There are three programs available at Welbourne Jazz Camp; Music, Dance, and Combined. The majority of campers sign up for the combined program (because why not?!) but you are absolutely free to focus on JUST music or JUST dance. If you signup for one of the single track programs, half of your day will be spent in some combination of independent study, group/ensemble workshops, and private lessons. Private lessons are FREE and are included in each program. Private lessons play an incredibly important role at Welbourne Jazz Camp. Most campers feel this one on one time is the most valuable part of the camp.
The end of your class day does not have to be the
end of your music/dance day. Please know, we do not have normal "dances" at night. The party is made by our campers in an unplanned and informal way. Some nights everyone will be dancing and playing music and other nights people will be tired just hanging out on the porch.
At the end of each week we host a camp showcase for our friendly neighbors in Middleburg. Performing is encouraged but totally optional.
Read on to see what's in store each week!
Week 1 - Aug 6th-13th 2017
Dance Program - Week 1
Group classes and performance opportunities this week will be focusing on SOLO DANCES only: Beginning/Intermediate Tap, Solo Jazz, Solo Blues, Charleston, Chorus Girls/Guys, original choreographies, classic solo jazz and tap routines, how to collaborate with musicians on a dance number, and how to improvise. In private lessons you can focus on anything you like including lindy hop and other partner dances but all group classes will be solo focused. There will also be people partner dancing at night when folks are hanging out.
Music Program - Week 1
Guitar, Banjo, Piano, Bass, Tuba/Sousaphone, Trombone, Trumpet, Clarinet, Vocals, Drums, Washboard, Violin, Mandolin, Ukulele, Banjolele, Accordion, and more. Classes: Building a repertoire, ensemble playing, understanding chord symbols, beginning/intermediate/advanced improvisation, arranging, creativity and composition, collaborating with/playing for dancers, and more.
Week 2 - Aug 17th-24th 2017
Group classes and performance opportunities this week will be focusing on PARTNER DANCES & SOLO DANCES: Lindy Hop, Charleston, Foxtrot, Solo Jazz/Blues, Charleston and more. In private lessons you can focus on anything you want. (no tap classes in week 2)
Music Program - Week 2
Guitar, Banjo, Piano, Bass, Tuba/Sousaphone, Trombone, Trumpet, Clarinet, Vocals, Drums, Washboard, Violin, Mandolin, Ukulele, Banjolele, Accordion, and more. Classes: Building a repertoire, ensemble playing, understanding chord symbols, beginning/intermediate/advanced improvisation, arranging, creativity and composition, collaborating with/playing for dancers, and so much more.
Why come to Welbourne Jazz Camp?
If you are music focused...
People come to Welbourne Jazz Camp for a variety of reasons: Some folks played music as kids and are now returning to music as adults hungry to obtain knowledge of early jazz and blues.
Some folks are picking up an instrument for the first time and need personalized
and structured guidance. You absolutely do not need to have previous music experience to attend Welbourne Jazz Camp. Beginners are welcome!
More experienced musicians come to Welbourne in order to have a week (or two!) out in the country with no distractions from internet/work/television/life. We call this 'hitting the woodshed'. These folks just want to practice and play as much as they can with as many staff members/campers as they can.
At Welbourne Jazz Camp, we have seen actual musical transformations occur in a week's time by focused campers for all levels.
If you are dance focused...
Dancers of all levels come to Welbourne Jazz Camp because they want to explore the relationship between the dance and the music. As a dancer, learning the language of music is essential in getting to the next level in your dancing.
Many come for all the free private lessons. You get A LOT of them in the Dance Program. More than you think you're going to get. Some find the private lessons to have more of an effect on their growth as a dancer than the group lessons.
And finally, dancers and musicians come to Welbourne Jazz Camp simply to BE around creative, funny, talented, laid back people who are passionate about their craft and eager to share their experiences. Welbourne Jazz Camp really is the ultimate work/live/play environment. Together, we make music, dance, eat home cooked meals, swim in the creek, sip sweet tea on the porch, pet retired race horses, have campfires, share many laughs, and stare at the most beautiful of starry skies night after night.