JWG (jwg) wrote,

Dance Camp in Woodstock this past weekend

This weekend was another great Lavender Country and Folk Dancers (LCFD) dance camp. We have them twice a year. rsc and I went to our first one in the fall of 1997 and I haven't missed any since then (Robert missed one because he was sick).

We do lots of Contra Dancing and some English Country dancing. Our band was Perpetual e-Motion. They are a very interesting and unique band - one fiddle, one guitar, occasional didgeridoo or voice and lots of electronic enhancement. They record themselves while playing and then patch in these recordings while playing so they sound like a band of 4-6 people at times. We've had them at camp several times before. Our Contra dance caller was Lynn Ackerson and the English caller was Graham Christian.

We have a costume (optional) dance on saturday night following a variety show - I always do something - usually a scientific or historical lecture - this time about some unpublished items in the Magna Carta; after our trip to Egypt I reported on some hieroglyphics in a 2,000BC tomb that described a contra dance.

It was friday-sunday event at a YMCA camp in Woodstock, CT - 2 nights and 6 meals. Lots and lots of dancing of course. The weather was beautiful this time; lots of people enjoyed the outdoors. I got to do a bit of archery. Of the ~15 arrows I shot, one reached the bulls-eye and most of them hit the target somewhere.

It's a very social event - and of course Contra dancing and English country dancing are very social in nature. Many of the attendees are regulars so it is wonderful to see people you see at other camps and in dances that I go to. The Eval forms (not yet processed for this camp) usually show that the thing people like best is the community. But we have great callers and bands and I usually dance close to every possible dance.

I am treasurer of the organization. We made a profit but I don't know exactly how much because of a few expenses that haven't been reported yet.

One of Doug Heacock's videos:
Tags: contra dance, lcfd

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