f 2019 NW Passage - Schedule

Northwest Passage Dance Camp - 2019

Program Schedule

No 2019 schedule yet - here's 2017 for an idea of what to expect...

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

  Fanning Hall (main dance hall) Laurel Lodge
Sep 1
4:00 Tent setup (for tenters only)
5:00 – 8:30 Check-in
8:00 – 9:15 Evening Dance Free Raisins & Seth
9:15-9:45 Snack
9:45-11:00 Evening Dance Maivish & Lindsey
11:00-? Open mic
Sep 2
8:00-8:45 Breakfast
8:45-9:00 Floor Cleaning
9:00-10:15 Lindsey Adam Jaige. Contra crossover; Modern Western Square; Many contras feature figures lifted from modern western squares.  This is a collection of such dances which connect our beloved contra dancing to another great tradition. Matt Body percussion; In this session, the body is the primary instrument.  Explore polyrhythmic patterns inspired by “hambone” using clapping, snapping, stepping and other percussive effects.  Any level of dancer or musician is invited.  
10:30-11:45 Seth Amy Audrey Jeff Releasing your Inner Klutz (contra session); An all-dance session using experimental learning to challenge dancers to think about dance in new ways.  Silly and illuminating in Seth’s inimitable way. Betsy - Tunes by ear (develop skills, learn tunes); Betsy will lead a jam/tune session with the focus on playing by ear.  Her teaching style will make even the newest players comfortable and satisfied and even surprised by their own accomplishments.
Noon-1:00 Lunch  
1:00-1:15 Floor Cleaning
1:15-2:30 Lindsey Audrey Amy Jeff Funky and Quirky contras; This is a collection of dances in unusual formations mixed with unusual contras.  Lindsey will expertly guide us through the unexpected.   Adam. Songs from English rural tradition; Join the circle and sing folk songs from the English-speaking world.  Familiar and new songs with emphasis on rural life.  Learn by ear and sing from the heart!
2:45-3:45 Seth Adam Matt Georgia (Dutch) Crossing; Seth will lead us in this classic set dance for 16 dancers.  Seth’s version is tweaked a little from the original, but still a joy of accomplishment and teamwork.   Amy Betsy  Contra Piano: We'll cover the basics of boom-chuck piano and expand into rhythmic and chordal variations. We'll discuss how to give the dancers what they need, while keeping the music varied and interesting.
4:00-5:00 Matt Betsy Flatfoot and clogging; Closely related to American tap dance, this percussive dance form is a blend of Irish, African and Native American styles.  Phrasing, musicality and improvisation are the building blocks of flatfooting and clogging.  All are invited to learn this fun and entertaining dance form. Jaige. Alexander Technique for Dancers/Musicians: Explore movement and habitual response patterns in a fun and informative way.  Gain understanding of how we move, release tension and find a lightness that allows movement without the effort, fatigue or pain we’ve become accustomed to.  Ease of mobility and freedom are the goals!  
6:15-7:15 Dinner  
7:15-7:30 Floor Cleaning
7:30-8:15 Concert  Free Raisins
8:15-8:30 Hall Prep
8:30-9:45 Evening Dance Free Raisins & Lindsey
9:45-10:15 Snack
10:15-11:30 Evening Dance: Maivish & Seth
11:30-? Open mic
Sep 3
8:30-9:15 Breakfast
9:15-9:45 Floor Cleaning
9:45-10:45 Seth Amy Audrey Jeff. Oh Partner, where art thou? Searching for your partner among a morass of other dancers?  Or, how far can you get from your partner and still find them in 32 bars of music… Jaige. Fiddle technique; ease and accuracy; This session delves into technique and positioning with the individual musician in mind.  Explore the fundamentals of producing clear, graceful sounds with ease that will benefit any fiddle endeavor.
11:00-Noon Lindsey Adam Jaige Matt. Role Scramblers; Dances and flourishes that blur the lines between traditional lady and gent roles without “switching”.  Indeed, a session that’ll keep you on your toes.   Amy Audrey Jeff. Concert vs dance playing: Playing for dances and playing for concerts requires different skill sets. Join us as The Free Raisins break it apart for us and let us in on some of their secrets.
12:15-1:15 Lunch  
1:15-1:30 Floor Cleaning
1:30-2:30 Seth Adam Jaige Matt. No Walkthrough contras/squares; Dances of all no walk-thrus, brief or bare walk-thrus, medleys and hash calling. Audrey Sue Improvisation over tunes: Learn Audrey’s techniques for finding improvisational direction from chord progressions and melody lines.  Find ways to enhance the tunes in interesting and reliable ways.
2:45-3:45 Lindsey Sue Erik Waltz Flourishes; Lindsey will lead us in a session that focuses on intermediate-level patterns to add variety to the turning waltz step.   Jeff - Rhythm Mandolin: Jeff is a master at rhythm mandolin and will share his techniques of backing up tunes and keeping the drive alive.
4:00-5:00 Sue Erik Open band waltz; All players are invited to play from the four Waltz books and dancers are invited to enjoy an hour of waltzing with your friends. Seth  Ukelele Jam; Facilitated by the fearless Seth.  Bring your favorite songs to sing and play; Seth will bring some of his own. All skill levels are welcome, even those who just want to sing along.  But do bring ukes!   “Passion takes you places prudence never would”.
4:00-5:00 Callers' workshop in Cy Fireplace Room - Lindsey Walk-Through Wizardry;  Skillful walk-throughs are key to establishing a crowd's trust.  We'll address teaching transitions that Lindsey has selected or dances that participants bring to the workshop.  Lindsey will likely include concepts from her background in behavioral neuroscience.
6:15-7:15 Dinner  
7:15-7:30 Floor Cleaning
7:30-8:15 Concert:  Maivish
8:15-8:30 Hall Prep
8:30-9:45 Evening Dance Maivish & Lindsey
9:45-10:15 Snack
10:15-11:30 Evening Dance Free Raisins & Seth
Sep 4
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