Family Week at Pinewoods
July 20 - 27, 2013
Is there still room?
For up-to-date info about availability and wait lists,
see our main Dance & Music Camps page.
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.
Family Week is a wonderful combination of learning and doing. We offer opportunities for experienced campers to deepen their connections and welcome new participants of all ages to share the music and dance that we love, and the community it supports. Our classes strive to improve skills while the evening program stresses inclusion of the entire community, keeping the dancing, singing and other activities accessible and fun, as our skills improve through the course of the week.
Dance classes include contras, squares and English country, including a class to teach the basics of both English and American dance styles, as well as, garland dance and Appalachian clog. There will be many opportunities for singing, a jam session every afternoon, and a daily musical procession or two. Musicians in the band class will prepare to play for a dance each evening; the song class will give us a nightly song. There will also be crafts, swimming, and hanging out with friends, old and new.
Family Week fills us with inspiration that sustains us through the year and we are lucky to have great programs of this sort developing around the country. This year's Family Week at Pinewoods brings together organizers of Family programs from across the country. While preserving cherished Pinewoods traditions, we learn from the experiences of CDSS programs at Timber Ridge, where Kappy Laning is long time Camp Director as well as the programs of other, affiliated, organizations. Katy German is Assistant Program Director and has run the children's program for many years at Berea's Christmas Country Dance School. Kalia Kliban recently directed Bay Area CDS Family Week. We also expect a visit during the week from our Family Week at Ogontz Camp Director, Robin Rogers-Browne. Each of these programs is, and should be, distinct, but we will take this opportunity to share our approaches and, together, bring you and your family a great program. We hope you can join us.
Steve Howe, Program Director
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.
Printable Information for Accepted Campers
Acceptance Information: Details for getting to and being at camp.
Welcome letter with more information about the program.
Family Bio Sheet: Use this or create your own with information you want to share and that will help others get to know your family better.
General Info: On being at camp with minors.
Parent & Guardian Form: Needed for each minor 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|
9:00 Kids' Classes
Age 3-5 Move and Groove: Emily Troll -- Silly songs, fun music games, and groovy dancing.
Age 6-7 Music and Movement: Deirdre Murtha -- Campers will enjoy play party, partner, and longways dances, creative movement, singing and hand-clapping games, and call and response songs.
Age 8-9 Longsword: Kappy Laning, Keith Murphy -- Style, rhythm, team work in a longsword dance. We will make our own kits, so bring a large white t shirt.
Age 10-12 Not Your Grandma's Social Dances: Katy German, Becky Tracy -- Actually, they are more like your great-great-great-grandmother's dances! But that doesn't mean we can't infuse them with new energy and make them our own. We'll be looking at some classic English dances, discussing what makes them unique and interesting, and thinking about what it means to be part of a living tradition. Many of the dances we learn during class will be on the evening dance schedule. We will also be focusing in on a few more complex dances and unique formations. At the end of the week, we'll stun the entire camp with our amazing performance. It will be epic.
9:00 Adult Classes
Cruising Altitude (Int/Exp ECD): Kalia Kliban / Karen Axelrod, Paul Woodiel -- We'll assume familiarity and comfort with ECD basics, including heys and double figure 8s, and soar upward from there. The last 400 years have given us a glorious range of challenging and satisfying dances, some familiar and some less so, and we'll wing our way through as many as we can with streamlined teaching and a fast pace. Each session will start with a short waltz for the benefit of those who need an extra couple of minutes to help a child get to class. Miss the take-off? Don't be shy! Change your shoes and launch from the bottom!
Appalachian Clog for all: Abby Ladin / Sam Bartlett -- No experience necessary OR brush up on your favorite steps. Learn the double basic, the buck step and the Tennessee walking step for starters. Let’s get percussive with great banjo music and some rhythm in our feet!
|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
Lullabies and Quiet Songs (Age 8 & younger w/parent): Deirdre Murtha -- Instead of a nap, enjoy a relaxing musical session with your child as we sing songs and share gentle movement activities about the quiet joys of families, nature, and animals.
Community Art (Age 8 & up, under 8 w/parent): Abby Ladin -- Abby will bring some projects and we will change the pace a bit, quietly creating.
Family Band (Age 10 & up, younger if passionate): Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy -- Bring you instrument and we will fit you in! Together, with some work and concentration, we will make music to dance to.
Singing Class (Age 10 & up, younger if passionate): John Mayberry -- We will work from prescribed parts, many taught by ear, as well as get some practice in improvising and developing harmonies. We will work on a number of songs, improving them as the week progresses. There will be opportunities for us to break into song for the whole camp as well.
Beg/Int Contras, Squares and English (Age 13 & up, 8-12 w/parent): Kathy Anderson, Karen Axelrod, Paul Woodiel, Sam Bartlett -- A friendly introduction to contras, squares and English: We will review the basic moves in these styles while dancing entertaining and accessible dances. A preparation for one dance from the evening's program will be offered each day. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to dance with their children. Experienced dancers are invited to share their skills during this class.
2:45 Kids' Classes
Age 3-5 Singing Games: Deirdre Murtha -- Campers will enjoy simple play party, circle, and partner dances, singing games, creative movement, song dramatizations, and percussion instruments.
Age 6-7 Stories, Songs and More: Abby Ladin -- Some down time together: stories, singing, drawing and exploring in nature.
Age 8-9 Singing and Dancing: Katy German, Sam Bartlett -- Are you ready to learn some new and more challenging dances, but not willing to cut back on silliness and fun? Well, this is the class for you! Each day we will devote time to earnestly developing our dance skills, singing some new songs, and doing something silly. (I have a hunch that our musician, Sam Bartlett, can help out with that.) Many of the dances and singing games we learn during class will also happen at the morning gathering, so you can help the adults when they get confused. We may even choose to lead a few dances at morning gathering in the later part of the week!
Age 10-12 Morris: John Mayberry, Emily Troll -- John may be a Fool, but who better to lead a serious morris dance class!
2:45 Adult Classes
Int/Exp American Dance Party: Kathy Anderson, Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy -- Contras and squares for age thirteen and older, with contras from the traditional to the hot off the presses dances, and squares from the Southern, 50s Western and New England traditions. Lots of dancing!
Garland for all: Kappy Laning, Paul Woodiel -- Learning The Rose will be the focus of this class. It is a linked garland dance with flowing and elegant figures done with a fast walking step. All levels are welcome. We will also be making our own head pieces.
|3:45-5:00||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
Jam Session: Emily Troll
All are welcome. A great way to unwind and have fun late in the day - a casual, inviting jam session in Ampleforth. There is still time for a quick dip before swim ends.
Teen Class: Anna Mayberry
Come and find out!
Porch Sing: John Mayberry
All are welcome to join John on the Camphouse porch as swimming ends. Join in on the chorus, make a request, lead a song, or lurk at the edges and enjoy the music. This is relaxed and welcoming; John will make sure that the songs keep coming.
|8:30||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger|
|8:45-10:45||Evening Dance Party|
|9:30||Bedtime for 10-12 year olds|