Family Camp 2019 Staff Bios / Websites

Andy Wilson

Angela Lloyd

Ben Klocek

Bethany Ewers

Craig Blackstone

Craig Johnson

David Brown

David James

David Newitt

Erik Hoffman

Jim Oakden

Julie James

Kathrine Gardner

Lorraine Kostka

Mary Hill

Nick Cuccia

Rhonda Cayford

Rodney Miller

sTan Fowler

Susan Michaels

Susan Worland

Andy Wilson teaching stilting

Andy Wilson teaching stilting

Andy Wilson returns to teach stilting this year. He is patient and competent and will help you guide your child on those first very tall steps. He excels in making other people better–he’s often run our family camp sound board. Soon your child will be proudly walking tall!

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One of the unique performers on the national storytelling circuit today, Angela Lloyd was featured at the 25th (1997) and 31st (2003) National Storytelling Festival, in Jonesborough, Tennessee and regularly appears at regional festivals and theatres across the country. A virtuosa on Washboard, Angela’s performances are a whimsical braid of poetry, story and song played on Autoharp, Tenor Guitar, Spoon and Bell. The stories are selected from a variety of sources including traditional world folktales, the oral tradition, original works based on personal experience and the best in children’s literature, i.e. (Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories, the poetry of A. A. Milne, Naomi Shihab Nye). The songs are drawn from her childhood, contemporary singer/songwriters, folk songs, along with her original musical compositions based on the poetry of e.e. cummings, A. A. Milne, and Pablo Neruda.
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ben_klocekBen Klocek is looking forward to sharing his love of nature, craft, and music with the BACDS Summer Camp. A woodwork teacher by day, a music maker anytime, and a sometime juggler, Ben can usually be found making something in his shop at Sebastopol Charter School or wandering somewhere in nature with his kids wondering at its splendid mysteries.

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Bethany Ewers is a birth doula, herbalist, and Waldorf style educator. She currently helps run a Waldorf based homeschool co-op in Huntington Beach with children from 3-8 years old and manages her small urban homestead of chickens, bees, herbs, and angora rabbits. When she isn’t telling stories and finger plays with her children she can be found running wild and spinning yarn, potting clay, and other crafty madness.
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Craig Johnson playing accordion at Hyde Street Pier

Craig Johnson has been to almost every Family Week, and has also played piano and accordion for dancers since 1982. He plays with Bangers and Mash at SF’s Dickens Fair, the Dogwatch Nautical Band, and is a regular musician for San Francisco’s longsword team, Ring of Cold Steel.
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Craig_blackstone2017Craig Blackstone has been active in the international dance community of the Bay Area for over 30 years. A past president of the Folk Dance Federation of California, for more than 15 years Craig has been the principal teacher for Changs International Folk Dancers in San Francisco. He also regularly serves as a guest teacher at San Francisco City College, and was a member of the college’s folk dance performance team for twenty years. In addition, he has presented dances at the San Francisco Free Folk Festival, the San Francisco Blossom Festival, and at many other folk dance clubs, festivals and other events. Craig lives in Pacifica with his wife Cindy.
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David Brown with his guitar.

David Brown with his guitar.

David Brown (CA) is a versatile instrumentalist, playing banjo, guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. He’s been at the heart of the Bay Area old-time music community for over 30 years, and also has a deep love for Quebecois, English country dance (Playford Clawhammer, anyone?), string ragtime, and many other types of music. David is in the band “Uncle Dave” with Kathrine Gardner and Dave Courchaine.

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David James playing fiddle for Morris dancing

David James, this year’s programmer, has spent time in western swing bands, symphony orchestras, pop/rock bands and ECD/contra dance bands. He’s the musician for Wild Wood Morris (Border) and Rising Phoenix Morris (Cotswold), and a member of the ECD/contra dance band Whirled Peas.  David has spent the last 20+ years as a kindergarten through 6th grade classroom music teacher in southern California public schools.

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David Newitt

David Newitt

David Newitt arrived at Swarthmore College in 1976 and was shocked and dismayed to discover a two year physical education requirement. Faced with the alternatives of football and “folk and square dancing” the choice was clear, and he has been dancing ever since. International folk dancing, English and Scottish Country Dancing, Morris and sword teams, contra dancing…all are wonderful community activities, and sharing them has been his passion for 40 years. David is greatly looking forward to a return to Family Camp after being absent for way too many years.
Along with his fiddling wife Heather MacKay, David also loves playing music for English and Scottish dancing. They are founding members of The Humuhumunukunuku Apua’a and Strathspey Society Band – the world’s finest Hawaiian-themed Scottish and English Country Dance band.
When not dancing David studies pictures of people’s insides, doing research on MRI, specializing in body parts that start with “b”.
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What fun is he planning?

Erik Hoffman, master of fun and games

Erik Hoffman started calling in 1984, became the house caller in San Luis Obispo and a core caller in Santa Barbara in 1986. He has called from coast to coast, as well as in England, Denmark, France, and Italy. He is known for his teaching skills, contra and square dance choreographies, and musical compositions. Erik makes his living by teaching violin, guitar, mandolin, and more, as well as calling the public and private dance events.
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Jim with horn

Jim playing some ridiculous instrument

Jim Oakden went to college on a music scholarship, but ended up in grad school as a marine biologist. However, he continued to avidly pursue music, first via Early Music, and then as a dance musician. He continues to perform with many bands, including the Whoots, Roguery and Persons of Quality, in a host of genres on an absurd array of instruments. He is very dedicated to passing on his knowledge at symposia, workshops, and dance and music camps from the East Coast (Pinewoods, etc) to Fairbanks, Alaska, to Santiago de Compostela, Spain—and many places in between. He runs community bands, camp bands, does individual and small group instruction, and has been an instructor at Lark Camp for many years. Plus, he loves to dance, in many different styles.

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Julie James, morris dancer

Julie James, morris dancer

Julie James was an international folk dancer in her youth. She later found English country dance, then morris, and never looked back. In 2000 Julie formed Wild Wood Border Morris, where she focuses on teaching complex, fun dances with an emphasis on both precision and exuberance.
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Kathrine Gardner has delighted contra, square, and English dancers with her fiddle and piano playing since the mid-80s. She flirts with the banjo and accordion and likes to sing Broadway musicals and parodies.

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Lorraine Kostka has been hosting tie-dye events for adults and children in the south bay for the past eight years. In addition to tie-dye, Lorraine would love to share workshops in batik (with low melt soy wax, which washes out with soap) and heliographic fabric dye (sun-printing). Having hosted tie-dye events, Lorraine is familiar with the logistics of walking a group of up to 40 people through a tie-dye project within 30-60 minutes. A mother of four kids, Lorraine has worked in her children’s preschool for the past eight years. Lorraine likes working with kids and looks forward to sharing fabric Back to top

Mary being wonderfully rediculous.

Mary at PEERS 2019 12th Night Ball

Mary Hill was practically raised by the Bay Area folk music and contra dance communities. She has attended Family Camp on and off since she was five years old, and is exceedingly grateful (and a bit mind boggled) to be coming back to camp as a staff member! She has been singing her entire life, and has actually gotten a few years of proper instruction on the subject (As well as a BA and AA in Theatre Arts). As of 2018 she is now a singer in the Victoria & Albert Music Hall at the Dickens Fair, where she has performed for over thirteen years. She is also on the board of the San Francisco Folk Music Club, was on the board of BACDS for two years, and is founding member of Yes M’am!, a three woman mostly-acapella group. For more information, please visit her website (maryhill.weebly.com) or Yes M’am!’s: yesmamsings.weebly.com

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Nick Cuccia makes everyone sound good.

Nick Cuccia makes everyone sound good.

Nick Cuccia brings his sound expertise once again to Family Week. Nick strives to enhance the dancing experience by providing sound that is both clear and enjoyable. Nick has been sound engineer for BACDS’ Family Week, English Week, Fall Frolick/Fall Weekend, Playford Ball, and Fall Ball, as well as NBCDS’s Mad Robin Ball. Nick also leads and teaches contra, English and barn dances throughout northern and central California.
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Rhonda teaches long sword dance

Rhonda teaches long sword dance

Rhonda Cayford Of all the styles of dance that Rhonda has done, Rapper has always been her passion. The fast movement creates an energy that is exciting to be part of, and the ways one can be twisted and untwisted while connected by swords is captivating. She is the founder of a new womens’ rapper team called Twisted Sisters, and was a founding member, along with her husband Randall, of Swords of Gridlock. She will do any type of dance, which has included Longsword, Rapper, Morris, English Clog, Cape Breton step, Cajun, contra, English … to name a few.
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Rodney Miller was designated a “Master Fiddler” in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts. He is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling, a uniquely American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. Over the past 35 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals, and recorded over ten fiddle albums.
In 1999, Rodney represented the state of New Hampshire, playing traditional fiddle music at the Smithsonian Folklife RODNEY MILLER PROMO PHOTOFestival in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” performed live with the Twyla Tharp Modern Dance Company, performed at the Lincoln Center in New York, and was recorded on the album Songs and Sounds of the Sea for the National Geographic Society.
Rodney’s most recent recording (2019), Stringrays, Ticket to Nowhere, was released early this year and is album number two from world-renowned contradance band. Rodney is also a member of the Rhythm Raptors and the Backwater Boys (based in Ca.)
Rodney Miller was pleased to announce his appointment by then NH Gov. Hassan and the Executive Council as the ‘Artist Laureate of NH’, effective Mar. 2014 through Mar. 2016.
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Stan Fowler in top hat

Stan Fowler

sTan Fowler “Dance Ranger” will be our camp safety officer this year and will also supervise the ropes course (new for Fam Week). He’s a strong advocate of prevention, and an hitch in the US Coast Guard plus thirty years with the National Park Service has given him practice dealing with everything from bandaid-sized boo-boos to lifesaving emergencies. Having been on the staff of over 150 Music, Dance and Family weeks and week ends, and also attended somewhere north of 6,000 dances , he is not surprised anymore by anything that happens at camp. This years rope course fits in well with my history of tree, rock, and ice climbing over the years and running the rigging of the Pride of Baltimore II. Ropes and knots are my friends.
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Susan Michaels, mistress of fun

Susan Michaels, Family Round-up fun-maker

Susan Michaels is a teacher and a caller of traditional American dancing, especially contra dancing and square dancing. Susan has called and taught dances for 25 years at local evenings, dance weekends, and week-long adult and family camps throughout the U.S. and Canada. She’s also delighted everyone with her skill as a family gathering emcee. Her “calling” in life, she believes, is to teach people how to hold hands in a circle and have fun! More info

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Susan Worland, fiddler

Susan Worland, fiddler

Susan Worland is looking forward to her fourth time at the delightful BACDS summer camp. She will be coaching fiddling for kids of all ages, giving beginning lessons to anyone considering starting to play the violin, playing for the Scottish dance class in the afternoon, and just generally enjoying the company of other dancers and musicians.
In her “real” life Susan teaches violin at Starland Music in Alameda, and is one third of the Scottish dance group “Red Thistle Music,” with her husband Michael Bentley (bodhran) and pianist Lyle Ramshaw. A versatile musician, she also plays in the Santa Cruz Symphony and has recently joined a Bulgarian band, Meraklii.
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