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Mendocino Camp Photos, Page 3: Thursday Fire Dances!

Joshkun and Company are Back Playing in the Woods!
Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp 2011

photos by Carl Sermon
text by Shoshanna

A day at the Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp starts with breakfast. At the beginning of the week you see many bright-eyed campers ready to eat and set forth on a full day of classes, but as the week goes on the wonderful late-night parties seem to tempt more campers to have just a little more sleep before grabbing coffee and dashing off to class.

With three class periods before lunch and four after lunch it’s very difficult to decide what to take. At any time you’ll find Belly Dance, Folk Dance, singing, and many instrument classes happening all across the campground. The air is rich with music everywhere you go, and even in the lines for lunch or dinner there will be spontaneous drumming jams and improv dance sessions. It’s a true immersion experience where you can attend the same schedule of classes all week that builds and progresses, or sample classes here and there to get a taste. At the end of the week I might not be quite ready to dance in the afternoon, but there is always Yuval Ron’s singing class that welcomes wanderers with a smile and a packet of song lyrics.

Since I teach a class at Camp, organize the vendors and coordinate the dancers for the late night Cabaret dance parties (as well as take care of my little girls and try to take a few classes), I don’t arrive in Mendocino planning to do much sleeping, but I look forward all year to that first night, settling into my cabin with exuberant melodies swirling through the woods from the Dance Hall reminding me that I’m in for what will this year be my 17th delicious retreat of music and dance in the Mendocino Woodlands.

Page 1:Friday photos here
Page 2: Monday photos here

Rebecca Firestone

Rebecca Firestone

1- Rebecca Firestone

fire circle

2- Fire circle- dancer’s names?

3- Fire fans- Katarina

4- double fire fans!

5- candles

6- arson 😉

bolo

7-bolo by ?

8- Fire baton by Isaiah

9- Fire goddess- Katarina

fire duet

10- Fire duet with Katarina above and Rebecca below

 

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Mendocino Camp info-

http://www.middleeastcamp.com/Middleeastcamp/Mendocino.html
This year’s dates are July 7-14, 2012– starts TODAY!

 

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