English and Scottish Dance Camp Weekend

June 6-8, 2014
Hosted by the Heather and the Rose Country Dancers
Contact: Ann Muller at 541-852-9518, birdseed41@gmail.com


Suttle Lake camp near Sisters Oregon


Sharon Green will teach English country dance. Sharon simply loves welcoming people to the joys of English Country Dancing. For over 25 years she has taught, performed, codirected, and edited publications, working closely in New York with Fried de Metz Herman and Paul Ross. She was program director of Pinewoods and Mendocino English Weeks. Sharon frequently calls and teaches at dances, weekends, festivals, and weeklong workshops on both coasts, in Canada, the UK and Japan.

Liza Halpenny will teach Scottish country dance. Liza was irresistibly drawn into Scottish Country Dance in Victoria, BC in the mid-1990s. She began dancing with Marge van Nus in Vancouver, WA and soon started teaching. Liza loves to spread the joy and fun of Scottish Country Dance and was fully certified in 2007. Liza performs and teaches in the Vancouver/Portland area and has taught in Taiwan, Japan, Australia, and Redmond, OR.


Musicians: Betsy Branch (fiddle), Leslie Hirsch, and Lisa Scott (piano)

Betsy Branch has been a mainstay of Portlan's English and contra dance community for twelve years. Her exuberant dance fiddling has delighted dancers on both coasts. She plays in several contra dance bands including Wild Hair and Night Owl, and she collaborates with musicians from all around the U.S. for English and contra dances. Betsy is also very active in Portland's Irish music community, playing for sessions, concerts and sean-nos dancing. She is the associate music director of Portland's Revels theater company and their house fiddler. Betsy's primary passion is teaching and mentoring fiddlers and dance musicians. She teaches privately out of her home in Portland and for workshops around the region. Her warmth and engaging smile extend beyond the stage and draw in dancers and listeners alike. Betsy's fiddling can be heard on a number of recordings, including her newest CD with David Kaynor, Midnight in Montague, a twin fiddle recording.

Lisa Scott is an accomplished pianist and teacher. Coming from a musical heritage, she earned a Bachelor of Music at Lewis and Clark College. She studied the art of accompaniment at the University of Southern California and in New York. She began Scottish dancing, soon earned her preliminary teaching certificate, and then leared to play for Scottish dance. Lisa has played piano for Scottish dance in the U.S., Canada, and Japan, and Scotland. Many years ago she fell in love with English country dance and music and has been playing for workshops and balls ever since. Lisa's sensitivity to dance rjhythms and her lyrical style make her music a joy for dancers.

Leslie Hirsch got hooked on Scottish fiddling by Alasdair Fraser and studied with Calum MacKinnon. She has won national recognition in competition, started the Oregon Scottish Fiddle Club, and has been enthusiastically playing Scottish and English dances since 1995.
Seth Goldman’s bassoon adds wonderful depth and quality to this terrific band. This versatile musician plays for the Portland English Country Dancers, and is also a member of the Eugene Symphony.


Camp begins on Friday June 6 at 630 pm with a potluck dinner and dance party. You may arrive as early as 4:30 pm to get settled. Camp ends on Sunday June 8 after lunch. For a complete schedule and list of dances for evening programs, see the PDF camp flyer.


The weekend is limited to 70 participants. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Your registration form, accompanied by a deposit of half the full registration amount is due by April 30. $15 of this deposit is non-refundable. The balance of your registration is due by May 16.

Need based and work scholarships are available. Work scholarships pay for half the registration fee. Scholarship folks will be involved in meal set-up and clean-up as well as facilitating end-of-camp cleaning. To apply for a scholarship, contact the camp registrar.

For more information and a registration form, use the PDF camp flyer.

General information

Food by Annie Johnson. Meals will be provided Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch. Please bring a potluck dish for Friday dinner. 

Katherine Bragg will offer massage. Sign up at camp!

There are two types of housing offered. Small heated cabins are available for the regular registration fee. Rooms in Wesley Hall are offered for an additional $10 per person. There are 20 such spaces available. These rooms are much requested - we will honor housing requests on a first-come, first-served basis. Both types of accommodations have beds and mattresses. Bring your own bedding. 

Childcare will be provided during workshops and dance parties at no charge to campers. If childcare is required, please let us know as soon as possible so we can make adequate arrangements.

All events are fragrance-free - please help us make dance accessible to all by not wearing scented products!