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Program: Class Descriptions 2018

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Click on the links below for details of the 2018 classes.

 

ECD (Advanced): Impropriety

For EXPERIENCED and ACCOMPLISHED dancerss
Brooke Friendly with Roguery (Anita Anderson, Dave Bartley, Shira Kammen, and Jim Oakden)

Enjoy a challenging class focusing on the more complicated dances of Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett, from the five Impropriety Volumes as well as newer unpublished dances. Come dance to the great tunes—old and new—that have inspired the figures, phrasing, progressions, and nuances that are the signature of this duo’s work. In particular, we will look at many of their English country dances that have been inspired by Scottish figures.

This session is intended to be challenging for intermediate and experienced dancers. You'll need to have a strong sense of personal orientation and the ability to learn quickly without needing dances called after the first few times through, as well as the skills to recover well. You should also be familiar and comfortable with heys for three and four in various orientations, triple minor progression, double figure eights, and fast circular heys. These figures are our starting point and will not be taught.

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Dance Here Now

For dancers of ALL abilities
Brooke Friendly

Explore how to be flexible, creative, and present in your approach to English country dance. More than a "style" workshop, this is a chance to experiment with ways to adapt your dancing to the reality of the moment, be an excellent partner and member of a dance community, and have fun playing with great dances.

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ECD: Joanna 1

For dancers of ALL abilities
Joanna Reiner with Alchemy (Karen Axelrod, Rachel Bell, and Eric Martin)

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ECD: Joanna 2

For dancers of ALL abilities
Joanna Reiner

 

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ECD For All: Lovely and Lively

For dancers of ALL abilities
Gaye Fifer

Experience the delicious variety of moods, music and movements that English country dance can offer. We will focus on common figures and explore the many ways they have been used to good effect, while dancing some of the loveliest and liveliest dances in the classic and contemporary English country repertoire. We'll also look at techniques for understanding and improving the way we move and thus the way we express ourselves within this idiom, individually, as partners, and as a set. While accessible to newer dancers, this class will offer distinct and satisfying challenges to any lifelong learner.

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ECD Callers Workshop

Open to ALL
Joanna Reiner

 

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Waltz

For dancers of ALL abilities
Gaye Fifer

Waltzing is not only about fancy moves and twirls, but first and foremost, about connecting with the music and with your partner. We will focus on the skills and nuances of aware, timely leading and following. What we do will apply to other couple dances as well, and to life in general!

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Sword Dance

Open to ALL
Gillian Stewart

 

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Percussive Dance

Open to ALL
Gillian Stewart

 

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Social Singing

For singers of ALL abilities
Gillian Stewart

A social singing “sandwich”: we’ll sing fun chorus songs at the beginning and end of the session with ten or fifteen minutes of teaching/discussion in the middle. Topics will include: What kind of songs should I learn? How do I remember words? How do I run a successful song circle? Here's a song to learn! Gillian will have many great songs to teach/lead and you are invited to lead a song as well!

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Singing

For singers of ALL abilities

Shira Kammen

 

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Music Workshop

For musicians of ALL levels


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Music Workshop

For musicians of ALL levels

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Music Workshop

For musicians of ALL levels

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Band Workshop

For EXPERIENCED musicians
Hone your skills of English Country dance musicianship, exploring how to craft inspiring, danceable music as an ensemble. We will work in small bands to prepare music for campers' night with an emphasis on the big picture of arranging on the fly. We'll explore how to shape the energy of music over the course of a dance using dynamic range, rhythmic emphasis, and different textures and layers of instruments, and practice listening to other musicians and communicating to our bandmates through our playing. This class assumes you can play at dance tempo on your instrument and either read music or play confidently by ear.

Prerequisite: at a minimum you should be familiar enough with your instrument(s) that you can play scales of up to 3 flats and sharps, and you must be able to read music and/or be able to pick up complete melodies by ear.

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Community Organizers Workshop

Open to ALL

Gaye Fifer

Are you involved in and committed to organizing in your home dance or song community? Join Gaye to discuss and strategize about issues that affect local dances and song circles. While sharing, questioning, collaborating and connecting, we will devote time to creating solutions to “problems”, brainstorming, and practicing and giving feedback. We will create a network of support, and a toolkit of ideas, that each participant will be able to take home.

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Dance, Music, and More Grab Bag Sessions

All experience levels welcome

a variety of staff and campers

A wide range of choices through the week--something different every day! Campers will be invited to propose sessions as part of their pre-camp program questionnaire.

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Photo credits from top to bottom: English dance by Michael Siemon, longsword by Julie Grieves, music and singing by Mady Newfield

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