Sample Activities

Days and evenings are jam-packed with dancing, music, and more… AmWeek is a 3-ring circus with so much to choose from!  As details for AmWeek 2024 activities and schedule are firmed up we will post them here — check back soon!

Dance, Calling & More!

Days and evenings are jam-packed with dancing, crafts, and more.

Waltzes Before Breakfast
Early risers, come and dance, or bring your instrument and join us playing traditional and original waltz compositions along with other campers.

Contra Dances and More!
Three sessions each day, plus full evenings of dancing. Gender neutral calling using Larks and Robins role names to encourage everyone to dance with everyone.

Moved by the Mood
This workshop explicitly explores the interactions between dance and music, creating great dancing and allowing musicians to practice playing off of the dancers.

Couples Dancing
Basic and new moves to add to your waltzing with ample practice.

Callers Workshop
Learn how to call a dance or improve on your calling by doing it.

Gentle Yoga
Stretch, refresh, and re-tune your energy with our gentle yoga routine

Dance Photography
Learn how to capture the beauty,energy, and fun of a dance in striking images

Contra Dance Choreography
Discuss and practice assembling moves into satisfying dances.

Late Night Activities with Fun for All
If you don’t feel like turning in early, the lodge is the place to be. Snacks, dancing, acoustic music jamming, games, crafting, and general fun among friends.

Potpourri
Propose, lead, or attend short, one-off sessions. Possible topics include round singing, foot percussion, the joys of coffee, and dance flourishes.

Music Sessions & Workshops

With wall-to-wall music sessions and workshops throughout the day, AmWeek is designed for musicians as well as dancers.

Contra Dance Piano
Contra dance accompaniment ideas and techniques.

Fiddle Mini-Lessons
One on one sessions with a master fiddler.

Fiddle
Learn a tune a day with ideas for building foundations to focus style techniques in your tune repertoires.

Making Stuff Up
Learn to depart from melody and written music to invent new musical ideas on the fly.

Dance Music Accompaniment
For all chord players.

Slow Jam
Everyone and their instruments are welcome in this low-stress, high-camaraderie environment.

Camper Band
Create amazing music together as part of the featured band for our Wednesday night dance.

Ukelele Orchestra
The shining principle is that you don’t need to know much about playing the ukulele to have a blast doing it.

Singing
Get caught up in catchy melodies and explore making up harmonies.

Playing In the Woods
Solo or small groups improvisational jams.

Sample AmWeek Activities Schedule

The below schedule is an example based on past AmWeeks, to give a sense of what might be available.  A full schedule for AmWeek 2024 will be posted here when  finalized!

Time

  • 7:30-8:00

  • 8:00-8:50

  • 9:00-10:15

  • 10:30-11:45

  • 12:00-1:00

  • 1:00-1:30

  • 1:30-2:45

  • 3:00-4:15

  • 4:30-5:10

  • 5:30-6:30

  • 7:00-10:00

  • 10:00-?

Day 1

  • Waltzes before breakfast

  • Breakfast

  • Contra dances that break the mold

    Playing piano for contra

  • Playing in tune with dancers

    Jam with any instrument!

  • Lunch

  • Waltzing & couple dances

    Traditional crafts

  • Callers workshop & open mic

  • Do you own thing!

  • Dinner

  • Evening dance party

    7:15-8:30 Music jam

    8:30 - 9:45 Music workshop

  • Ice cream social

Day 2

  • Waltzes before breakfast

  • Breakfast

  • Communicontra

    Fiddling around

  • Contras that flow

    Jam with any instrument!

  • Lunch

  • Waltzing & couple dances

    Stretch/pilates

  • Contra: pushing the envelope (challenging contras)

  • Do you own thing!

  • Dinner

  • Evening dance party

    7:15-8:30 Music workshop

    8:30 - 9:45 Music jam

  • International dance night led by campers

Day 3

  • Waltzes before breakfast

  • Breakfast

  • Contra dances that break the mold

    Playing piano for contra

  • Contra dances that break the mold

    Playing piano for contra

  • Playing in tune with dancers

    Jam with any instrument!

  • Picnic Lunch

  • Contra flourishes and twirls

    Fiddle lessons

  • Dutch crossing

  • Do you own thing!

  • Dinner

  • Evening dance party

  • Pop contra: contra dance to recorded pop tunes

Day 4

  • Waltzes before breakfast

  • Breakfast

  • Communicontra

    Fiddling around

  • Contras that flow

    Jam with any instrument!

  • Lunch

  • Choreography workshop

    Stretch/pilates

  • Contra: pushing the envelope (challenging contras)

    Dance photography

  • Do you own thing!

  • Dinner

  • Evening dance party

    7:15-8:30 Music jam

    8:30 - 9:45 Music workshop

  • English dance

Day 5

  • Waltzes before breakfast

  • Breakfast

  • Contra dances that break the mold

    Playing piano for contra

  • Contra dances that break the mold

    Playing piano for contra

  • Playing in tune with dancers

    Jam with any instrument!

  • Lunch

  • Pack up and vacate cabin

  • Afternoon dance party

  • Leave camp; head to Palo Alto

  • 8:00-11:00 - Gala dance party

  • 11:00–? - Late night dance party

  • 11:00–? - Late night dance party

Day 2

  • 7:30-8:00 – Waltzes before breakfast

  • 8:00-8:50 – Breakfast

  • 9:00-10:15 – Contra dances that break the mold

    Playing piano for contra

  • 10:30-11:45 – Playing in tune with dancers

    Jam with any instrument!

  • 12:00-1:00 – Lunch

  • 1:30-2:45 – Waltzing & couple dances

    Traditional crafts

  • 3:00-4:15 – Callers workshop & open mic

  • 4:30-5:10 – Do you own thing!

  • 5:30-6:30 – Dinner

  • 7:00-10:00 – Evening dance party

    7:15-8:30 Music jam

    8:30 – 9:45 Music workshop

  • 10:00-? – Ice cream social

Day 3

  • 7:30-8:00 – Waltzes before breakfast

  • 8:00-8:50 – Breakfast

  • 9:00-10:15 – Communicontra

    Fiddling around

  • 10:30-11:45 – Contras that flow

    Jam with any instrument!

  • 12:00-1:00 – Lunch

  • 1:30-2:45 – Waltzing & couple dances

    Stretch/pilates

  • 3:00-4:15 – Contra: pushing the envelope (challenging contras)

  • 4:30-5:10 – Do you own thing!

  • 5:30-6:30 – Dinner

  • 7:00-10:00 – Evening dance party

    7:15-8:30 Music workshop

    8:30 – 9:45 Music jam

  • 10:00-? – International dance night led by campers

Day 4

  • 7:30-8:00 – Waltzes before breakfast

  • 8:00-8:50 – Breakfast

  • 9:00-10:15 – Contra dances that break the mold

    Playing piano for contra

  • 10:30-11:45 – Playing in tune with dancers

    Jam with any instrument!

  • 12:00-1:00 – Picnic Lunch

  • 1:30-2:45 – Contra flourishes and twirls

    Fiddle lessons

  • 3:00-4:15 – Dutch crossing

  • 4:30-5:10 – Do you own thing!

  • 5:30-6:30 – Dinner

  • 7:00-10:00 – Evening dance party

  • 10:00-? – Pop contra: contra dance to recorded pop tunes

Day 5

  • 7:30-8:00 – Waltzes before breakfast

  • 8:00-8:50 – Breakfast

  • 9:00-10:15 – Communicontra

    Fiddling around

  • 10:30-11:45 – Contras that flow

    Jam with any instrument!

  • 12:00-1:00 – Lunch

  • 1:30-2:45 – Choreography workshop

    Stretch/pilates

  • 3:00-4:15 – Contra: pushing the envelope (challenging contras)

    Dance photography

  • 4:30-5:10 – Do you own thing!

  • 5:30-6:30 – Dinner

  • 7:00-10:00 – Evening dance party

    7:15-8:30 Music jam

    8:30 – 9:45 Music workshop

  • 10:00-? – English dance

Day 6

  • 7:30-8:00 – Waltzes before breakfast

  • 8:00-8:50 – Breakfast

  • 9:00-10:15 – Final contra dance

  • 10:30-11:45 – Pack up camp; pick up to-go lunch

  • 12:00 – Leave camp; head to Palo Alto. Dinner on your own.

  • 7:00-10:00 – Gala dance party, AmWeek campers get in free with badge