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Camp Hess Kramer 2013


Information: A California folk dance camp (1971-    ).

Fall Folk Dance Camp was founded in 1971 as Camp Hess Kramer. The original committee was Beverly & Irwin Barr, Ed & Perle Feldman, Wes Perkins, and Gloria Harris. Beverly was the director and Jean Pixler received registrations. After Ed & Perle were no longer able to attend the camp, they were fortunate to have Bob & Gerri Alexander join the committee and later Gordon & Carol Wall joined them. They then lost Gloria Harris, who passed away too soon.

The ideas and goals for the camp were to have an affordable and fun folk dance workshop weekend, with good teachers bringing material from various camps and workshops. It was held at Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu, California. The camp's facilities were for adults only.

The camp had four types of accommodations, therefore, attendees had their choice based on their desires and their budget.

In January of 2018, Camp Hess Kramer was renamed "Beverly and Irwin Barr Folk Dance Camp at Hess-Kramer."

On March 23, 2019, the name was changed to "Folk Dance Camp in Honor of Beverly and Irwin Barr."

Because of a devastating fire at Camp Hess Kramer, the camp could no longer be held there. So, on April 10, 2019, it was renamed "Fall Camp in Honor of Beverly and Irwin Barr" and then "Fall Folk Dance Camp (in Honor of Beverly and Irwin Barr)."

Fall Folk Dance Camp was held at Brandeis-Bardin Campus of the American Jewish University in Simi Valley, California in 2019 and beyond.


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