August 12 - 19, 2012

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 and Larry Unger


7:45-8:30 Breakfast
Morning contras (13 & up): Nils Fredland
Experienced English (13 & up): Joseph Pimentel
Young Leaders Course (YDL Registrants): Gaye Fifer
10:00 Refreshments
Challenging Contras (13 & up): Adina Gordon
English for All (13 & up): Joseph Pimentel
11:30-12:15 All Camp Gathering with songs, singing, games and stories
12:30-1:30 Lunch Buffet
1:00-1:30 Canoeing in the River
1:30-3:45 American Dance Musicians Course
International Dancing (13 & up): Rachel Fifer
Family Dance Band (11 and up): Barbara Greenberg, Daniel Beerbohm
Stunts & Games at Poolside (8 & up, under 7 w/parent): Sam Bartlett
Dance Community Conversations (13 & up): Joseph Pimentel
Open Calling (13 & up): Adina Gordon
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 Palyhouse
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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