July 29 - August 5, 2017
Join us for a wonderful week of English dance, music, and song! Experience the tremendous vitality of English country and display dances, stirring tunes, and rousing English songs, all with world-class teachers and superb musicians, in the magical setting of Pinewoods Camp.
Pat Shaw would have been 100 years old in 2017. To mark the occasion, we’re delighted to have Robert Moir, renowned scholar of Pat’s life and work and much loved English country dance caller from the U.K., joining the English Week staff. Robert will take us on a deep dive of Pat Shaw’s compositions and reconstructions, sharing history and context to illuminate the lasting influence of this giant of English folk dance and song. Lisa Greenleaf will entrance us with contras & squares and Robin Hayden and Joanna Reiner will round out the English country staff, including Joanna's English Dance Leaders Course.
During the day, challenge yourself by choosing something new – or relax and enjoy the familiar – from a packed schedule of classes. This year’s stellar international teaching staff will offer, along with the usual wealth of country dance, a constellation of bright stars from the ritual dance, folk music, and song scene. Crispin, Gillian, Alex, and Lucy will bring us Cotswold morris, longsword, and singing for all and two levels of English clog and rapper. And, thank goodness -- yoga instructor Emma Conroy will be on hand to keep us limber and strong all week!
Evening dances will include a wide range of English country dances accessible to all, with exhilarating music from our extraordinary staff of musicians. We’ll continue the tradition of beginning the evening with two dances For Those Who Know, with expert coaching For Those Who Want to Know in the afternoon. Further revelry will be woven around, through, and between classes and into the wee hours, including all camp Gathering, pub night, the morris tour, the Porch & Rail, frolicking in the pond, ceileidh dancing, and an afternoon auction/wine & cheese party in support of CDSS’s scholarships & programs.
All ye who revel in all of these traditions! English Week is where we greet old friends and make new ones, tread familiar paths and plunge into uncharted territory, revel in classic, beloved, and innovative repertoire, and learn new skills to take back to our own communities. Please join us!
~ Robin Hayden, 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, camper-initiated parties|
|7:45-10:45||Evening Dance Party (starting with For Those Who Know)|
Robin Hayden leads English country dancing in her home community of Amherst, MA, and at workshops, weekends, camps, festivals, and balls across North America. The range of expressiveness in English country dance has beguiled and inspired her as a dancer going on 37 years now. As a leader, she is particularly interested in techniques for understanding, articulating, and improving the way we move, and thus the way we express ourselves within this idiom – individually, as partners, and as a set. Robin finds further outlet for her passion and eloquence as the Director of Development for CDSS.
* Karen Axelrod
Karen Axelrod is highly regarded for her creative piano playing at English, American and Scottish dance events around the country. She is in the band Foxfire, Alchemy with Eric Martin and Rachel Bell, and Peregrine Road with Rachel Bell. Karen plays accordion with 3rd String Trio, a band that plays old world cafe music. She also plays accordion for Orion Longsword. She loves the ensemble aspect of playing for dancing, as well as the close connection between what the musicians do and what the dancers do. When not playing music, Karen spends her time coming in last in marathons.
A Brooklyn native, Emma Conroy was first introduced to yoga in high school by her mother. She was hit by the yoga bug years later, while living in Lima, Peru. There she began a daily practice and was inspired and amazed by the effect yoga had her body and chronic back pain. In 2012 she completed her first yoga teacher training in Samadhi Power Yoga, and has been teaching in English and in Spanish ever since.
Doug Creighton is an inspiring musician on the button accordion and flute. He has a wealth of experience as both dancer and musician for numerous display dance teams, plays in the English dance band Pleasures of the Town and joins in as a guest in numerous contra bands. Doug is internationally known as the guru of The Button Box, where he keeps the world safe for accordions and concertinas.
Alex Cumming is an English piano accordionist, singer, caller and morris/sword dancer currently living in Newcastle, England. As an accordionist Alex performs regularly with his own ceilidh band Dyer:Cumming's and performs with BBC Young Folk Award Winner, James Findlay. As well as singing solo, Alex performs in a folk vocal quartet called The Teacups who sing folk material from England in four part harmony. Alex is a regular dance caller on the English ceilidh scene calling at many events and festivals including Sidmouth Folk Festival and Warwick Folk Festival. Also on several teams, Alex dances rapper with the Newcastle Kingsmen, High Spen Blue Diamonds Traditional Sword Dancers and is a musician for Star and Shadow Rapper. He also currently dances Cotswold morris with Morris Offspring, Hexham Morris, Maple Morris and Taunton Deane Morris Men.
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.
Lucy Huzzard has been dancing clog since childhood and now tours with the hugely successful Demon Barbers/The Lock In as a clog dancer. She studied Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University on her trusty melodeon (now traded in for a bigger model) and spent a year in Sweden studying Swedish folk dance at the Eric Sahlström Institute. She has also competed at the Dancing England Rapper Tournament (DERT) multiples times as well as judging the competition in 2016 and has danced and played for Cotswold morris. She's thrilled to be invited to teach at Pinewoods this year and hopes to spread the folk dance love!
lydia ievins, from Montague, MA, plays fiddle regularly for English, contra and couple dancing. Her love for creating rich harmonic lines led her into exploring the vibrant traditions of Swedish fiddling; she has thus discovered that the nyckelharpa makes a striking addition to English country dance. As an avid dancer herself, she infuses her playing with rhythmic clarity and sensitive phrasing to produce eminently danceable music.
Soon after moving to Boston in 1978 Mary Lea encountered musicians who serendipitously became her musical trail buddies in the English country dance band, Bare Necessities, and in other bands that offered up music for contra, couple, international and vintage dancing. Playing both violin and viola, she is known for her tone, passion and creativity with the ECD repertoire and has played for dancers around the country, across the seas and on the seas for workshops, dance weekends, cruises and music and dance weeks. Surprisingly, playing for dancing and teaching fiddle became her day job, and she feels fortunate that that was the case. Along the way Mary has also been involved in numerous recording projects, including the CDS Boston English Country Dance series, Gary Roodman's recordings, and other projects of her own. Besides birding and reading, she has taken up painting in oils, studying Portuguese fiendishly, and helping run various long-standing dance events and concerts in her hometown of Brattleboro VT.
Equally at home on fiddle and viola, Eric Martin is a dance musician who brings joy and soulful expression to many folk dance idioms. Through the freedom and improvisation inherent in traditional music, Eric enjoys the opportunity to break away from his Classical background while playing for English country dances, contra dances, festivals, balls, camps, and concerts throughout the U.S. and Canada with Alchemy, Axelrod-Martin duo, and Coincidance. Eric holds performance degrees from Ithaca College and University of Limerick, Ireland and lives and works at Gould Farm, a therapeutic farming community, in the Berkshires.
Having been a dancer since he was four, Robert Moir was introduced to English Country Dance by his wife Hazel when they moved from London to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1972. In due course he was recruited to join the calling team, and eventually led two weekly classes as well as being involved in dance events in the North East, Yorkshire, the Lake District and North Wales. When they moved south to Gloucestershire, Robert soon became known to the dance community in the South West and then nationally in the UK. He has called in most parts of the UK, and is currently involved in a series of special Sunday afternoon events at Cecil Sharp House in London. Robert has been invited to participate on several occasions in events in the US and also in Belgium and the Netherlands. Because of his dancer-friendly teaching Robert is much in demand to pass on his own love of dance to others. Both Robert and Hazel are members of the Pat Shaw Liaison Group which was set up initially to organize and encourage others to join in the centenary celebrations of Pat Shaw’s birth. See patshaw.info for more information.
Jean Monroe, having been knocked flat by a Bare Necessities CD, went to hear them play live, was asked if she wanted to dance, and promptly fled. Within a short time she had discovered English country dancing anyway, followed by dance piano and a life-changing trip to a dance musicians’ course at Pinewoods English Week. For the past decade she has played for vintage, contra, English, and ritual dancers in the Northeast and beyond. A classically-trained pianist whose style has been described as “sprightly” and “thoughtful,” Jean enjoys adding hand-percussion and melodica riffs to dance accompaniment. Bands include contra/English band Gotham Carnival, Regency band Lady Jane’s Delight (both with fiddler Julia Hartman), and early-music-turned-dance-band Paradise Bird. Jean loves playing in historical contexts but also dreams of electro-English dances under black lights. When not at a dance she can be found singing anything choral, playing ragtime, and accompanying the music-hall singers of the Old Howard Troupe, courtesy of whom she once drove straight from church choir to a performance in a burlesque expo.
* Joanna Reiner
Joanna Reiner has taught English dance, Scottish dance and longsword for over a decade. Her calling has taken her from Amherst to Ann Arbor, from NEFFA to Hey Days, including several sessions at Pinewoods Camp. Joanna led the Philadelphia-based Germantown Country Dancers English dance demonstration team for many years, is an avid dance gypsy, and in her spare time, works to support her dance habit.
Chris Rua( recorders, winds) has completed a 10 year world tour with Cirque du Soleil and is very happy to be home and looks forward to returning to Pinewoods. She graduated magna cum lauda from the Crane School of Music at Potsdam, NY with a focus in oboe. After moving to Boston in the late 70s, she became inspired by the teachings and approach to sound of Marleen Montgomery, an innovative music teacher of the time. Chris then became involved in early music and since has taught, performed, recorded and toured with such ensembles as the Early Music New York, The Christmas Revels, Piffaro, and Ex Umbris. Chris has played for English Country dancing from California to England, with Bare Necessities, at English Country dance Balls and at other dance weeks including the Berea Christmas Week, Buffalo Gap and English & American Week at Pinewoods. It has been one of her most favorite ways of making music. Besides teaching for many years at Pinewoods, Chris also directed Early Music Week from 1999-2001.
Most recently found behind the counter in the Pinewoods kitchen, Gillian Stewart is thrilled to be trading her kitchen whites for morris whites, and her work clogs for rapper shoes! Since somewhat accidentally taking over teaching her first morris team - Banbury Cross - at age 13, Gillian has enjoyed teaching and choreographing ritual dance throughout New England. She currently dances with Muddy River Morris, Maple Morris, and Orion Longsword.
Kathy Talvitie, from the Delaware Valley, is active in the dance community as a musician, dancer, organizer and composer. In addition to playing piano with Hold the Mustard and A Joyful Noise, Kathy plays guitar with the contra band Raise the Roof and is a member of the Fiddlekicks clogging team.
Crispin grew up with both parents morris dancing, and started dancing himself with Great Western Morris in 2006. Since, he has also performed with Morris Offspring, Maple Morris, and Hammersmith Morris Men. In 2014, he won the John Gasson Solo Jig Competition at Sidmouth Folk Festival, and returned to the competition to win the audience appeal prize in 2016. He has been foreman of Great Western Morris, has led morris workshops at a number of UK festivals, and is very excited to come and do morris at Pinewoods. He currently lives in Bristol, dances with Nonesuch Morris, and also enjoys playing fiddle and singing shape note.
* PROGRAM ADVISORS, plus
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 $895
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.