English Dance Week at Pinewoods
August 1 - 8, 2015
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Here is the List of dances we danced this year.
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.
Welcome to English Week 2015!
When people ask me why I go to dance camp, I always say it’s because there’s nothing like going on vacation with all of your friends. English Week is this rare opportunity to come together with our community and participate in this sport of English dancing we love so much in one of the most beautiful and magical places anywhere, Pinewoods Camp.
In this CDSS centennial year we will celebrate English Week’s past, present and future. We’ll compare and contrast the country and ritual dances people were dancing in the first dance weeks at camp, and the music that accompanied them, to what and how we dance and play today. We’ll think about the notion of “English dance” and how that meaning has changed and will continue to evolve.
Each day, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from our fabulous teaching and music staff. We’ll enjoy English country, morris, rapper, clogging, longsword, singing, music classes, a daily American dance class, and on and on… Evening dances will feature a wide range of both favorite and about-to-be favorite English country dances, plus a nightly dance "For Those Who Know.”
Camp is also an opportunity for you to make things happen: throw a chocolate party, volunteer to host a pub sing, teach people how to make marble machines, serenade camp as we wait on line for dinner. The possibilities are endless. And from experience I can tell you that it never hurts to bring a tiara to camp - just in case…
Need a break from dancing? Carve out time in your schedule for swims, sunning on dock, a daily yoga class, tea time, games, a walk, a nap, and of course laughing yourself silly at the daily all-camp gathering. Meet dancers and musicians from everywhere; find your next favorite partner.
I look forward to seeing you all there. Don’t forget to save me a dance!
-Joanna Reiner, Program Director
Printable Information for Accepted Campers
The Program: one page Program Description
- 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
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
ECD: Challenging Commemoratives (Adv): Gene Murrow
Music by: Debbie Jackson, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Peter Barnes
Many distinctive English dances, past and present, were composed to honor notable people. If the honoree was a dancer, the result is often a unique creation that reflects the refined musical and choreographic tastes and extraordinary abilities of the person honored. We'll enjoy some of the most challenging examples that are rewarding and beyond the range of the typical non-workshop dance class or party.
ECD: Strengthening Your Core (for All): Kalia Kliban
Music by: Mary Lea, Dave Wiesler
Becoming fluent and comfortable with the basics of English country dancing gives us the ability to dance with joy and confidence. In this class we'll not only increase our comfort level with what are known as "glossary figures," the building blocks of most country dances, but we'll also get familiar with the core repertoire of classic dances, both historic and modern. Dancers of all levels are welcome.
Rapper (for All): Gillian Stewart
Music by: Tom Kruskal
Rapper is fast, furious, and fabulously fun. If you've ever wanted to tie yourself into knots in a musical manner whilst linked to four of your closest friends by pieces of sprung steel, all while keeping within the space confines of a typical British pub, look no further. This class will offer campers the opportunity to learn new figures, explore dance choreography, and sharpen stepping technique. Bring hard-soled shoes and an interest in trying something new– whatever your experience level!
ECD: Fine-tuning & Finesse (for All): Joanna Reiner
Music by: Dave Wiesler, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Anna Patton
English dancing is never the same twice. Each dance we go to, each dance we do is different based on the dancers present, the musicians, the size of the room, condition of the floor, the weather, and on and on. One key dance skill is the ability to shift and adapt to these different situations and environments. In this class we'll explore how we need to dance differently to various tempos, set spacing and choreographies to accommodate circumstances and be successful.
Morris: Bucknell (Adv): John Dexter
Music by: Earl Gaddis
Clog (for All): Meg Ryan
Music by: Tom Kruskal
Come and fall in love with the hornpipe rhythm and its beautiful tunes! Meg will draw from her repertoire of English Hornpipe steps to teach a class appropriate for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Hornpipes have a long history on the music hall and vaudeville stages as well as in more private settings. English "clog" is often synonymous with hornpipe. Steps are built on repeated phrases of movement and range from simple and accessible to complicated. If you have English step clogs (wooden soles) please bring them, or bring a pair of oxford style shoes with leather or smooth soles. A small number of loaner clogs will be available for use as well.
Music Workshop: Alterations: Debbie Jackson
Join us as we explore common ECD repertoire and experiment with alternative chording for 17th-19th century tunes, waltzes, and hornpipes. Over the course of the workshop we will reconstruct over 25 tunes, and bring a modern sound to the historical tunes and dances we know and cherish.
Gathering: Kalia Kliban
|12:00-12:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
Afternoon Delights: Contras and Squares: Lisa Greenleaf
Music by: Dave Wiesler, Anna Patton, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins
Come enjoy American dances to fabulous live music in a breezy open pavilion. We will explore a mix of traditional and modern contras, as well as satisfying squares. This is your chance to get in a swing or revisit one of those Chestnuts that you love.
Music Theory for Those Who’d Like to Know: Gene Murrow
For Dancers, Musicians, and Leaders: A multi-media presentation of the rudimentary elements of music theory as they apply to an appreciation of English country dance and music. The course assumes no knowledge of music whatsoever, but moves quickly to cover the basics of scales; keys (major, minor, modal); chords and simple harmony; music notation (you'll be able to read music by week's end); tempo, meter, and rhythm; and how it all combines to create the music we all love to dance to! The next time you hear something like " This next dance is a slip jig in 9/8 triple time, in D dorian mode, dotted quarter at about 106, two As and a B," you'll know exactly what it means!
Longsword: Gillian Stewart
Music by: John Dexter
Hailing from the north of England, longsword is stately, graceful, and surprisingly athletic. This class will teach one of the dances performed by Orion Longsword; dances which incorporate traditional longsword figures and stylistic elements into modern choreography. Open to all levels of experience, please wear supportive shoes with good tread (e.g., sneakers).
ECD: Transitions & Transformations (Adv): Joanna Reiner
Music by: Earl Gaddis, Debbie Jackson
Many of our contemporary English dances favor the concept of flow and intuition in the choreography. But this is a relatively recent idea. In this workshop we'll compare and contrast challenging dances of different eras and look specifically at the technique behind moving from one figure into the next, phrasing, punctuation, and building your sense of set awareness to so you can dance beautifully together.
ECD: For Those Who Want to Know – Mastering the Classics (for All): Gene Murrow
Music by: Peter Barnes, Mary Lea
A detailed look at some of the great "classic" dances that have been danced in England and America from the early days of the revival and onward and that everyone should know by heart. Beginners will learn the basic patterns; intermediate dancers will have a chance to memorize them; advanced dancers may concentrate on the fine points of style. Lots of attention to appropriate STYLE. Don’t sit out a FTWK again!
Morris Dance (for All): John Dexter
Music by: Tom Kruskal
Yoga (for All): June Rowlands
The therapeutic aspect of Yoga is a strong focus of my personal practice and teaching and I am keen to impart this to all who attend. Standing postures bring strength and stamina to the body; twists aid digestion whilst toning the waist and hips; backbends are rejuvenating, giving energy and courage and combat depression; balances develop lightness, muscle tone and improve co-ordination and concentration. Each class will end with some relaxation for the body and mind so you walk away with a spring in your step and a lightness of spirit. No previous experience in Yoga is necessary, whilst if you already have yoga skills and enjoy differing styles and approaches to yoga you will be most welcome. The only requirement is a towel or mat to sit/lie on the floor, loose comfortable clothing and a smile!
|4:00-4:30||Tea, Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
ECD: Changing Times, Changing Tastes (for All): Joanna Reiner
Music by: Peter Barnes, Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea
Every era (and these days, every year and every publication) produces the next favorite English dance. This class will be a lighthearted look at our changing list of favorites, repertoire dances, flashes in the pan, predilections of particular callers and communities, and more!
Music Workshop: On the Fly: Anna Patton
Skills and games for collective musical improvising and spontaneous arranging: One of the great pleasures of playing dance music is the spontaneous mind-meld moments of group creativity that come when everyone is listening and feeling game (and perhaps a bit punchy.) Magical as these moments are, they come from some basic skills that are accessible and fun to work on. This workshop is for everybody: bring any instrument or no instrument.
Informal Singing: Nathaniel Jack
Sometimes folks will just start singing. In a pub, on a porch, or late at night in the Camphouse, you can hear them strike up a tune with no preparation. Whether you want to be the person who rouses the crowd into harmonious action, or prefer to join in on the choruses, we can help you hone your skills, or just have some fun singing! Topics will include: Choosing songs for your repertoire (and changing them to fit your style); mood, tempo, and working the crowd; improvising harmony; and more!
|5:30-6:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed, camper-initiated parties|
|7:45-10:45||Evening Dance Party (starting with For Those Who Know)|