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BACDS's Annual Monte Toyon Spring Weekend Dance Camp March 13th to 15th 2009

Location Registration is NOW OPEN! FAQs   Fragrance Free!  Contact Us! What is Contra Dance? Workshop Schedule & Descriptions Work-Trade Spaces are Available!
TWO SIMULTANEOUS dances each night! ONE All-English! & ONE All-American!

Bob Isaacs

Jenny Beer

The Guppies

Linda Leslie

The Raggedy Annes

The Rhythm Rollers

16 hours of Contras! 

12 hours of English Country! 

Swing Dancing!

Workshops for callers, musicians, & dancers! 

Stay on-site with the community!

After Hours Singing, Dancing, & Music!

Lodging and meals included!

Carlo Calabi

Monte Toyon Camp

Potluck snacks!



Gender Balance
+/- 15%

All skill levels welcome! 

3 Dizzy Days in the California Redwoods! 
Friendly, Open People!

Waltz! Hambo! 
Square Dancing!


Linda Leslie lives in New Bedford , Massachusetts , on the coast of Massachusetts , and calls all over New England . She is a frequent caller at the Cambridge VFW weekly dance (now temporarily in Concord, Mass), Monday and Saturday dances in Concord, on Cape Cod , Jamaica Plain, Rehoboth, Greenfield, and other Massachusetts dances, as well as all over New England. She has also called in New York , New Jersey , Washington , DC , Pennsylvania , Maryland , Michigan , Louisiana , Washington state, Alaska , and California . She counts NEFFA, DEFF, NOMAD, Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Snow Ball, and EISTEDFODD among her festival appearances. Among her dance camp experiences are Dance Awakenings near San Francisco, Star Hampshire, Dancing Bears in Alaska, Ralph Page Legacy Week-end, Pinewoods American Week, CDS July 4th Weekend at Pinewoods, Slugs at Sunrise in Seattle, Washington; Fiddling Frog in the Los Angeles area, Pine Woods First Week-end and Labor Day Weekends, Ann Arbor Dawn Dance, and the Silkeborg Convention in Silkeborg, Denmark, as well as the Tommerup Festival, also in Denmark. She was the featured Contra dance Caller at the Lavender Country Folk Dance camps in l996, 1997, 2001, 2003, and 2007.

Linda 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.

She 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.

Linda 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 organized in New Bedford . She has continued to be an enthusiastic member of the dancing/calling community since that time. 

jebportrait08.jpgJenny 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 New Brunswick , NJ has since been active calling regularly around the Northeast and occasionally at weekends and camps across the country.  His most recent appearances in California 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.

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.



Raggedy Annes

Charlie Hancock, Anne Goess, Andy Eggleston 

San Francisco Bay Area

Rhythm Rollers

W.B. Reid, Cathie Whitesides, Bob McQuillen, Laurie Andres 

Seattle, WA and Peterborough, NH


Craig Johnson

Kathrine Gardner

Jim Oakden
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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