English Dance Week at Pinewoods

August 3 - 10, 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

Dance in the evening
Photo by Stewart Dean

This year we are bringing two people, Tom and Stephanie Besford, currently from Newcastle upon Tyne but moving soon to Manchester, England, to teach an expanded program of morris, sword and English clog. There will be six classes, including graded ones in both rapper and clog. Tom currently dances with the Kingsmen and with the High Spen Blue Diamonds; he specializes in teaching traditional dances, but also loves to work on new choreography. Tom will teach traditional longsword, advanced rapper, and North West morris. Stephanie teaches and dances both clog and rapper, and specializes in the traditional Lancashire style of clog dancing. Stephanie will teach two graded English clog classes plus beginning rapper.

As always, English country dance forms the core of this week’s program. Come and join us in a wide ranging selection of both the modern and classic, the old and new, and historical and traditional style dances, presented by three superb, friendly and supportive leaders: Joanna Reiner, from Philadelphia; Rich Jackson, from New Hampshire; and Brad Foster, from Amherst, MA. Joanna has been traveling the country and is very popular for her incisive, matter-of-fact style, her dry sense of humor, and her excellent selection of material. Rich is a mainstay of the Boston Centre group, a master at reconstruction (and one of the co-authors of the Neal Collection) who has recently joined the ranks of modern dance composers, and has a wonderfully welcoming style. Brad has been teaching for over 40 years and has a wealth of experience with both classic reconstructions and modern compositions. He loves sharing the joy of dance with others.

Once again there will be three graded classes in period two. Joanna will teach an advanced class in modern dances, Brad another advanced class in the classics, and Rich will teach repertoire and dancing style for intermediate and beginning dancers. Each of us will also teach another country class. Rich will present a look at the changing repertoire of Boston Centre over time, plus a workshop for dance choreographers. Joanna will explore the evolution of particular dances in different communities, and will lead the open mic, a time for all to practice calling. And Brad will teach from the repertoire of American favorites, plus lead a workshop focused on similarities between storytelling and the art of calling and teaching.

Music is a vital part of dance, and this year we’ve gathered together a fabulous group of musicians to give life and joy to movement and to teach you to play. I am particularly excited by all the different musical combinations available this year. Our staff includes Karen Axelrod, on piano and accordion, from Northampton, MA; Peter Barnes, on piano, flute, guitar and other instruments, from Greenfield, MA; Alex Cumming, on accordion, from Newcastle upon Tyne in England; Aldo Fabrizi on mandolin, from Amherst, MA; Shira Kammen, on fiddle, vielle and harp, from Berkeley, CA; Tom Kruskal, on concertina, from Sudbury, MA; Anna Patton, on clarinet, from VT and MA; Melissa Running, on piano, from Silver Spring, MD; and Paul Woodiel, on fiddle, from South Orange, NJ. They are all wonderful musicians on their own and adapt at both improvisation and making the music more than the sum of its parts. They will make the dancing fly.

Alex, Aldo and Melissa all mark their first appearance on the English Week staff this summer. Alex is active as a morris and sword musician and dancer in England and with Morris Offspring and Maple Morris. He will also lead harmony singing. Aldo has been playing for country dancing the Western MA, directs community orchestras, and is a member, with Karen and Peter, in the wonderful band the 3rd String Trio. Besides playing for country dance classes, Aldo will direct the open band. Melissa will be familiar to many of you as an English and Scottish dancer; she has also been playing for and calling dances for many years, and will bring her wonderful piano style to English Week this year. In addition, Anna Patton will lead a musicians workshop in improvisation.

For the first time, we will also have June Rowlands, from England, and a long-time occasional participant of English Week, to teach yoga. In addition, Karen Axelrod will once again grace us with her masterful leadership and comedy improv for Gathering.

-- Brad Foster, Program Director

Special Courses

Also offered during this week is Shira Kammen's English Dance Musicians Course, an intensive course in playing music for country dancing. Shira, from California, is very active in the English country, medieval and traditional music scenes. She will also play for evening dances and one daytime class. Separate registration is required.

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/edpw13

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
12:00-12:30 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
4:00-4:30 Tea, Swimming, Bookstore staffed
5:30-6:30 Swimming, Bookstore staffed, camper-initiated parties
6:30 Dinner
8:00-10:45 Evening Dance Party (starting with For Those Who Know)
11:00 After-dance Activities