English Dance Musicians Course at Pinewoods

August 29 - September 5, 2009

This week is over -- see you next year!

Tentative Schedule

English Dance Musicians Course at Pinewoods
Tentative Schedule
August 29 - September 5, 2009

Program Director
Daron Douglas

7:45 - 8:15 Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00
Musicians Course: Improvisation Daron Douglas
10:15 - 11:15
ECD: Modern Repertoire from U.K.for all
Robert Moir
ECD: New Gems & Old Corkers advanced
Robin Hayden
English Clogging: Hornpipe advanced Laura Robertson
Group Dynamics for English Dance Musicians Shira Kammen
11:25 - 12:00 Gathering
12:00 - 12:30 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
1:15 - 1:40 Singing with Tom Siess
1:45 - 2:45
Open Caller/Open Band for all
Robin Hayden and Mary Lea
Longsword: Mr. Hopkins for all
Judy Erickson
Mummers for all
Daniel Popowich
Musicians Course: Small Group Playing
Daron Douglas
3:00 - 4:00
ECD: Historical Reconstruction for all
Robert Moir
Longsword: North Shirley Volunteers advanced
Judy Erickson
ECD: Teachers Workshop inter. & adv. Brad Foster
Yoga for Dancers for all Anna Rain
Musicians Course: Small Group Playing Daron Douglas
4:00 - 4:30 Tea
4:30 - 5:30
ECD: American Favorites for all
Brad Foster
Cotswold Morris: Ducklington for all
Judy Erickson
English Waltz Clog for all
Laura Robertson
5:30 - 6:30 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
6:30 Dinner
8:00 - 10:45 Evening Dance Party (singing with For Those Who Know)
11:00 Optional after-dance activities

Program Description

Look at Special Programs for general information; here are details about this particular program and staff.

This is a course in playing for English country dancing for musicians of at least intermediate level (familiar with your instrument even if you are new to English country dance tunes). The Course, held concurrently with English Dance Week, is designed and led by Daron Douglas. Daron has a classical background and almost 20 years experience playing for dancing. She is fascinated with the combination of structure and freedom as well as the beauty and variety of the English country dance tune repertoire.

Class Descriptions

A morning class in improvisation. with Daron Douglas. Let your instrument be your voice: musical monologue, conversation, debate, musing, heart to heart. Begin with English country dance tunes and let go from there.

Group Dynamics for English Dance Musicians with Shira Kammen. Exercises in musicianship, harmonizing, ornamenting and making new melodies, playing rhythmic backup and how to know when to do what. Also attention on ensemble techniques and deep listening.

A daily chance for small group playing. We'll divide into different combinations every day to try out the morning ideas. Daron will drop in on the different groups throughout the hour. Each group will meet during one of the Small Group Playing times and have the other free to practice or attend a class from the camp schedule.

Open Caller/Open Band This is an opportunity to make music for dancers, work with callers, and play with other camper musicians in an open band. Mary Lea will lead the band.

And always, dancing and singing and practicing. In the afternoons and evenings, participants can choose from among the activities available at English Dance Week.


Small group ensembles will work with The Barnes Book of English Country Dance Tunes (both Volumes), available from CDSS and at the camp bookstore.


This course is limited to 15 participants to ensure plenty of opportunity for active participation. If it is oversubscribed on March 16, there will be a lottery, in which case preference will be given to applicants who best fit the criteria: Musicians of at least intermediate level (familiar with your instrument even if you are new to English country dance tunes). Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend English Dance Week if you do not get into this course. Scholarships are available.