August 13 - 20, 2011

Program Description

Are you already playing for English country dancing but stuck on the proverbial plateau? Would you like to improvise with more confidence and passion? This English Dance Musicians Week is geared towards those already enjoying playing for dancers, who would like to further develop their playing, in a friendly, encouraging group. Possible topics include: playing with more rhythmic propulsion and kinetic energy, improvising on melodies and harmonies, playing in different musical styles, playing with more physical fluidly, and finding new musical lines for an ensemble. However, the main focus will be on the growth of each participant’s inner voice, one to enable each musician to confidently give the dancers clear signals about rhythm, tempo, phrasing and dance style, as well as to sing out one’s own joy in the music and dance.

This session is geared toward participants who are already accompanying dancing and can play at a steady dance tempo. During the week, we will break up into smaller groups, which will be encouraged to play for the class. If time permitted, participants may be offered a one-time, private group or solo coaching, and pianists may get some piano-focused session time. As part of the course, participants may find themselves dancing, as well as singing, playing rhythm games and doing other (hopefully fun) activities to connect with the group and develop dance musician “chops” and elan.

-- Jacqueline Schwab, Program Director


7:00-7:30 Tai - Chi for all
7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
8:30-8:50 Morning Warm-up
9:00-10:30 English Dance Musicians Course
11:00-12:00 Dance Classes
12:00-12:30 Free time: Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
2:00-3:15 1st PM Class
3:35-4:45 English Dance Musicians Course
5:00-5:30 Tea
5:30-6:20 Free time: Informal camper readings, Swimming, Bookstore staffed
  Faculty rehearsals
6:30 Dinner
7:45-8:15 Mini Presentations
8:15-10:00 All Camp Dance
10:15-11:00 Special Events
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