August 12 - 19, 2012

Program Description

We are excited to announce a Leadership in Dance & Music for Young Adults Course concurrent with the CDSS Week at Timber Ridge. The course offers lots of opportunities for young adults to develop music and dance skills, discuss important issues, learn from staff and from each other, and make connections with other young people from elsewhere in the country. With the combination of class time and social time the course will enable participants to get know each other, share ideas and experiences, and create lasting connections, giving them the skills, confidence and resources to take on leadership roles wherever they live and wherever they go.

The program includes several components:

  • An advanced dance skills and dance leadership class, led by Gaye Fifer, will give folks a chance to take their dancing to a new level, to try new styles of dance, and to learn how individuals can (and do) build community through their leadership on the dance floor.
  • A leadership seminar, led by Adina Gordon, will provide an opportunity to work with a different member of the staff each day. Topics might include an advanced singing workshop, preparing a dance to call at Campers night, a presentation on the history of contra dance, organizing dances on college campuses, etc.

Course participants will be able to organize and perform for late night dance and music activities in collaboration with other campers and staff. Participants can choose from the full range of activities in the Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge, including contra, English, rapper, clogging, art, jamming, storytelling and singing; and, of course, swimming, napping and hanging out.

Program Directors

Gaye Fifier and Adina Godon


7:45-8:30 Breakfast
9:00-10:00 Leadership in Music & Dance for Young Adults
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
1:30-2:15 Bookstore staffed
1:30-2:30 99 & under Nap, rest, snore, dream
Nature Walk (All ages, under 8 w/parent): Leslie Jeane Millbourne Devine
Singing (13 & up, 8-12 w/parent): Mia Bertelli
Clogging (13 & up): Abby Ladin
Singing Squares Course (SDL Registrants): Nils Fredland, Ralph Sweet
American Dance Musicians Course (ADM Registrants): Eden MacAdam-Somer, Larry Unger
2:45-3:45 Leadership in Music & Dance for Young Adults
3:45 Children's snack
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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