Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are currently evaluating whether it will be possible to hold our Echo Summit Dance Camp 2020 on September 18-20. When we make a decision, we will send an email to notify previous attendees and update this page.
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.
A community favorite, Bob Isaacs has delighted dancers across the US and Europe for many years with his clear teaching and spirited calling. Whether Bob is calling flowing contras, hot squares, or his famous grid squares and zias, dancers are sure to enjoy a dance that is different and fun. Bob is also a prolific contra choreographer; his creative dances are called throughout the world.
Raised in the cradle of Vermont’s Green Mountains, Mary Wesley found her way to a Burlington contra dance in the fall of 2005 and was immediately hooked. Mary Wesley loves to share her infectious joy for traditional dancing with dancers of all ages and she has something to offer every crowd. She calls family and community dances with great joy and finds “chestnuts” absolutely irresistible.
From hot Irish fiddle tunes to driving old-time cello, from crisp trumpet fanfares to cheerful piano backup and groovy, tasteful drumbeats, Cloud Ten (Cedar Stanistreet, Donal Sheets, Arthur Davis and Ness Smith-Savedoff) sweeps dancers up into an ever-changing but always compelling fiddle sound. Cedar’s spirited, rhythmic playing and clear tone keep dancers on their feet. Donal grew up surrounded by traditional music and dance and played jazz bass and classical cello from a young age. Arthur is steeped in classic New England piano playing, clawhammer banjo, and occasional lyrical trumpet. Ness has played the drums for rock, rap, and party bands, giving him a variety of rhythms to blend with contra tunes.
Vermont’s trad-roots power trio is composed of acclaimed musician Pete Sutherland, his talented protégé Oliver Scanlon and the uber-dynamic Tristan Henderson, features twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding foot percussion with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jaw harp, rocking keyboards, and soaring vocal harmonies. Pete is known equally for his potent originals and his intense recreations of age-old ballads and fiery fiddle tunes. Oliver is a soulful multi-instrumentalist and spellbinding composer. Tristan is an adventurous and powerful rhythm guitar player who can also hold his own on melody, singing, or picking.
Sound by Victor Garza.
THE PROGRAM — Registration starts on Friday at 4 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. Bring your checkbook to take advantage of our silent auction! Donations are welcome; please contact EchoSummitRegistrar (at) gmail (dot) com if you have something to offer.
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.