American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods

August 9 - 16, 2014

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Tentative Schedule        Camp costs

Printable information

Program Description: a 1 page version of this page

Daily Schedule: a 1 page daily timetable

Description of Classes: a 2 page description of the classes

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

Program Description

photo by Jeff Bary

Welcome to American Week where friends, old and new, gather together for a memorable music and dance experience in the pines between the ponds. For sure there will be some difficult choices for you to make from the enticing menu of classes we’ve assembled for you. We’ve gathered many of America's finest dance teachers and musicians to mix and match into creative ensembles for this rich and varied program. This multi-talented staff is excited to be coming together to provide us with a unique dancing and musical experience and opportunities to learn from these masters. This year we are featuring a strong program in the traditions from Appalachia and the American South and from Ireland along with contras morning, noon and night.

Do you love contras, squares and waltz? Want to be part of the Dare to be Square revolution and learn to call southern squares? Feel like kicking up your heels in the old Irish style of sean-nós step dance or Appalachian flatfooting? Have you tried Irish set dance? Bring your dance shoes and lots of energy. We’ll have two daily stretching sessions to keep you loose and limber, morning contras and waltz to wake you up, and afternoon squares and more challenging contras to spice up the mix.

Can’t dance all day? Not a problem. Bring your instruments and your voices because this week promises a full program of music classes and more. Come and try something new under the guidance of teachers who are experts in their fields, and who will have you playing and singing with your heart and soul. Choose from two very different singing classes, ensemble playing, old time jamming, instrument classes, and learn tunes by ear to accompany our all-camp processions to the evening dance in C#. Get messy and creative with paper, paint, glue and who-knows-what else in the daily community art class. Carve out some time to sit on the porch, take a swim, jam or nap, but don’t miss the daily gathering where we’ll join for some singing, laughs and concerts.

Evening dance parties, filled with contras, squares and couple dances, to the great music and calling of our staff set the nights aglow and are followed by after-dance parties in the camphouse where the fun continues with more opportunities for playing music and games, singing and dancing.

I'm excited about the wealth of talent and offerings that will be shared at camp this year. I hope to see you there. -- Sue Rosen, Program Director

Printable Information for Accepted Campers

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Here are links to further details:

The Program: one page Program Description

Getting Ready: Details for being at camp.

Getting to Camp: Driving Directions

  • [Public Transportation] Coming soon
  • Van seats between Boston's Logan Airport and Pinewoods [available at $30 each] - Contact us!
  • [Rides]: Do you need or can you offer a ride? Coming Soon

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 Sue Rosen
12:00-12:30 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
4:00-4:30 tea
5:30-6:30 Swimming and Bookstore staffed
6:30 Dinner
7:45 Music Procession: Dinner to C# dance
8:00-11:00 Evening Dance Party
11:00 After-dance Activities