English Dance Week at Pinewoods
August 2 - 9, 2014
Are you an English Dancer?
- Is heaven for you dancing all day and all night, going to all of the parties, and never once missing breakfast?
- Did you start dancing this past year, and now you can’t get enough and want to know everything?
- Triple threat? Country dancer, ritual dancer, AND musician?
- Anywhere in-between?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then English Week is for you! Join us for a week of wonderful dancing and music in a magical setting as we attempt to answer the question, what is an English Dancer?
This week’s classes focus on skill building in all its forms as we hone this craft we love. Graded English country classes will introduce you to repertoire, style, and play as you learn about danc-ing, as well as danc-es. Try out morris dance or English clog for the first time, or polish your morris and rapper skills. Share a song and pick up new songs to share. Bring your instrument and learn some new tunes and think about playing in new ways.
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," with all the splendid country dance musicians and callers on staff. Afterwards, you'll have ample opportunities to make good things happen, with late night singing and dancing, a ceilidh dance and pub sing for sure, and the annual fun and fundraising auction to support camp scholarships for years to come.
Come to English Week for the dancing, but come also for the people. Carve out time in your schedule for swims, sunning on the dock, tea time, games, a walk, a nap, and of course laughing yourself silly at the daily all-camp gathering. Think about a party you’d like to host sometime during the week – so many things are possible. Meet dancers and musicians from everywhere; find your next favorite partner.
See you there, and don’t forget to save me a dance!
--Joanna Reiner, Program Director
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
ECD: What’s Your Style? (Adv): Joanna Reiner
Music by: Aaron Marcus, Mary Lea, Paul Oorts
This class will explore the concept of English dance style: what is it, and how do you become conscious of, or even change, your own style. We’ll look at the physicality of the dance form – use of arms, ankles, etc., and think about how groups of dancers develop a distinct style of their own.
ECD: Moving to the Next Level (For All): Robin Hayden
Music by: Anita Anderson, Emily O'Brien
This workshop is for dancers who have some familiarity with the basic figures of English country dance and are motivated to know more. While enjoying gems from both classic and contemporary repertoire, we'll look closely at how we move as dancers and each come away with techniques to elevate our own dancing and experience a deeper enjoyment of the dance.
Cotswold Morris (Adv): Tom Redman
Music by: Martha Edwards
Cotswold Morris is possibly the most iconic form of traditional English dance. Over the years the dance has got bigger, longer, slower and more inventive in both England and America. This class will look at many of the distinctive and finer stylistic details of various dance traditions, and have a core focus on Ducklington. This class is aimed at the more experienced dancer. However, all dances will be taught from scratch. If you are fit, enthusiastic and fast at learning but relatively new to Cotswold, you are also most welcome.
ECD:1651 (Adv): Robin Hayden
Music by: Jonathan Jensen, Martha Edwards
The first edition of the English Dancing Master published by John Playford in 1651, contained 105 dances. Many of these remain favorites in modern English country dance repertoire; many that were popular in the early days of the ECD revival are done less frequently today; and some have sunk, perhaps deservedly, into oblivion. In the course of the week we’ll get a broad overview of this seminal collection, looking at beloved favorites, challenging classics well worth knowing, and a selection of unusual and less familiar dances, each with something intriguing to offer.
ECD: English Explorations (For All): Scott Higgs
Music by: Anita Anderson, Mary Lea
We'll enjoy a tasty selection of Scott's favorites, with an eye to savoring their sometimes-hidden treats. Each day we'll also try one experimental dance, to stretch ourselves and (we hope) discover something new.
Anna Marley's Jump Rope Clog (For All): Olivia Barrand
Music by: Aaron Marcus
This class will feature the Marley's jump rope clog routine, a style of English step dancing with wooden sole shoes. The dance consists of relatively simple steps with the added element of jump rope for those who would like a bit more of a challenge. Bring clogs or hard sole shoes, if you have them, or borrow some from CDSS for the week.
Ensemble Playing: Music from the Low Countries: Paul Oorts
This class will focus on repertoire and ensemble playing - what to do when you're not playing lead, etc. It will be built around 18th century music from the Low Countries. These are tunes which none or few have played before, and which have no dances written for them. Maybe someone will be inspired to create some…
Gathering: Jody Kruskal
|12:00-12:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
Open Mic: Joanna Reiner
Music by: Martha Edwards, Anita Anderson
So you say you want to be a caller? This class is a great opportunity to get some practice time at the microphone under the constructive guidance of Joanna, plus another opportunity to encourage and dance to the calling of your peers. Callers, please come prepared with at least two dances you’d like to call – one dance you’re very familiar with, and one dance you consider a calling challenge. Although independent from the caller’s discussion, this session will build on themes from Robin’s 4th period class.
Choreography Unleashed: Scott Higgs
Music by: Jonathan Jensen
Have you ever composed a dance? Is it already perfect, or are there still some kinks to work out? This session is focused on trying (and tweaking) new dances. Along the way, we will explore different approaches to choreography, and identify key elements of successful dances. In addition to choreographers, dancers are welcome -- it can be great fun to participate in the creative process, and watch new ideas unfold!
Morris (For All): Olivia Barrand
Music by: Jody Kruskal
This class will focus on a variety of show dance jigs and reels from Tony Barrand's compilation of Roy Dommett's notes entitled 'Other Morris'. We will work on ﬁgures and styles from different traditions, many of which are based on English country dance ﬁgures.
ECD: On the Leading Edge (For All): Scott Higgs
Music by: Aaron Marcus, Emily O'Brien
The last 35 years have seen explosive growth in English choreography and reconstruction. We'll look at landmark dances that illustrate this progression, and compare them with the latest offerings of today's reconstructors and composers.
Callers Discussion: Robin Hayden
Many English dance callers find themselves in a position to be community leaders – to bring something more to their community than the ability to teach and prompt dances. In this weeklong discussion, we’ll delve into the big questions any community leader needs to address, both in general and personally. Those who wish to will end the week with a clear sense of their own strengths as leaders and an artistic vision for their community. Aimed at dance leaders, but open to all.
Rapper Sword (Int): Tom Redman
Music by: Jody Kruskal
Arguably the most influential change to 20th Century to rapper dancing was the creation of a flexible, free flowing dance constructed from a selection of collected traditional and adapted figures. Bill Cassie and the Newcastle Kingsmen created this (then) controversial dance in the 1950s and the team have been performing it ever since. Tom will teach this dance focusing on the team’s style and dance technique which has become embedded over the last 50-60 years. This class is aimed at dancers with some prior experience and practice of sword dancing.
Basic Yoga & Stretching (For All): Olivia Barrand
Enjoy a daily routine of basic yoga, stretching and relaxation techniques. All you need is comfortable clothes and a yoga mat or a towel.
|4:00-4:30||Tea, Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
ECD: Vive la Difference! (For All): Joanna Reiner
Music by: Jonathan Jensen, Paul Oorts, Emily O'Brien
One of the wonderful and interesting things about English dance is that it is ever-evolving. The same dance from the 1600s is danced differently in different parts of the US and might have several different interpretations. A modern ECD choreographer will borrow a figure, theme, or idea from an older dance and use it in a completely new way. This class for all will be a light-hearted look at some dances with a duality or a commonality. Which version will be your favorite?
English Song: Tom Redman
There is nothing like a good old sing... This class will include a selection of activities throughout week with a mixture of sing around sessions, a master class style ‘songshop’ (an opportunity to present work-in-progress songs to the group for some feedback and stylistic suggestions) and communal whole group singing led by Tom. He is passionate about songs from his home county of Sussex on the South coast of England and will draw upon some of this repertoire throughout the course of the week.
Playing for Dancing: Mary Lea
This is a class for musicians who want to play or who already play for dancing who wish to hone their skills further and to infuse energy, drive and musical interest in their playing. Through games involving movement, singing, playing, the goal is to discover how to motivate dancers' movements and express the choreography of the dance through what you do on the instrument you play. This class is designed to help people become better dance musicians and to play with more commitment (key word here!) and understanding of what can be done to help propel dancers. Tunes will be from recently-composed repertoire as well as chestnuts in the ECD tradition. Not everything in class will involve reading music, but having that skill will be very useful when we do look over some specific pieces.
|5:30-6:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed, camper-initiated parties|
|8:00-10:45||Evening Dance Party (starting with For Those Who Know)|