2011 American Dance Musicians Course

Tentative Schedule

7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
10:15-11:15 American Dance Musicians Course
11:55-12:30 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 American Dance Musicians Course
4:00-4:20 Tea
5:30-6:15 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
6:30 Dinner
7:45 Couple Dances
8:00-11:00 Evening Dance Party
11:00 After-dance Activities

August 27 - September 3, 2011

Held during English & American Dance Week at Pinewoods.

Is there still room?
For up-to-date info about availability and wait lists,
see our Program Weeks page.

Program Directors


Program Description

We will work on tunes from a variety of cultures, all of which can be used for contra dancing. We will play familiar tunes and will also learn music by ear, so be sure to bring your recording devices. We'll work both in small groups and as one large ensemble, and will focus on learning to play well in a band, to communicate with band members mid-set, to create harmonies and embellish melodies, to choose tunes for dances, and to use dynamics, articulation, and ornamentation to make the music especially fun to dance to. We're going to spend a lot of time working on melody and harmony, rather than jamming.

The Course meets for two periond: 10:15 and 1:45. For the rest of the day, participants can choose from among the activities available at English & American Dance Week.


This course is limited to 16 participants to ensure plenty of opportunity for active participation. Participants should be comfortable getting around on their instruments and playing at dance speed, or close to it. If it is oversubscribed on March 21, there will be a lottery, with preference given to musicians more comfortable playing at dance speed. Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend English & American Dance Week, if you did not get a space in the course. Scholarships are available.