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9:00-10:00

The Best of Both Worlds: American and English Dances – Carol Ormand

Music by: Karen Axelrod, Daron Douglas: Start your day with a delightful blend of dances from both sides of the "pond." Explore the connections and the distinctions between contras, English country dances, and squares as you revel in the gorgeous music of Foxfire.

Playing for Dances – Larry Unger, Audrey Knuth

This band workshop is a hands-on investigation of the many tools available to spice up, tighten, vary, arrange, improvise, harmonize, and generally have fun with traditional dance music in a group setting. All levels of players are welcome. We are likely to focus on beginnings and endings, tune changes, dynamics, phrasing and harmony.

Iroquois Raised Beadwork – Karen Ann Hoffman

Iroquois Raised Beadwork is a rare and beautiful style of Native American beadwork. Born in the Woodlands of the Eastern Great Lakes, it's culturally specific forms and designs reach back over ten thousand years. Come sit with Karen Ann Hoffman of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin to explore the bead art, stories and culture embedded in Iroquois Raised Beadwork. During the first sessions you will learn some fundamental stitches unique to this style. Further sessions will be spent creating your own beadwork masterpiece to take home!

Outdoor activities – Cavell staff

We'll feature a different outdoor activity each day. Options will include the ever-popular technical tree climbing. New this year, campers will have the opportunity to go on an extended kayaking expedition in Lexington Harbor or to take an offsite trail ride on horseback. There will be an extra fee for the Lexington Harbor trip and for the trail ride. Details

10:15-11:15

Contras – Gaye Fifer

Music by: Larry Unger, Audrey Knuth: Enjoy smooth, fun dances and wonderful music. We will spend some time on perfecting our skills at being the best dance partner around.

Old-Time Jam – Chirps Smith, Dave Landreth, Steve Rosen

Jam with three of the best old-time musicians in the country. Bring your favorite tunes to share and learn some new ones to take home.

Comedy Improvisation – Karen Axelrod

This class is open to everyone who wants to add a bit of fun and humor into their day. No experience necessary. And you don't even have to be funny. We will play a bunch of theatre games, and we will aim to quiet our internal self-critical voice. We will build on skills and games each day, so it is helpful if you can commit to the entire week. However, if that doesn't work, we can accommodate you if you just want to drop in one or two days.

Outdoor activities – Cavell staff

We'll feature a different outdoor activity each day. Options will include the ever-popular technical tree climbing. New this year, campers will have the opportunity to go on an extended kayaking expedition in Lexington Harbor or to take an offsite trail ride on horseback. There will be an extra fee for the Lexington Harbor trip and for the trail ride. Details

2:00-3:00

Contras and Squares – Kathy Anderson

Music by: Chirps Smith, Dave Landreth, Steve Rosen: Hits from the past and exciting new dances, danced with style to the hot music of Chirps, Dave, and Steve. For all levels of dance experience.

Waltz – Gaye Fifer

Music by: Larry Unger, Audrey Knuth, Brad Battey: Waltzing is not only about fancy moves and twirls, but first and foremost, about connecting with the music and with your partner. We will focus on the skills and nuances of aware, timely leading and following. What we do will apply to other couple dances as well, and to life in general!

Spice Camp Sing – Daron Douglas

Bring your songs…family songs, songs from camp, old favorites, songs that tell stories and songs with rousing choruses. We'll sing along and listen, take turns and raise our voices. A class for everyone.

3:15-4:15

English Country Dancing for All – Gaye Fifer

Music by: Karen Axelrod, Daron Douglas, Brad Battey: Experience the delicious variety of moods, music and movements that English Country Dance can offer. We will focus on common figures and explore the many ways they have been used to good effect, while dancing some of the loveliest and liveliest dances in the classic and contemporary English Country repertoire. We'll also look at techniques for understanding and improving the way we move and thus the way we express ourselves individually, as partners, and as a set.

Calling Squares – Kathy Anderson

Music by: Chirps Smith, Dave Landreth, Steve Rosen: Learn to call squares or hone your square dance calling skills with lots of hands-on practice and supportive feedback. Prior calling experience of any kind will be an advantage, but is not required.

Iroquois Raised Beadwork – Karen Ann Hoffman

Iroquois Raised Beadwork is a rare and beautiful style of Native American beadwork. Born in the Woodlands of the Eastern Great Lakes, it's culturally specific forms and designs reach back over ten thousand years. Come sit with Karen Ann Hoffman of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin to explore the bead art, stories and culture embedded in Iroquois Raised Beadwork. During the first sessions you will learn some fundamental stitches unique to this style. Further sessions will be spent creating your own beadwork masterpiece to take home!

5:00-6:00

Open Mic Calling: feedback from – Kathy Anderson

Music by: Brad Battey, Kendall Rogers: Campers take over the calling during this session, with our fabulous staff musicians. Whether you are an expert, a neophyte, or somewhere in between, come share your talents and your favorite dances. Dancers, enjoy a daily dose of delightful mix of contras, squares, and English Country dances!

Camper-led Activities

We don't know what these will be, because you haven't told us yet. But if previous years are any indication, they will be a fabulous mix of dance, music, and all kinds of spice!

     
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