American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods
August 8 - 15, 2015
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Program Description: a 1 page version of this page
Updated 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.
Welcome to American Week where friends, old and new, gather together for a memorable music and dance experience in the pines between the ponds. You will have lots to choose 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, musical and learning experience.
Do you love contras, squares and couple dance? Want to be part of the Dare to be Square revolution and learn to call exciting squares? Feel like kicking up your heels in Appalachian clogging or adding some new moves to your swing dance repertoire? You’ll find all of this at American Week; plus this year we introduce English country dance into our daily program and we add a class in Marley clog, a style of English percussive dance featured on the stages of New York in the last century. Bring your dance shoes and lots of energy. We’ll have daily stretching sessions to keep you loose and limber, morning contras 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, some music theory, old time jamming, instrument classes, and learn some new tunes by ear. Get creative in the community art class which will feature book making this year. 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, stunts, 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
The Program: one page Program Description
- Updated Daily Schedule
- Class Descriptions
- Class Questionnaire: Please give us an idea of the classes you will take. Available online or pdf form
Getting Ready: Details for being at camp.
Getting to Camp: Driving Directions
Tentative Schedule: Updated from printed version
Morning Warmups: Joel Rosen
Start your day with a set of gentle Tai Chi stretches and warmups to relax the body and calm the mind. You'll have more energy for a full day of dancing and music, and more appetite for breakfast!
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
Morning Contras: George Marshall
Music by: Julie Metcalf, Sam Bartlett, Peter Barnes
One of the things we love about dance is the ability to connect--to each other, to the music, to our surroundings or to a tradition. This contra class will explore connection through dance. We'll dance traditional "chestnuts," brand new compositions and everything in between.
Old Time Fiddle: Tom Sauber
Nashville, Georgia, syncopated shuffles; Kentucky and jazz bow; rolling (and rocking) bow; stresses, pulses and "jerks" - all terms to describe rhythm patterns and licks. We'll look at them, I'll tell you what they mean to me, then we'll see how they work in a variety of tunes. Be sure to bring a recording device.
Singing: Eden MacAdam Somer
In this class we will sing all kinds of music, from folk songs to madrigals and much more, sometimes learning by ear and sometimes working with written music. We'll work on singing musically as a group, hearing harmonies, and honing in on different styles, but mostly, we'll sing!
Cutting the Rug!: George Marshall
Music by: Eden MacAdam-Somer, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Peter Barnes
Couple dancing is a fun way to expand your social dance skills and repertoire! We'll explore several different styles during the week which may include Swing, Blues, Waltz, American Tango, and Scandinavian. The goal is to spend as much time as possible dancing to fabulous music with new dances introduced each day.
Square Dance Callers: Larry Edelman
Music by: Julie Metcalf, Bruce Rosen
This hands-on workshop will focus on building our square dance calling skills. We'll explore and practice a variety of skills including regional calling styles, patter calling, phrasing, vocal presentation, teaching, working with musicians, collecting, and more.
Appalachian Clogging: Annie Fain Barralon
Music by: Martha Owen
Does listening to lively old-time music make you want to jump out of your seat and dance? It only takes knowing a few steps to dance to your heart's content and that's exactly what you'll be doing during this week of Appalachian style, percussive dance. Join a North Carolina native, who has been dancing her entire life, for a good time learning a variety of basic steps and short routines to live music. For all levels.
Guitar: Patrick Sauber
This class will be centered on rhythm guitar because it's the most important aspect of traditional, dance-based musics and because there are never enough good rhythm guitar players. We'll work on the right hand mechanics that will help find the "groove" and help you become a guitar player that fiddlers and others really want to play with.
|11:25-11:55||Gathering with Sue Rosen|
|12:00-12:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
A Travelogue of Square Dance Styles: Larry Edelman
Music by: Tom Sauber, Patrick Sauber, Sam Bartlett, Bruce Rosen
During these daily sessions we'll hone our dancing skills and have a ton of fun dancing traditional square dances from a variety of places and a variety of time periods.
The Joys and Delights of Music Theory: Anna Patton
A class for singers and instrumentalists who want to get a better feel for what chords and chord progressions are all about. Working with well-known songs and dance tunes, we'll make up bass lines, harmonize and improvise. A safe and fun place to ask questions and conduct harmonic experiments.
Banjo: Annie Fain Barralon
Have a banjo lying around that you've always wanted to learn to play or do you already play and want some new tunes to add to your tune list? Get started from the beginning, from how to hold and tune the instrument to chord positions. Approach learning tunes by ear and get an introduction to playing in different keys. Return home with some great tunes under your belt and the tools to expand your repertoire on your own. BYOB-that's Bring Your Own Banjo! (materials needed: 5 string banjo, tuner, banjo capo, recording device, extra batteries).
English Country Dancing for All: Barbara Finney
Music by: Eden MacAdam-Somer, Anna Patton, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Peter Barnes
Open to all experience levels, this class will include English country dance classics, new compositions, traditional favorites, various formations, meters and energy levels, basic figures and (potentially) more complex ones. You can also expect style tips for increasing your enjoyment of the dance.
Bookmaking: Annie Fain Barralon
Come rest your feet awhile and make a collection of amazingly varied, mixed-media book structures that can be used as small gifts, personalized journals, simple photo-albums or even songbooks. No previous experience needed. Daily drop ins o.k. We will make a different book structure each day. $5 Materials Fee payable at the first class.
Singing with Tom and Patrick: Tom and Patrick Sauber
Come with a song or two you'd like to sing. We'll be talking about oldtime, bluegrass, and country singing - two and three part harmonies; how to find the parts, and blend your voice with your fellow singers.
Southwestern Tunes Workshop: Larry Edelman
In this session we'll learn tunes traditionally played in harmony by fiddles and accompanied by guitars, but all instruments are most welcome. Those who participate should be comfortable on their instrument and able to learn tunes by ear. We'll learn two "family" of tunes, the Spanish Colonial dance music of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado, featuring waltzes, polkas, schottisches, and more, and the fiddle music of the Gu-achi Fiddle Band of the Tohono O'odham tribe from Arizona. These beautiful, catchy, and quirky tunes will haunt you forever!
3 Pepper Contras and More: Sue Rosen
Music by: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Anna Patton, Bruce Rosen
Nothing bland about these dances with cool moves, interesting progressions, or weird end-effects. Bring your wits and a sense of humor.
Marley Clog: Laura Robertson
Music by: George Marshall
Before tap shoes there was an extensive history of wooden shoe dancing in America. The Marleys were a Connecticut family of dancers from the vaudeville days who had a particular style of clog dancing very related to the English "Lancashire" clog. In her eighties, Anna Marley passed several of her family show and teaching routines to Dr. Tony Barrand and Kari Smith, and they have become part of the current wooden shoe tradition in New England percussive dance circles. We will learn one of these basic dances and have some fun putting our own spin on the vaudeville tradition! If you have wooden shoes, please bring them; otherwise any shoe that has a hard sole (non-rubber) that can make a sound when slapped against the floor will be great. There will be material for all levels, beginner to advanced percussive dancers.
Old Time Jam: Julie Metcalf, Sam Bartlett
Come learn some new tunes and wail away on old favorites, while working on some stylistic points of old-time and string band music.
|5:30-6:30||Swimming and Bookstore staffed|
|7:45||Music Procession: Dinner to C# dance|
|8:00-11:00||Evening Dance Party|