English Country Dancing
is boisterous, elegant, silly, intricate, lyrical and bouncy, sometimes
simultaneously. This set of three workshops, taught by Melissa
Running, is intended to be contra-friendly, emphasizing both the
similarities and differences between contra and ECD. Music by
Nor'easter and Green Light Karma. Since it worked so
well last year, we again have an early evening dance on Saturday -
it begins at 7:30 and ends at 9 - with music by Green Light Karma.
You can dance ECD for 90 minutes and then head to the Gym for contras and squares.
you have always had to "sit out" this dance, frequently played at the
top of the second half, here's a workshop to get you started. Ted
Hodapp and Lynn Baumeister
will review the basics for beginners, and offer style pointers for more
experienced dancers. Melissa Running will provide music on the nyckelharpa, a complex traditional Swedish instrument with 16 strings and 35 (or so) wooden keys. See
http://youtube.com/watch?v=YldPnY4JxVM to hear a sample. This dance is much easier to learn with an
experienced partner, so if you're a "hambo dance buddy," you'll be
especially welcome. Recorded music. All levels.
The real thing, danced on a lawn, very slowly:
will weave you through the complex interlocking patterns of this dance,
which generates a transcendent sense of accomplishment and community.
Music by Green Light Karma. We'll have a sign-up sheet in the
Dining Hall, as this dance requires sets of 16 dancers. For a
particularly clear video, featuring dancers in color-coded shirts:
Intermediate/ Advanced Waltz
"Gents, get her on your left hip." All-in
wrestling? No, it's a waltz lead into parallels. Gaye Fifer and
teach waltz at all levels at dance camps and weekends all over the
country. In addition to two waltz workshops (nominally intermediate and
advanced level, but subject to dancer input), they will twirl-start
your mornings with early morning waltz to recorded music. Take a look
at their helpful website:
Snoa and Schottische
Ted Hodapp and Lynn Baumeister will introduce the Snoa (a smooth Swedish turning dance with very easy footwork) and both French and Scandinavian versions of the Schottische (a couple dance with a relaxed turning step and a number of playful variations). Recorded music. Examples:
French style schottische,
Swedish style schottische,
Kim Forry and Jan Scopel, who have been
choreographing and teaching clogging for more than 25 years, will teach
two workshops. Toe, double toe, click, stamp, drag, scoot, bertha,
shuffle, and brush. All levels. Music by Nor'easter.
Bill Amos will teach you the basic pattern,
using floaty scarves with some "hang time." Meet in the Canteen.
Jan Scopel will teach you the art
of powerhouse floor-whacking. All levels. Recorded music.
Su Peck's emphasis will be on teaching Zydeco this year.
All levels. Recorded music.
Camp doctor Susan Schmitt
will explain how to care for the 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments,
and 19 muscles and tendons in your feet. This very popular annual
workshop will meet near the Gazebo (next to the pool) this year.
Hope of Good Cape
Capes are much more fun in cold weather than parkas.
Organizer April Blum is a caped crusader. Pattern and
instructions provided, yours to keep.
Saturday morning, Steve Bilanow
leads rounds and more. Sunday it's Shape Note Singing. Bring your Rise Up Singing
and/or Shape Note songbook. The organizers will have a copy machine if you need
more copies than you planned for.
Timber Ridge Camp has a very fine fossil
pit. University of Maryland Senior Lecturer John Merck will
provide a guided tour of the Camps fossil pit. You dig it, you keep it.
Saturday morning stretches and Pilates to get you ready for the
day, led by Jillian Carnrick. Meet at the grassy area in front of the Dining Hall
(weather permitting). The bad weather location is on the Playhouse porch.