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9:00-10:00 Period 1 Kids can be dropped off at their class at 8:55
Young explorers will visit nature up-close, sing songs, read nature stories, build structures, and simply play together.
We'll explore storytelling and acting through rhythmic and musical improvisation. We'll use story tales as well as write our own stories together as a class. Instruments are not needed but if you have an instrument (drums, voices, and homemade instruments are welcome too!) feel free to bring them!
We’ll start off the day with movement and rhythm, then we’ll learn songs from America, the British Isles and around the world. We’ll try singing and making up harmonies in one, two and three parts. From cheeky wildly dissonant Bosnian village songs to murder ballads, there is something for everyone.
Cecily and Imogen will lead the teens in a variety of music and dance related activities. Classes will range from working on Contra and Waltz, to singing songs, to "hitting things with other things, minus the aggression," aka bucket drumming! Look forward to snacks (don't worry about making it to breakfast) and hanging out with the Mills sisters. Come ready with dance shoes, your singing voice, and an open mind.
Music by: Jonathan Jensen, Miranda Weinberg, Laurie Andres: This class will explore not just what we dance - the patterns and figures, but how we move to the music and through the choreography. We’ll define the concepts of technique and style together, and think about the dance choices you make, how those choices create your own “style,” and then apply these ideas to both simple and complex choreographies. Cheerful recovery skills and knowledge of ECD figures and basic repertoire is expected.
Music by: Dave Wiesler, Cedar Stanistreet, John Devine, Sam Bartlett: Drawing from English and American traditions, we'll dance some familiar formations ("Take hands four from the top!") and many others that are less common. Some are unusual and a few are delightfully odd! From simple dances to more complex, these dances (aided by sparkling music) will put smiles on our faces as we start each day.
10:15-11:15 Period 2
We’ll start by sharing some of our favorite stories. Then we’ll pick a few and make believe that we are in the stories, working together to bring our imaginations to life! Good times, movement, crafting, and giggling will abound. Please bring a favorite book to read together.
Wandering the beautiful grounds will reveal hidden treasures from nature that will lead us to storytelling, singing, and craft activities.
We will spend time warming up our bodies and voices, then jump right into singing traditional American children’s songs. Then we’ll add songs from the British Isles and other countries. Animal songs, silly songs, work songs, serious songs. All taught by ear, with plenty of movement and rhythm.
Music by: Laurie Andres, John Devine: 10-12s will spend the latter half of their mornings with former program director and current Dancing Queen Aunt Janine. Be it a splash of contra, a dash of singing square, a pinch of fun, or simply a full barrel of laughs; Janine Smith will always provide a grand time. No experience necessary, but a playful spirit and an open mind will serve you well.
Music by: Robert Mills, Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens, Cedar Stanistreet, Casey Murray: The traditional contra repertoire used to be small, relying on only a few dozen basic figures. With efficient teaching to allow maximum time for dancing, in this session we'll explore how that dance vocabulary has dramatically expanded with the introduction of different figures into the contemporary contra repertoire.
Music by: Sam Bartlett
This class is restricted to the pre-accepted applicants to the English Dance Leaders Course
2:00-2:45 Period 3
Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens is available as a musician for camper-led offerings.
Trees, rocks, moss and more! Taking serendipitous strolls will lead us to discover nature’s splendid surprises. We’ll also play nature games. One afternoon is set aside for exploring the infamous and delightful Appalachian Trail.
3:00-4:00 Period 4 and swimming for all
Music by: Dave Wiesler, Miranda Weinberg: Scottish country dance has its roots in a fusion of English country dance figures and highland dance footwork and music, and is one of the ancestors of American contra dancing. Whether you have done Scottish for years or have never seen it before, come skip, hop, and spin Scottish-style and work up a sweat before you jump in the pool!
Bartlett’s No-Talent Drawing Salon and Cardboard Experiment Station (under 9 w/parent-like helper) – Sam Bartlett
We’ll focus as a group on drawing a Crankie Show, a moving visual story, illustrated on a long piece of paper, and then cranked by hand between two dowels. Drawing tips provided by Mr. Bartlett, but free to be ignored. We will also make hats, masks, and large animals and other parade-able objects (hats, masks, giant gorillas, etc) out of my favorite cheap resource, corrugated cardboard. Ages 8 and below with parent-like helper.
Music by: Jonathan Jensen: This class is restricted to the pre-accepted applicants to the English Dance Leaders Course
4:15-5:15 Period 5 and swimming for all
This year we’ll bring back the indigo vats and celebrate the magic of blue! Indigo is a magical natural dye, and indigo dyeing is safe and fun for campers of all ages. So bring a clean white T-shirt or two to camp and learn the Japanese art of shibori resist dyeing techniques (only one of which is the familiar “tie-dye” process), katazome stencil resist and tsutsugaki freestyle paste resist dyeing. Some dye blanks (scarves, bandanas, etc) will be available for folks who need extra supplies or want to try additional projects.
Come experience the joy of singing in harmony. Whether you are new to singing and want tips for more confidence, or are an experienced singer looking to play with harmony and blend, there will be something for everyone. We will sing sacred and secular songs from America and the world in two, three or four parts, and also try our hand at making up harmonies on the spot. All songs can be learned by ear and all levels of singers are welcome, though singers under the age of 10 are asked to bring an adult singing buddy.
Music by: Dave Wiesler, Jonathan Jensen, Miranda Weinberg: This week we celebrate the music of two gifted and prolific composers, both of whom will be at camp with us! Jonathan Jensen and Dave Wiesler have provided music for scores of contemporary English country dances. Join us for a rewarding dance journey, carried along by a delightful variety of their tunes!
Tune Session: Irish & American (9 & up) – Cedar Stanistreet
Come learn traditional jigs and reels! Any instruments are welcome, at any level. Tune teaching will be done by ear, with an emphasis on what makes these tunes sound authentic to the traditional style. Sheet music will be handed out at the end of the classes.