English & American Dance Week at Pinewoods

Tentative Schedule

7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
11:55-12:30 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
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 4 - 11, 2012

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Program Description

English & American Dance Week offers the perfect variety of dance and music activities for those who wish to participate in traditions from both sides of the Atlantic. Surrounded by the beauty of Pinewoods Camp, each of the four open-air dance pavilions will be filled all day with live music and dancers learning new steps, smiling at old favorites, and making new friends. During the course of the day, one may be able to dance contras, squares, English Country, Canadian step dance, Appalachian clogging, morris, rapper sword, and more. There will also be opportunities to rest one’s feet with sessions in singing, instrumental music and calling.

This year’s theme is percussive dance, with amazing young dancers offering classes in different step dance and clogging traditions. Lifelong clogger Leela Grace will present Appalachian clogging to both beginners and advanced dancers. French-Canadian step dancer Yaëlle Azoulay will make her first appearance at Pinewoods, teaching two levels of Quebecois step dance. Also new to Pinewoods is Kimberley Fraser, a multi-instrumentalist and dancer from Cape Breton. To round out the percussive theme, Gillian Stewart will teach a class in rapper sword dance, a traditional dance form from the north of England. There will also be a sprinkling of body percussion for all as fiddler Steve Hickman shares his infectious love of hambone.

While percussive dance forms will be a major focus of the week, those not inclined to make noise with their feet will also have plenty of options. The staple classes that have been the hallmark of English & American Week will all be well represented. There will be three daily classes in English Country Dance led by Joanna Reiner and Jim Morrison, as well as an English dance leaders course led by Joanna. Susan Michaels will lead dancers through exciting contras and squares, and seasoned singers Naomi Morse and Leela Grace will each lead a class in harmony singing. Jim Morrison will lead an exuberant session on Morris dancing, Daron Douglas will impart her wisdom to aspiring English dance musicians, and Kimberley Fraser will teach all about the music from her native Cape Breton. The day is punctuated by a gathering for all right before lunch. Susan will MC as staff and campers share songs, music, stories and jokes. And, of course, each evening the whole camp comes together once more for the nightly dance party.

The staff members at English & American week have been hand-picked for three things: their skill as teachers, musicians and dancers, their contagious enthusiasm for music and dance, and their friendliness and approachability. They are all masters at what they do, but this is also a really fun group! The staff is very much integrated in daily life at Pinewoods, and they will be as available and ready to participate as the campers.

Although the building blocks of a great week are already in place, the campers themselves are what make a week at Pinewoods truly exceptional. We hope you will come join us for a week of music, dance, and camaraderie in the magical Pinewoods setting.

-- Owen Morrison, Program Director