AUGUST 8 - 15, 2020
Take your calling to the next level!
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This Course is an intensive workshop designed for advanced-beginner through intermediate callers who are ready to get to the next level. The focus is on two important topics: teaching skills (understanding choreography and building a concise teaching vocabulary) and stage craft (improving performance presence and vocal skills, and collaborating with musicians). All of this takes place in a supportive environment designed to help participants discover their strengths and explore new ideas.
This program, held concurrently with American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods, is designed and led by Lisa Greenleaf. Lisa brings many years of experience to her callers workshops, having been on staff at camps across the country and beyond. She has designed both short and long callers courses, and she particularly enjoys observing how people learn dance moves, as well as how they build effective dance communities.
After participating in American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods program through the morning, the course takes place for a solid block in the afternoon. In the first portion, we cover such topics as teaching more advanced figures, recognizing good choreography, understanding effective walk-throughs and inspiring confidence in your dancers. This is followed by a hands-on experience called the Contra Callers Dance Party, when Course participants work with a live band and call dances from the stage. Each dance is followed by dancer critique using a safe and supportive feedback model. This last session is open to dancers from the wider camp community.
Participation is limited to 10 and before camp each student is asked to complete a preparatory assignment, which will be explained with acceptance. If the course is oversubscribed on March 16, there will be a lottery with some preference given to applicants supported by their local community. Strong indicators of that support are our Group Priority and Matching Scholarship processes, where a CDSS affiliate vouches for a participant and may offer some scholarship, asking CDSS to match that amount (www.cdss.org/support-services/insurance-group-services/priority-matching-scholarships). This is a statement by people who know the individual, that the person is deserving of assistance and would benefit the local community by attending the Course.