July 21 - 28, 2012

Program Description

This English Dance Leaders Course is an intensive workshop designed for intermediate to advanced teachers who are ready to get to the next level. The focus is on two important topics: teaching skills (understanding choreography and crafting a concise teaching vocabulary) and leadership (getting, and keeping, the dancers’ attention, often through non-verbal techniques, learning how to handle mistakes or unexpected situations and collaborating with musicians). The course will build skills in teaching methods, non-verbal communication, vocal technique, using rhythm and phrasing with your instructions, programming, working with musicians and more. There will be a workshop covering these topics plus an afternoon calling practice session (open to the full camp as dancers). A central part of the course will involve observation of other leadership techniques, including both song and dance leadership, with a discussion on how to borrow these techniques for your own calling. All this with positive critiques and a supportive atmosphere!

This program, held concurrently with Harmony of Song & Dance, is designed and led by Brad Foster. Brad has been calling country dances for 40 years and has pleased dancers all over the U.S. and in Europe with his clear teaching and enthusiastic presentation of a great variety of dances. One of Brad’s primary goals is sharing the joy of country dancing; this course will help you find ways to share that joy with your dancers.

The course includes two afternoon periods with Brad: one a workshop on leadership and the other a time to practice calling. Musicians Anna Patton and Karen Axelrod will play for one or both classes, schedule permitting. These afternoon sessions are designed to allow for plenty of opportunity for callers to practice new skills. Each caller will be encouraged to design a personal project/goal to accomplish by week's end. In addition, all students are expected to take the morning All Camp Choral and one of the Dance Classes in order to observe different leadership styles.

Program Director

Brad Foster


7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
8:45-9:00 Vocal Warm-ups
All-Camp Chorale: Singing Staff
Dance Classes
11:30-12:25 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
Singing on the Porch: David Jones
Community Chorale: Mary Cay Brass
Harmony by Ear: Suzannah Park
Traditional Song Arranging: Keith Murphy
The Transcendental Old-Time Slow Jam: Stefan Amidon
Pinewoods HSD Dance Band: Becky Tracy
Morris Dance: Gillian Stewart
3:15-4:15 English Dance Leaders Course: Workshop
4:15-4:45 Tea
4:45-5:45 English Dance Leaders Course: Calling Practice
5:45-6:25 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
6:30 Dinner
8:00 Staff Concert
9:15 Evening Dance Party
11:00 Late Night Activities
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