Ooh La La!

Join Us for our 10th Annual Ooh La La!

July 1st – 3rd, 2016, in Richmond, Québec 

David Millstone

Susan Petrick

Maivish Trio

Maivish

 Sassafras Stomp

One Exceptional Dance Weekend Where Two Cultures Meet

Just north of the Vermont border in the eastern townships of Québec,  Ooh La La offers a rich summer dance weekend experience with a warm community spirit.  Nationally renowned bands and callers, a fabulous sprung wood floor, locally grown organic food prepared by our own chefs, and plenty of dancing, workshops and singing have made Ooh La La an annual pilgrimage for many.

 

Bands & Callers

SassStomp

Sassafras Stomp

Sassafras Stomp est un groupe énergique de contre danse venant du Centre du Maine. Ce groupe tisse diverses traditions de violon avec une sensibilité rythmique. Comprenant, Johanna Davis au violon, Adam Nordell à la guitare et le multiinstrumentiste John Pranio, ensemble, ils créent une dynamique touchant nos racines par différents rythmes vivants ainsi que de belles harmonies vocales.

La collaboration entre Davis et Nordell a débuté lors d’un mois de résidence musicale à Basin au Montana, une petite ville minière à un jet de pierre de la division continentale. Après une performance au Seattle’s Northwest Festival, le duo s’est vu devenir un groupe en demande dans le monde de la contre danse au Montana. En 2010, ils ont décidé de s’établir dans l’état natal de Johanna  afin de mettre en place une ferme biologique ainsi que de s’impliquer dans la communauté de contre danse de la Nouvelle-Angleterre. Depuis, ils ont performé à plusieurs concerts, danses et festivals à travers les États-Unis de la Caroline-du-Nord à la Californie ainsi que du Massachusetts à Washington DC.

Depuis peu, John Pranio s’est ajouté afin de former un trio. Sa présence a permis au groupe de mettre l’emphase sur les harmonies et rythmes déjà très présents lors de leur performance. John est un musicien accompli tant au violon, au banjo ainsi qu’à l’harmonica. Il performe depuis plusieurs années dans plusieurs régions du Maine et à travers les États-Unis. Il ne faut pas oublier qu’il est cofondateur de la contre Danse de North Whitefiled, Maine avec sa femme Toki Oshima et Ted Sannella.

Susan Petrick

Susan Petrick

 

Susan demeure à Redwood City en Californie. Elle calle depuis plusieurs années. Nous pouvons danser sur ses calles principalement sur la côte Ouest des États-Unis, mais aussi à travers les États-Unis lors de fin de semaine de danse ou de camps. Les danseurs apprécient sa confiance et son call efficace pour des danses intéressantes tout en les rendant gracieuses et accessibles à tous. Susan aime bien enseigner les danses de couples.

Finalement, Susan est psychologue cognitive, elle dirige présentement un groupe de recherche pour l’expérience des utilisateurs de Google.

DHM

David Millstone

David Millstone demeure à Lebanon, New Hampshire. Il pratique le call depuis plus de 35 ans.  Il a fait partie de la programmation de plusieurs évènements à travers le monde soit pour des danses soit des camps et ce, dans 28 États américains, 4 provinces canadiennes, et 8 pays européens. Il est président de l’organisme “Country Dance and Song Society” ainsi que coordinateur du projet histoire des Squares Dance, une collection digitale de squares dance de toutes sortes autant traditionnel que moderne.

Il est reconnu pour ses explications claires et accompagnatrices. Il a un grand répertoire, un très bon sens de l’humour et il est très habile pour choisir des danses d’un bon niveau afin que tous aient un défi.

David est aussi coauteur de “Cracking Chestnuts,'” un livre sur les Contre-Danses américaines classiques. Il est également un historien de la danse et vidéaste qui aime partager des anecdotes sur l’histoire des danses que nous aimons tant.

Maivish
Maivish

Maivish

At its core, Maivish is a collaboration between American fiddler Jaige Trudel and British born guitarist Adam Broome who have been performing together since 2001 for dances, festivals and concerts throughout North America and abroad, predominantly with the band Crowfoot. Matthew Olwell has been performing and teaching as a dancer and percussionist at festivals and theatres across North America and Europe since 1996. These three performers have joined together to explore and cultivate music for dancing and the concert stage. The name Maivish comes from an English colloquial term for the Song Thrush.

Youth Participation

An important part of the overall vision for Ooh La La is to encourage and support youth participation by providing opportunities to explore connections with traditional music and dance forms. We attempt to achieve this goal in a variety of ways:

This outreach gives participants a chance to network and to hone their skills in a dance weekend setting, provides exposure to an extended dance community, and offers committed young talent an opportunity to meet and work with experienced staff.

Venue

Ooh La La takes place at the “Centre Ste-Famille” in the charming town of Richmond, Québec.   The dance hall is bright, spacious, and has a fantastic sprung floor!

Find directions on Google: 155 Rue Craig, Richmond, Québec

  • Venue

    Our dance hall

  • DanceHall

    Photo by Sharon Schenkel

Meals and Lodging

From the very first Ooh La La (2007), we have strived to make mealtime a special part of the weekend experience. We use primarily fresh-local-organic ingredients that various members of the volunteer committee source themselves along with the chefs. Deep care is taken in the menu creation and preparation of food, resulting in delicious & healthy meals! You can expect items such as (but not limited to!) breakfast nut loaves, hearty soups, cheeses, granola, yummy curries, dark green salads, dessert cakes, and fruits. Meals at Ooh La La are very much a social time with lots of round tables in the hall at which to gather. There is also lots of lawn outside and often you’ll find groups of dancers with their meals out on the grass.  If you have dietary constraints, let us know on the registration form and we will attempt to accommodate your needs.
Photo by Dave Pokorney

Photo by Dave Pokorney

Our Chefs

Veronica Kaczmarowski
Veronica Kaczmarowski - Dinners

Veronica Kaczmarowski

Professionalism and passion for her work are the trademark of Veronica’s courses, consulting services and conferences.

Since becoming a chef specialising in international cuisine in 1982, Veronica has trained and acquired an expertise in therapeutic nutrition, a clinical ecology approach to food allergies and intolerances, and Health Kinesiology.

With 20 years experience of working and teaching in Australia, Europe and Canada, Veronica now devotes her life to helping her clients achieve health and healing through life-style education and the epicurean philosophy.

Maike Polano
Maike Polano - Breakfast Chef

Maike Polano

A long time friend and participant of Ooh La La! Maike possess a diverse range of talents including, basket weaving, contra dancing and bread making for the Little Stream Bakery. The bakery embodies a simple and honest baking philosophy. They mill their own flour from organic whole grains. Their breads are naturally leavened and have only recognizable ingredients: deep well water, unrefined sea salt and seeds; and the baking is done in a wood fired oven. Being a master of the entire gamut of baking skills, Maike understands the value and importance of quality ingredients and taking care when preparing food. Maike also knows how to milk goats.

Lodging

Dancers are responsible for their own lodging during the weekend.  Motels and B&Bs are available in the area as well as some beautiful camping areas.  Stay an extra night – explore Québec’s Eastern Townships!

Where should I stay?

Schedule

Have a look at the 2015 Ooh La La schedule for an idea of what a weekend at Ooh La La entails:

Download Schedule PDF!

  • Dancers at Ooh La La - Photo by Sharon Schenkel

    Photo by Sharon Schenkel

Volunteer

Duties

We ask for approximately six hours of volunteer time during the weekend; most tasks occur outside of dancing time. Activities include: dish washing, kitchen work and food preparation, floor sweeping, setting up tables, helping with snacks and final clean up on Sunday. Chatting, singing and friend-making encouraged while volunteering!  Volunteers attend at a reduced rate.

Youth Engagement

In an effort to encourage and enable youth participation at Ooh La La! we are reserving a certain number of these volunteer slots exclusively for young people. Even though we’re all young at heart, for the purposes of these positions, we will consider “youth” to include folks who are 35 or under. If you qualify, please let us know on your registration form and we will follow up with you.


Questions?

Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Mary Wesley, with any questions: oohlaladance@gmail.com

Registration

Join us at Ooh La La 2016!    July 1 – 3, 2016

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Volunteering

To apply as a volunteer at Ooh La La 2016 please click the “Register Now” button above and fill out the registration form.  Learn more about volunteering. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Mary Wesley, with any questions: mary@marywesley.com 

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel more than 4 weeks prior to the event, we will provide a full refund.
  • If canceling less than 4 weeks prior to event, 50% refund.
  • If canceling less than 2 weeks prior to event, no refund.
  • Case by case exceptions may be made for drastic circumstances.

 

Organizing Team

Ooh La La is organized by a devoted group of volunteers spread across borders.  Adam Broome, Jaige Trudel, & Mary Wesley comprise the core committee, working throughout the year to prepare for the big weekend!  Additionally, our team of faithful ‘Super Volunteers’, Roger & Elizabeth Williams, and Eugene Lawrence, are ready to jump in at that critical time when everything must happen at once.

Contact

If you have ANY questions about our dance weekend, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!  You can also keep up with Ooh La La news on our Facebook Page.