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22 January 2016

Young Folks Doing Old Stuff Conference

Performers, teachers and scholars of traditional dance and music from Québec and throughout New England will gather for a conference at the Bishop Booth Conference Center in Burlington on Friday, May 13, 2016. The day will feature presentations and workshops focused on learning to use traditional music and dance in educational settings. The Conference Center is located at 20 Rock Point Road in Burlington, Vermont. Pre­registration is required and costs $55 per person. Sign up here.

At the Conference, presentations will be suitable for those working with children across the age range, with some sessions focusing specifically on early childhood, some on elementary aged children, and others on teens. Presenters will share their personal philosophies and approach to “passing it on” to the next generation and attendees will come away from the conference with a collection of songs, dances and material ready to use in their classes. Traditions may include, North American and English social dances (i.e. contra, square and country dances), family dances, singing and “play­party” games, songs for children, and those from other cultures e.g. African and Tibetan dance and song.

A keynote address will feature Laura Risk, PhD, from McGill University in Montreal: ‘At the Intersection of Yesterday and Tomorrow: Why Traditional Music for Children and Youth in 2016?’ Other presenters include independent artists and teachers, classroom teachers and seasoned educators from throughout New England and Québec, including renowned musician, singer and teacher Benoit Bourque, who will present a session with his son, Antoine. A full list of presenters is available here.

Through Castleton University in educators have the opportunity to attend the conference as a 1 credit course, accruing more contact hours (participants need a total of 15 to earn credit) through activities the evening of May 13th and on Saturday May 14th in Burlington during ‘Young Tradition Weekend’ events.  More information about Young Tradition Weekend here.  Supplementary activities for credit include attending workshops, performances and presentations by young artists on Saturday, a workshop and participatory contra dance featuring young musicians and leaders on Friday evening, and viewing all workshops presented at the conference in the weeks following. Those interested in earning credit for the conference should contact Mark Sustic at mark.sustic@gmail.com.

For more information about Young Tradition Vermont here.

 

keynote speaker Laura Risk

keynote speaker Laura Risk

 

presenter Benoit Bourque

presenter Benoit Bourque

 

presenter Andy Davis

presenter Andy Davis

 

presenter Nils Fredland

presenter Nils Fredland

 

presenter Brian Perkins

presenter Brian Perkins

 

presenter Migmar Tsering

presenter Migmar Tsering