Echo Summit Dance Camp 2012

September 14-16, 2012

We have this kind of fun every year, so please join us next year and be part of it. You can see more photos from Echo Summit and other dances on our Facebook page.

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Every year in early fall, the Sacramento Country Dance Society sponsors Echo Summit Dance Weekend held at Camp Sacramento in the beautiful high Sierra mountains.  In 2012 Echo Summit was held Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16 and featured musical groups The Moving Violations and the Syncopaths with callers Nils Fredland and Rebecca Lay.  Everyone had a wonderful time.

The Moving Violations have a playful energy that transcends borders and encourages spontaneity and improvisation. Driving double fiddle harmonies, strong rhythm, affectionate abandon and occasional silliness prevail. Original compositions as well as Celtic, Eastern European, Swedish, Klezmer, and Classical are all fair game for The Moving Violations. Band members Van Kaynor (fiddle), Ron Grosslein (fiddle, mandolin), Chuck Corman (bass, guitar, dumbec) and Marnen Laibow-Koser (keyboard, viola) will pump up the weekend with energy and enthusiasm.

Syncopaths From dance floors to concert halls, the Syncopaths bring a fresh, contemporary spin to music and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions. At the heart of the band’s sound are the twin engines of Ryan McKasson’s dynamic, Scottish-based fiddling and the understated-but-monster picking of mandolinist Ashley Broder. Jeff Spero provides wonderfully inventive and surprising piano accompaniment, anchored by the driving power of Christa Burch’s non-traditional bodhrán. Christa also lends her singular voice — warm, supple, expressive, and intimate — to the band’s songs.

Nils Fredland, is known for his technical skill, disarming friendliness, comfortable stage presence, and soothing voice. He teaches with clarity and calls with an enthusiasm that is totally contagious as he shares his skill, charisma, and grace with contra dancers coast to coast.

Rebecca Lay is known in dance halls throughout the U.S. for her clear, melodious voice, concise teaching, and community spirit. In addition to leading Contra and English dancing, Rebecca also enjoys leading community dances for people of all ages. When she’s not leading dances, Rebecca owns and runs Ten Speed Farm in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she grows vegetables & herbs for her CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) members and local chefs.