Registration will open in March for Echo Summit Dance Camp on September 13-15, 2019. Come to Camp Sacramento, high in the Sierra, for a weekend of great contra dancing and music with your friends old and new! Camp Sacramento is two hours east of Sacramento off Highway 50 just west of Echo Summit at an elevation of 6600 feet. Nestled in the tall trees of the Sierra Nevada, Camp Sacramento’s refinished wooden dance floor and rustic small cabins are waiting for you to enjoy. Camp staff even sell espresso drinks in the morning, and beer and ice cream in the afternoons to keep your dance energy going.
Gaye Fifer is an accomplished contra caller from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. An active dancer herself, Gaye understands the subtleties of making contra dances satisfying for dancers. Her instructions are clear and concise, as she is a teacher by profession. An easy smile and delightful sense of humor are part of Gaye’s relaxed, pleasant style. Gaye calls contra dance weekends throughout the United States and Canada. She is also an enthusiastic advocate and instructor of contra-style waltz.
Caller Sarah VanNorstrand has been calling, organizing and teaching contra, square, and family/community dances since 2006. She has a clear and engaging teaching style and a great repertoire of dances to share. Instantly hooked from her first contra dance as a teen, Sarah’s love of dance and her joy in sharing it is evident and infectious. Above all, her goal as a caller is to make sure the dancers are having as much fun as she is!
Lauded as “sparkling” and “exhilarating,” Notorious presents a thrilling musical experience in genres that span many continents. With Eden MacAdam-Somer on fiddle and vocals, Larry Unger on guitar and banjo, Sam Bartlett on mandolin and Mark “Pokey” Hellenberg on percussion and banjo uke, their music lights up the hall, drawing on genres ranging from traditional American, Celtic, and Eastern-European tunes and songs, swing, blues, free improv, and the group’s original tunes.
Seaglass is a brand new dance band that combines the diverse talents of three seasoned and dynamic musicians: Rachel Bell on accordion, Eileen Nicholson on fiddle, and Andrew VanNorstrand on guitar. They have a unique, wide-ranging repertoire from classic New England contra dance tunes to French balfolk, weaving in roots-rock grooves and captivating improvisations. Their concert repertoire encompasses vocals that appeal to a wide audience, with everything from swing to cowboy songs. Seaglass has been received with great enthusiasm by dance and music communities ranging from the northeast all the way to California and even in Paris, France!
Sound by Victor Garza.
THE PROGRAM — Registration starts on Friday at 5 pm, a potluck dinner is at 6 pm, and the dancing starts at 8 pm. The weekend includes dances, dance and music workshops, and concerts by the bands. Camp ends at 3:30 pm on Sunday. Five meals are included. There are no beginner’s lessons at camp.
LODGING – Lodging is in small rustic cabins, with bathrooms in separate buildings nearby. Couples get their own cabin; singles get a cabin with one to three other people of the same gender. The cabins are unheated and nights can be near freezing. BRING WARM BEDDING. Space heaters and heating pads are not allowed because of old electric wiring. You are allowed to sleep in your vehicle (van or car); no large RVs or trailers are allowed due to access issues in case of fire. No tent camping is allowed because of bears. For those who prefer other housing, please make your own reservations offsite. We are unable to reduce the camp fee if you stay offsite.