American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods
August 24 - 31, 2013
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Description of Classes: a 2 page description of the classes
Daily Schedule: a 1 page daily timetable
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American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods promises to be a wonderful week of dancing, music, singing and good times with friends old and new. This year’s staff features teachers, musicians, singers, and dancers who combine deep interest in and love of North American dance and music traditions with their own original sparks and twists and tendencies towards exuberant playfulness. Combine this talented staff with the wonderful facilities, delicious food and natural beauty of Pinewoods Camp, plus a dynamic group of Campers, and you're looking at an experience you won’t want to miss!
This year’s dance musicians include the band Elixir, known for its three piece horn section and its many flavors of contra and square dance music. To kick off the daily schedule, Elixir will motivate campers with Hot Breakfast Contras called by New England favorite Sue Rosen. Sue will also lead a class for callers and aspiring callers. Lissa Schneckenburger and Corey Dimario will anchor another dance band with their world-class musical craftsmanship, and camper musicians can hone their own craft in Lissa’s dance band class. And, we are very excited to welcome Barbo to Pinewoods for the first time: an exciting young trio from quebec who will teach quebecois style on fiddle, guitar, and piano along with playing high energy dance music.
Dance opportunities abound throughout the day, including contras called by Rebecca Lay and a session devoted to Square dancing with Nils Fredland at the helm. The dynamic dance team of Matthew and Emily Olwell will teach partner dance skills in a range of styles, as well as clogging and flatfooting, and a sampler of American Vernacular Dance: a chance to learn about (and dance!) many diverse American dance forms.
Want to learn about running sound? We have Tony Hernandez running a concurrent Sound Operators' Course (separate registration required) and making sure the music and calling sound awesome throughout the week.
Time to cool your heels? We have Emily Miller on staff to teach singing with her spirited, engaging style, including harmony singing and country-style duets and trios. You may have heard her perform the latter with her group the Sweetback Sisters. And for a satisfying non-musical project, take a break in the afternoons to build your own model sailboat (and sail it across the pond!) in a class led by Jesse Readlynn of Elixir.
The afternoon leaves time for an entertaining all-camp Gathering led by Emily Olwell, followed by a lightly scheduled period which includes a caller’s and musicians’ open mic and a Quebecois tune party for all. This is also a good time for camper-organized activities. If you have a hankering for something that's not on the schedule, make it happen!
The entire camp comes together for evening dance parties featuring contra, square, and couples dancing. After the dance you can swim, relax in the Camphouse, play games or tunes, or rest up for the following day's fun. In our experience, a week of dancing and making music together builds a synergy and camaraderie that we remember with a glow and a grin for months and even years afterward. We hope you'll join us!
-- Ethan Hazzard-Watkins & Anna Patton, Program Co-directors
Also offered during this week: Tony Hernandez's Sound Operators Course. Separate registration is required.
Printable Information for Accepted Campers
Acceptance Information: Details for getting to and being at camp
If you have not already, please do sign the Waiver.
To pay any camp Balance Due
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
Hot Breakfast Contras with Sue and Elixir
Music by: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Anna Patton, Nils Fredland, Jesse Readlynn, Corey DiMario, Owen Morrison
Tasty music and nutritious dances to get your day off to a fine start.
Fiddle style of Quebec: Véronique Plasse
Explore Québec's traditional music repertoire, and learn the specific rhythmic patterns and unique soul and groove of Québec's fiddle. Other instruments are welcome to learn tunes and explore that original style with us.
Duet and Trio Singing, Country Style!: Emily Miller
Learn to sing in close harmony. We'll learn some great country songs and work on singing them the way they are meant to be sung-- in small groups, knee-to-knee (one of the world's great pleasures!). We'll work on making up harmonies, country vocal stylings as well as just having fun singing close harmonies. This class is recommended for singers who have some experience holding their own parts.
Crowd Pleasing Contras: Rebecca Lay
Music by: Jean DesRochers, Véronique Plasse, Guillaume Turcotte
Fun and satisfying dances for your midmorning enjoyment, with fantastic Quebecois tunes by BARBO!
Partner Dance Boot Camp: Matthew Olwell, Emily Oleson
Music by: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Jesse Readlynn, Owen Morrison
Like to waltz? How about a little swing? Zydeco? Satisfying partner dancing is all about physics: center of gravity, weight, centrifugal force, velocity, time/space etc. Learning how to use these elements effectively and adapt your movement to each partner is a process of discovering yourself and "listening" with your body. A kinder, gentler boot camp where we bring serious rigor to the simple and elegant fundamentals of having a one-on-one dance conversation - but without the pain and push-ups!
Ensemble: Lissa Schneckenburger
In this class participants will have the opportunity to learn how to play well together as a group, and get lots of repertoire and arranging ideas to take home. We will spend some time breaking into small groups to pick tunes, create arrangements, and have a hands-on experience with each musical concept that we explore as a class. Please bring a recording device, a notebook, and your instrument. All instruments and levels of experience welcome.
Caller's workshop: Sue Rosen
For callers of all experience levels and those interested in becoming callers. Some topics that we’ll discuss, explore and practice will include dance programming, adding squares to your life, the business of being a caller, working with the band, and sounding good at the mic.
|11:15-12:00||Swimming, Bookstore staffed, spaces available|
Contra with Sue
Music by: Lissa Schneckenburger, Corey DiMario, Jean DesRochers, Anna Patton
The best dances, old and new, from near and far. We'll master some favorite chestnuts and explore how contradance choreography has developed into the coolest dances of the current day.
Appalachian Clogging & Flatfooting: Matthew Olwell
Music by: Emily Miller
Clogging and flatfooting is really REALLY fun, and great exercise! We will explore musicality and economy of motion to acquire a solid foundation of rhythmic building blocks. We will also use musical ideas from tap traditions to open new doors in our choreography and improvisation. A great class for students of any level, from beginners who want a fast-paced course including steps and improv drills, to advanced dancers who want to revisit the basics to hone their technique, facility and repertoire.
Quebec style Piano: Guillaume Turcotte
A Quebec piano class where you can learn the style's particular rhythms and accompaniments. Besides basic accompaniment, we'll learn how to play reels and jigs with the right hand while finding chord voicings for the left hand. You can also learn how to do some podorhythmic piano! All students welcome - from beginning to advanced.
Boat Building: Jesse Readlynn
Take a break from the tunes to build a model sailboat that sails itself. The boats are easy and fun to design, build, and sail, using simple tools and basic materials; no prior woodworking experience is necessary. The design for the sailboats comes from Richard Hooke, long-time English dancer and early musician. Jesse learned to build the boats in Richard's woodworking classes as a child in Amherst, MA. Jesse will guide the class through all the steps from designing the shape of the hull, to trimming the rigging to make the sailboat fly across the pond. Weather permitting, we'll hold a regatta at the end of the week.
A Tour of Traditional Squares: Nils Fredland
Music by: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Owen Morrison, Corey DiMario
Traditional squares have had a place in New England ballrooms and the ranches of the Southwest, in the Southern Appalachians, and in communities from Quebec to California -- and everywhere in between and beyond. Our week together will take us on a journey to sample the diverse range of styles included in the broad category of traditional squares. The music will be fantastic, the repertoire will be rich and interesting, and the calling will be engaging, skillful, and exciting. Join us!
American Vernacular Dance Sampler: Emily Oleson
Music by: Anna Patton, Guillaume Turcotte
Dances that have sprung up in America often have shared roots. This class will focus on similarities and differences in American social dances. We'll play with Appalachian flatfooting, some contemporary urban dances, and in particular vernacular jazz movement like the Shorty George, Suzie Q, and the Charleston, vintage dances of African American origins done in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. We'll attempt to return these social dances to their social (as in party) context, looking at some historical sources and sociopolitical issues along the way!
Guitar: Jean DesRochers
Learn guitar accompaniment in standard tuning or drop D tuning. Explore different rhythms (such as reels, jigs and waltz) as well as different chord voicings and substitutions to enrich your accompaniment vocabulary. The level of the class will be adapted to the level of the students.
Group Singing for All: Emily Miller
We'll learn rounds, traditional music from West Virginia, English pub songs and some 4-part gospel songs. This class will focus on the joy of singing together, with spine-tingling harmonies and step-pepping raucous energy. This music is perfect for community singing, so all experience levels are welcome.
Open Mic for Musicians and Callers: Nils Fredland, Lissa Schneckenburger
Come and dance, play, call, or do it all!
Québec Tunes for All: Véronique Plasse
An afternoon tune party for all instruments. Véronique will teach a tune or two and then open it up to your favorites, session-style. There will also be a few call-and-response songs in the mix.
|5:45-6:30||Swimming and Bookstore staffed|
|8:00-11:00||Evening Dance Party including a couple dance interlude|