This year Augusta emphasizes American Vernacular Dance, a diverse and yet integrated field spanning Appalachian flatfooting and clogging, swing, vernacular jazz, tap, and contemporary urban dance forms like House and hip-hop. This week offers an opportunity for solo and social dancers from many backgrounds to come together to cross-train in support of personal dance goals.
West African dance and Northern European step dances will be the focus of the courses this year, as they are some of the most significant (though by no means the only) influences in many American dance forms. The opportunities to jam across boundaries will allow dancers to integrate new skills into their personal styles with rigor and social responsibility.
Contra dance and Square dance have long been and will continue to be highlights of Augusta during the summer, but especially during Week 5! This year there will be no shortage of amazing evening contras and squares with Will Mentor and The Great Bear Trio.
To register, specify “Dance Week” as the name of your class, and do NOT list individual classes on your registration form, UNLESS you are taking Dance Caller’s Intensive, otherwise you will select classes at Dance Orientation on Sunday evening immediately following general orientation..
Emily Oleson (assisting Kwame Opare and Junious Brickhouse)
Matthew Olwell (assisting Nic Gareiss)