August 11 - 18, 2019
Started in 2016, Dance Music & Spice at Camp Cavell is CDSS’s newest concept for summer dance camp programs. It includes the traditional folk music, dance, and song activities familiar to CDSS members and its camp participants, but encompasses a broader range of folk traditions and related activities. The intention is to serve a broader constituency in the folk community with the emphasis still being on the values that we, as dancers, musicians, and singers, hold so dear.
This week is host to Contra Dance Callers Course, an intensive, 2 period Course, led by Will Mentor, that requires pre-application and acceptance.
Spice is Nice because…
Some who come to camp bring a friend, partner, or spouse who doesn’t dance, sing, or play music as much as they do. Spice programming offers a parallel track of activities that allows everyone to be firmly engaged in the camp community. Some are not able or do not want to dance all day and into the night, but would like to engage in other activities and learning experiences for part of the day, while remaining involved in traditional dance, music, and song activities.
Join us at Camp Cavell, on the shores of Lake Huron, for a week of dancing, music, singing, art, outdoor activities, and more, led by world-class instructors! Hone your skills, learn new ones, or just revel in the opportunity to do things you love with like-minded people.
From quiet sunrise to late-night campfires, expect to be delighted. Come prepared to expand your horizons and to be amazed by the creativity and talent of staff and campers alike. We welcome newcomers, experts and everyone in between. Join us for an unforgettable week of friendship and joy at CDSS’ newest week.
Extraordinary Staff, Fabulous Program
Our staff leads the way in expanding horizons… They dance! They call! They teach! They play! They sing! They have hidden talents! And they're fun to hang out with, too!
Will, Susan, and Gaye will delight you with a lovely mix of contras, squares, English dances, and waltzing. Turnip the Beet (Kelsey & Jeremy), Adam & Jaige, and Alchemy (Rachel, Karen, and Eric) will conjure glorious melodies, rich harmonies and lively improvisations to send us into dance ecstasy. In addition to dancing to them, you'll have opportunities during the day to join our staff in making music, with band and singing classes and a daily old-time jam. Alex Cumming will teach Border Morris, lead singing and engage us all in a daily gathering.
We know that dance role terminology has evolved many times over past decades and this process is natural! At camp this week, we plan to use both Larks & Ravens and Ladies & Gents -- we'll use Larks & Ravens during one contra dance class per day with the option to use those terms more if desired. We are using this particular terminology because it is more inclusive of the gender spectrum and empowers dancers to explore their role preferences. We welcome questions, constructive feedback and open-minded discussion, because having safe spaces to ask questions is important!
The “spice” component of our camp is an exciting and novel addition to the programming. If you’d like to take a break from dance and music for a bit, or even spend your entire day doing other things, we have plenty of offerings, indoors and out. This year’s outdoor activities feature two class periods in the morning with staff from Camp Cavell (kayaking, tree climbing, etc.), as well as Edible Plant Identification, Moth-style storytelling, and Art Projects of the Day!
As if that’s not enough, every day will feature an assortment of camper-led sessions. We don’t know what these will be yet, because you haven’t told us. What would you like to add to the mix?
The sunrises and moonrises over Lake Huron have to be seen to be believed – and you can see them from the dance hall. The beauty of this camp is absolutely breathtaking. Camp community is focused on the here and now - The rustic camp surroundings emphasize the opportunity to take a break from daily habits, intrusions and responsibilities, replacing those with direct person to person exchanges in real time. Cell phones and email are at least hidden if not abandoned, and energy is, instead, focused on being part of, and supporting, this community.
Come Join Us
The staff is just the foundation of this camp; you're the ones who make it happen! The only prerequisite is a willingness to join in the fun in whatever way is most authentic for you. Camp is both a great place to renew friendships and to learn new skills. New folks are encouraged to jump right in--- this inclusive community is excited to embrace you. The bottom line: catch up on your sleep before you come to camp and bring your most open mind! See you on the shores of Lake Huron…
~ Gaye and Rachel Fifer, Program Directors
This is an adult program. We can accept people as young as 13; anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. We expect any minors to be fully involved in the programming.