional Dance for Educators, a week-long program for teachers and community leaders of all kinds, to learn traditional American dances and how to present them with joy and confidence.

The workshop will help you develop specific strategies for leading children and beginning dancers, and expand your repertoire of dances for all ages and abilities - from play party and singing games for young children to more advanced circle, contra and square dances. You probably have some dance instruction books gathering dust on your shelves – here’s your chance to bring them to life!

The Traditional Dance for Educators program is part of CDSS's Adult and Family Week at Timber Ridge, a wonderful week of learning and sharing traditional dance and music in a beautiful setting, where participants of all ages enjoy dancing, singing, playing in the community band, arts and crafts, nature walks, swimming, and more.

You’ll have two periods each day to work with our master dance leader, Andy Davis, and other educators who share your interest in traditional dance and music - or other educators like you who don't know anything about traditional dance and music but would like to try something new! The rest of the time is for enjoying all that camp has to offer.

And if you’re looking for a great family vacation, you can bring your whole family to join in the fun while you develop your skills, ready to share with your students or local dance in September.


For two periods each day, the program will meet with Andy Davis to:

  • Learn a variety of dances for all ages and abilities from play party and singing games to longways, circle, contra and square dances
  • Learn how to bring a dance you find in a book (or online/other sources) to life in your classroom or community
  • Develop specific teaching techniques for leading children and beginning dancers with joy and success
  • Observe seasoned/master educators presenting these rich dance and music traditions in a real life setting (optional classroom observation opportunity - see sample schedule above)
  • Meet other educators with similar interests and experience, exchange ideas, share materials
  • Enjoy a learning vacation and earn Professional Development hours
  • Return home refreshed, full of new ideas, inspired and confident in your ability to pass on the thrill of traditional music and dance to your students and community


  • Music teachers
  • Classroom teachers
  • Physical Education teachers
  • Artists and musicians in school residencies who want to incorporate traditional dance in their programs
  • All others interested in bringing traditional music and dance into the classroom and the community
  • Dance callers with a desire to work more with children and beginning dancers
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