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"La Valse," Camile Claudell, circa 1890s, Paris

    wpe1.jpg (44957 bytes) the original "split" tree

Split Tree Participatory Arts Center 
597 W. Cove Rd
Chickamauga, GA 30707 USA
(south of Chattanooga, TN)

 Info:  Sid at 423 618 6651

Please send any Split Tree email to:  sid [at]
and not any other email name on these pages.
Some spammers have used our domain name and this uses a filter to prevent abuse.

Sid and Split Tree Blog page    
 Split Tree Archives/Past Events

Split Tree General Information   Maps, Directions   Lodging 
Chattanooga Weather  Current Moon Phase   
STF Photo Album     Previous STF Weekends/Events
   Lonnie's Split Tree Split Tree Photo/Music Montage -- See

NEW:  Apple photo albums
Other Apple photo albums of Split Tree and more

Click here>>> McLemore Cove page (Zoning overlay proposal was cancelled June 09)

This website is copyrighted - unauthorized copying or reproduction in any form is prohibited by law.

House Fire basic info page

Split Tree Hay Farm

Past:Due to the  house and studio burning Aug. 3,2007, Split Tree's Fool's Fest is suspended.  Send your ideas for music, dance and other fool's work to sid [at]   See NY Times Travel Section Sunday, Mar. 24 article on Split Tree's Fool's Fest Dance Weekend 2003 and 2004 link.     Click on and play the Fool's Tarot card.    Fool's Fest history since 1990.

   Atlanta Waltz Society link (2000-2006)
A new group of ballroom dancers have created Waltz Play,
 which now presents Sunday afternoon ballroom dancing in Atlanta.
Atlanta Waltz Society may offer special balls and programs as time permits.
Article:  "Waltzing is Good for the Heart," 
Associated Press on Yahoo News, Nov 12, 2006

Waltz  (with Vienna and other links)    Info for Vienna 07 Carnival Dancing

  Split Tree Waltzes CD, Live from Split Tree Dance Weekends 1998--99

More info about the CD -- Background, Split Tree philosophy, credits.  COST:  $15, free shipping in North America.
  (For overseas, please email us for shipping charges). 
Link to single .99 Split Tree CD waltzes on Apple iTunes store (must have Mac or Windows iTunes dowloaded)
If you have the album, please write a review on the iTunes site and rate it.

General Split Tree News

 Things to Ponder, Poetry, Stories & Such Stuff             STF Photo Album

Wanted:  Workers and/or Artist/s-in-residence in exchange for house/cabin sitter - work trade.  Dancer/musician/writer rentals available.  Flexible arrangements.  Email sid [@] or call 706/539-2485.   

STF Photo Album        
Lonnie LePore's Waltz Jukebox-Radio:

New:  Sherpa Guide to NW Georgia Mountains --
Split Tree visit:   McLemore Cove area, hike-bike-spelunk (from Rob Harper)


Split Tree Electronic Press

Poems and Images by Joan Hetzler, 2006 resident artist at Split Tree Farm

Heart of a Dancer: Sheridan Hill  missing link
Norm Stewart's Sermon on the Dance  
Jennifer Mizenko's article on social dance and Alexander technique  
Two of Richard Powers' published articles, click on "essays"   missing link
Dance history and other articles

Split Tree Pages    Split Tree Web Store       Split Tree Hospitality Fees and Policies        Search Split Tree Pages      Split Tree Archives/Past Events       Things to Ponder, Poetry & Such Stuff Page    Publicity about Split Tree   Dancing Quotes

Split Tree Programs, Connections:    STF Photo Album       Split Tree Hospitality Fees and Policies          Open Writing Workshops      
     Previous STF  Weekends/Events         Favorite Artists          Artist Biographies      Drawings for Studio      

Dancing Places, Workshops, Festivals:      Lonnie Lepore's Jukebox Alive

Atlanta Waltz Society      LEAF      Dance Vortex     Stanford Social Dance      Institutes/Special Events     Southeastern Dance Calendar   Prague/Dvorana Dance 

The Many Worlds of Dance    Waltz    Contact Improvisation (CI)     Vintage     Contra     Swing    Cajun/Zydeco (Animated Cajun Two-step Lesson)  Scottish Country Dancing--Chattanooga 

Southeastern Area Dancing: 
CHATTANOOGA:  Chattanooga contra dance  Chattanooga ballroom dancing  Chattanooga Argentine tango 
The Nightly Planet: Dancing in Atlanta web news site
SOUTHEAST:   Contra    Swing      Tango      English Country      Scottish     International Folk     Dancing in Athens, GA       Swing Dancing in Huntsville, AL         Atlanta Dance Directory at, a guide to dancing in Atlanta, GA.   
The Nightly Planet:  Ballroom dancing in Atlanta web news site

Dance      Writing  

Split Tree Community:  Guest Book:  Comments/Suggestions       Sign-up for STF Email Lists 

Split Tree announcements are made by email only to those who are interested and anyone wishing to be emailed notices may subscribe by  emailing  sid [@]  STF prefers to pay musicians and teachers instead of the post office and therefore we do not use regular mail.  We use small dance email lists sent to us and also names of people who have asked to be on our general mailing list.  We also depend on friends to pass on our news to others in a variety of formats.  If you do not want to be emailed about STF activities, please send an email to "removename [@]" with "remove" in the subject line; send from the email address to which the email was sent or include the address to be removed or changed.

  Things to Ponde
r, Poetry & Such Stuff Page

School of Participatory Arts
597 West Cove Road
Chickamauga, GA 30707
Tel:  706/539-2485

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Email us your comments/suggestions/questions/favorite dance quotes

   sid [@]

Split Tree Participatory Arts Center

597 W. Cove Rd
Kensington, GA 30707
 Sid Hetzler , PhD, Director wpe11.jpg (7320 bytes)
Fax: 770/216-1596

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 Outtakes March 2011

March 12, 2011:  Well, friends, the energy for another gathering of fools is not in the cards this year, as THE FOOL in the tarot card is standing still and not about to step over the edge alone.  Some Split Tree Live Waltzes CDs remain; see below for ordering info.--Sid

 Feb 4, 2011:  We are considering a Fool's Festival gathering the first weekend of April, 1-3,  and would like to hear from you very soon if interested in participating in any way, something like the Burning Man Festival.  We may celebrate, with music and movement, breaking new ground and paths, and clearing old life debris, by a ritual burning of the old split tree, now mainly the still standing trunk. The new 8,000 square foot barn shed might be the center of activities but the entire 200 acres is our playground.  Camping, food, hot showers,  friends, jamming--imagination unlimited.

Link to FF 2003, the first Fool's School History of Dance

    Link to last FF 2004:  Fool's Festival Dance Weekend 2004
   Previous weekends: 
Split Tree Archives/Past Events

See NY Times Travel Section Sunday, Mar. 24 article 
on Split Tree's Fool's Fest Dance Weekend 2003

History of the Fool's Fest and First 1990 Fool's Fest Dawn Dance Flyers

Here's Atlanta dancer, FF faculty and therapist Jim Bird's answer to a our question about his take on our idea of "the Fool's School of Dancing" way for learning dance and partner movement:
Sid's unique idea of teaching dances by emphasizing the number of sequential foot movements rather than beats to the bar just may help people learn in an unexpected way.  Possibly, this method may engage more of the right side of the brain and allow the learning to slip in from a new direction. Usually, in learning new dances, the left brain is totally in control with counting and memorization of patterns.  By teaching several supposedly disparate dances (e.g., Salsa, Zydeco, Waltz) during the same time, we might just confound the left brain enough to allow for some surprise and creativity.  Either that or people will run screaming down the mountainside.  Assuming they stop short of the creek, that too could be a nice addition to Fools' Fest.  But seriously folks, assuming fools can be serious fools, comparing and contrasting different dances in the same lesson may just be delightfully entertaining and productive. With that said, my left brain is satisfied."

 Call Sid at 423 618 6651 or email sid [[[ at ]]] splittree dot org.