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Come to the BACDS English Dance and Music Week in Mendocino, California, from July 11-17, 2010
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All dancers (ECD and display) and musicians -- new and veteran -- will find a welcoming atmosphere and wonderful experiences. We invite you to join our community, and to be part of the continuing tradition of English Dance and Music Week at Mendocino!

Display dancers will enjoy a groundbreaking longsword class as well pickup dance opportunities and the Morris tour. If you are primarily interested in English country dance, you will find many stimulating dance workshops to choose from.

Music is a big part of what makes the week so special. We have a tremendous line-up of musicians offering inspiring dance music and instruction. Music workshops will help you improve your ensemble techniques, experiment with improvisational harmonies, and play inspiring backup. There’ll be many options for playing and singing together, including a daily camper band rehearsal session.

As noted on the schedule, there is almost always something to do (and relaxing in the beautiful woodlands is a viable option).

After the evening dance we gather for special entertainment or an after-hours diversion. In 2010 we will have a Pub Night, a Ceilidh dance, Balkan dancing and more. And of course there's always Campers Night: a chance for you to call and/or play for the evening dance along with your friends.

The ever-popular Back Porch Gathering has become an integral part of camp — at the outside dining area before lunch we gather for staff and camper performances, stories, and more. One afternoon we hold a High Tea — bring your white gloves and a charming hat if you wish. We also stage (and encourage you to host) occasional late-afternoon get-togethers to help us relax between the day's classes and the evening's dances.

Last year we held the Auction in the late afternoon social time — it was a huge success and more accessible to the early birds among us. Feel free to bring items to donate, dances to teach, and talents, tales, or songs to share.

We have several special opportunities this year. Bruce Hamilton will offer his popular callers' workshop. We'll have a ball featuring dance through the ages. You can learn the elegant Baroque styling done with 17th and 18th Century ECD. Both Andrew and Carol will offer classes on reconstruction and history of early ECD. This will be our last year at Mendocino, so look forward to some special events honoring our 29 years at the Woodlands. We'll unveil our plans for the new 2011 location.

For the health of all camp participants, we strongly encourage the use of nontoxic and fragrance-free products at camp. Complete information will be included in the acceptance packet.

Be sure to check your camper’s letter for more details on what to look forward to this year!


English Week 2010 is currently sold out, with a wait list.

For more information, please check with our camp manager, Loretta Guarino Reid (
or our camp registrar, Denis Thalson (510-704-9561,

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