Northwest Passage Dance Camp - 2018

Program Schedule

Something for everyone, and then some...  Also, the Fireplace room in Cy Lodge will be available for jam sessions, or ad-hoc camper led workshops.   Where is everything?  See camp map.

We also have this printable version of the schedule.

     
Friday
Aug 31

Fanning Hall (main dance hall)

Laurel Lodge

4:00 Tent set up (for tenters only)  
5:00–8:30 Check-in  
8:00–9:15 Evening Dance Fine Companions and David  
9:15-9:45 Snack  
9:45-11:00 Evening Dance Persons of Quality and Kalia  
11:00-? Open mic  
     
Saturday
Sep 1
   
8:00-8:45 Breakfast  
8:45-9:00 Floor Cleaning  
9:00-10:15 David & Kalia Nathanial Kynaston and Andrew Shaw (a double session with a break)

Kynaston was a gifted choreographer in the early 1700s; Shaw is an English dance historian with a particular interest in Kynaston's compositions. In these two sessions, we'll explore a series of Shaw's many reconstructions, from Kynaston and others.

Music:  Jon, Rebecca, Jim
Betsy & Erik Focused Tune Jam

Play through some ECD tunes with Betsy and Erik.  Make the tunes familiar which will make improvisation a breeze.  Bring Barnes books and be ready to get tips on harmonizing and technique.  
10:30-11:45 Mark & Bill Improvisation in ECD

This session will be based on tunes learned in previous class.  Learn how to leave the melody creatively and even find your way back eventually.
Noon-1:00 Lunch  
1:00-1:15 Floor Cleaning  
1:15-2:30 David Blind Harper Dances

More English dances have been set to tunes by Irish harper Turlough O’Carola than by any composer other than Anon. We'll look at some of them, from simple to more complex.
Music:  Betsy, Bill, Erik, Mark
Rebecca Upfront about ECD backup

Rebecca leads a session on creating solid, creative accompaniment to ECD tunes.  Instruments that play chords are welcome; extra piano available.  
2:45-3:45 Kalia Being a better partner

Kalia will use a handful of dances to focus on key partnering skills; tracking, connection, helping, phrasing and engaging with a whole set.
Music:  Bill, Erik, Mark
Betsy Singing session

Fun harmony singing by ear, no music reading or singing experience necessary.  We'll sing a mix of traditional and contemporary songs and rounds, and maybe include some ECD songs in the mix.
4:00-5:00 David The Many Moods of English

English dance offers a wide variety of formations, meter, tempo, and energy level.  We'll explore these moods and see how our bodies and minds respond to each.

Music:  Jon, Rebecca, Jim
Erik Woodwind workshop
Flutes, primarily.  What flutes can do with tunes written for a fiddle; range, bowing and articulation, and a few things fiddles can’t do.

Kalia  Introduction to Juggling (Cy Fireplace Room)
And now for something completely different; Learn to juggle.  We’ll provide the props, and Kalia will show us how.  Have fun and amaze your friends!
6:15-7:15 Dinner  
7:15-7:30 Floor Cleaning  
7:30-8:15 Concert  Fine Companions  
8:15-8:30 Hall Prep  
8:30-9:45 Evening Dance Fine Companions and Kalia  
9:45-10:15 Snack  
10:15-11:30 Evening Dance Persons of Quality and David  
11:30-? Open mic  
     
Sunday
Sep 2
   
8:30-9:15 Breakfast  
9:15-9:45 Floor Cleaning  
9:45-10:45 David The Joy of Sets

In the mid-1600s, most dances were set dances rather than longways.  David will lead us in an exploration of the varied possibilities that set dances present.
Music:  Betsy, Bill, Erik, Mark
Jim Renaissance Ornamentation

Many ECD tunes can be spiced up using Renaissance-style ornamentation.  Broad overview of basic ornaments and techniques and play through tunes applying what we learned.
11:00-Noon Kalia Dance outside the box

Kalia will lead us to dance with partners, minor sets, other minor sets, whole lines, and eventually the whole room.  Expand your horizons.
Music: 
Jon, Rebecca, Jim
Betsy & Bill ECD Jam; as few dots as possible

Betsy and Bill will lead a jam of players’ favorite tunes.  Bring Barnes books, but be prepared to leave the dots behind and play easily and freely without encumbrance.  
12:15-1:15 Lunch  
1:15-1:30 Floor Cleaning  
1:30-2:30 David Contemporary Choreography

The last few decades have seen a vast number of new dances written.  Here, we’ll focus on recent compositions and get a taste of how our dance form has evolved.
Music: Jon, Rebecca, Jim
Kalia Calling Workshop and discussion

Kalia will lead a session for callers focused on mining online (and other) resources for dance material.  Other topics as they come up.  
2:45-3:45 Kalia no walk-through Dances

Just what it says.  Dances with no walk-throughs.  We don’t need no steenking walk-through… Listen closely and have fun!
Music: Betsy, Bill, Erik, Mark
David Dance History Presentation

Centuries after John Playford and Jane Austen, who played key roles in various dance revivals? From ECD to contra and square dance, this overview examines 350 years of changes on the dance floor.
4:00-5:00 Jon & Sue  Open band waltzing

Jon and Sue will lead the open waltz band.  Bring your instruments and waltz books and play an hour of waltzes for dancers.
Mark Singing session

Fun harmony singing by ear, no music reading or singing experience necessary. We'll sing a mix of traditional and contemporary songs and rounds, and maybe include some ECD songs in the mix.
6:15-7:15 Dinner  
7:15-7:30 Floor Cleaning  
7:30-8:15 Concert:  Persons of Quality  
8:15-8:30 Hall Prep  
8:30-9:45 Evening Dance Persons of Quality and Kalia  
9:45-10:15 Snack  
10:15-11:30 Evening Dance Fine Companions and David  
     
Monday
Sep 3
   
8:00-9:30 Clean cabins, pack etc.  
9:30-10:30 Brunch  
10:30-11:00 Floor Cleaning  
11:00-1:30 Final Dance: both bands and callers