English & American Dance Week at Pinewoods

August 10 - 17, 2013

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Printable information

Description of Classes: a 2 page description of the classes

Daily Schedule: a 1 page daily timetable

For accepted campers: Links to a few important pages and surveys.

Program Description

Evening dance
Photo by Doug Plummer

Pinewoods Camp is the perfect setting for a celebration of English & American dance traditions. The four open-air pavilions are ideally suited for the contra, English country, morris, sword, and percussive dances that fill our days at camp. The incomparable Pinewoods kitchen crew takes care of feeding our bodies so we can focus on feeding our souls with the fantastic music that floats through the woods, and the joy and camaraderie we find on the dance floor. And, flanking both sides of the unique property, are two beautifully swimmable ponds that beckon to us after some of the more strenuous dance classes, and after dancing for hours each evening.

English & American Week is built on a foundation of great contra and English country dancing. This year’s program features three of the best callers anywhere--George Marshall calling contras, Gene Murrow leading English, and Scott Higgs calling English and American dances. There are two hour-long opportunities to dance contras with George Marshall in the daily schedule. There are also three English Country dance classes in the program, allowing campers to begin their morning with an hour of English country and end their afternoon the same way. Every evening features a nearly three-hour dance party that alternates between English and American dancing. Best of all is the knowledge that you will be surrounded all week by people who love to dance contras and English country as much as you do!

The music staff will amaze, inspire and, most importantly, get your feet moving! Jonathan Jensen, lydia ievins and Anna Patton are some of the most sought-after English country dance musicians, among their myriad other talents. Richard Forest is one of Quebec’s greatest fiddlers and a composer of many classic fiddle tunes. The staff also includes the popular contra dance band Night Watch, comprised of Naomi Morse, Elvie Miller and Owen Morrison. They will be playing for one of the daily contra classes as well as in the evenings.

This year’s program puts a strong emphasis on English display dancing. The staff includes four native Brits, three of whom will be enjoying their first time at Pinewoods. Tom Besford will have a busy afternoon, teaching his exciting brand of Northwest morris, longsword, and rapper sword dancing. Ian Robb brings us a living tradition from the family of Cotswold morris. Also included will be a course in English clog, expertly taught by Stephanie Besford. Several of these classes will be accompanied by Alex Cumming, a talented young morris and ceilidh musician from the Southwest of England.

Those who enjoyed last year’s percussive dance theme will not be disappointed in 2013. Yaëlle Azoulay is back by popular demand to teach two levels of Quebecois Step Dance, as well as a class in body percussion. Stephanie Besford’s English Clog course will round out the program for those who like to make music with their feet.

Speaking of making music, that is highly encouraged! Internationally renowned singer Ian Robb will offer two different classes for singers. A dance band course will be led by Elvie Miller, a life-long dance musician and award winning piano and accordion player. Beyond the fixed daily program there will be plenty of opportunities for musicians to jam.

In the late-night hours following the evening dance, we’ll have several themed music and dance parties. One night will be an English ceilidh, another a French Canadian soiree. There will be a pub night and evening of Irish music and Irish set dances. Campers and staff alike will be invited to join in all of these activities however they see fit--bring your instruments, your singing voices and your dancing shoes.

Of course, English and American Week would not be complete without an enthusiastic bunch of dancers to bring the program to life. I can’t wait to see you all at camp!

Owen Morrison, Program Director

Printable Information for Accepted Campers

Acceptance Information: Details for getting to and being at camp

Class Questionnaire: Please give us an idea of the classes you will take. Also available online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/eapw13

Rides: Do you need or can you offer a ride? Also available online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PWrides13

Special Diet: Please let us know if you have dietary concerns. Also available online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PWDiets

If you have not already, please do sign the Waiver.

To pay any camp Balance Due

Tentative Schedule

7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
11:25-11:55 Gathering with Owen Morrison
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