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Come to the BACDS English Dance and Music Week in Mendocino, California, from July 11-19, 2009
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Schedule and Class Descriptions

Camp Gathering

The daily schedule is jam-packed with many opportunities to dance, sing, play music, take workshops and party. Whether you’re night owl or an early morning riser (or don’t need much sleep), there is generally an organized event or opportunity for an impromptu gathering all day long and into the wee hours (see camp culture for more info).

You may choose to attend a class every period and participate in all extra events. Or you may prefer to take time off to visit with friends, rest, read a book from the paperback library, walk in the woods, or peruse the well-stocked bookstore and clothing boutique.

Either way, take this opportunity to try something new!

Dance course descriptions are below. See the Music page for descriptions of the music classes.

Class Schedule
(some minor adjustments may be made before camp begins)


Main Dance Hall

Camp House

Dining Hall

Other Space

7:45-8:45 am





Judy Rose Dornbush

Matthew Duveneck

Callers' Forum
Brad Foster

Ensemble Playing
Dave Bartley


ECD: Pleasures of Terpsichore—Dancing with Style
Philippe Callens

Border Morris
Julie James

Playing Harmony
Daron Douglas








Survey of
20th Century ECD

Brad Foster
Cotswold Morris
Matthew Duveneck
Camper Band
Larry Unger



ECD: Forgotten Treasures: 17th/18th Centuries
Philippe Callens

Morris Jigs
Julie James

Backup for Nonmelody Players
Anita Anderson

Playing Melody
Eden MacAdam-Somer





Art Is Happening
Judy Rose Dornbush


ECD: Brad's Favorites
Brad Foster

Notation and Reconstruction of ECD
Philippe Callens

Tune Writing
Larry Unger





Social Hour

6:30pm     Dinner



Couple Dancing  



Evening Dance


10:30pm on


Late night parties



Waltz  A workshop in waltz from the basics. This class will explore a variety of waltz patterns and techniques including honkey-tonk waltz and cross-step waltz. Particular emphasis will be on partnering skills, good leading and following. All levels welcome. Leather or suede soles helpful. All levels welcome.

Callers’ Forum  Each day we will focus on a different aspect of the art of calling, including a review of basic principles, nonverbal communication, appropriate terminology and delivery, writing your own dance notes, and dealing with problems. Each day will also include opportunities for practice calling and constructive critiques.

ECD: Pleasures of Terpsichore—Dancing with Style  Forget about the patterns, the geometry, the dances and let¹s look at English country dancing from a dancing point of view. Be ready to try things in a way you may never have before and, encouraged by the Greek muse of the dance, delight in its beauty. A class that will build from day to day and will focus on the stylistic and technical elements of dancing.

Border Morris is an exciting, vigorous dance form that mainly requires stamina, plus a degree of bravery in order to comfortably dance across the set from another person wielding a very large stick. With little in the way of written history, border is free to experiment and interpret within the framework of tradition, and many extraordinary dances have been written in the past few decades. We’ll begin with some of the old traditional dances, then move on to some of the best of the modern dances.

Cotswold Morris Morris dances are folk dances from the British Isles that have traditions both old and new. To some people, the dances are considered to be “ritual” dances with connection to early ceremonies. To most modern morris dancers, the dances are a fun way to bring exercise, and community together with music. This class will focus on Bledington stick dances from the Cotswold region of England. We will focus on making a set feel like a team through connecting and awareness but most of all having a good time! All levels welcome! Bring bells if you¹ve got them! Bring sneakers to dance in.

ECD: Survey of 20th Century ECD  From Cecil Sharp, through the era of Pat Shaw, to modern composers like Gary Roodman, Colin Hume, Fried Herman and more, this class will cover the dance repertoire from the earliest days of the 20th century revival up to the present, including some historical and modern set dances, plus historical background of the people who created the dances.

ECD: Forgotten Treasures: 17th/18th Centuries  A varied selection from dances published between 1650 and 1800, none of them belonging to the programme of old classics. Chosen for their interesting patterns and great tunes, you will have a chance to learn dances reconstructed by people such as Pat Shaw, Tom Cook, Andrew Shaw and Philippe himself.

Cotswold Morris Jigs are dances performed by from one to three dancers, emphasizing solo abilities and strengths with a fun, competitive feel. Experienced morris dancers, and other enthusiastic, confident dancers, will learn a range of jigs and jig styles—perfect for providing variety and rounding out a team’s repertoire, for stretching ones own ability and experience, and for increasing the opportunities for dance.

Art Is Happening Create unique stationery: greeting, gift and post cards. Design and, using a printing press, print a small edition; play with paper marbling techniques (punctuated by a few oohs and ahs); and, sketch one-of-a-kind "wish you were here" postcards en plein air.

ECD: Brad's Favorites  This workshop is about the joy of dance, moving to music and dance patterns that are generally well known and loved (or should be!). The focus will be on modern compositions, along with a few classics for variety. Think less, dance more, and enjoy the favorites. Suggestions are always welcome.

Alive Again! Bringing New Life to Old English Dances  This class will look at the reconstruction of country dances, both English and continental European, from the 17th and 18th centuries. Philippe will share his research and techniques for making old dances come alive. Each day we will have a look at a dance from a different period using the original notation. This is a mostly sit down, talk, discuss, and try out class.

List of dances taught by staff in prior years

Interested in seeing what dances we danced at the 2003 camp? Check here for that list.
Interested in seeing what dances we danced at the 2004 camp? Check here for that list.
Interested in seeing what dances we danced at the 2005 camp? Check here for that list.
How about the dances we danced in 2006?

Registration is open!

For more information, please check with our camp manager, Tom Colton (510-528-7953,
or our camp registrar, Denis Thalson (510-704-9561,

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