July 30 - August 6, 2016
Let everyone so pitch their song
To help their neighbour sing along:
To each and all contentment bring
When all do sing!
Join us in this Year of Song for a wonderful week of English dance, music, and, yes, song! Come with a spring in your step and a song in your heart, and 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.
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 English country dance, a particularly strong selection of display dance, music, and song: Cotswold and Northwest morris, rapper and longsword, two levels of English clog, a band workshop for all, and two periods of song.
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; again this year, Those Who Want to Know can seek expert coaching in the afternoon, this year from the inimitable Beverly Francis.
Further revelry will be woven around, through, and between classes and into the wee hours, including all camp Gathering, singing on the porch, pub night, the morris tour, the Porch & Rail, frolicking in the pond, ceilidh dancing, and the annual fundraising auction to support camp scholarships for years to come.
A special shout out to young English dancers, musicians, leaders, and organizers! As CDSS launches into its 2nd century, we’re committed to providing opportunities for you to develop and share your particular passions and skills, with each other and with the world; to step up as the next generation of leaders; and, crucially, to take on leadership at English Week. To this end, we’re thrilled to be bringing emerging caller, organizer, and educator Louise Siddons from Stillwater, OK, to facilitate a week-long Next Generation discussion and practicum. Interested in joining together with other emerging leaders to take a fresh look at our community, its goals, and its future? If so, Louise’s workshop is for you!
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 and beloved 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|
|9:00-10:00||ECD (adv) A Look Back and a Look Around||Beverly Francis|
|ECD (for all) Eloquence and Revelation||Anna Rain|
|Rapper (adv)||Tom Besford|
|10:15-11:15||ECD (for all) Open Mic||Robin Hayden|
|Morris (for all)||Stefan Read|
|English Clog (adv) Bert Bowden's Hornpipe||Stephanie Besford West|
|English Jam and Delicious Harmonies (for all)||Rebecca King|
|12:00-12:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|1:45-2:45||ECD (adv) Mastering Challenging Repertoire||Robin Hayden|
|ECD (for all) Dance for Joy!||Beverly Francis|
|Scottish Singalong (for all)||Alistair Brown|
|3:00-4:00||Because CONTRA!||Anna Rain|
|Longsword (for All)||Tom Besford|
|English Clog (for all) Ossie Jig||Stephanie Besford West|
|4:30-5:30||North West Morris (for all)||Tom Besford|
|ECD (for all) For Those Who Want to Know||Beverly Francis|
|ECD:TNG (Discussion/Practicum)||Louise Siddons|
|Songs on the Porch (for all)||Alistair Brown|
|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.
Daniel Beerbohm, on clarinet, flute and penny whistle, spices his English and contra dance playing from a rich background of swing, Klezmer and classical music. He performs extensively with Hold The Mustard, A Joyful Noise, and Reunion, at dances along the East coast and occasionally westward.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan Jensen is an inspired pianist in musical styles ranging from English country and contra to ragtime and jazz. Jon is a composer of brilliant dance tunes and waltzes, a frequent performer at dance events and a bassist with the Baltimore Symphony. When not playing piano at camp he is often filling in on whistle, recorder, ocarina or mandolin and offering his original songs, both silly and serious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & COMPUTERSThough 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.