The Society of Folk Dance Historians (SFDH)
Stockton Folk Dance Camp
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Information: Founded in 1948 by Lawton Harris in collaboration with a number of other key volunteers, Stockton Folk Dance Camp (originally the University of the Pacific Folk Dance Camp) has been a major promoter of international folk danc and continues into the present.
As the first folk dance camp on the West Coast, it is no surprise that Stockton Folk Dance Camp has been characterized as "the largest and most comprehensive camp in the country."
From the beginning, Stockton Folk Dance Camp has taken place on the campus of the University of the Pacific. It was envisioned by the founders as not only a healthy way to socialize, but also a valuable way to learn about international cultures. Afternoon cultural assemblies are offered throughout each week, as well as an elaborate Saturday night party that celebrates a particular country each Saturday.
With a class schedule designed to maximize learning opportunities, attendees develop strategies to balance class and social time with enough rest to fuel their days. On a typical day of camp, participants can dance 10-12 hours (or longer) if they attend all classes, workshops, review sessions, and after-parties. Camp staff works hard to ensure there is a mixture of partner and non-partner dances offered, so dancers can leave camp armed with new dances that will fit their dancing opportunities back home. Singing classes are also a part of camp, in addition to treasured live music for review sessions, parties and impromptu late night acoustic jams.
The two weeks of Stockton Folk Dance Camp take place on the campus of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California in August/September.
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