Morris Dance Intensive at Pinewoods

July 25 - August 1, 2009

This week is over -- see you next year!

Tentative Schedule

Morris Dance Intensive at Pinewoods Schedule
7:45 - 8:15 Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00 Vocal and Body Warm-ups
9:00 - 10:00
Ballads Banjos and Bad Women
Sheila Kay Adams
Balkan Songs and Dances
Bill and Livia Vanaver
Songs from My Home Louis Killen
Old Timey Fiddle Intermediate/Advanced Brad Leftwich
The River, the Sea and Me Danny Spooner
New Songs for Old Sandra Kerr, Dave Webber
10:15 - 10:45 Morning Tea and Sing
10:45 - 11:30 Special Presentations
11:30 - 12:15 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
2:00 - 4:15
Morris Intensive
4:30 - 5:30
Space available for practice or pick up dancing or join one of these classes
Songs for Singing Together Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman
Playing with the Dancers Bob Walser, Julie Young
Traditional Singing Styles of Britain and Ireland Sandra Kerr
Concertina Song Accompaniment Louis Killen
British Tradition Transported to Australia Danny Spooner
5:30 - 6:25 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
6:30 Dinner
8:00 Evening Concert
11:00 Late night activities

Program Description

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

This is a workshop for experienced morris dancers that looks at a range of Cotswold traditions, ultimately focusing on two to four and some representative teams that illustrate those traditions beautifully. For each tradition we will analyze the various dance moves, figures and dances that define them and how a team style is expressed through them. This is not a general 'learn 3 traditions' class, but reaches for a higher level of interpretation, emphasizing key moves, moments in the dances and interactions with the musician.

We will compare and contrast elements of style from various morris traditions and examen how style can be expressed through key moments in the dance, whether in the beauty of showy, flowing and graceful traditions, the strength and swagger of the more robust and grounded traditions, or the snap and spark of more regimented traditions.

The Course, held concurrently with Folk Music Week, is designed and led by:

Adam Oliver Brown grew up at Pinewoods and other music and dance camps and festivals, so he is no stranger to Folk Music Week. He dances regularly with Thames Valley International and is a founding member of Maple Morris. Dr. Brown is also a Professor of Biology at the University of Ottawa, where he regularly receives accolades for his communication skills, which he attributes to his folkie background.

Tom Kruskal plays Anglo concertina for the Pinewoods Morris Men, Orion Sword, and is leader/founder of the youth teams of Great Meadows Morris and Sword. A frequent musician at Pinewoods since 1966, Tom's playing for display dance is strong, driving, rhythmic and attentive to the needs of the dancers and the dance.

Justin Morrison is foreman of the Toronto Morris Men and also sings and dances with Maple Morris and Thames Valley International. A second-generation dancer, he has previously danced with BaltiMorris and Bluemont and has taught morris at Pinewoods Labor Day Weekend. Justin plays mandolin and builds and repairs instruments in his spare time.

Stefan Read of the Toronto Morris Men and Maple Morris, is a fabulous box player for morris and an excellent singer, dancer and teacher. He has taught and played at Pinewoods Labor Day Weekend.

Class Descriptions

2:00-4:15: We will spend these two hours together working hard identifying distinctive moments of different dance styles and performing them together.

For the rest of the day and evening, the classes of Folk Music Week are available to you.


Bring your bells and hankies! Sticks of various sizes, and extra bell pads are at camp. You will want to take notes to aid the muscle memories.


The cost of this program is the reduced rate of $695. Some scholarships are available. We are looking for 10 to 25 morris dancers, committed to improving their dancing and ready to join in the songs of the morris tradition. Participants are expected to participate fully in the 2 classes of this intensive and to join in the morning and evening activities of the community as a whole.

We need to get at least 8 registrants by July 1 in order to proceed with this program; be one of those first few!