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BACDS's Annual Monte Toyon Spring Weekend Dance Camp March 13th to 15th 2009
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|TWO SIMULTANEOUS dances each night! ONE All-English! & ONE All-American!|
16 hours of Contras!
12 hours of English Country!
Workshops for callers, musicians, & dancers!
Stay on-site with the community!
After Hours Singing, Dancing, & Music!
Lodging and meals included!
Monte Toyon Camp
All skill levels welcome!
Days in the California Redwoods!
is known for her resonant voice, clear teaching, and most especially for her
enthusiasm! She is particularly skilled at guiding and encouraging
beginners--offering programs that stimulate participation and feelings of
success. She is comfortable working with all levels, and mixed levels. She has
even called for wheel-chair bound elders! Her workshops have included
programming ideas for callers, gender role-free, both beginner and advanced
levels, the Zen of Contra, odd formation contras,
beginner contra sessions, Becket formation, challenging contras,
triplet contras, beginner waltz and schottishe. She has called for many groups
at weddings, anniversaries, schools, religious groups, reenactment camps,
conservation groups, and other celebrations. She spends a great deal of time
planning her programs, so that they are as varied and interesting as possible,
and to stress the inclusive nature of the tradition. She is happy to work with
all types of bands, and emphasizes that her goals for the dancers are to
provide an experience that emphasizes success, encourages a sense of community
with the other dancers, and an appreciation for our rich musical heritage, as
well as the artistry of our musicians.
is now sharing her energy with NEFFA, the New England Folk Festival
Association as Chair of the Program Committee. This means dedicating many
hours to volunteer work, assuring that the Festival has a varied and exciting
Program of dance, song, and music, from beginner to more advanced levels of
participation and enjoyment.
started calling about 18 years ago at the encouragement of Amy (Richardson)
Larkin, Kerry Elkin, and Ruth Richards, fine local musicians--and to be ready
in case disaster struck and a caller did not show for the local dance that she
Jenny Beer dances and calls in Philadelphia. She has been twirling and turning ever since 1973, including 7 lovely years in the Bay Area. She teaches English Country Dance regularly, Scottish Country Dance occasionally, and leads community dances. She taught contra & ECD at Swarthmore College for many years, and in contrast, a group for elderly dancers. Her workshops emphasize learning by *dancing*, dancing with whole body, mind, and heart. Jenny plays piano and recorder for English and Scottish Country dancing, and uses that knowledge to make her dance sessions a richer experience for the dancers and more fun for the musicians, too. A particular passion is giving new callers and musicians a foothold (and at times a hand-hold too) to increase the variety and quality of our community dances. She also enjoys creating new dances from time to time.
Bob Isaacs was introduced to country dancing in 1994 and was immediately attracted to its social and physical benefits. He started calling in 1999, and from his home base in
has since been active calling regularly around the Northeast and occasionally at weekends and camps across the country. His most recent appearances in New Brunswick, NJ were in 2007, where he was on staff at the BACDS American Week in Menodcino. He is known for clear, enthusiastic teaching, and the ability to adapt the teaching and dance selections to audiences of all levels. California
Bob is also one of the most prolific and respected choreographers writing contras and squares today. Some of his more well-known dances include The Cure for the Claps, Turning in Turn, United We Dance, Donít Be Scared of Your Shadow, and You're Among Friends. He is one of the few writers to explore contra/square hybrids such as grid squares and zias, which continue to fascinate experienced dancers. A book with over 200 of his dances, Momentum Contras, is expected to be published later in 2009. He is also committed to continuing the calling tradition, and in addition to one-on-one mentoring, regularly runs workshops for new callers on calling and choreography.
Charlie Hancock, Anne Goess, Andy Eggleston
San Francisco Bay Area
W.B. Reid, Cathie Whitesides, Bob McQuillen, Laurie Andres
Seattle, WA and Peterborough, NH
The Guppies - SF Bay Area
Charlie Fenton, Programmer, San Francisco Bay Area Robin Cohen, Camp Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Jim Strope, Web Guy, San Francisco Bay Area. Marty Brenneis, Sound Reinforcement, San Francisco Bay Area
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