August 11 - 18, 2013


Great callers draw on a wide range of skills--from teaching, to programming, to timing, to stage presence. If you are an advanced beginner through intermediate caller with a knack for some skills and a commitment to work on the others, and are ready to take your calling to the next level, this intensive calling course could be for you.

In a fun and supportive atmosphere we'll focus on the most important calling skills through exercises, practice, and discussion. Topics include leading clear and concise walkthroughs, picking great dances and programs, working with beginners, crafting calls, vocal and mic technique, and working with musicians.

And in our daily "dancing lab" each participant will have three opportunities to teach and call a dance with live music, camper dancers, and expert feedback, as we work through some of the real-life situations that arise on the dance floor.

In addition to attending the main daily workshop (a 2 hour and 15 minute block in the afternoon) you're invited to participate in the vibrant morning and evening activities of Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge, including further opportunities to call at an afternoon Open Calling session led by Gaye Fifer. Come prepared to immerse yourself in the many facets of contra calling, dancing, and music. (...including homework assignments between sessions!)

The course is led by Rick Mohr, based on the workshops and exercises he's developed over 15 years of working with groups of callers at dance weeks and weekends across the country. Rick's fun and supportive style combined with deep calling experience helps each participant progress on skills and overcome challenges.


Rick Mohr


7:45-8:30 Breakfast
Teen Potpourri (13-17): Ann Percival, David Cantieni
Morning Contras (18 & up): Gaye Fifer
Advanced English (18 & up): Melissa Running
10:00 Refreshments
Childrens' Morning Classes 10:00
Challenging Contras (13 & up): Rick Mohr
Morris (13 & up): David Roodman
11:30-12:15 All Camp Gathering with songs, singing, games and stories
12:30-1:15 Lunch Buffet
1:00-1:30 Canoeing in the River
1:30-2:15 Bookstore staffed
1:30-2:30 Community & Classroom Dance Leaders
2:45-3:45 Community & Classroom Dance Leaders
Family Dance Band (11 & up): Ann Percival, David Cantieni
Open Calling (13 & up): Gaye Fifer
Swing/Blues (13 & up): Josh Van Vliet, Tresne Hernandez
4:45-5:45 Bookstore staffed, Swimming in the Pool, Canoeing in the River
5:15-5:45 Sing for your supper
5:45-6:45 Dinner buffet
6:45 Parade from the Grove to the Playhouse
7:00-7:35 Community Dance
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
11:00 After-dance Activities
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