English and Scottish Dance Camp Weekend

June 5-7, 2015
Hosted by The Heather and The Rose Country Dancers
Contact: Ann Muller at 541-852-9518, birdseed41@gmail.com

Location

Suttle Lake camp near Sisters Oregon

Callers

Bruce Hamilton is a thoughtful and energetic teacher of English and Scottish country dancing. He started dancing in college, and took up teaching in the early ‘70s. He founded the San Jose English dance and has taught English country dancing for over 30 years, all over the US and abroad. Lately he’s been focusing on non-choreographic elements of ECD: moving well, musicality in dancing, how to recover from mistakes, how to be a good partner, body mechanics, and the social and mental aspects. He doesn’t teach many new or complex dances (claims he can’t remember them!) but instead focuses on skills that apply across all dances. He carries this focus into his sought after callers workshops, which he’s done for the last couple of decades.

Musicians

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.

Erik Weberg is a regular musican at English country dances in Portland, and he organizes and plays for a monthly contra dance with the band Joyride, playing flute, Scottish small pipes, and bombarde. He is also an English and contra dance caller.

Bill Tomczak has been playing clarinet for folk dance of one kind or another since 1979. A member of the contra dance band Latter Day Lizards, he has also recorded with BLT, Wild Asparagus and Yankee Ingenuity and appears on the recordings Cascade of Tears and Gypsy Wine with Mary Lea and friends. Since moving to Portland, he plays regularly for both English country dance and contra on clarinet, tenor saxophone, and percussion.

Schedule

Camp begins on Friday June 5 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 7 after lunch.

Registration

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.

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!