English Dance Week at Pinewoods
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
The Jolly Company: Reconstructions of Andrew Shaw: Nikki Herbst
Music by: Karen Axelrod, Paul Woodiel
This session will be devoted to Andrew Shaw’s interpretations of late 17th and early 18th century English country dances, drawn from Andrew’s four published collections (Mr. Kynaston’s Favourite Dance, The She Favourite, Emperor of the Moon, and Farnicle Huggy) and with special emphasis on some of the dances that will appear in Andrew’s next book. The dances vary in tempo, mood, and level of difficulty. All dancers are welcome to attend this class, though minimal time will be spent teaching basic figures such as set and turn single, leading, casting, figure 8s, and simple heys. Please come and dance these fun and beautiful dances set to lively and gorgeous music!
Rapper (for all): Jeremy Carter-Gordon
Music by: Tom Kruskal
Rapper originally came from the mining villages of Northern England, a dance that combines intense team-work, a fast-pace, interspersed with stepping breaks. In this workshop you will learn figures, create a routine and develop teamwork.
Choreographers Workshop (for all): Gene Murrow
Music by: Eden MacAdam-Somer
An opportunity for established and aspiring choreographers to try out new dances and share constructive commentary. The week begins with an analysis of what makes a good dance; these criteria then serve to focus our critical discussions. Time will also be reserved for discussion of specific topics of particular interest to those who register for the workshop. Dancers are welcome to join as body testers, critics and sources of inspiration!
Recorder: Judith Linsenberg
This class is open to intermediate and advanced recorder players. The focus will be on traditional repertory and sacred music, plus some modern material.
Don't Try This At Home (Advanced): Gene Murrow
Music by: Karen Axelrod, Anna Patton, Eden MacAdam-Somer
A week devoted to challenging, beautiful and delightful dances that reward time spent on internalizing the patterns, understanding and interpreting the music clearly, and moving with style. These are the dances that aren’t appropriate for the typical weekly or monthly dance party, but that flourish in a setting like Pinewoods.
Calculated Figures (Advanced): Gary Roodman
Music by: Jonathan Jensen, Judith Linsenberg
Gary will teach a mix of old and new dances from his repertoire, with emphasis on dances from his forthcoming book, A Group of Calculated Figures. Gary’s dances are always easy–once you figure them out, but the dances in this class will probably take more figuring than most. The class will be best suited to folks who are quite familiar with basic English country dance movement and style.
The Joy of Dance (For All): Brad Foster
Music by: Laurie Andres, Paul Woodiel
Brad’s first teacher, Mary Judson, taught him one key thing – to feel the joy in the dance. Brad has spent his life since then trying to share that joy with others. This class will include a wide range of dances, from the classics to the recently composed, with a focus on learning the beauty and joy of each dance.
Clog: Sam Sherry's Schottische (Advanced): Harry Cowgill
Music by: Tom Kruskal
|11:45-12:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
Lancashire Social Dance: Harry Cowgill
Music by: Laurie Andres, Eden MacAdam-Somer
Country dancing, particularly in Lancashire, used to be done with improvised stepping during some dance figures and the breaks between figures. A wide variety of stepping was used, from the quiet and subdued to the energetic and flashy. Harry will teach you where in the dance you can add stepping and show you how to improvise from a set of standard steps.
Open Mic / Open Band: Brad Foster, Jonathan Jensen
A chance for you to call and/or play, under the constructive guidance of Brad (coordinating callers) and Jonathan (coordinating musicians); plus another opportunity to dance, to the calling and music of your peers. Level: for All
Border Morris: Tom Kruskal
Music by: Anna Patton
Tom will teach several dances from the style of the Shropshire Bedlams plus one written by the Wicket Brood Morris titled the Worcestershire Monkey. This dance recently swept the Border scene in England, and will be introduced to the U.S. this summer. All the dances have exciting stick clashing and interesting figures. Level: for All
Harmony Singing: Jeremy Carter-Gordon
This workshop will explore three- and four-part choral arrangements of songs, including West Gallery and other English folksong, Sacred Harp, Gospel, South African, Balkan and more. Lift up your voice, and join the choir.
Bodywork for Dancers: Cynthia Whear
Stretches and exercises selected for the needs of country and display dancers of all ages, including injury prevention techniques, solutions for common injuries, and exercises to improve balance and prevent falls. Each session will start with warm ups.
A Meter A Day (For All): Gene Murrow
Music by: Jonathan Jensen, Anna Patton
The music of England's social/folk dance tradition is unusual in its embrace of a wide variety of musical forms. Considering rhythmic structure alone, these include “duple” meter jigs, reels, hornpipes and marches; “triple” meter minuets, waltzes of several varieties, and slip jigs; and some eccentric forms that are “none of the above.” We'll explore examples of the several metrical varieties, and how to move appropriately and gracefully to each while having good fun with a wide variety of dances.
Clog: Sam Sherry’s Hornpipe (For All): Harry Cowgill
Music by: Laurie Andres
Sam Sherry, legendary English clog dancer, performed on the Music Hall stage as one of the famous ‘Five Sherry Brothers.’ Harry became Sham’s protégé in order to learn Sam’s routines, to preserve them and to pass them on to others. The Hornpipe is a classic choreographed routine.
Callers Workshop (Intermediate & Advanced): Brad Foster
Music by: Judy Linsenberg
A period to discuss the problems facing callers today, from difficult situations to helping dancers improve their style and technique. Calling is often like steering a ship through choppy water, with the tide flowing one way and the wind another. This course will help you focus on the essentials and reach your goal. Best if combined with the Open Mic, for calling practice.
Dance Band (at dance tempo): Paul Woodiel
What makes a tune great? How can you build on its strengths? And how do you play together to bring out the best? These are all topics that will be covered in this class. Level: for musicians able to play up to dance tempo
|4:00-4:45||Tea, Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
Gathering: Jeremy Carter-Gordon
Come join us after tea for an all-camp gathering of songs, stories, history, comedy improv, music and dance performances, and yes, announcements too.
One-Shots, Camper-Initiated Parties
At the end of the afternoon there will be time for one-day classes. If you have something you’d like to offer, please let us know; if you play an instrument, we’ll come looking for you to round out the band. And the longstanding tradition of afternoon parties lives on. If you would like to host one, or would like to lead a one-shot class, please let us know on the class preference questionnaire sent later to all registrants.
|8:00-10:45||Evening Dance Party (starting with For Those Who Know)|
August 25 - September 1, 2012
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Come and join us for a wonderful week of English dancing in the magical setting of Pinewoods Camp. Share the tremendous variety of English country and display dance, with wonderful teachers and superb musicians, in a fantastic place!
The country dance classes will include a wonderful mixture of modern compositions and reconstructions and old classics, plus style to show how to get the best enjoyment from each dance, all with fabulous music. Teachers include Gene Murrow, the well-know and well-loved teacher and musician from New York City; Gary Roodman, one of the best composers of modern English country dance, from Leeds (near Northampton), MA; Nikki Herbst, the peripatetic dancer and teacher from Iowa City, IA; Harry Cowgill, champion clog dancer from England, who will teach country dances with optional stepping, and myself, Brad Foster, Emeritus Director of CDSS.
For Display Dance this year we offer two graded classes in clog dancing from the repertoire of the legendary Sam Sherry, both taught by Harry Cowgill, plus the fast paced Rapper short-sword dance taught by Jeremy Carter-Gordon on his return home from a year abroad, and fascinating new Border Morris dances taught by Tom Kruskal, who will also play concertina for sword and clog.
Our Musicians offer a wide variety of styles and textures covering the full spectrum of current English music in America, from classically strong phrasing and dynamic rhythms to cutting edge lyrical and flowing countermelodies. Musicians include Laurie Andres from Seattle, WA, on accordion and piano; Karen Axelrod from Northampton, MA, on piano and accordion; Jonathan Jensen from Baltimore, MD, on piano and many other things; Tom Kruskal from Sudbury, MA, on Anglo concertina; Judith Linsenberg from Berkeley, CA, on recorder; Eden MacAdam-Somer from Jamaica Plain, MA, on fiddle; Anna Patton from Brattleboro, VT, on clarinet; and Paul Woodiel from South Orange, NJ, on fiddle. The musicians are fantastic; come and dance to their wonderful music!
We offer you a variety of singing, music and other workshops this year. Jeremy Carter-Gordon will teach Harmony Singing with songs from around the world in three- and four-part choral arrangements and will lead the all camp Gathering, with singing, music and dance performances, comedy improve, dance history lessons, announcement, and more. Judy Linsenberg, a frequent instructor at Early Music Week, will teach recorder. Paul Woodiel will lead a band workshop focused on selecting and arranging tunes to bring out their beauty and power. Cynthia Whear will help get the kinks out and prepare us for more injury-free dancing. In addition, we’ve set aside time for staff and camper lead One-Shot Workshops plus the traditional English week all-camp parties.
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 wonderful country dance musicians and callers on staff. Afterwards, you'll have ample opportunities to make good things happen, with possible late night singing, a ceilidh dance and pub sing, a talent show and the annual fun and fundraising auction to support camp scholarships and special projects.
-- Brad Foster, Program Director