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Family Camp 2020 Staff Bios / Websites

Adrianna Ciccone – fiddle, step dance

Andy Wilson – stilt walking

Anne Bingham Goess – singing, fiddle

Audrey Knuth – fiddle

Ben Klocek – nature crafts

Bethany Ewers – Waldorf-inspired preschool

Claire Takemori – Family Dance

Craig Johnson – accordion, piano

David Brown – fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin

David James – fiddle, guitar, mandolin

David Newitt – English country dance

Donald Dubuc – French Canadian dance, storyteller

Erik Hoffman – guitar, fiddle, family dance

Jeff Spero – piano

Julie James – Morris dance, MC

Kelsey Hartman – Contradance, improv dance

Lorraine Kostka – handcrafts

Nick Cuccia – sound

Rhonda Cayford – rapper

sTan Fowler – ropes course, safety officer

Few young Canadian fiddlers today can show off the breadth and range of North American fiddling like Adrianna Ciccone. With a “distinctive stamp and swing that is both rooted and infectious”, she crosses back and forth across the continent with ease. She showcases Cape Breton reels, crooked French-Canadian brandys, the rollicking rhythms of Ottawa Valley stepdancing tunes, and Southern Appalachian stringband tunes, also incorporating Irish and Métis influences. Raised in the Ottawa Valley fiddle tradition and greatly inspired by Québécois fiddling, Adrianna Ciccone cut her teeth at fiddle camps across Ontario and Canada, won many awards in national and international fiddle competitions, and graduated from Berklee College of Music. She is also an award winning stepdancer. Her debut album, The Back of Winter, produced by fiddling legend Bruce Molsky, won her “Instrumental Artist of the Year” at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards. She currently teaches a boisterous studio of fiddlers, violinists & pianists in and around Oakland, California. More info

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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Anne playing at Fairyland in Oakland

Anne Bingham Goess is excited to be back at Family Week as a fiddler and song leader. She plays regularly for Irish, English Country and Contra dancing around the Bay Area (with Raven Hill and the Raggedy Annes, among other bands), and performs with Erica and Friends (fresh from the KVMR Celtic Festival and a KALW radio spot.) In December of every year she dons some kind of wonderful flowing costume for the Christmas Revels, where she assists in the music direction and tries not to trip over her skirt. The rest of the year she leads the singers of the Revels Solstice Ensemble at various seasonal and promotional performances, where the skirts get shorter but the head wreaths considerably larger.

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Audrey having fun at American Week

Audrey Knuth was raised in Honolulu and moved to Boston in 2008 to attend Berklee College of Music and explore the thriving New England folk scene. After graduating, Audrey made a name for herself as a dance fiddler specializing in New England, Celtic and Old Time tunes. She has spent the last 5 years traveling full-time throughout the US and Europe with her bands Wake Up Robin, The Gaslight Tinkers and her duo with Larry Unger. Now based in Oakland, Audrey is expanding her repertoire and thoroughly enjoying the music life the Bay has to offer.

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Ben 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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Claire Takemori is passionate about sharing dance and music! It brings her no greater joy than to help people discover they can dance. She has been dancing her whole life. She studied ballet since she was 3 years old and was a competitive gymnast until high school. She performed in Black Repertoire Dance Company while studying at UC Davis. She also performed with Savage Jazz Dance Company in Oakland. She has called family or contra dances from Haiku, Maui to Plymouth, Massachusetts. She also enjoys calling Square dances, English Country, Ceilidh party dances, and teaching couples dances. She organizes the South Bay Contra dance and the Teen Contra dances. She is learning to play violin (and also play some ukulele, piano, and flute). She enjoys dance & music weekends/camps. She also enjoys growing food & medicinal plants, singing, sewing, crafting. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, her son, & their 2 rescue, part-Maine coon cats.

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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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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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Donald Dubuc is a French Canadian dance caller and Storyteller.
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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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At his piano

Jeffrey Spero has been playing piano and singing since he was five years old. At a young age he discovered an affinity for popular music and developed his style emulating musicians like James Taylor, Elton John, and Bruce Hornsby. In his 30s, he brought his rhythmic style to American and Celtic folk and dance music and now travels around the country playing dances, concerts and festivals with bands such as Syncopaths and Rhythm Raptors. In addition to editing and music, Jeffrey is a contradance caller and choreographer whose dances have been enjoyed all across this country and overseas.

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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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Kelsey Harman has been calling contra and family dance since her debut at the San Francisco contra in 2013. She can be found calling dances all around the Bay Area and beyond. She is also a member of Twisted Sisters Rapper Sword Team. To her, the world of folk music and dance seem like home! She holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Theater and spends her year teaching middle schoolers medieval world history and English. For the last two years her summer break has taken her to the East Coast to tour as a caller, and she’ll be back there again in late July.

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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.
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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 at one of her favorite activities

Rhonda Cayford has been an avid contradancer for over 40 years, starting in Boston in 1978 and having the good fortune to move to San Francisco in 1980, just as the dance scene was taking off here.  She discovered rapper at BACDS English week in 1986 and it has been her passion ever since. She is the founder of a womens’ rapper team called Twisted Sisters, and was a long time member of Swords of Gridlock.   She has taught Rapper, Longsword, Cotswold and Northwest Morris at camp.  This year she has taken on the role of camp programmer and feels privileged to be entrusted with this role.  It has been a delightful task, and she can’t wait to share this awesome staff with you.
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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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