Family Week at Pinewoods
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
9:00 Kids' Classes
Age 2-3 Playtime: Bettie Zakon-Anderson
9:00 Teen Rapper
Teen Rapper (age 13-18): Tom Kruskal
Rapper is a fast-paced display dance using flexible short swords that incorporates intricate patterns with percussive footwork requiring as much teamwork as ability. We'll start with the basics and build an exciting dance of our own.
9:00 Adult Classes
Theme and Variations in English Country Dances (age 19 & up): Susan Kevra / Karen Axelrod, Eden MacAdam-Somer -- In this class, each day will focus on an English country dance figure and its variants, how a particular figure's "flavor" changes with respect to how it is "dished up." You'll experience, first hand, how different meters, formations, tempo and where the figure appears in a dance impart a different feel to the figure. We'll also note how figures have evolved over the centuries with contemporary choreographers altering standard Playford figures or simply quoting from the original source.
Intro to Percussive Dance (age 19 & up): Abby Ladin / --
|10:15-11:00||Morning Gathering (songs, dances, show & tell for all)|
|11:00-12:00||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
1:35 Mixed-age Classes
(All ages) Nap or Rest
(Age 8 & up, under 8 w/parent) Community Art: Robin Davis, Emily Troll -- Come for an afternoon of relaxing, making art and visiting with friends old and new. Projects TBA.
(Age 8 & up, younger w/parent) Lullabies and Quiet Songs: Lui Collins -- Lui shares her favorite sleepytime songs. Her Kids' Jam mascot Little Mouse may pay a visit - we will certainly sing some of her favorite songs too. Bring a story book to share if you wish. 7 and under with a parent. Grownups welcome without kids too!
(Age 10 & up, younger if passionate) Family Band - Intergalactic Travelers Band: Eden MacAdam-Somer -- In this ensemble we will learn new tunes from all around the planet, arrange them as a band, write some of our own, and have lots of fun playing music together. All ages and instruments are welcome and encouraged to come!
(Age 10 & up, 8-9 w/parent) Mummers Play: Abby Ladin, Sam Bartlett -- Costumes, a knight, a battle, a death! A doctor, a potion, resurgence of breath! All in rhyming verse is told, this story from the days of old. Sam Bartlett adds artful masks and props. With your help, and your moms and pops.
(Age 13 & up, 10-12 if passionate) Blast from the Past Couple Dances: Steve Zakon-Anderson / Susan Kevra, Karen Axelrod -- We plan to take out and dust off some great couples dances that are seen at contra dances less and less often these days. Dance might include the Schottishe, Gay Gordon, Norwegian Polka, Road to the Isles and the Salty Dog Rag. Each day will have one featured dance that will be taught for part of the period, followed by time for a variety of free couple dancing (including lots of waltzing!) the rest of the time. The featured dance selection will be announced each day.
2:45 Kids' Classes
Age 2-3 Playtime: Bettie Zakon-Anderson --
2:45 Adult Classes
Contras, Squares and More: Steve Zakon-Anderson / Music by: Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy, Sam Bartlett -- We will explore the wide world of contra and square dancing, doing dances that range from traditional favorites to new compositions and just about everything in between. In particular we will observe the evolution in dance figures, formations and choreography that has been taking place in the contra world.
Harmony Singing: Andy Davis, Peter Amidon -- Andy Davis and Peter Amidon will lead campers in soul stirring harmony singing including traditional Anglo/American and African-American folk songs; shape note songs and spirituals; and songs written by folks steeped in traditional music. Participants will be working from written music as well as learning songs and harmonies by ear.
|3:50-5:00||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
(All ages) Jam Session: Keith Murphy -- A great way to unwind and have fun late in the
day - a casual, inviting jam session in Ampleforth. We'll play a wide selection
of tunes from Irish and Scottish to New England and French Canadian. Tune
suggestions will be welcomed from all and perhaps occasionally I'll throw out a
new easy tune for us to try on the fly. The session helps set a great mood as
background music for those around the camphouse and in the water. See you there!
(Age 13 & up) Longsword: Tom Kruskal -- Longsword is a graceful form of display dance, typically requiring flexibility and teamwork more than athleticism. We will work on the Ampleforth dance - rich and varied figures with a haunting driving tune.
Storytelling: Andy Davis, Peter Amidon
Peter Amidon and Andy Davis will take turns storytelling in the camphouse every day after swimming and before dinner. They will tell their favorite folktales, fairytales and fables of heroes and villains, princesses and witches, kings and ogres, wizards and wise women, queens and peasants.
|8:30||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger|
|8:45-10:45||Evening Dance Party|
|9:30||Bedtime for 10-12 year olds|
July 14 - 21, 2012
Is there still room?
For up-to-date info about availability and wait lists,
see our main Dance & Music Camps page.
Having been on staff at Pinewoods and at other camps for both family and adult programs around the country for many, many years, we are delighted to be programing our third family week! This is a wonderful opportunity for us to gather some of our favorite musicians, dance teachers and story tellers for a truly idyllic week.
So often we worry about our child getting a good teacher in school and here we have an entire staff of simply the best mentors you could hope for for your child. We are particularly excited by the fact that we have a staff with so many amazing and versatile musicians that this week promises fantastic dancing for everyone. It's an exciting experience to see our children absorbing these incredibly rich and fulfilling traditions and such fun to be able to share that with them at a week that offers so much for everyone.
Along with contras, English country and community dancing, there will again be classes in morris, rapper and Appalachian clog. There will many opportunities for singing, storytelling as well as jam sessions every afternoon and a daily musical procession. We'll be working on a mummer's play while musicians in the band class prepare to play for a dance every day. There will also be crafts and we will create a surprise giant puppet (shhh!) How is all this possible? Family Week never fails to fill us with a level of inspiration that sustains us through the year and we are lucky to have great programs of this sort developing around the country. But for anyone who has been to Pinewoods, you know that there is something simply magical about being there. We hope you can join us.
-- Becky Tracy & Keith Murphy, Program Co-directors
A Typical Day
At each of our Family programs, a typical day includes two classes tailored to age groups. Morning starts with age specific classes for children age 2 and up, while parents and the teens pursue their own music and dance classes. Also, the whole camp gathers to sing and dance together before lunch. Children not napping after lunch may join their parents in a wide variety of classes designed for mixed age groups. After dinner the whole community comes together for a family dance followed by singing and stories.
As dusk settles, a Pied Piper leads the families with children age 9 and younger (8 and younger at Campers' Week) to their cabins where the parents put their children to bed. Preteens stay halfway through the evening dance before their bedtime comes. Adults and teenagers can enjoy the evening dance and later activities, while roving monitors listens for wakeful children. If a child is uncomfortable, the monitor will alert the parent at the dance. Each family is expected to prepare their children for these scheduled bedtimes.
Last day start of parade.