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Christine's family business, Camp Regis-Applejack, in Upstate New York, is the home of the historic Gardner-Doing Dance Camp. Located on Upper St. Regis Lake in the Adirondack mountains, this dance camp was a thriving business which emphasized the arts and progressive dance education.
The camp was founded in the early 1920s by Gail Gardner and Ruth Doing of the City and County School in NYC. Ruth Doing was a well-established dance educator and her contribution in the field of Rhythmics is noteworthy. Gardner and Doing owned the camp from 1922 to 1945.
At the camp, children received lessons in Rhythmics, signing, dramatics, music and also enjoyed lake activities such as swimming, diving, paddling, and hiking.
It is suggested, but doubtful, that Isadora Duncan attended the Gardner-Doing Camp, where she taught classes for one summer. This is yet to be evidenced, but through an oral history account given by family friend, Belle McKee, the legend exists.
In 1945, Christine's mother and father in-law purchased the camp from Gardner and Doing and ran it as a Quaker sleepaway camp for children just after WWII. Christine became part of Camp Regis-Applejack in 1996. As a dance camp counselor, camp administrator, and where her children were born and raised, it has long been her goal to research the Gardner-Doing Camp and write a memoir. The history of the Gardner-Doing Camp is not only a history of her children's heritage, but is a fascinating part of the development of modern dance in America.
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