Dance and Music Camps
2014 Camp Season
Welcome to our 2014 camp season. Pages include a program description, staff list and tentative schedule.
Summer Dance & Music Camps
Each summer, the Country Dance and Song Society runs several residential weeks for adults and families where we get to experience traditional English and Anglo-American dance and music in beautiful outdoor settings. Each weeklong program has a unique focus and each offers a different mix of dance, music, song and special workshops. There are daily classes, a dance party each evening (sometimes with a concert), followed by late-night activities, plus there is swimming, canoeing, and relaxing with old friends and new. Not to mention the scrumptious meals, fresh air, and break from our daily hectic lives. Programs are held near Plymouth, MA (Pinewoods); High View, WV (Timber Ridge); and Lyman, NH (Ogontz).
We produce a full-color photo brochure that lists our summer programs; please let us know if you'd like some copies to distribute in your community!
We also have two one-page PDF flyers which list all of the 2014 camp weeks — one with hot links to the camps for posting online or sending via email and one without links to hand out.
Early registration and scholarship deadline: March 24
Registrations received after that will be accepted in order of receipt. For up-to-date info about availability and wait lists, see our Dance & Music Camps page.
Each week's program has a unique focus and each offers a different mix of daily dance and music classes, singing and special workshops, with plenty of rest/play time. Once a day the whole camp gathers for games, singing or presentations. After dinner each evening there is a dance party, often with a concert, followed by late-night activities.
The minimum age for attendance at our adult weeks is 15. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over age 23. We can sometimes also accept a limited number of infants and children; please call for details. Adults without children are also welcome at Campers' and Family Weeks.
Our family programs provide many opportunities to share traditional English and Anglo-American dance, music and storytelling as well as the beauty of the outdoors with children. This is a great way to spend time with your children, your grandchildren, your nieces and nephews, or other children dear to you.
At the Family Weeks, each age grouping has a maximum number of spaces available. Adults without children are also welcome. Our Family and Campers' Weeks offer new material and many insights for teachers, librarians, and others working with children who wish to incorporate traditional music and dance material into their curriculum.
Recent articles in Making Music Magazine and South Shore Living have highlighted our Family camps.
I was at CDSS Family Week at Pinewoods this summer -
FABULOUS. During a conversation about how wonderful it was to watch all the
kids embrace the week, the woman with whom I was speaking leaned closer to me.
In a very serious, eyebrows-raised, I'm-about-to tell-you-the-secret-of-life
kind of way she said, "You know, deciding to bring my kids to dance camp
every year was the best decision I ever made as a parent." She meant it
with every fiber of her being. And I instantly knew she was right. My kids are
fairly young and most of the time I feel like I'm just winging it, but I knew
at that moment that whatever else I get wrong, bringing them into the world of
family dance camp is one heck of a got-it-right. Music, history, community,
dancing, singing, and life-long friendships; there's nothing else quite like
it. I'm grateful to have grown up with all this, and I hope to share it with as
many others as I can.
-- Katy German, Sept