2011 English Dance Week at Pinewoods
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
All My Own Work: Philippe Callens
Music by: Peter Barnes, Barbara Greenberg, Daniel Beerbohm
A workshop devoted to Philippe's modern dances (with focus on more recent work) plus some of his reconstructions of old material for variety.
Longsword Style: Judy Erickson
Music by: Jon Berger
Explore one or two meaty sword figures in depth. Rather than a horizontal style class, this class will go vertical. The figures will be done in layers, each one adding another style component to the execution: footwork, musicality, sword handling, teamwork, audience/ performance perspective, etc.
English Clogging for All: Meg Ryan
Music by: Noel Cragg
Meg will teach some steps from Pat Tracey's heel and toe style of dancing. From the Lancashire region of England, Heel and Toe is the oldest style of English clog dance, and has been done since the early 1800s. Done in reel time (4/4), it differs from most English clog by regular use of heel beats as well as toe beats. The steps range from simple to complicated and challenging, but all are fun to execute and perform, making it a very accessible style for mixed abilities to learn. It is widely known and performed in England. Come and try this fun class, which is open to all ability levels from beginner to advanced. Bring English wooden soled clogs if you have them, or a closely fitted oxford style laced shoe with a smooth, hard sole. A small number of loaner clogs will be available for use as well.
Delving Deeper into English Country Dance Music: Shira Kammen
This class will look at the wonderful melodies and different types of settings of English Country Dance music. This ranges from selections from the Renaissance Playford collections, dances set to melodies by Purcell and contemporaries, elegant ‘Jane Austen-ish’ type dances, as well as folk tunes. Some of the music will be in composed parts, and some of the music we will arrange ourselves, based on chord progressions and melodic elements. A sense of musical adventure is necessary! Being able to read music will make this class more accessible.
Forgotten Treasures: 17th/18th Centuries: Philippe Callens
Music by: Jonathan Jensen, Shira Kammen, Daniel Beerbohm
A varied selection of dances published between 1650 and 1800, several of them unfamiliar, all chosen for their interesting patterns and great tunes. In this session, you will have a chance to learn dances reconstructed by people such as Pat Shaw, Tom Cook, Andrew Shaw and Philippe himself.
Big Choreography: Judy Erickson
Music by: Noel Cragg
Combine Cotswold Morris dancing with longsword figures to create a performance piece a la Big Morris. The class will create a piece intertwining several traditions. Come and mess around!
Singing for All: Karen Geer
Singing for All is a class that emphasizes vocal technique and will use these skills in singing. If you were ever told NOT to sing, this is the class for you. This class does not focus on repertoire, but rather uses songs as a basis for improving your singing. Simple harmonies will be taught.
Gathering: Kalia Kliban
An important aspect of camp is building and maintaining our ephemeral, temporary yet profound community over the week. One of the best ways is to gather together every day in this session that transcends mundane announcements through your contributions of songs, jokes, instrumental interludes, brief historical presentations, dance demonstrations, etc. Do you have a song, instrumental piece, recitation or performance to share with us? Let Kalia know so she can put you on the schedule!
|12:00-12:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
Open Caller/Open Band: YOU with: Sharon Green
Music by: YOU and Jim Oakden
A time to dance to a widely varied repertoire (and to support your fellow dance leaders and musicians as they stretch their wings). Callers and musicians, bring your instruments to play and dances to call. Dancers, bring your shoes. Jim Oakden will coordinate the music; Sharon Green will coordinate the callers and will provide opportunities for gentle feedback for those who wish.
Classic Playford Dances (Advanced): Helene Cornelius
Music by: Peter Barnes, Barbara Greenberg
Explore in detail some of the classic gems of the historical repertoire. Helene will gently guide you through the intricacies (and occasional idiosyncrasies) of her choice collection of memorable dances. Note: This class is designed for dancers very comfortable with the standard figures of English country dancing.
Advanced Clog: Meg Ryan
Music by: Noel Cragg
Meg will pull from her wide repertoire of English clog styles to teach something fun and challenging. Hornpipe, Waltz, Jig or a Marley routine are possibilities. Bring English wooden soled clogs if you have them, or a closely fitted oxford style laced shoe with a smooth, hard sole. A small number of loaner clogs will be available for use as well. Open to anyone with experience in any style of step dancing (tap, Appalachian, Cape Breton, etc.)
Dancing the Whole Dance: Brooke Friendly
Music by: Jonathan Jensen, Shira Kammen, Jim Oakden
Within the context of dancing excellent dances, we will spend time exploring global terminology as a tool to build community and learn (and dance) the whole dance. The teaching language will be global and geography-based, referring to position rather than gender. You will have the opportunity to dance all roles in a dance - learning the whole pattern. If you are interested in looking at a new way of teaching or building a dance community, you’ll leave with some tools and food for thought. If you simply want to dance a variety of enjoyable dances, the teaching language has the benefit of simplicity and clarity…there will be plenty of good dancing.
Molly Dancing: Judy Erickson
Music by: Jon Berger
The class will start with a day each of classic styles: 7 Champions, Gog Magog, Pig Dyke, and then spend the remainder of the week developing a style and creating dances.
Melody/Harmony: Peter Barnes
We'll work on shaping melody lines and using ornamentation and improvisation to develop ideas. We will also work on technical issues in challenging tunes. Learn what to play when someone else takes the melody line, how to get to the "insides" of a tune, and how to join the melody and the backup rhythm. And we'll have fun playing beautiful music together!
Callers' Class (Advanced): Philippe Callens
Music by: Daniel Beerbohm
In this session Philippe will focus on teaching techniques, especially those that lead to better dancing. His question, aimed at experienced callers, is, what else can we do as callers apart from walking dancers through figures?
The More the Merrier: Kalia Kliban
Music by: Jonathan Jensen, Jon Berger, Jim Oakden
New and experienced dancers alike are welcome to join Kalia for a relaxed and joyful romp through four centuries of favorite dances. The dances will range from giddy to graceful, and from centuries-old to hot off the griddle.
ECD Choreographers’ Flight Time: Brooke Friendly
Music by: Barbara Greenberg
Join your fellow campers in a working session to test new dances and explore ways to improve them, at the same time honing your choreographic, dancing, and musical skills. Both fledgling and experienced ECD choreographers are welcome, camper musicians as well. Or come as a dancer - it’s loads of fun to be part of the choreographic process and be among the first to dance a new creation.
Yoga for Dancers: Anna Rain
Anna will teach elements of yoga, alignment and posture for dancers. Learn basic anatomy of joints and muscles and how to use that knowledge to your dancing advantage. Incorporate strategies to reduce injuries and how to care for them when they do happen. Stand taller! Dance more smoothly! For all.
|5:30-6:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed, camper-initiated parties|
|8:00-10:45||Evening Dance Party (starting with For Those Who Know)|
August 6 - 13, 2011
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Join us this year for a wonderful week of English dancing in the magical setting of Pinewoods Camp. Come share the tremendous vitality of English country and display dance, with wonderful teachers and superb musicians, in a fantastic place!
Our English country teachers include Philippe Callens, a perennial favorite returning to Pinewoods from Belgium after way too long an absence. Philippe will teach two country dance classes, one of gems from the 17th and 18th centuries, the other of his own original compositions and reconstructions. In addition, he will lead a class for experienced callers on how to teach style. Helene Cornelius, English country dance leader of CDS Boston Centre for over forty years and first recipient of the CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award, will teach one class for advanced dancers on treasures of the historic repertoire. Innovative West Coast choreographer Brooke Friendly will once again coordinate the popular choreographers’ workshop; additionally, Brooke will teach Dancing the Whole Dance, an exploration of how the use of global terminology can add to our dancing pleasure. New to Pinewoods English Week but a rising star out West, caller Kalia Kliban will offer a session of favorite English country dances for all, including old classics as well as modern compositions.
We are incredibly lucky to have two all-star display dance leaders on staff this week. Orion Sword’s dynamic Judy Erickson will teach three classes: longsword style, Molly dancing, and Big Choreography (a compelling mixture of Morris and sword). Back by demand, Meg Ryan will teach both advanced English clog and English clogging for all.
Our glorious musicians cover the full spectrum of current English music in America, from classically strong phrasing and dynamic rhythms to cutting edge lyrical and flowing countermelodies. They include Peter Barnes, Dan Beerbohm, Jon Berger, Noel Cragg, Barbara Greenberg, Jonathan Jensen, Shira Kammen, and Jim Oakden. In addition to dancing to these splendid artists, you'll have opportunities all day to join them in making music, in class and out.
And there’s more. Returning for a fourth straight year, Anna Rain will teach Yoga to help us all reach our full physical potential as dancers. Karen Geer will help us lift up our voices in song, and Kalia Kliban will lead our camp-wide Gathering, a time for us all to get together as a community to listen, share and learn. As for me, I will coordinate the callers’ open mic, providing moral support and constructive feedback to those who wish, while working closely with multi-instrumentalist, multi-talented Jim Oakden, who will coordinate the band
Evening dances will feature a wide range of both favorite and about-to-be favorite English country dances, plus a nightly dance "For Those Who Know," with all the splendid country dance musicians and callers on staff. Afterwards, you'll have ample opportunities to make good things happen, with late night singing and dancing likely, a ceilidh dance and pub sing for sure, and the annual fun and fundraising auction to support camp scholarships for years to come.
I can hardly wait!
Sharon Green, Program Director