English Country Dancing Week

Bare Necessities with Scott Higgs and Joanna Reiner hosted by George Marshall

March 23, 2014 - March 30, 2014

Hawaii Big IslandDURING THE DAY, diverse and beautiful attractions beckon you to explore: dramatic waterfalls, black sand beaches, lava deserts, and lush tropical rainforests evocative of the 'old' South Seas are just some of the wonders.  Here, uncommon beauty is commonplace.  You can set out to watch dolphins play, snorkel calm-water tide pools alive with colorful fish, or dip into warm springs.  The southeast coast offers sunny days, balmy breezes, occasional showers, and brilliant rainbows.  Daytime temperatures average 75 degrees F.  

AT NIGHT, we gather for a sumptuous buffet-style dinner featuring wholesome vegetarian foods, fresh fish and chicken options, and local Hawaiian fruits and produce.  Evenings come alive with dance and music under an airy canopy on a large, suspended wooden dance floor.  

About the Facilitator(s)

 BARE NECESSITIES, a fine quartet renowned for its unique presentation of English Country Dance music, consists of Earl Gaddis and Mary Lea (violin and viola), Peter Barnes (flute and whistles), andBare Necessities Jacqueline Schwab (piano).  Performing music from the 17th through 21st centuries, they have played for concerts, festivals, workshops, balls and dance camps across the United States and in Canada, Scotland, England and beyond.   In the course of concertizing and dance playing, they have become increasingly free in their improvisatory explorations of these beautiful melodies.  The resulting sound is that of both chamber and folk music, yet extraordinary inventive and playful with its interweaving of harmonies and countermelodies.  

As a group, Bare Necessities has recorded more than a baker's dozen CD's to date.  Individually, Peter, Jacqueline, Mary and Earl are well-known and well-traveled musicians within the Contra and Scottish dance communities.       

Scott HiggsScott Higgs began dancing in college, and started teaching soon thereafter (when the knowledgeable dancers graduated !). For 25 years he has traveled the country (25 states and 6 foreign countries) calling for contras and English country dances. Dancers characterize Scott’s contras as “high-energy” and “swingy.” His English dance programs span the spectrum from exuberant to elegant. Scott has composed dozens of dances, and served as President of the Germantown Country Dancers. His first booklet of dance compositions, Early One Morning, appeared in the last century (!). Dances from that collection have been performed across the U.S. and Europe, and reprinted in anthologies in the U.S. and the U.K. In recent years, Scott has led weeklong workshops at Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, Mendocino, Ashokan, and Mainewoods Camps. From 2004-2006, CDSS hired Scott to design and lead special intensive courses for English Dance Leaders. In 2007 and 2008, Scott was Program Director for English American Week at Pinewoods. Scott’s latest enthusiasm: Renegade Morris, now entering its sixth season of high-energy dancing.

Joanna ReinerJoanna Reiner has taught English dance, Scottish dance and longsword for over a decade. Nationally supported for her clear, supportive, spirited calling, Joanna's calling has taken her from Amherst to Ann Harbor, from NEFFA to NOMAD, including several Pinewoods sessions. She co-leads Germantown Country Dance's English country demonstration team, is an avid dance gypsy, and in her spare time, works to support her dance habit.

George MarshallGeorge Marshall, originator and producer of Tropical Dance Vacation, is a full-time musician, caller and dance teacher, touring nationally year-round. His specialty is teaching and calling the New England-style contra dances he has collected throughout the country. George is renowned for his knack of matching music to dance and for smooth, concise teaching and presentation.


Workshop Fees

Fees include workshop, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna.

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
6 - Cottage n/a n/a
5 - Tropical Loft n/a n/a
4 - Tree House Room $ 1750 n/a
3 - Bungalow Room $ 1400 n/a
2 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 1275 n/a
1 - Lodge Room (shared bath) $ 1150 n/a

Camping is only available indoors at Kalani, after January 1st, 2014.

Prices subject to change without notice.