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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Rosenberg, Paul Homespun Family Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Homespun Community Dancing provides fun, engaging and educational library events that teach about life before electricity in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Homespun Family Dance takes the audience/participants back to a time when families made their own entertainment with homemade music and dance. Everyone gets involved – from ages 2 to 102 -- in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites and dances from around the world. All dances are taught, and danced to LIVE folk music that has been known to transform even the most adamant, grimacing youngsters declaring “I will never dance” into smiling dance-lovers asking: “When is the next dance?” “Homespun Family Dance” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. We play tunes, sing songs, and teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, recorder, and more. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/
$351- $500
Collins, Dawn The Mountain Dulcimer - History & Introduction to Playing, Group Lessons History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
A historical overview of the origins of the Appalachian mountain dulcimer and its ethnic origins, a mini-concert demonstration and introduction to playing. Ongoing group lessons over a period of six to eight weeks or more are optional. Songs may be taken from early American repertoire dating back to 1700s and 1800s and traditional folk songs that are more current as well as contemporary sources. Group lessons work best when ages are similar, e.g., young people (8-14), teens and adults (15 and up), seniors (55 plus).
$101- $200
Jayne, Jill Jump with Jill Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Food,
Music
Jump with Jill is a professional live show that travels the country transforming nutrition education into a rock & roll nutrition concert. The school assembly takes childhood obesity by storm, serving as a kid-appropriate approach for kicking off wellness committee initiatives, reinforcing classroom learning, and supporting a healthier cafeteria menu. The show is both educationally sound and completely rock & roll. Armed with catchy songs, upbeat dance moves, and a hip wardrobe, Jump with Jill uses the same tools normally used to sell junk food and keep kids sedentary to get kids engaged, moving, and learning about healthy habits. The live Jump with Jill show has been performed live 3,000 times for almost a million kids all over the United States, Canada, and Europe.
$1001- $3000
Helou, Paul Bears, Bees & Butterflies Music,
Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment
I use interactive songs -- original and traditional -- as well as musical/theatrical improvisation to really make this an interactive, fun and energetic experience! No one will be sitting just watching -- there will be moving, dancing, singing, spontaneous fun. You will need to rest after my show! I love to empower children to use their imagination and be part of the show.
$351- $500
Rosenberg, Paul Old Time Community Barn Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Homespun Community Dancing provides fun, engaging and educational library events that teach about life before electricity in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Old Time Community Barn Dance takes the audience/participants back to a time when families made their own entertainment with homemade music and dance. We teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, guitar, clarinet, penny whistle and recorder. Everyone gets involved – from ages 4 to 104 -- in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites and dances from around the world. All dances are taught, and danced to LIVE folk music. More information and video at these links: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/ and http://www.homespun.biz/occasions/educational-programs/community-dancing/
$351- $500
Grudko, Marian Lucinda Snowdrop Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Lucinda Snowdrop a musical tale for families and adults
 by composer and storyteller Marian Grudko Lucinda is only a toy bunny,
 yet it’s up to her to save Emmie’s grandma. Will Lucinda make the right choice? Will she do the right thing? Marian will perform this poignant story, accompanied 
by her enchanting music.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John COLONIAL CONVIVIALITY: Music for George Washington and His Revolutionary Friends History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
What was musical entertainment like in George Washington’s day? Ballroom jigs, minuets and cotillions, popular songs, meeting-house anthems, and harvest ballads and choruses meet together here in a lively and intruiguing program combining music and history. Introducing the pieces will be anecdotes about the roles of music and dance, and concerning Friends of the Revolution Lafayette, Jefferson, Franklin, and Washington. Sondra and John Bromka’s instrumentation for this program includes historic harp, hurdy gurdy, hammer dulcimer, French & English bagpipes, recorders, Baroque oboe, Spanish guitar, and cittern. The cittern, with 8 wire strings, was also known in Colonial America as the 'English guitar.'
$351- $500
Rosenberg, Paul Cabin Fever Community Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
As residents of the Northeast, we all know how the long winter months can make you feel cooped up and bummed out. Our Cabin Fever Dance is a popular monotony-breaker for your audience of all ages. Your library supplies the atmosphere— snowflakes, brownies, twinkle lights and books -- for the event. We supply the dance caller and musicians on fiddle, guitar, banjo and tin whistle and lead participants in square, contra and circle dances brought to America from Europe and Africa. Connect with centuries-old traditions and dance the cold winter away as generations of Americans have done. Our dances are community-building activities that get everyone up and moving. Easy dances that everyone can learn in one session means fun for children and adults. The “Cabin Fever Community Dance” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. We play tunes, sing songs, and teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, clarinet, guitar, recorder, and more. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/ and http://www.homespun.biz/occasions/educational-programs/community-dancing/
$351- $500
Collins, Dawn Multi Modality Hands On Arts Music,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts,
Visual Arts- Other
Information and demonstration of the recreational and therapeutic benefits of the expressive arts, including visual arts, literary arts, music and movement. Interactive participation encouraged. A visual arts activity may include collage, followed by free writing or poetry and a music/movement piece to express what happened in the process of immersing into the art-making. An explanation of how using a multi-modal approach accesses different senses and expands the experience. This is a no-experience necessary program. no fear program. Music making may include hand-held percussion or stringed instruments.
$101- $200
Rosenberg, Paul Community Harvest Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Your library supplies the atmosphere—cornstalks, hay bales, cider, pies and books – for the event. Homespun supplies the dance caller and musicians on fiddle, guitar, gourd and modern banjo, and tin whistle. Homespun leads participants in square, contra and circle dances brought to America from Europe and Africa. Connect with centuries-old traditions and celebrate the bounty of the harvest as generations of Americans have done. Traditional dancing helps build a sense of community. The audience has fun working together to learn the dances. Participants experience a bit of living history - they learn firsthand how people have socialized for many generations and hear anecdotes from American (and global) history that inspired the dances and music. Community dancing develops participants’ communication and listening skills, and improves physical coordination…dancing is great exercise! The “Community Harvest Dance” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. We play tunes, sing songs, and teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, clarinet, guitar, recorder, and more. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/ and http://www.homespun.biz/occasions/educational-programs/community-dancing/
$351- $500
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