Enjoy full days of dance, music, and other classes in a beautiful setting, with opportunities for rest and relaxation, spontaneous singing, jam sessions, lots of laughter, conversation and congenial camaraderie.
There’s non-stop dancing for dancers and wall-to-wall music workshops for musicians, all day and every night. Spend all day dancing, or spend all day in intimate small and personal sessions with world-class dance musicians. Or split your time and do both!
Tentative Daily Schedule (subject to change)
Start the day floating with Waltzes Before Breakfast with The Avant Gardeners and friends (check out our waltz music CD from last year!). Contra and Square Dance morning, afternoon, and night with callers Carol Ormand and Nils Fredland.
Contra Connections with Carol: Learn to find opportunities for satisfying connections in a fine selection of delicious dances. Hot Squares and Cool Contras: Dances you’ll love, with interesting figures and smooth transitions.
Contra Style with Nils: Getting there is (more than) half the fun! Well-deserved attention to the unsung hero of any stellar contra dance composition: the transition. Singing (and Swinging) Squares: Nils's favorite squares, with a healthy dose of singing calls, as well as traditional figures from the North, South, and West, and modern compositions that capture the contra dance aesthetic. Squares rock!
Improve Your Dance Calling with Nils: A class geared for callers of all abilities, from novice to seasoned veteran. A week of skill building — the technical aspects of calling and the intangible elements that make a great caller.
Dance Choreography with Carol: discuss the ins and outs of dance composition and try your hand at it in a supportive, collaborative atmosphere. Each day we’ll tackle a different aspect of the puzzle. Everyone is welcome.
Couple Dancing with Erik Erhardt and Lori Pimentel: waltz sessions focus on transitions between various formations, and special sessions on the hambo, polka, and schottische.
Stretch and Flex with Certified Yoga Instructor Laura Light in the yurt. Bring your yoga mats!
Make baskets and other Traditional Crafts with Lea Smith. Bring out your artistic nature!
Before lunch, share your hidden talents: sing, dance, play, or recite for the entertainment of your fellow camper community during our Round Up gathering at the amphitheatre.
Savor the fragrant Potpourri, class time designed for one-day workshops including: Waltz Swap with Erik • The Art of Sound with Marty Brenneis • Continuous Contra Medley with Eric Black • suggest your own session!
Each evening join the entire camp community for dancing with music and calling by our stellar staff. Or if you'd rather rest your feet, join in the nightly staff-driven music sessions. And if your wardrobe needs enhancing, browse through The Grand Marché Clothing Boutique for unique items to match your unique character.
After the evening dance, party into the night at The Perkins Roadhouse, where the entire camp gathers for snacks, more music, dancing, crafting, games and late-night activities together in one room to enjoy the variety of camper contributions and interplay that makes our dance community so special.