August 27 - September 3, 2011

Program Description

We will work on tunes from a variety of cultures, all of which can be used for contra dancing. We will play familiar tunes and will also learn music by ear, so be sure to bring your recording devices. We'll work both in small groups and as one large ensemble, and will focus on learning to play well in a band, to communicate with band members mid-set, to create harmonies and embellish melodies, to choose tunes for dances, and to use dynamics, articulation, and ornamentation to make the music especially fun to dance to. We're going to spend a lot of time working on melody and harmony, rather than jamming.

Program Directors

Eden MacAdam-Somer  & Larry Unger


7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
English Dance (Advanced): Joanna Reiner
Harmony Singing: Suzannah Park
Harmony in Motion (English for All): Scott Higgs
10:15-11:15 American Dance Musicians Course
Gathering: Carol Ormand
11:55-12:30 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 American Dance Musicians Course
Many Moods of Contra: Scott Higgs
Molly Dancing: Sue Dupre
Back Up and Push: Debbie Jackson
4:00-4:20 Tea
Borderline English: Joanna Reiner
Rapper: Gillian Stewart
Vocal Blast!: Bob Walser
5:30-6:15 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
6:30 Dinner
7:45 Couple Dances
8:00-11:00 Evening Dance Party
11:00 After-dance Activities
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