Aaron Olwell has been playing music for more than half of his life. Fiddler’s conventions, trips to the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheiol, house parties, and square dances take up much of his time. He makes wooden flutes in the Olwell Flute Shop his father founded almost 30 years ago. He recorded the underground CD sensation Light & Hitch, one of the few bands to sell out a first pressing of albums without playing any gigs. Most recently Aaron has focused on the more humorous side of music, including pump-organs, chocolate flutes, clarinet duets, and the double slide whistle. He has been on Staff at the Augusta Heritage Center's workshops in Elkins, WV and he won first place in fiddle at the 2014 Appalachian Stringband Festival (aka Clifftop). He also plays clarinet in Boxcar Speakeasy, a roots jazz band.
Adam Oliver Brown
Adam Oliver Brown grew up spending his summers at Pinewoods Camp as the child of program director and staff members, where he learned many folk crafts from morris and mumming to marble-machine making. As a young adult, he has co-founded the internationally performing and award-winning Maple Morris youth dance troupe and been a performing member of the Thames Valley International morris team for 80% of his life so far. As a pretend adult, Dr. Brown is also known as a professor of Science Education and Science Communication in the Dept. of Biology at the University of Ottawa in Canada.
Harmony of Song & Dance at Pinewoods
Alistair Brown has been singing the old songs, and new songs written by people who like the old songs, since he was fifteen years old. His songs range from big ballads, comic ditties, songs of struggles (usually unsuccessful) against temptation, odes to conviviality and songs of unashamed sentimentality; to outrageously funny stories from a master of the art - all this accompanied by anglo concertinas and button accordion. He is a regular performer in clubs and festivals in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, as well as all over North America. He's been a frequent staffer at Pinewoods since 1980. He has entertained school children with songs and stories, been MC at many festivals and concerts, been guest soloist with three different symphony orchestras, and appeared on numerous radio and television programmes. He has run courses on folk music in university and summer music camps, and has taught folk dance for many years.
Born and raised in the Boston area, Amy McFarland started playing piano as a young child, studying everything from classical to folk to jazz and popular music, and her style reflects these varied influences. Amy learned to vamp in elementary school, and began playing for contra dances a few years later. She moved to the Midwest to go to college, and was an active musician in the Chicago dance scene in the 1980s, before moving in 1994 to rural Madison, WI. Since then she has played for dances and festivals around the U.S., for contra, English country dance, Irish ceili and set dancing, Scottish country dance, Cape Breton sets, couple dances, International, and many other styles. She has also taught in numerous settings, including workshops, group classes and private lessons, on piano and broader topics of musicianship. She has taught and performed at Folklore Village in Wisconsin, UW-Madison’s Continuing Studies (including their School of the Arts in Rhinelander), Milwaukee Irish Fest, the Door County Folk Festival, NEFFA, and others. For 19 years she was a member of The Last Gaspé band in Madison, and now she performs with Maria Terres in the duo Rare Privilege.
Andrew VanNorstrand is an accomplished singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from upstate New York. As a member of the Great Bear Trio, Giant Robot Dance and the Andrew & Noah Band he has toured extensively all over North America and has been a featured performer and instructor at many well-known festivals and music camps. His repertoire incorporates a wide range of musical genres and he loves exploring the connections between music and dance.
Ann Percival is a pianist, guitarist and singer, erstwhile social worker and artist. Anne's dancing days started when her Norwegian grandparents took her dancing at the Sons of Norway hall in Brooklyn. At Girl Scout Camp she discovered that she loved singing. She has in recent years found special enjoyment teaching visual arts and crafts. She is a founding member of Wild Asparagus and the O-Tones and is an exceptional dance musician for contras, squares and swing. Her vivacious personality and amazing repertoire of swing, gospel and other songs of many traditions are sure to keep everyone in camp jumpin' and jivin'.
Anna delights in the nexus of melody, movement, and community. As a dance leader, she channels the discipline of her day job as a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor, teaching efficiently and effectively, and calling every body to move confidently, with ease and grace. She is increasingly interested in how the skills one develops on the dance floor can translate into life wisdom. Anna is also an accomplished musician, most recently playing the recorder for English dances, weekends, and balls with her band Hot Toddy.
Annie Fain Liden Barralon
Annie Fain Liden Barralon is a native of the crafts and music/dance community of Brasstown, NC and is now the Music & Dance Coordinator for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She teaches a variety of classes at the school including book arts, clawhammer banjo, Appalachian clogging, and waltz clogging. Annie Fain plays banjo and banjo uke for the all-woman string band, Blue Eyed Girl, and has danced with both Loafers Glory Clog Morris and the Green Grass Cloggers. She continues to sell her handmade books, greeting cards, and original watercolors regionally and is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods
Barbara Finney is one of the East Coast's top English country dance leaders. Described as "articulate, genial and serene," she is known for her clear teaching and welcoming presence. Her varied dance background includes teaching and performing baroque, renaissance, morris, longsword and Scottish as well as English country dance. A regular dance leader at the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Barbara has led workshops across the U.S. and in Canada, has taught at many dance weeks and has served as program director for CDSS English Dance Week at Pinewoods. She dances longsword with Still River Sword and was a member of Ingrid Brainard's Cambridge Court Dancers, a troupe known for the accuracy of its historical reconstructions.
Barbara Greenberg began fiddling during her college years and has been "dancing" on the band stand or a dance floor since 1980. Playing both Contra and English Country dance music with Hold The Mustard, A Joyful Noise, A Band Named Bob and Reunion, she is highly sought after to play and teach at dance weekends and camps. She has recorded 7 albums of dance music with her bands and has traveled internationally with them. When Barbara is not fiddling, she is preparing the next wave of fiddlers and violinists in her studio teaching.
Betsy Blachly Chapin
Betsy Blachly Chapin works as a music educator at Bank Street School for Children with children age 1-6, and adults in the graduate school. Every week there is a family singing "assembly"! Her past experiences include being Program Director for CDSS Family Week at Buffalo Gap and a Teachers Training Week, being staff for CDSS Family Weeks at Pinewoods and Timber Ridge. She has created a "Guitar Institute" for classroom teachers, and also has a small music therapy practice. Life is good, and it starts with Pinewoods.
Beverly Francis finds English country dance endlessly fascinating after more than four decades. She is Country Dance New York’s leader of longest standing and has called dances up and down the East coast as well as across the country and in Canada. She has been on the staff at several previous Pinewoods weeks. Beverly is known for the clarity of her calling and her broad knowledge of dance history. These skills, coupled with a subtle sense of humor, enhance her rapport with dancers. A former member of Ring o’ Bells Morris and New World Sword, Beverly also has a particular fondness for Jane Austen’s country dance.
Bill Peek is the Music Director and Organist at the historic First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn, New York. He also teaches at the Portledge School in Locust Valley, NY, where he directs the choral music program, teaches music theory and coaches chamber and jazz ensembles. He has been playing music for English country dancing for many years and can be heard on several recordings.
Bob Wiemken began his musical life as a French hornist many years ago and continued pursuing modern brass for some 18 years. Eventually, however, he became inexplicably enamored of the double-reed instruments and leapt at the chance to begin playing early reeds in the Collegium while a graduate student in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania. That began a long love affair with medieval through early Baroque double-reed instruments that has only crescendoed over the past 27 years of playing, exploring, studying, maintaining, servicing and, above all, making reeds for shawms, dulcians, bassoon, krumhorns and more, for himself and many others. As Artistic Co-Director of Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, he has performed worldwide, recorded extensively, built over 100 programs of Renaissance and early Baroque music and commissioned new works for early winds and chorus. He has been very fortunate to perform with many of the world’s leading early music ensembles, in festivals in North and South America and throughout Europe, and in spaces contemporary with the music that helped him define the role, sound and capabilities of double reeds in historic performance settings. He is an eager and well-appreciated teacher and lecturer in college and university settings, having directed the Early Music Ensembles at the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University for 20 years, bringing the world of early reeds to modern players. He also teaches regularly at festivals and workshops throughout the country. Currently, in addition to his performing, researching, recording and educating responsibilities, he continues to attempt to plumb the depths of early reed construction, design and technique in an effort to understand the mysteries of these glorious instruments. www.piffaro.org/players/bob-wiemken
Brad Foster, from Amherst, MA, has been dancing and teaching English country, contras and squares, and morris and sword for over 40 years. He is well known for sharing the joy found in dance, and has taught throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, including at Berea, Pinewoods, Mendocino, John C. Campbell Folk School and Augusta. He is Executive and Artistic Director Emeritus of the Country Dance and Song Society, after 28 years as Director. He is also a founder of the Bay Area Country Dance Society as well as co-founder of their Mendocino English and American dance weeks.
Catherine Miller started out as a classically-trained violinist, playing for Iowa barn dances on the side. After moving to Boston, she became active in the folk music scene and can now be found playing for Scottish and English country dance, contra, and international dances in the New England area and across the country.
Chris Levey has led both English Country and morris dancing for over 35 years. For the last 15 years he has focused his morris teaching on the particular energy that youth bring to the tradition. Once they have mastered traditional styling, he guides them in taking ownership by adapting the form with their own group choreography. He is the founder and coach of the Green Mountain Morris, a teenage boys’ troupe, and Catamount Morris, a mixed tween-age team. He co-founded Oak Apple Morris (WI) and played the fool there and for sides in NJ and VT. Chris served as a member of the CDSS Governing Board and as the founding chair of its Youth Task Group.
Campers' Week at Pinewoods
Cindy Kallet is a songwriter, singer and guitarist who has taught and performed extensively throughout North America. She tours as a solo performer, as half of the duo, Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen, and as a third of the trio, Kallet, Epstein and Cicone. She adores teaching at music camps, and loves to help nurture the harmony-singing, songwriting and guitar-playing potential in all of us.
Harmony of Song & Dance at Pinewoods
Colleen Reed has been playing with music with babies, toddlers and preschoolers for 8 years as a Music Together teacher. A musician since she picked up a flute at age 10, she has always loved making connections through music with other people - in bands, orchestras, a fife and drum group, and playing for social dances. She never thought she could teach music, but found her passion for creating community and encouraging music making through taking Music Together classes when her son was a baby. Music play and improvisation -- either with kids or with other musicians at a dance -- create magical moments that keep her coming back for more. Colleen plays regularly for English Country Dances in the DC area and weaves cool tunes for contra dances with her band Triple Helix.
Dan Meyers holds an MM in Early Music Performance from the Longy School of Music, where he studied recorder with Sonja Lindblad and Renaissance winds with Dan Stillman, and a BA degree in music and English literature from Whitman College, where he studied modern trombone with David Glenn. He spent two seasons as a musician with the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and has been a performer at several early music venues in the U.K. and Ireland, where he received a Watson Fellowship for ethnomusicology studies. He is a founding member of the English consort Seven Times Salt, and has performed with the Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble, Schola Cantorum of Boston, and the Cambridge Revels. He also performs Irish traditional music on uilleann pipes, whistle, and flute; his piping was featured on the soundtrack of the award-winning documentary film "Rooters: The Birth of Red Sox Nation."
Dana Parkinson began contra dancing in 2009 and was immediately fascinated by the way folk dance and music fostered connections and communities. By 2010 she was calling, and has since been bringing her sweet and sassy style to dance weekends across the U.S. and Canada. Dana is best known for her creative programming, sense of humor, and no-nonsense walkthroughs. Though she is a full-time graduate student at Indiana University, she continues to call dance weekends because she could never live without the dance community, her extended family.
Daron Douglas is a captivating fiddler for American and English dance traditions. She plays with the dance bands Foxfire and Goldcrest. Daron also brings a rich repertoire of songs from her great-grandmother, who was one of Cecil Sharp's informants in the southern mountains. She has been on the staff at CDSS dance camps, at Ashokan and at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. She now lives and plays music in New Orleans.
Family Week at Ogontz
David Cantieni has brought innovative spice to contra dancers for more than 20 years with his prowess and musicality on flute, saxophone and bombarde in bands including Swallowtail and Wild Asparagus.
David Millstone fell in love with English country dance at Pinewoods Camp in 1987, and has been leading ECD for the past twenty years. He also calls American contras and squares, and he loves calling for family dances and other similar events. He is known for clear teaching, a broad repertoire, a gentle sense of humor, and the ability to pick dances that offer the right level of challenge for all audiences. He is currently President of CDSS.
David Schonfeld is a folk dancer and woodwind player based in West Hartford, CT. He has degrees in Music and Music Theory from CCNY and Yale. He also studied South Indian classical music for many years, both in the U.S. and in Madras (now Chennai) on a Fulbright, concentrating on vina. David plays oboe, clarinet, and recorder and has been focusing on baroque oboe since 2013. Participation in the Amherst Early Music Festival has deepened his appreciation for early music. David has done international folk dance since 1983 and is a core member of Always on Sunday, in Wethersfield, CT. Since 1988 he has been a member of IFD dance bands, first A Different Village, and later Hijaz. He has prepared many transcriptions for use in these bands.
David Smukler has been dancing since the mid-sixties, and calling for dances since 1981. He is an engaging teacher who presents a wide variety of dances, including plenty of New England contras, assorted squares, singing calls, triplets, mixers, old chestnuts and freshly minted dances. David infuses the energy of contras and squares into his calling for English dancing, and the grace of English dancing into his contras and squares. David is also the author (with David Millstone) of Cracking Chestnuts: The Living Tradition of Classic American Contra Dances, published by CDSS. www.davidsmukler.syracusecountrydancers.org
Doug Plummer is perhaps the best known photographic chronicler of the contra dance scene nationwide, which he has been doing since he started dancing in the late 1980s. He is a professional photographer and documentary filmmaker who works nationwide on advertising and institutional campaigns. His self-published Contradance Calendar, a photographic showcase of dance communities nationwide, is in its fifth year. He is working on a feature length documentary, Take Hands, on how a contra dance series can bring together a community in Oregon. He currently serves on the board of CDSS, and he also plays piano for contra dances.
Emily Miller was born in Kansas and raised in Hong Kong, where her family band performed traditional American music on television shows and in shopping malls throughout the city. Her main musical role these days is as singer in a honky tonk country band the Sweetback Sisters, which tours regularly around the U.S. and the world. When she's off the road, she plays fiddle for her local square dance in her new home of Elkins, WV.
Eric Maring, known to his young students as “Mr. M”, is an early childhood music specialist, a performing songwriter with several recordings to his credit, a dance caller, and a multi-instrumentalist. He studied piano as a young child, marveling at the works of Scott Joplin. Later he pursued guitar and tabla studies, traveling to France, Spain and India to study with some of the great virtuosos on those instruments. He holds an M.Ed from University of Maryland and teaches music at four pre-schools in the D.C. area including the University of Maryland’s Center for Young Children, the National Archives, and for the Levine School of Music’s early-childhood outreach program. He also performs in festivals and elementary schools, teaches guitar and piano to young musicians, and teaches music classes for children and parents at his home studio in College Park, MD. Most importantly, he is the proud father of two sons – Leo and Julian, both budding musicians.
CDSS at Timber Ridge
Gaye Fifer has been calling at dance weekends for many years. Her pleasant style and graceful teaching put dancers at ease and set the stage for a great dance experience. She has also taught numerous waltz workshops at virtually every dance weekend in the East. She now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. and travels whenever she gets the opportunity. Gaye has served on the CDSS Board and has a passionate interest in organizing to support dance community leaders & organizers.
Revels in Dance & Song at Ogontz
One of the best known and loved contra callers in the country, George Marshall's mission is to share the joy of dance! While working on the summer trail crew in the White Mountains of New Hampshire during the early seventies George discovered square and contra dancing, he was immediately hooked and became an avid dancer. In his first year at college, George helped start the band Swallowtail and began calling and playing. Based in Belchertown, Massachusetts, he is a full time musician/caller/dance teacher and tours nationally. Most of the time he can be found calling/playing with Wild Asparagus and Swallowtail but also calls with other wonderful bands. George specializes in teaching and calling New England style contra dances he has collected throughout the country. He is known for his knack of matching music to dance and his smooth, concise teaching and presentation. He plays English concertina and bodhran and has recorded on eight albums. In addition to performing, George produces music and dance events including week long winter dance vacations on St. Croix in the Caribbean and on the Big Island of Hawaii.
American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods
Gus Voorhees is a button accordionist, fiddler and hurdy-gurdy player from Washington, DC, making expressive, convention challenging traditional music. He has a degree in Music and Anthropology from Beloit College and has studied with Chris Wood, with the English Acoustic Collective, and in Donegal at the Glencolmcille fiddle week. He has been morris dancing for over a decade with Foggy Bottom Morris Men, Thames Valley International and Maple Morris.
Haley Hewitt is one of the most exciting, innovative, and gifted harp players of the up-and-coming generation. Playing Scottish music, but also interested in traditional music from around the world, Haley has been breaking boundaries and pushing the limits of what is possible for the instrument. She is interested in producing and promoting new compositions for the harp, recently releasing an EP-length recording of her collaboration project with composer Michael O'Sullivan. She is currently working on a recording project of her own newly composed material and looking forward to a 2015 full-length album release. Haley came to the lever harp at the age of 9, after studying piano for a few years. She took to the instrument and its music, and competed extensively throughout her early years. At the age of 12, she began studying the classical pedal harp as well. After several years of performing with professional, community and school orchestras and smaller ensembles, working with composers and performing new work, she attended the Hartt School of Music on full scholarship and obtained a Bachelor in Music Degree in Harp in 2011. Haley moved to Scotland in September 2011 to study lever harp as a Masters Degree student in the Scottish Music Department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under Scottish harp phenomenon Corrina Hewat. She graduated at the top of her class in 2013, and returned to the U.S. to pursue her career in playing, teaching, and writing music on the harp. Upon her return, she founded the Celtic Harp department at Neighborhood Music School and the Connecticut Harp Circle, which has since developed a faithful following. In September 2013, she was crowned USA National Scottish Harp Champion by the Scottish Harp Society of America, sponsored by the Clan Currie Society. In July 2014 Haley moved to Boston, MA in pursuit of more opportunities to grow and develop as a traditional musician. It is her dream to form a program for the advanced study of the lever harp in the United States.
Early Music Week at Pinewoods
Henry Chapin is fortunate to have spent summers across Long Pond from Pinewoods Camp. He first experienced camp at 8 years old. When he is not working to restore the almost-lost art of singing to New York City school communities, Henry calls traditional American Family dances. Through a CDSS Outreach grant, he calls Family dances at the 92nd Street Y. Henry freely admits he doesn’t do much without the invaluable teamwork of his partner Betsy. Recently, they have created the Adult/Teacher/Parent/Grandparent Guitar Institute, teaching and modeling uses of traditional American folksong in classrooms and homes.
Ira Bernstein is regarded as one of the most versatile and accomplished performers of percussive step dancing (clog, tap and step dancing) in America, and in particular as one of the foremost southern Appalachian flatfooters in the world. His repertoire is a wide array of dances that all share a common thread: the production of rhythmic, percussive sounds. The dances are more than movements accompanied by music; they are movements that make music, and as such, they are part of the music. In a very literal sense, IRA is a drummer: his feet are the sticks and the floor is the drum, which is why he refers to his art as TEN TOE PERCUSSION.
CDSS at Timber Ridge
Jan Elliott began her recorder studies at age 3. Her first teachers were Ruth Guillard, student of Bernard Krainis (and wife of a founding Pinewoods Morris Man), and school music teacher and early music specialist Patricia C. Brown. Later she explored advanced baroque repertoire with W. Britt Wheeler at Wesleyan University, earning a BA in music and education. Her MA thesis from UCLA focused on dance and music relations, and she happily straddles both worlds. She currently maintains a private teaching studio, directs the Woods Hole Recorder Consort, and performs with Ensemble Passacaglia, a quartet specializing in medieval, renaissance and world music. She has been a guest artist with Oyez! and Philidor early music ensembles as well as the Solstice Singers, Falmouth Chorale, Mastersingers-by the Sea and Proteus Consort. She also has an active life in the worlds of traditional music and dance, teaching morris and sword dance at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod, directing the Vineyard Swordfish and playing for the Pinewoods Morris Men. She has been on staff at many Pinewoods sessions, including Early Music week, and now serves on the board of Pinewoods Camp, Inc.
Janine Smith calls Contra, Square, Family, and Ceilidh dances in the Washington, DC area. She shares her humorous (OK, sometimes goofy) and infectious passion for music and dance with dancers from Glen Echo, MD to Seattle, WA and specializes in whoopin' it up, regardless of dance formation. Known for her “Singing Squares”, she is one of the “Hot Square Babes”, a quintet of callers who throw a monthly Square Dance Party in College Park, MD, and a founding member of the DC Square Dance Collective.
Jeff Davis has had a life full of traditional music. Music has taken him to Norway, Ireland, Canada, Ireland, The Netherlands, but he always remembers that it all began with an unlikely event: folk song collector Frank Warner gave a concert at his school and, a few years later, took the sixteen-year-old to Pinewoods where Jeff met North Carolina singer, banjo-player Frank Proffitt, Kentuckian Jean Ritchie, Matha's Vineyard singer/collector Gale Huntington, upstate New York singer/collector Larry Older. Of course, there was also Phil Merrill playing the concertina on his stoop, Abbott's Bromley danced through the woods, and the Coppers' "Good Ale." He became convinced that good folk music comes from all over the place and that each tradition has to carefully tended. Jeff now plays, banjo, fiddle, mandocello, and more; still collects old music from archives and field recordings; still plays at festivals hither and yon, still works with kids through Young Audiences of Massachusetts. He is delighted to be back at Pinewoods again where, for him, it all began.
Harmony of Song & Dance at Pinewoods
Jenny leads English country dances for all ages. A lively caller, her goal is to make everyone happy -- the hardcore dancers, the musicians, the now-and-then dancers, those with high energy, and those who are feeling less spry, the ones eager to learn new dances, the ones who love old favorites. Occasionally you’ll see her playing backup piano, or calling a contra or Scottish dance. And yes, she crafts a new dance now and again. Jenny lives near Philadelphia and recently served 2 terms as the VP of the CDSS board.
Jesse Milnes learned to play the fiddle from his father, folklorist Gerry Milnes. Growing up in central West Virginia, he was exposed to the music of masters like Melvin Wine, Sarah Singleton and Woody Simmons. He plays a variety of fiddle styles from old-time to country, and also performs his own brand of fingerpicking on guitar. From 2008 to 2013 he toured with neo-traditional honky-tonk band the Sweetback Sisters, traveling across the U.S. and several European countries. Now, he performs as a duo with his wife, Emily Miller, and as a fiddler for square dances throughout West Virginia. When not playing music he repairs fiddles at Smakula Fretted Instruments near Elkins, WV.
Joan Kimball, artistic co-director and a founding member of Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, has toured and concertized with the ensemble throughout the U.S., Europe, and parts of South America, and has performed with many of the leading early music artists and ensembles in this country. She gave full time to early music performance in 1980 after a number of years as an educator, and still treasures her work with students of all ages. She teaches recorder and early winds to children and adults and is on the music faculty of The Philadelphia School, an elementary and middle school, where she has a full roster of private recorder students and recorder ensembles. Joan also organizes Piffaro’s educational programs, initiated a residency in a Philadelphia School district elementary school where she taught recorder and percussion to third grade classes, and plans special outreach projects built around Piffaro’s concert series. In addition, she collaborates with instrument maker Joel Robinson of New York City on the construction of Medieval and Renaissance bagpipes and is a maker of double reeds for Renaissance shawms, dulcians and capped winds. Joan teaches bagpipe, recorder and double reed classes at summer music workshops and festivals. In addition to her recordings with Piffaro she can also be heard on Vanguard Classical, Eudora and Vox Amadeus. www.piffaro.org/players/joan-kimball
Joel Rosen began his studies of Chinese martial arts in high school under the instruction of Sifu Calvin Chin. His interest in Chinese culture and language led him to Beijing, where he lived and worked for six years after college. Joel recently returned to the Boston area to continue his training at Calvin Chin's Martial Arts Academy, where he helps teach Tai Chi and Kung Fu classes to students of all ages.
John Dexter is an extraordinary teacher of morris dance style, and, thanks to his founding and shaping of the respected Binghamton and Bouwerie Boys sides and the American Travelling Morrice, is highly respected among the cognoscenti. John was a member of the original Village Morris Men in the late 60s, the team that inspired the founding of numerous new teams throughout the States. He's also a professional violist, performing worldwide with the Manhattan String Quartet.
English Dance Week at Pinewoods
John Krumm has been performing traditional and vintage music for over 38 years. He is perhaps best known as a caller of square and contra dance, but he also has an international reputation as a composer of rounds. He composes for the people he knows and their situations and celebrations. John sees American traditional dance at its best as an expression of the individual in the context of a caring and creative community, and as a celebration of our ability to enter into such communities as we make our way through a fast-changing world. In his dance teaching he draws on his experience with the dances and children's games of the U.S., Québec and the British Isles to help contemporary communities express their “solidarity in diversity.” John sings and plays guitar, fiddle, banjo, piano and mandolin. He teaches all of the above plus a variety of music theory and composition classes. Having 33 years experience in progressive education as a music and dance specialist, he also enjoys helping other teachers to develop their art.
Family Week at Ogontz
John Mayberry, from Toronto, Ontario, went to his first dance at two weeks old, carried in a basket. His love of dance, music, performance and craft has led to a career including carpentry, performance, writing, teaching, directing and almost everything else. He is the Fool of the Toronto Morris Men, an accomplished traditional singer, an experienced street theater and mumming performer and a professor of theatre production in the Department of Theatre, York University, Toronto. In 2006 John danced as the fool with the Toronto Morris Men in the Carnival Parade in Santiago de Cuba.
June Rowlands is a yoga practitioner of nearly 30 years who believes ‘Yoga for All’ has far-reaching health benefits and can be enjoyed by anyone who wants to sample it. She is trained by, and holds a Diploma from The British Wheel of Yoga and teaches in a general Hatha style. June not only works with school teachers to integrate yoga into the school curriculum, but teaches yoga to private clients and regular weekly classes in her community. June has taught yoga in the U.K., New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and India. Her love of folk music and dance spans 40 years as she thrived in the role of Squire and Musician for Meridian Morris (London), Ring O’ Bells (New York) and Hong Kong Morris (Hong Kong). June is a fun-loving fiddler and along-side her accordion-playing husband John, continues to play and dance at many U.K. folk festivals and pub sessions. June first appeared on staff at Pinewoods running Children’s Games classes in 1981 and is thrilled to return as staff. She feels it is a ‘home-coming’!
English Dance Week at Pinewoods
Kalia Kliban has been part of the Bay Area dance community since the mid-80s, performing and teaching morris, longsword, American and English clog and English country dance. She is program director for BACDS's upcoming Fall Frolick weekend and has also programmed BACDS Family Week. Her clear and humorous teaching style has gotten feet tapping at camps and gatherings throughout California and beyond.
English Dance Week at Pinewoods
Kevin Carr has played fiddle for dancing for about forty years, with the Hillbillies from Mars in California, with Les Tetes de Violon In Quebec, with the Family Carr and Verdegaio in Galicia and Oregon, and with Wake the Dead in the outer spheres. He enjoys telling stories and playing bagpipes from around the world, occasionally at the same time. And he really was once kidnapped by faeries.
Family Week at Ogontz
Larry Edelman has called and played for dances for going on 40 years, delighting both novice and veteran dancers with his humor, enthusiasm, skillful teaching, knowledge of dance history, and colorful calling. Also a musician, he plays fiddle, mandolin, and guitar in the Soda Rock Ramblers, the Percolators, and the Prairie Chickens. Larry travels widely and has called dances and taught hundreds of workshops at camps throughout the U.S. and in Europe, including the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Ashokan, Augusta, Pinewoods, Lady of the Lake, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, and many more. He has served as the coordinator of Dance Week at the Augusta Heritage Arts Workshop and CDSS's American Dance Week at Pinewoods. Larry is an avid researcher of square dancing and video producer. During the 1980s while collecting traditional square dances in southwestern Pennsylvania, he was awarded a Fellowship in Folk Arts from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to study with elder caller Jerry Goodwin, and produced the movie Dance to the Music and Listen to the Calls that documented the apprenticeship. Larry also produced Yee Haw, a quirky and informative movie of how square dancing has been portrayed in historical, non-theatrical motion pictures. He is currently producing several documentaries on a variety of topics, including the Lancers as danced at the Independence Grange Hall in Independence, PA in 1985, on couples dances at rural square dances, and a documentary of an older southwestern fiddler. Larry is a Consultant to the Square Dance History Project. Over the past few years, Larry has been studying and collecting traditional music and dances from the southwest. Hear Larry call a dance.
Larry Unger has been a prolific tunesmith and full time musician for over 20 years, and probably logs more road miles each year than any other contra dance musician, playing guitar, banjo, piano and bass with numerous bands. Larry's broad musical interests include old-time, blues and swing AND he's a great teacher too.
Laura Parsons is a contra, English and morris dancer who lives in the DC area. She saw her first Northwest Morris in 1991 and immediately wanted to jump in. Several CDSS weeks, workshops, and parades later, she became a founding member and foreman of the Arlington Northwest Morris team from Arlington, VA. Laura’s morris dance goals are for you to have maximum fun, to make some noise, and to put on a good show.
Laura Robertson has been performing percussive dance for thirty years, and began her long-term love of wooden shoe clogging at Pinewoods in the very early '90s. She has been teaching wooden shoe clog, Appalachian clog and English ritual dances at dance weeks and weekends while she was part of the internationally renowned Footworks percussive dance team. She now runs a ritual team in Baltimore that showcases multiple percussive dances from many traditions around the world. She was thrilled to be a part of the London cast of Riverdance for a short while and very happy to be back at Pinewoods to dance again! Wooden shoes are still her favorite style!
American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods
Lauren Breunig grew up steeped in folk music and dance: attending Family Week at Pinewoods, singing Shape Note music in friends' living rooms, contra dancing often and energetically, and touring with Village Harmony singing camps. She is also a founding member of Windborne, a Vermont-based folk band that specializes in traditional vocal music from the US and around the world. When she's not making music, Lauren works as a circus artist and instructor, performing aerial fabric, trapeze, and partner acrobatics.
Laurie Cumming is a founding member of Toronto Women’s Sword and has been wending her way in and out of sword dance for over 25 years. She has long been a fan of old Ontario-style step dance learning routines from the repertoire of the Alec Mulligan. More recently her newest passion is the South East Asian dance form known as Bollywood. Laurie’s collaborative and enthusiastic teaching style inspires her students to bravely tackle new movement challenges. In her away-from-camp life, Laurie enjoys teaching junior and middle school students in the Toronto District School Board.
Leela Grace is a Missouri native, and Portland, Oregon transplant, who has performed and taught nationally for over 25 years, first with her family, and now as a solo performer and in a duo with her sister, Ellie Grace. Leela's soaring vocals, driving old-time banjo playing, powerful percussive dance and disarming teaching style make her a favorite at venues and camps across the continent. As a teacher of music and dance, Leela has inspired literally thousands of school children, banjo students, percussive dancers and singers of all ages through the classes, school assemblies, camps and lessons that she has taught across the U.S. and Canada over the years. Leela is known as a kind, entertaining, experienced teacher who offers clear, understandable instruction to singers, musicians and dancers of all levels.
Louise Siddons has been a dance caller and teacher for nine years, and a dancer since her mother taught her to box-step waltz in third grade. Her repertoire as a teacher ranges from English country dance and contra to waltz and swing, with a smattering of anything else she can find in between—most recently, Irish set dances. One of her particular joys as a dance caller is to find the sweet spot in which people have fun while learning something new. In pursuit of that goal, she calls everything from birthday parties to Jane Austen Society balls. A professor of art history, her dancing is informed by her intellectual commitment to a phenomenological understanding of social and cultural history. Her professional obsessions are likely also responsible for her curiosity about—and investment in—the ongoing question of how folk and social dances reflect and respond to diverse community needs.
Lynda Johnson is the Revels Production Manager and The Christmas Revels Children’s Stage Manager. She is the co-founder and director of Marblehead Little Theater Children’s Theater and BackYard Youth Theater and simultaneously has owned and operated Grasshopper Day Care, a family day care business, since 1983. At Revels she collaborates with Revels artistic and education staff in school projects and residencies. Her ongoing goal is to foster and create children’s communities well as lending her lifelong skills to the optimization of children's learning through drama and music.
Margaret Bary performs rapper and longsword with Half Moon Sword and hosts the New York sword dance festival along with her team. An avid Contra and English country dancer, she is currently an apprentice caller at CDNY’s weekly English Dance. Margaret serves as Performing Arts Department Chair at Brooklyn Friends School where she teaches dance, incorporates folk and sword dance into her creative dance curriculum, and calls the annual family dance. She is active on the board of the New York State Dance Education Association and with Pourparler, a national organization of teachers of folk dance.
Maria Terres began playing violin at the age of 9. As a teenager in Boston she was taken to her first contra dance and began playing dance music shortly after. She has been a dance fiddler since then in a variety of styles and communities throughout the country. In addition to New England contra dances, she plays for Irish dance (set dances, ceili dances, and Irish step dancing competitions, or feisanna), English country dance, Scottish country dance. She’s also at home with Scandinavian, Quebecois and other styles. She has taught privately, most recently under the auspices of the Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music. She has developed numerous music and dance workshops, including school programs as a cultural partner with the Arts and Community Education (ACE) program with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for almost 20 years. In addition, she composes music, has provided music for theater, and worked as a studio musician. She was a long-time member of Last Gaspé of Madison, Wisconsin. Currently she is a member of the duo Rare Privilege with her music partner Amy McFarland. Her diverse musical interests include jazz and improvisational playing, classical, theater, and ethnic traditions of all types. Basically, if it can be played on the fiddle she’s ready and willing to make it sing.
Mark Roberts’ long and varied musical career has included extensive touring and recording, playing more instruments than you can imagine with The Clayfoot Strutters, The Sevens, The Red Clay Ramblers, Childsplay and Touchstone. He’s played for Broadway shows and movie soundtracks and we think he is one of the finest dance musicians in the country.
Martha Owen began her adventure in spinning at the John C. Campbell Folk School, (founded in 1925), in Brasstown, NC in 1978. Since 1980 her extended family has included sheep and angora rabbits. Also a banjo player (since 1973) and known to tell a story or two, Martha’s interest in sheep and wool, music and dance, have carried her quite literally and joyfully around the world. Some say she is a wool nerd but her sheep say she is outstanding in her field! Martha became a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild in 1988, is now a Resident Artist at the John C. Campbell Folk School, and co-owner of Yarn Circle in Murphy, NC, a store catering to fiber enthusiasts.
American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods
Mary Wesley is a dance leader, caller, and organizer for contras, squares, morris, and family and community dances. A native of Vermont, she travels throughout New England and beyond to follow and share her love of dance. She is a founding member of Burlington's Mad Robin Callers Collective, a group dedicated to fostering new callers. Mary also works in the Education Dept. at CDSS and makes radio and video documentaries. Her friendly enthusiasm is sure to please.
Harmony of Song & Dance at Pinewoods
Meg Ryan, from Northampton, MA, is an outstanding performer and teacher of both English and Anglo-American clog dance styles. She has studied under some of the masters of the traditions of English clog, including Pat Tracey and Alex Woodcock. Meg has performed in England, Canada and the U.S., and is a member of The New Dancing Marleys, who perform the routines of Anna Marley of Rockville, CT. She also teaches and performs Northwest Morris with Guiding Star Clog Morris from Greenfield, MA.
English Dance Week at Pinewoods
Michael Gorin is a long-time fixture in the traditional music and dance community - morris dancer and musician with the Bouwerie Boys; Half Moon Sword's fiddler; and founding member of Grand Picnic, NYC's renowned high-energy contra dance band. He also performs with the rather less renowned Jansson Brothers Swedish Family Orchestra (From Sweden).
Michelle Roderick came to the Boston area in the early 70s for college, and for the vibrant folk dance and music community. As a member of The Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble, Michelle performed in one of the early Revels in Cambridge. She has been dancing and singing with Revels ever since. She served as Revel’s Education Director for the past 6 years, and taught many singing games, play party and dance workshops for children. Michelle ran her own Preschool in Sudbury for 25 years and loves passing on these wonderful traditions to young children best of all. “Two of my favorite places to be on earth are with Revels and Pinewoods Camp with my family. Combining both of these, at this week in Ogontz, is going to be a dream come true!“
Nathaniel Jack grew up in the folk community of eastern Massachusetts, learning the joys of music and dancing from an early age. As a teenager, he wrote several contra dances that have been called across the U.S. and abroad. He has danced with diverse groups including Beside the Point Rapper, The Harvard Ballroom Dance Team, The Bouwerie Boys Morrice Dancers, and Them Bad Apples Blues. At folk events, he is often seen singing late into the night, and is seldom seen at breakfast.
English Dance Week at Pinewoods
Patrick Sauber is one of those astounding multi-instrumentalists who feels as at home on the 5-string as he does on the mandolin and guitar. Patrick works occasionally with Laurie Lewis, the Bladerunners and Loafers' Glory, adding a punch musically and vocally that everybody's talking about.
American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods
Paul Brown is an acclaimed teacher and performer of American roots music for voice, fiddle, banjo and guitar. He grew up with traditional music in his home, learning his first songs from his Virginia-born mother. He currently plays with Terri McMurray in the Mountain Birch Duo, and with various string bands. Paul has produced numerous recordings from his own fieldwork and other sources. He spent years learning from master fiddlers, banjo players and singers in the south. He has won the banjo prize several times at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival, where he's also won the senior fiddle prize and has been named a master artist. A retired NPR journalist and world newscaster, he now produces and hosts the Across the Blue Ridge program on public radio in North Carolina, exploring southern traditional music and culture.
Paul Oorts, a Belgian native, displays his musical versatility on things with strings and on musette accordion. He plays Celtic and continental European repertoire in duo with his wife, Karen Ashbrook, as well as English, Scottish, vintage and contra with Goldcrest and various DC area bands.
CDSS at Timber Ridge
Paul Woodiel is a New York-based purveyor of a broad array of violin and fiddle styles. His mentor Leonard Bernstein called him “…a first-class performer who combines spirituality with intellect.” Paul’s diverse freelance career finds him equally at home in the concert hall, the theatre, the recording studio, as well as a player for dancing of many sorts. A Broadway pit veteran, he has dozens of productions to his credit, including Ragtime, Sunset Boulevard, West Side Story, and Sting’s The Last Ship. A three-time New England Fiddle Contest champion, he performs widely with pianist Susie Petrov and piper/flutist Chris Layer as the Scottish trio Local Hero. He has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, 92nd St. Y, the Miller Theater at Columbia, The Bard Festival, the Moab Music Festival, and the Sherman Chamber Ensemble. As a studio player, has worked as a mercenary on countless advertising jingles, from sugary “Irish” breakfast cereals to dubious weight loss medications. His many film credits include Woody Allen films and Carter Burwell scores, and he is heard on recordings for Tony Bennett, Sting, Fall Out Boy, and over 20 Broadway cast albums. Paul began fiddling as a teen, playing contras with Ralph Sweet and Jim Gregory and ECD demos with CT based Reel Nutmeg as early as 1977. He has enjoyed a long relationship with social dance fiddling, particularly for English, Scottish, and contra dancing, as well as vintage and ragtime era genres. He is delighted to return to Pinewoods, for his third experience at English Week.
Peter Davis's multi-instrumentalism includes clarinet, alto sax, 5-string & tenor banjo, piano, guitar, mandolin and whistle as well as an intuitive approach to a variety of musical genres including traditional folk, blues, vintage pop and jazz forms. His many musical projects range from his own swing dance band, Lindy Hop Heaven, to blues, country and roots Americana with Annie and the Hedonists, to traditional music and dancing in the rocked-out contra dance band The Clayfoot Strutters and as part of Jay Ungar and Molly Mason's band. Peter is also the current Program Director of the Flurry Festival of Traditional Dance and Music which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017.
Rachel (Ray) Fifer started with contra dance and waltz, then sampled every dance she could, from Lindy Hop, Salsa, Scandinavian partner dances, Clogging, English sword dancing, Tap, West African, Ballet, Tango, Blues, Kizomba, to Fusion. After DJ-ing for Fusion and Blues for about 3 years, Ray has most recently been passionate about exploring the musical and historical context of Blues dance. In conjunction with this intentionality, Ray's pursuit of movement has become focused on smaller, gentler movements that unlearn the high tone and tension many of our American folk dances teach our bodies. Let's explore our roots of movement together!
Rani Arbo has been singing with and for others since she joined a cathedral choir in 3rd grade. In the last 20 years, she's toured North America with a four-piece string band, singing lead and harmony, playing fiddle and guitar, writing and arranging songs, and interpreting music from sources as diverse as Fiddlin’ John Carson, Bessie Jones, and Leonard Cohen. She has an abiding interest in (and not nearly enough time to devote to) arts in medicine and hospice work.
Rebecca King’s classical piano training took a detour when she began playing for folk dances. She found that English Country Dance music was the perfect combination of classical chamber music with the improvisation of jazz. She plays for dances throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and has played in England, Italy, and throughout the U.S. She has recorded 2 albums with the trio Persons of Quality, including Farnicle Huggy for Andrew Shaw, played on Dances from the Greenery for Sharon Green, and released a solo piano CD and book of her own compositions titled Nearer & Farther. Listen at rebeccakingmusic.com.
Rebecca McGowan is a dancer and teacher in the Boston area, where she began step dancing as a child with Clare Sullivan and later with Kieran Jordan. Drawing on the musicality of older-style step dance and the joy of social dance traditions, Rebecca is interested in exploring step dance as music and making Irish dance lyrical and approachable. Rebecca currently performs as part of Kieran Jordan Dance and in collaboration with musicians and dancers including Jackie O’Riley. She teaches sean-nós and step dancing classes for children and adults.
Renee Brachfeld is a professional storyteller and juggler, baker, home school mom and cat lover. Her work has taken her from Anchorage to Miami, from London, England to Saskatoon Saskatchewan. Her performances combine the wonder of storytelling with the unbridled joy of juggling. Renee lives in Washington DC with husband Mark Novak, daughter Kaziah, and Farfel, the wonder cat, who is at home destroying the furniture.
CDSS at Timber Ridge
Rick Mohr is a nationally-known contra caller and choreographer and an accomplished morris dance leader, singer and musician. His enthusiasm, humor and deep dance and music repertoire help groups of kids, teens and adults experience the joys of traditions old and new.
Family Week at Pinewoods
Rob Rohr hails from Toronto, Ontario, and is a fiddler who draws from Quebecois, English, Irish and New England fiddling traditions. Rob plays each month with Sweet Felons All at Another Bloody Folk Club. Rob also plays Quebec squares and contradances with Les frères Gemme. Rob fiddles for local dance teams Toronto f Morris Men and Toronto Women's Sword, and each month shares the joys of the music of French Canada at his session, TOQueTrad. Rob also dances with the Toronto f Morris Men, and has actively competed for Cirque du Soleil's worst dancer while dancing in the 2015 Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony. He loves to regale bystanders on the joy of music theory, the finer points of grammar, and warehouse automation, making him an ideal dinner party guest.
Robert Mills began his musical career as a piano major. In 1983 his cousin dragged him to a contra dance and sent his life on a different path. He plays piano, fiddle and accordion for Contra, English, Morris and Rapper dancing.
Got whistle? Robin Kynoch has one, and she's not afraid to use it! Robin has been playing tin whistle for contras, English and ritual dancing for over 30 years and has been playing at Campers' Week for almost that long. She also plays at Irish sessions and ceilidh dances, and is a member of several Irish musical groups in the Boston area. Robin knows lots of tin whistle tricks and is currently learning how to play the Irish button accordion and the fiddle, "truly humbling" experiences.
Roger Reed, better known as Roger the Jester, has 40 years of experience as a master of mirth in his bag of tricks, as well as innumerable feats of object manipulation, magic, music and mayhem. Laughter guaranteed.
Ross Harriss plays contextual and sophistically engaging tunes for contra, English and couple dancing. He currently resides in Princeton, NJ and can often be seen at local dances as a dancer, musician or sound person.
Campers' Week at Pinewoods
Sarah Nicholson feels blessed to have been born and raised in Antigua, WI. She is grateful for her devoted husband, (Roger the Jester), of 26 years and the 3 children they have raised together. She is honored to be a doula, earlier for birth and now for transition and end of life, serving elders and others in their homes. She is passionate about choosing joy and sharing it with others.
Sasha Hsuczyk was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Her first few years of college were spent in Ireland attending the University of Limerick's undergraduate program in traditional Irish music, where she studied the fiddle. It was there in the traditional music section of the library that she discovered a copy of the Sacred Harp. She completed her undergraduate degree in Western Massachusetts at Hampshire College, earning a certificate in ethnomusicology. While living in New England she became deeply involved with the Sacred Harp singing community and eventually went on to chair one of the largest Sacred Harp singing conventions in the world. She has traveled all over the east coast to sing, with several pilgrimages to Alabama and Georgia. She currently resides in Pennsylvania, where she works as a vegetable farmer and musician.
Scott Higgs has been calling and composing English and contra dances for over 25 years -- delighting novices and experts alike. From Seattle to Antwerp, dancers praise Scott's engaging programs, dynamic presentation, and emphasis on fun. His business card says it all: Playful, spirited, elegant, zesty, joyful contra, English, morris, and couple dancing.
Harmony of Song & Dance at Pinewoods
Campers' Week at Pinewoods
Scott Kessel began drumming in preschool and grew up to study with jazz legend Ed Blackwell, to immerse himself in West African drumming and to tour with groups playing everything from reggae to honkytonk to zydeco to original rock. For the last 15 years, he has been harmony singer and percussionist for the folk/roots quartet Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, playing the “Drumship Enterprise” -- a recycled drum kit comprised of cardboard and wooden boxes, cat food tins and a vinyl suitcase. When not on tour, he teaches workshops in Mindfulness and is the lead artist at Kidcity Children's Museum in Middletown, CT.
Shane Clark grew up contra dancing, and has carried that love of rich music, enthusiastic play, and community connection into every other area of her life. Shane is particularly interested in how diversity and individual expression can strengthen community, and seeks to create dance environments that are accessible, inclusive, and fun for everyone. Shane teaches Blues and Improvised Partner Dance internationally, and is pioneering a new style of dance teaching that allows everyone to simultaneously develop leading and following skills on and off the dance floor. Shane is excited to share her passion for the history, music, and grounded movements of Blues with her contra family!
Shira Kammen has spent well over half her life exploring the worlds of early and traditional music as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. A member for many years of Ensembles Alcatraz, Project Ars Nova and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata and the King's Noyse, and is the founder of Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to performance on river rafting trips. She has performed and taught in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel, Morocco, Latvia, Russia, Japan and on the Colorado and Rogue rivers. Shira happily collaborated with singer/storyteller John Fleagle for 15 years and performs now with a diversity of collaborators, including storyteller Patrick Ball, the English country dance band Roguery, medieval ensembles Fortune's Wheel and Tapestry, and the California Revels, among many others. She occasionally has played on movie and television soundtracks, when weird medieval instruments are called for.
Stefan Amidon grew up singing with his family and picked up many instruments along the way. Primarily a drummer, Stefan has played with many folk bands such as Popcorn Behavior/Assembly, Lissa Schneckenberger, Matt and Shannon Heaton, and Wild Asparagus. Currently he is most active as a drummer with country/honky-tonk band The Sweetback Sisters and Irish-rooted contra dance band, Magic Foot. Stefan also has much experience leading shape note singing at festivals and camps, and at Oberlin College. He graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in Jazz Performance, which he is not really sure what to do with beyond hanging it on the wall.
Stefan Read has over 20 years of morris dancing experience as a core member of the Toronto f. Morris Men, Thames Valley International, Maple Morris and other sides around North America and the UK. He is a co-founder of Maple Morris and co-produced and performed in Must Come Down and Rootbound, Maple Morris' 2011 and 2013 stage shows with the UK's Morris Offspring. More recently, he was one of six morris dancers who performed at the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Pan Am games in Toronto, and founded and coordinates the Pan Am spin-off project Learn Every Dance which brings together Toronto-based ethnic dance groups for monthly dance workshops. Stefan has honed his morris teaching skills through numerous workshops, Maple Morris sessions, and by leading practices for the Toronto f. Morris Men.
Stephanie West is a clog and sword dancer from the north of Sheffield, home to the famous Grenoside Sword Dancers and the Sheffield Carol tradition. Growing up in a folkie family, Steph first started dancing as a child in junior Cotswold team Morris Minors, before discovering rapper dancing at age 15. After starting out with Triskele Sword in Sheffield, Steph went on to found the two-time DERT winning team Star and Shadow in Newcastle. Along with Star and Shadow, Steph also performs with Four Corner Sword, a peripatetic, mixed team that specializes in traditional dances. Steph has also been dancing English clog, predominantly in the Lancashire style, for over 10 years and has danced with a wide range of teams as well as performing solo. Having recently moved to Lancashire, Steph is focusing on developing her clog dance repertoire and is currently both performing and teaching with the Oakenhoof Voluntary Folk Arts group in her home village of Littleborough.
Steve Roderick started Morris Dancing in 1975 and is a member of the Pinewoods Morris Men. He has helped introduce many new generations to Morris and Sword dancing as a past teacher to Banbury Cross, Hop Brook and Great Meadows children’s morris teams. He has been a Biology teacher at Lincoln Sudbury High School for almost 30 years. Steve also has danced with Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble and Orion Longsword. He has been on staff at Pinewoods Camp, and looks forward to this week at Ogontz!
Revels in Dance & Song at Ogontz
Sue Hulsether calls dances for groups of all ages and abilities, equally at home at a dance hall, school, barn, or camp. Her dance repertoire includes squares, contras, circles, reels, play parties, and singing games -- as well as teaching the rhythmic delights of flatfoot clogging and spoons. Following a career in music education, she has been working as a full-time caller for 12 years and is recognized for her clear teaching, welcoming manner on the mic, and engaging humor.
Susan Kevra began calling in New England in the early '90s and quickly became known for her warmth, clear teaching and diverse repertoire of singing squares, Western patter calls, contras and English country dances. In 2000-2001, Susan lived in France where she toured throughout Western Europe calling dances, many en français, introducing eager French dancers to American dance and song. Susan teaches French and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, where she has developed a new course, American Social History through Dance.
By day, Susie Petrov teaches young people to sing, dance and be nice to each other as an elementary school music teacher in the Boston area. Her teaching tradition emphasizes using the student’s native folk music to learn their musical “mother tongue” to better prepare them to explore the wider music world. Her oldest students have performed the Longsword dance every year since 1990. On weekends and during school vacations, Susie plays for, teaches and calls for Scottish dancing. Her appearances in 2015-16 will take her from Boston to Minneapolis, to New York (Pipes of Christmas), to a ski and dance weekend in Oslo, and the New Harmony Music Festival and School in Indiana. In July, she directs and teaches music teachers how to share dancing with their students at the Kodály Music Institute.
Suzannah Park comes from a family of three generations of ballad singers, storytellers, and dancers. Her interest in the performance and study of traditional music of many kinds has taken her from music-filled kitchens to concert halls across the U.S. and Europe. Whether she’s teaching American ballads, South African or Bulgarian village songs, good times abound. When not on tour with the Starry Mountain Singers or Village Harmony, Suzannah lives in the NC mountains of her birth where she dances with the Green Grass Cloggers and leads the Wild Asheville Community Chorus.
Terri McMurray shows up with a sharp wit, a memorable smile and great chops on 5-string banjo, banjo uke, and guitar. She looked and listened hard during her many years around some of the great master traditional musicians in North Carolina and southern Virginia, and it shows in her playing. She co-founded the Old Hollow String Band with Riley Baugus and Kirk Sutphin, and has since performed with the Toast String Stretchers, the Mostly Mountain Boys and the Mountain Birch Duo with Paul Brown. Terri is a well-loved teacher known for her engaging manner and has taught at camps from Pinewoods to the Bluff Country Gathering to the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes to the FOATMAD old time music weekend in England.
Tom Besford was born into a family of traditional dancers with parents who performed in the North West morris revival teams, Horwich Prize Medal Morris Men and Rivington Morris. During almost 10 years living in the North East of England, Tom became Squire of both the Sallyport Sword Dancers and the Newcastle Kingsmen, leading sides to success at the annual Dancing England Rapper Tournaments in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Along with his wife, Stephanie, they have formed a number of new teams including Star & Shadow Rapper and Four Corner Sword. A member of the High Spen Blue Diamonds, Tom is an avid fan of all traditional long and short sword dancing; he regularly teaches workshops, gives talks and contributes to publications about all aspects of the dance. Now living once again in Lancashire, Tom is the Foreman of his original North West morris side in Horwich, and sword dances locally with his new side Medlock Rapper, hosts of DERT 2016 in Manchester.
Tom Kruskal plays Anglo concertina for the Pinewoods Morris Men and Orion Sword. His playing for display dance is strong, driving, rhythmic and attentive to the needs of the dancers and the dance. Tom has been inspiring young people to dance English ritual since 1990 when he started Hop Brook Morris and Sword. This group of 10-13 year olds continues today. In 1996 he started a high school-aged rapper team, Velocirapper, which rapidly exploded into Great Meadows Morris and Sword - a consortium of teen rapper teams - including Candyrapper, Beside the Point, Scrambled Six, Pocketflyers etc. Tom is the founder of Dance America Rapper Tournament, CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award recipient, and a past board member for both CDSS and Pinewoods Camp.
English Dance Week at Pinewoods
Tom Sauber has been in the forefront of the traditional old-time music scene for more years than he cares to admit. An accomplished fiddle and 5-string banjo player, and a compelling singer, he has appeared on countless recording projects and movie soundtracks, and has a healthy teaching schedule to boot. Tom's love of the music has brightened up many sessions and performances with people like Alice Gerrard, Mike Seeger, Dirk Powell and Mark Graham.
American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods
Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He loves to choreograph evenings with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight, all the while keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: "It's about the dancers!"
Zara Bode has the sound and spirit of an old school starlet. Since attending performance art high school and university and now years on the road she has gained a wealth of knowledge in a variety of musical styles including: jazz, gospel, world music, and has played the lead in many musicals. Regardless of the genre, Zara has continued to melt hearts with her soulful voice and easy going stage presence. She continues to bring audiences to their feet as lead singer in acclaimed country and honky tonk group The Sweetback Sisters, finding herself on many a main stage at music festivals and performance venues around the world.