Texas Camp

Texas Camp, held each Thanksgiving weekend, is one of the longest-running and best-loved international folk dance camps in the U.S. The setting is Greene Family Camp, a modern facility in the scenic hill-country of Central Texas.  Texas Camp offers a unique opportunity to join in a celebration of music and dance from all over the world in an informal and supportive atmosphere.

In addition to dance instruction —  provided by world-class instructors each year — we offer singing classes,  a family program with special activities for children ages 3-12, folklore presentations, hearty ethnic cuisine, a host of special-interest dance sessions, and incredible evening parties with live music.  Musicians are always welcome at Texas Camp, and are encouraged to join our friendly camp band to perform at parties each evening.

We hope you will join us for a wonderful holiday experience full of dancing, feasting, fellowship, music and fun.

Texas Camp 2016 features:

Ahmet Lüleci

ahmetAhmet Lüleci is an accomplished choreographer, dance teacher and performer as well as an award-winning researcher of Anatolian culture.  In 2002 Ahmet was presented with the Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts & Humanities by the Assembly of Turkish American Associations.

Since arriving in North America in 1985, he has taught many workshops and camps throughout the United States as well as Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Holland, England, Switzerland, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Norway, Italy and Australia. He has set innumerable suites of dances for the stage working with dance organizations around the world.

In 2004, his choreography was awarded the gold medal at the Hong Kong Open dance competition (performed by Budlet Dance Company) and in 2005 and 2006 he won first prize at an ethnic dance competition in Germany.  Here in the U.S., he has been the winner of Crash Art’s “Dance Straight Up! 2004 and 2006“, “Ten’s the limit 2005” and Boston Dance Umbrella’sBoston Moves 2001 awards for choreography.

Roo Lester

rooRoo Lester teaches many different kinds of Scandinavian dance but has focused especially on what she calls the turning dances of Norway and Sweden.  Whenever possible she teaches with her husband Larry Harding. Roo and Larry’s hallmarks include clear, positive teaching that incorporates background information, styling, and technique, and the ability to present the basic concepts of Scandinavian dance to dancers in a fun and lighthearted manner.

Since 1983 Roo has traveled extensively in Scandinavia studying dance and participating in dance and music events. She has been the American coordinator for several dance and music camps in Scandinavia. Today she is recognized as one of the foremost exponents of Scandinavian dance in the US.

Currently Roo is a director of Scandia Camp Mendocino, teaches the famous ‘Scandinavian Dance Basics’ class at Nordic Fiddles and Feet on the East Coast and is a consultant for Scandinavian events at Folklore Village in Dodgeville, WI.

Loretta Kelley

kelley-lorettaLoretta Kelley has been performing on, teaching and writing about the Hardanger fiddle (hardingfele) for more than 25 years.  She is a regular teacher at the Nordic Fiddles and Feet Scandinavian music and dance camp and at the Annual Workshops of the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America, as well as at innumerable local workshops throughout the US.

She has made over 25 study trips to Norway and has placed highly in many fiddle competitions there. Her playing has been featured in an hour-long radio program on Norwegian radio. Her recording with Andrea Hoag and Charlie Pilzer, “Hambo in the Snow,” was nominated for a GRAMMY award in the Best Traditional World Music Album category.

Loretta is currently the president of the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America.

Additional attractions

  • Enjoy wonderful ethnic cuisine made from traditional recipes
  • Shop at the Balkan Bazaar for authentic costumes – We are delighted to have Suze and Richie bringing us their mountain of folk-friendly treasures once again this year!
  • Kids’ club for kids age 3-16, where our experienced sta of counselors create a magical
    experience for our younger generation.
  • Children’s music and dance coordinator, who will ensure that members of Kids’ Club have the opportunity to learn age-appropriate and fun music and dance.

Texas Camp features a strong live-music tradition, and we’re delighted that the talented and versatile Don Weeda returns to direct the Texas Camp Band.  Loretta Kelley will perform during the parties, along with the versatile Texas Camp BandHomegrown Contra Band, Slavadillo, and others.

Parties!

THURSDAY NIGHT: Into the Woods

“Once upon a time, in a far-off kingdom, there lay a small village, at the edge of the woods…” To join this night of revelry in the hamlet of Bruceville, transform yourself into your dearest wish, your direst fear, your deepest dream. It’s fairy tale time!

TURKISH NIGHT: Magic Carpet Ride

Let the magic carpet sweep you away! Whirl from the Aegean to the Black to the Mediterranean Sea, zoom through the Grand Bazaar, soar through legend and history. You’ll find a thousand and one party inspirations in that fabled land where Europe touches Asia: Turkey!

SCANDINAVIAN NIGHT: Northern Lights

Beneath the shimmering Northern Lights, how can you help but feel the pols? In your swirling skirt or embroidered shirt, get your best Scandi glow on as you head west of the moon and east of the sun, to the fjords and fiddles and feasts and fun.

Afternoon delights!

  • Balkan Blowout:  Your favorite Balkan line dances – scratch that itch you’ve been feeling all year.
  • Bruceville Roadhouse: All your favorite couple-dance classics from everywhere and everywhen…
  • Contra: Grab a partner and form a long line for live music and contra dances galore…
  • Hungarian Táncház: Get your Hungarian dance fix! Come find a partner for Hungarian couple dancing.

Financial assistance

TIFD offers a limited number of full scholarships in memory of longtime dancer and Texas Camp attendee Bobbi Gillotti.  See the Registration Details page for more information.

Family Support Program

Children 16 and younger attend free with parent or guardian; so, this year make Texas Camp a family affair! While parents participate in workshops or evening parties, kids age 3 and up can be part of Kids’ Club, where our experienced staff of counselors create a magical experience for our younger generation. Whether at the “Clubhouse” for arts and crafts or leading a scavenger hunt, the Kids’ Club staff will help facilitate games, activities, and projects to engage and delight our younger campers, while they form friendships that last. Special this year, we have a Children’s Music and Dance Coordinator on staff, who will ensure that members of Kids’ Club have the opportunity to learn age-appropriate and fun Turkish, Scandinavian, and other international folk dances.