June Week Staff – 2017 (June 18th – 24th)
Registration opens January 1st, 2017.
Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis.
The Bands & Callers
THE RHYTHM RAPTORS
Get ready to Rock Your Contra Dance Socks! The Rhythm Raptors are back! Featuring well-known Contra Dance Music Monsters TJ Crow, mandolin, Rodney Miller, fiddle and Jeff Spero, piano. You are in for the Contra Dance Trance Ride of Your Life. Jeff Spero, a premiere dance pianist, is deeply and mysteriously groovy. He will inspire you with his energetic style and creative zeal. TJ will drive you to mando madness. TJ’s high energy and solid groove are notorious for inspiring dancers and musicians alike. Rodney will sweep you away to new heights of fiddlistic ecstasy. Check out what an amazing fiddler we have here at www.rodneymiller.net. From a 2014 appointment as Artist Laureate in NH, to “Master Fiddler” in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts, this guy has the depth and the breadth of a true master. You’ll feel it all right away. There will also be the opportunity to spend a week in a music workshop with these fantastic musicians. The stage will be full of musicians who have a lot of experience Taking Your Fun Seriously.
This trio of musicians, Betsy Branch on fiddle, Bill Tomczak on sax, clarinet and drums, and Mark Douglass on piano, are an abundance of talent, exuberance, and driving dance energy sure to create dance nirvana. They all come from a long list of previous bands, the Quarks (Betsy and Bill), the Latter Day Lizards (Bill), and Wild Hair (Betsy and Mark). This stunning combination brings a mix of instruments and improvisatory skills sure to provide stimulating and inventive dance music. Music and singing workshops with these talented folks provides a great opportunity to benefit from their and fun-loving teaching. They are Dancing Delight and Musical Magic!
THE CANOTE BROTHERS
Yes, our beloved and revered twins are back. They will set the irreverent tone of camp and the fun of community with Rendezvous, the camper gathering most every evening. Workshops of old time fiddle and guitar and swing tunes are on the horizon. And for more dancing frolic, they will provide some late night swing dancing and a bit of square dancing. They are impeccable musicians, reservoirs of our favorite tunes and songs and, all in all, spread mirth and the joy of song, dance and music.
Back by popular demand, Seth has been a regular at Lady of the Lake because he has such lively, positive energy that you just can’t help but have a good time when he’s calling. Seth is known as “Atlanta’s Dance Magician” with his endless array of squares, contras and English Country Dancing. A vibrant energy on the dance floor when he is not dancing, he builds a joy of community not to be missed. His clear, concise teaching allows you to easily flow into learning a dance. He will be calling for contras and squares and teaching a callers’ class.
Susan Michaels has been calling Contras and Squares from coast to coast for more than 30 years, building community, facilitating joy, and just plain having fun. Her dances are often inventive, with drive and flow, but hold onto the roots of social dance. Susan’s special brand of dry quirky humor is perfect for the fun we always have at camp. She has performed at many camps including Pinewoods, BACDS Week, No Snow Ball, Glen Echo and Fireant Frolic. Susan is also a great storyteller and leader of comedy improv and theater games workshop.
We are excited to welcome Kalia to Lady of the Lake after receiving rave reviews from our English Country Dancers. She will be the English Country Dance caller at Lady of the Lake (and perhaps do some juggling too!). Since the mid-80s, she has called and taught at dance camps and festivals across the country. She has taught Morris, Longsword, English and American clogging, English Country Dance, and Contras. Her welcoming and relaxed teaching style has helped dancers of all levels experience the joy of traditional dance.
Ken Glastre, our wonderful sound guy, will be back, assisted by Peter Holm.
Joni Mcspadden will be our designated medical advisor, helping us all stay healthy.
Registration opens January 1st, 2017.