August 5 - 12, 2017
Welcome to American Week where friends, old and new, gather together for a memorable music and dance experience in the pines between the ponds. You will have lots to choose from the enticing menu of classes we’ve assembled for you. We’ve gathered many of America's finest dance teachers and musicians to mix and match into creative ensembles for this rich and varied program. This multi-talented staff is excited to be coming together to provide us with a unique dancing and musical experience and opportunities to learn from these masters.
Do you love contras, squares and waltz? Want to be part of the Dare to be Square revolution and learn to call exciting squares? Feel like kicking up your heels in the old Irish style of sean-nós step dance? You’ll find all of this at American Week plus a daily session of English country dance for all. Bring your dance shoes and lots of energy. We’ll have daily stretching sessions to keep you loose and limber, morning contras to wake you up, and afternoon squares and more challenging contras to spice up the mix.
Can’t dance all day? Not a problem. Bring your instruments and your voices because this week promises a full program of music classes and more. Come and try something new under the guidance of teachers who are experts in their fields, and who will have you playing and singing with your heart and soul. Choose from two very different singing classes, some band ensembles, old time jamming, instrument classes, and learn some new tunes by ear. Learn to sketch the beautiful landscape, carve out some time to sit on the porch, take a swim, jam or nap, but don’t miss the daily gathering where we’ll join for some singing, stunts, laughs and concerts.
Evening dance parties filled with contras, squares and couple dances, to the great music and calling of our staff, set the nights aglow and are followed by after-dance parties in the camphouse where the fun continues with more opportunities for playing music and games, singing and dancing.
I'm excited about the wealth of talent and offerings that will be shared at camp this year. I hope to see you there.
~ Lisa Greenleaf, Program Director
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
|12:00-12:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|5:30-6:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|7:45||Music Procession: Dinner to C# dance|
|8:00-11:00||Evening Dance Party|
Lisa Greenleaf has been treating dancers across the country to her high spirited, witty calling for many years, and is known for precise walk-throughs of zesty and flowing dances. Whether she is presenting cool contras, hot squares, or focused callers' workshops, Lisa engages the crowd with her humor and community spirit.
Sam Bartlett is an irrepressible mandolin, banjo and guitar player, known to dancers across the country for his fine musicianship and philosophy of stuntology. His original music has been profiled by NPR's All Things Considered and Sing Out! magazine declared him a member of “the rhythm players hall of fame.” The inventor and most distinguished practitioner of stuntology, Sam will amaze and delight us with his latest discoveries. Sam's community art projects bring the whole camp into the creative process. Mr. Bartlett has made large scale paper sculptures and puppets for more than 30 years, from the hills of West Virginia to the public school in Gustavus, Alaska.
Jeremy Carter-Gordon grew up singing and dancing at Pinewoods. He studied Ethnomusicology at Bard College, where he also taught rapper dancing and shape-note singing and called contras. During 2011-12, Jeremy traveled around Europe on a Watson Fellowship, studying different forms of sword dancing (starofswords.wordpress.com). He sings with Renewal, a small world music ensemble, and is known for his powerful bass voice and constant smile. His joyous enthusiasm for singing and dancing is infectious!
Cis Hinkle has delighted contra and square dancers since 1985 with her skilled teaching, welcoming manner, playful enthusiasm and masterful selection of dances. She is in great demand at music and dance festivals all over the U.S., England and Denmark, and is currently coordinator for Dance Week at the Augusta Heritage Workshops in Elkins, WV. When not on the road, Cis teaches tai chi classes in her native Atlanta, GA.
Aaron Marcus is well-known throughout the country for his performances with Frost and Fire, Giant Robot Dance, Gift of the Marcii, and locally with The Turning Stile, and Keys to the Cellar. Aaron brings exuberant energy, danceability, subtle lyricism, and spontaneity to any band arrangement, whether an accompanist on piano or clogging while playing tunes on concertina. Drawing on diverse and sometimes unexpected music and dance traditions, Aaron incorporates a great variety of styles into his playing and composing, including traditions of the British Isles, Sweden, New England contra dance, West Africa, classical piano, Cape Breton, and the Appalachians. His recent CD with Frost and Fire, Midwinter Spring, has received much critical acclaim, and showcases a number of his original compositions. Aaron loves to play regularly at his home English dance in Colchester, VT, but also loves to try out new and zany interpretations of English country dance and contra dance with Giant Robot Dance. Recent projects include teaching percussive step dance, and creating arrangements for spoken word. He divides his time between Hancock, VT and Montpelier, VT, where he works as an endangered-species botanist.
Julie Metcalf, fiddler and violist, can often be spotted at contra and English dances in the Boston area, either on stage playing fiddle or on the dance floor. Coming from a family of musicians, she was encouraged to make music from an early age; Julie picked up the violin for the first time when she was 4 years old and has been playing ever since. Julie holds a degree in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music, where she studied traditional and contemporary styles music. She has played Celtic chamber music with the Folk Arts Quartet and Mexican music with Boston's Mariachi Palenque. Julie currently performs with the Agnostic Fiddle Insurgency, Jubilee Mule, and The Gig Hunters. Julie is also an accomplished jawharp player. She plays jawharps from around the world, as well as other unusual instruments including the marxolin and mouth bow, in concert with Larry Unger.
* Max Newman
Guitar and mandolin player Max Newman was born and raised in Alaska where he was surrounded by traditional music and dance from an early age. He often played alongside his dad for local contra dances and enjoyed Irish music sessions. He now resides in Boston where he performs most frequently with Nor’easter and Stringrays. He savors the joy of making exuberant dance music that serves a sense of community. In addition to making music, Max co-organizes several events, including Youth Dance Weekend, a camp dedicated to developing leadership among the next generation of contra and English participants. He also worked for CDSS as the Youth Projects Intern, leading workshops and developing materials for dance organizers, callers, and musicians.
Andy Shore had been calling and teaching Modern Western Square Dancing (MWSD) since 1989. In 2005 Andy discovered the joys of Contra Dancing and, since attending the contra caller workshop at CDSS Pinewoods American Week in 2007, has been an avid Contra caller as well. Andy has taught hundreds of square dancers - from absolute beginners to Challenge level (C1) - and his knowledge of both squares and contras makes him uniquely capable of clearly and effectively relating new square dance moves to experienced contra dancers. Andy calls contras and modern squares regularly in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas of Northern California.
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ABOUT PINEWOODS CAMP
CDSS has been at Pinewoods Camp since 1933. Located on 25 acres of woodlands near Plymouth, Massachusetts, it provides the setting for educational vacations filled with music and dance. Spacious, wooden outdoor dance pavilions are nestled among the towering pines. Cozy two-person cabins offer accommodations between two beautiful lakes, which are ideal for swimming, kayaking, canoeing and relaxing. The main pebbly beach has a long dock, with deep-water swimming to the anchored raft offshore. Scattered along the shores of the two lakes are other, more private, entries to the water. Gatherings, parties and concerts are held in the lakeside Camphouse, next to the main beach. The open-air, lakeside Dining Hall offers delicious meals and a congenial atmosphere for meeting new friends. With their large stone fireplaces, both the Dining Hall and the Camphouse provide a warm place to gather in cooler weather.
Plan your packing so that you can carry luggage to your cabin over narrow, sometimes uphill paths. There are carts available in the parking areas to help with loading or unloading.
Pinewoods is about a one hour drive from Boston, MA, and about five hours from New York, NY. It is accessible by train, bus and van service.
GETTING TO CDSS PROGRAMS AT PINEWOODS FROM BOSTON'S LOGAN AIRPORT!
It is easier than ever to get to CDSS programs at Pinewoods Camp from Boston's Logan Airport! Book a flight that arrives by 1p.m. and reserve a seat on the 2:00 van to camp – this is the earliest we will be ready to receive you. The van runs from Terminal A right to camp, where the greeters will help you unload at the place most convenient to your cabin. You can also reserve a seat for your 9:45 departure on the last day of camp, suitable for flights noon and later. Please reserve your van seats at least 1 week before you arrive. We cannot guarantee space for late reservations. Also, talk with us if your flight times are incompatible with these vans, we may be able to schedule additional vans at other times.
The program begins with swimming and an informal tour of camp on the afternoon of the first day; followed by an orientation meeting and dance after dinner.
Arrival time is after 3:00pm on the starting Saturday. Departure is by 10:00am the final Saturday.
You will need to bring a flashlight to find your way around at night. A battery powered or wind up alarm clock and insect repellent may be useful. If you are on a special diet, you may need to bring your own particular food. An ice chest for drinks and snacks to share at after-dance parties may be handy. A specific packing list is sent with acceptance information.
Don't forget to pack your swimsuit, raincoat, sweater, towels, bed linen, and blankets or a sleeping bag. An extra blanket could be needed.
The nearest stores are a 15-30 minute drive away.
All participants are assigned on-site housing in the month before camp starts. Space is limited; we can't guarantee that all specific requests will be filled. Requests may be made on the Registration Form or with information sent later.
Most housing is in double-occupancy cabins with bathrooms close by. There are some buildings with several single rooms, as well as a few houses with a variety of bedrooms and bathrooms. Double cabins tend to be quieter than singles or houses.
General housing categories at Pinewoods are:
- Quiet or party areas
- Double or single occupancy
- Double cabin
- Building with bathroom
- Specific area or building
For Family and Campers' Weeks, housing will be assigned based on the age of the youngest family member; most children over six are assigned a roommate in a cabin near their parents.
In the cooperative spirit of camp life, all campers have a daily job to help camp run smoothly.
Jobs are usually a half hour or less per day, every day, and the same job all week. Jobs are assigned in the month before camp starts; you have the opportunity make specific requests about your job assignment either on the Registration Form or later with your Registration Status Form.
We can't guarantee that all specific job requests will be filled, but please let us know if you have a preference or limitation (e.g., dust allergy, unable to lift heavy objects, can't stay up late, can't get up for breakfast).
At family sessions parents are generally assigned a job with their young children.
General job categories are:
- Dining room: breakfast, lunch or dinner (set/clear tables)
- Kitchen (serve food, clear, wash dishes, make coffee/tea)
- Sweeping (pavilions, community areas)
- Party help (late night party setup/cleanup)
- Clerical (office, bookstore, auction)
- Greeters (must be able to arrive by 2:00pm)
- Gopher (campstore, auction, lifting)
PHONE & COMPUTERS
Though your plate will be full with activities while at camp, for those of you who must keep in contact with work or home, there are options. There is first class mail and UPS service. We do ask that laptops and cell phones be kept out of the awareness of other campers. Even if you can't, others want to enjoy this time away from the reminders of work-a-day living.There is a touch-tone phone for camper use; you will need a calling card to make long distance calls. Cell coverage is ok.
The fee for the week is $885
DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS
Online payments can be made with Mastercard or VISA. We can only take the amount you approve, so balance payments need to be initiated by you.
Mailed-in registrations can be paid by Mastercard, VISA or by check, made payable to CDSS, in U.S. Funds. Mail to CDSS, 116 Pleasant St Suite 345, Easthampton, MA 01027
A deposit of $150/person/week, if not paying full amount, is needed with registration.
Full cost depends on the Week and, at family programs, the ages of children.
Full payment for sessions starting before August 1: due May 20
Full payment for sessions starting on or after August 1: due June 20
There is a fee of $25 on any late payment.
Deposits/payments are processed upon receipt. In the case of cancellation from the wait list or from a session, a refund will be issued as per our cancellation policy.
Registration can be completed online or forms may be mailed, hand-delivered, e-mailed or faxed to the CDSS office. Registration confirmation and status will be sent out after April 1. If you wish confirmation that we received your application, please send a stamped, self-addressed postcard or email us at email@example.com.
We offer work scholarships to any camper in need, and named scholarships to practicing teachers, leaders and musicians. Please read about our scholarship programs before applying. Scholarship applications will be considered at the time of registration and should therefore accompany the Registration Form.
Donation in support of Scholarships are needed and gratefully accepted. If you are able to help another person benefit from our programs, you can do so by making a contribution along with your registration or at our online store. In addition, at each week of our summer camps, we hold auctions which raise money for future scholarships.