Joel Bluestein (Arlington, VA) has been involved in traditional music and dance for pretty much his whole life. His father was a folk musician and scholar so Joel’s exposure started at birth. He later performed in a folk group with his father and three siblings. He first attended Pinewoods as a teenager when his father was on staff in the early 1970s. He later attended as an adult in the 1980’s and as a Family Week parent in the 1990’s. He and his family have been part of the Buffalo Gap/Timber Ridge community for the last 15 years and he and his wife Michal Warshow were Program Directors for the camp for three years. He has also been lead sound technician for Timber Ridge for many years. He currently serves as an at-large member of the CDSS Finance Committee and Funding Development Committee.
Joel has been an active member of the Washington, DC area dance community since 1979, dancing and playing for dances. He served on the Board of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington for 8 years including as President and Treasurer. He was a co-founder of the Chesapeake Dance Weekend, now in its 36th year. He serves as sound technician for dances and festivals in the DC area.
Joel recently retired from a career in energy and environmental consulting. Most recently he was a Senior Vice President of a large consulting firm where he developed skills in strategic planning, budgeting, and financial analysis.