“A week of music and dance and song, of love and beauty―heavenly!”

–Cathy Arps

Online events August 10 – August 15!

Variety is the Spice of Camp

While we are sad not to be gathering in person at camp this summer, we are very excited to let you know that we will be having online events during the time Dance, Music & Spice would have taken place this year, Monday August 10 to Saturday August 15.

You are warmly invited to join us for a daily camp gathering, plus a variety of classes and workshops throughout the week. All events are free to attend and are not restricted to previous camp attendees, so come along and bring a friend!

If you’re on Facebook, you can also join our community group to connect with other campers!

EventDate & Time
(all times EDT)
Camp Gathering!August 10-15
11am Daily
Join your hosts, Gaye Fifer and Rachel Fifer, for a fun daily gathering with a variety of performances from campers and staff. Please email Gaye if you would like to perform at one of the gatherings.
Old Time JamAugust 10
Join fiddler Kelsey Wells and some special guests for a selection of new and old old-time tunes, including a few favorites from 2019 Spice Week. All instruments and experience levels welcome.
Story SlamAugust 10
Story Slam with Renée Brachfeld: Ever been to a story slam, or listened to one on the radio or a podcast? Here’s your chance to participate: Come to the story slam to tell, or to listen. Everyone is welcome to put their name in the virtual hat, and we will have as many tellers as we have time for. 5 minute limit. Stories should be told, not read, and we are hoping for true, personal stories. Works in progress welcome! Themes: Camp, Community, and Spice.
International DanceAugust 11
Jamie Platt has been teaching folk dancing in the DC area for the past 40 years, both at his weekly class and at local folk festivals. He will be teaching interesting and accessible dances from a variety of Balkan regions. These line dances can be done without a partner or even a line of dancers.
Percussive DanceAugust 12
This class will be an hour of sean nós (Irish old-style dance), a solo percussive dance style. We will explore rhythm, musicality, and movement. The class will be led by Mo Brachfeld, who has already been successfully teaching online dance and is excited to bring this class to the Spice community.
Musicians’ WorkshopAugust 12
Renowned contra musicians Julie Vallimont and Noah VanNorstrand will lead a discussion group and question & answer session.
Dance Across the Country!August 13
Three camps in one! CDSS’ Dance, Music & Spice (Camp Cavell), Cascade of Music & Dance (Camp Louise), and American Dance & Music Week (Pinewoods) join forces for an awesome mix of contra and ECD via Zoom. Hosted by Adina GordonGaye Fifer, and many others.
ECD Tune JamAugust 14
Aaron Marcus invites you to join them for an ECD tune jam – all instruments and all levels of experience welcome. You can request a tune, and Aaron will play it for you to play along at home – your own personal ECD karaoke track!
Song SwapAugust 14
Bring a song to share, sing along, or just come to listen. Hosted by Rachel Fifer.

Join us back at Camp Cavell next year! Dance, Music & Spice 2021 will take place August 15 – August 22.

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