At Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp, our diverse program is structured to accommodate kids, teens and adults, with a wide range of classes in music and expressive arts for all levels. Campers under age 6 have access to Kid City. All campers age 6 to adult have the opportunity to enroll in up to four classes per day, although some campers opt for a lighter schedule. Here is a sample of class descriptions from last summer to demonstrate the wide diversity of opportunities available at camp.
Please note that classes change every summer – although these classes might not be offered again there will certainly be a range of exceptional courses.
Steel Drums: This class will focus on different styles of music played on the “Pans” (steel drums). Students will have fun playing in a steel drum ensemble and learn some basic rhythm, harmony, and melody. No experience is necessary. No reading is required. All instruments will be provided.
Yoga Flow: This class is suitable for yoga students of all levels. We will practice sun salutations to warm up the body, followed by standing and seated postures. Various yoga postures will be taught to increase balance, strength, and flexibility. You will learn and deepen your experience of yogic breathing, while moving through the postures. There is ongoing encouragement to find an inner steadiness in the face of discomfort. Students will be challenged and have fun. Bring your own mat.
Circus Arts:This class has something for everybody! Whether it is stilt walking, juggling, or standing on a globe, you will find something you love and will love performing at the Cazadero Clown and Circus Extravaganza on Saturday night! Amaze yourself (and your friends…)
Beginning Piano: Come learn the nuts and bolts of playing the piano in a fun and supportive class! We’ll cover the layout of the piano, basic note reading, chords, grooves, charts, and improv, and we’ll play some cool tunes along the way. There may be a class performance at the end of the week. Keyboards are provided, but bring your own headphones and 1/4” adapter.
Peter Pan, Ensemble: Peter Pan comes to Caz! Sing and dance and fly in the Peter Pan ensemble!!! The ensemble will work on two to three of your favorite songs and scenes including I Won’t Grow Up, I’m Flying and I Gotta Crow, and will perform in the Saturday night production. The ensemble includes: Tinker Bells – there can be lots of Tinks, The Lost Boys, and Indians. All levels of experience welcome.
Glass Mosaic Design:This class is an introduction to the basic elements of design and stained glass mosaic techniques. We will review historic design motifs, develop compositions and create a glass tesserae (individual tile pieces) mosaic. Everyone will have the opportunity to take home an inspired mosaic piece and the knowledge of an ancient art form.
Mixed Jazz Chorus: This Jazz chorus is open to all singers with a little bit of experience in any chorus, and a love of standards and Jazz. An ability to read music will be helpful but not required. We’ll sing one or two songs in three or four parts, that I’ll provide the music for. Soloing will be included for any of you who are itching to do some vocal soloing. The only requirement is to have an open heart and a desire for fun!
Square Dance 101: Square dancing is a fun, easy, social dance style with interesting geometric shapes, and the joy of dancing in a group. All you need is to be able to walk and remember your right from your left! We’ll work through square dance figures, and learn moves like “grand right & left”, “box the gnat”, “ladies chain”, “georgia orangutan” and more! We’ll also learn some simple clogging steps you can use while dancing through the figures.
Classical String Ensemble: Open to all string players with some previous playing experience, sight reading a major plus. In this ensemble we will explore the idea of making chamber music together, and work on all aspects of musicality, from phrasing and expressiveness to intonation and rhythm. We will rehearse with the aim of performing at the end of the week, while having as much fun as possible.