Bands, Callers and Workshops

Nationally-recognized caller Scott Higgs is known for his energy and enthusiasm.  From Philadelphia, he has called in 25 states and 6 foreign countries. Dancers characterize Scott’s contras as “high-energy” and “swingy.” His English dance programs span from “exuberant” to “elegant.”  Scott’s original choreographies have been performed and printed in anthologies across the U.S. and Europe.  Many dance camps have featured Scott’s calling–including 20 years in a row at Pinewoods–and his special intensive courses for dance leaders.  In addition to being Program Director for the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) programs at Pinewoods and Buffalo Gap, Scott has also served on the CDSS governing board.

Our Nationally known musicians  are Debbie Jackson and Brad Battey from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Debbie and Brad are frequently sought out to play for dance weekends, dance camps and concerts. They most often play as a duet, but also love being ‘band anchors’ as others join in.  They are topnotch workshop leaders, and dazzling contra, squares, English, swing and blues, and Scandi musicians.  Individually, they have performed in Canada, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Ukraine, Slovak Republic and India.  At home, they were both part of the amazing experience of setting the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Contra Line in Ann Arbor!

Fiddler Brad is also in the Ruffwater String Band, which compiled The Ruffwater Fakebook, known by music jammers everywhere as the “The pink book.”

Self-described “dance maniac,” Wendy Graham Settle (Durango, CO) leads English, American, and partner dancing, at events, weekends and week-long camps in the southwest four corners region, throughout the USA, and abroad – including England and Denmark.  She proudly served on the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) board and is a Lifetime Contribution Award committee member. She is also a current a Lloyd Shaw Foundation board member. Find out more at www.perkypantsdance.com.

Our band Fifth Reel excels at every kind of music imaginable.  The band consists of piano, fiddle, clarinet, saxophone, bodhran and vocals.  The musicians, some of them symphony players, are Connie Michael, Ron Young, Mick Wilson, and Norm Ashley. Learn more about Fifth Reel at fifthreelmusicanddance.com.

Workshops and Lessons

You’ll be as busy as you like with music and dance workshops, lessons and jams.  Choose the dance floor or play the instruments you bring.  Band members and callers will be leading workshops and jams.  Private  music lessons are available upon request.

We will soon have a sample schedule of workshops

For Musicians
Even if you don’t dance, you’ll love what the music end of this weekend has to offer…It’s 4 days and 3 nights of playing, learning, sharing, jamming, eating, sleeping, star gazing. 

Jams will be lead by the national musician, Debbie Jackson and Brad Battey and members of the Fifth Reel Band.

Private or small group lessons will also be available from the national musicians.  Sign-ups for these lessons will be available upon your arrival.

For all, there are comfy chairs to snuggle into, a roaring fireplace to gaze into, interesting people to chat with, and of course yummy food and sleep. You’ve never seen so many stars as here on a crisp, clear night.

 

Traditional Waltz Dance Workshop
Traditional waltz couple dancing is always a lovely interlude.  Bob Warden will teach beginning and intermediate waltzing.

 

Country Western Dance Workshop
What better place for a taste of country western dancing than a ranch!  Seasoned country western dance instructors Connie Wright and Lee Dodge will teach cowboy two-step, and cowboy cha-cha.

Connie and Lee have both been dancing longer than they can remember, and hope to share some fun moves with you.

Clogging Workshop

Always wanted to tap or stomp out rhythms with your feet?  This clogging workshop will get you started.  No special shoes needed.

International Dancing

Ron Young will teach international dances from around the world.  Ron is a dance collector and historian in addition to being a seasoned dance caller.