English & American Dance Week at Pinewoods

August 23 - 30, 2014

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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

Evening dance
Photo by Doug Plummer

Come experience Pinewoods English & American week: where traditions are brought vibrantly to life. This is the time and place to immerse yourself in an incredible range of music and dance - do some of your favorites and try something new, all in the serene setting of Pinewoods camp: walk down the path through the woods to an open air dance hall, to your cozy cabin, to the dining hall for a delicious meal, or to one of the ponds for a swim.

Fill your day with social dancing, percussive dance, ritual dances, or a mix! There’s plenty of opportunity for sublime English Country dancing and energetic Contra dancing. Learn Ritual dance from England or Percussive steps from Quebec. You’ll have the chance to do some waltzing, Irish sets, and squares from north and south. Take a break from dancing and do some harmony singing, play your instrument in a band, hone your calling skills, or collaborate with dance organizers from around the country in the Dance Organizer’s mini-course (requires separate registration). An incredible staff will guide and inspire you.

Each day before lunch, the camp comes together for Gathering, where your staff and fellow campers will surprise and delight you with tricks, treats and hidden talents. Each night, the camp convenes again for a joyful celebration of English and American and couples dancing to fabulous music. After the evening dance, why go to bed when you could go to the ceilidh or the pub sing at the late night party? Perhaps you will find yourself singing a torch song on cabaret night!

The full schedule only begins to describe all the greatness that is in store for the week. People will spontaneously gather to jam, learn a dance step, play a game, tell a joke, share stories, throw a party, or just visit with each other. The week is made magical by the folks who come together to create and share it. I invite you to be one of them!

Shawn Brenneman, Program Director

Special Course

Also offered during this week: Dance Organizers Course, led by Gaye Fifer. Pre-registration is required for this Course.

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 Owen Morrison
11:55-12:30 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
  Dance Organizers Course: Gaye Fifer
  Dance Organizers Course: Gaye Fifer
5:15-6:00 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
6:15 Dinner
7:40 Couple Dances
8:00-11:00 Evening Dance Party
11:00 After-dance Activities