July 28 - August 4, 2012

Program Description

We hope you can join us this summer for a magical week enjoying family and friends through the enduring pastimes of traditional music, dance and storytelling. We have pulled together a truly outstanding staff of musicians, dance callers, song leaders and storytellers.

Along with our traditional offering of contras, squares and English country dance, there will be morris and rapper. We will also have a daily class that will feature a variety of other dance styles -- a taste of Irish sets, French bourees and other gems. If you play an instrument, you can join the community band class and play for the community dances each evening. There is an art class after lunch for those who are creatively inclined or simply want to relax and socialize. At the close of each day, we will all gather under the venerable white pine to hear stories, some with a French twist and some with the twist of a string!

Singers will be delighted to find a wide variety of singing traditions. Sing classic shape note hymns after lunch. Bring a song or request a favorite for the afternoon song swap. Join the harmony singing class to learn traditional songs from the Balkans and other lands, as well as American spirituals and newly composed shape note hymns. Morning and Evening Gatherings will ring with the singing of old favorites and new treasures.

Ogontz Camp is the perfect setting for all of this joyous fun and community building, meeting the diverse needs of a large family dance community. It offers woodlands and wide open spaces where children can play, a mountain stream for exploring and a pristine lake (with no motor boats) hosting a family of loons - perfect for swimming and canoeing. Whether you are having supper on the outdoor dining deck or simply relaxing in the circle of Adirondack chairs under the old white pine, you will enjoy peace and contentment as you take in the beauty of this piece of heaven in the foothills of the White Mountains. Delicious home cooked meals and fresh baked breads will nurture your body and soul, fueling you through an unforgettable week.

Please come help us celebrate the joy of traditional music, dance and story! Come to Ogontz!

-- Robin & Andy Davis, Program Co-directors


Andy Davis, Program Director
Robin Davis, Program Director
Karen Axelrod
Mary Cay Brass
David Cantieni
Daron Douglas
Brad Foster
Anne Glover
Susan Kevra
Jane Miller
Ann Percival
Sarah Pilzer
Peter Siegel
Kari Smith
Becky Tracy
Bettie Zakon-Anderson


7:45-8:30 Breakfast
kids can be dropped off at their class at 8:55
9:00 Adult Classes
kids will stay at their class locations
10:05 Adult Classes
11:15-12:00 Morning Gathering: songs, dances, show & tell
12:00-12:30 Bookstore staffed
12:30-1:00 Buffet Lunch Served
1:00-1:30 Bookstore staffed
Mixed-age Classes
2:35-4:35 2-Hour Swim Block All ages, 9 & under/parent
Mixed-age Classes
3:35-3:45 Afternoon Snack
3:35-4:45 Bookstore staffed
Mixed-age Classes
Teachers Seminar: Jane Miller
Stories at the Green Chairs: Anne Glover
5:50 Dinner
7:15 Community Dance
7:45-8:30 Evening Gathering: Andy Davis and friends
8:15 Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger
8:30-10:45 Evening Dance Party
9:30 Bedtime for 10-12 year olds
11:00 After-dance Activities
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