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CDSS’s American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods

A Week of Dance, Music, Songs and Fun, August 9-16, 2014

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Gather with friends, old and new, for a memorable music and dance experience. The hardest part about the week is the difficult choices of which classes to go to. Program director Sue Rosen has gathered many of America’s finest dance teachers and musicians for this rich and varied program, and the multi-talented staff will offer a unique dancing and musical experience and opportunities to learn. This year we are featuring a strong program in the traditions from Appalachia and the American South and from Ireland, along with contras morning, noon and night.

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Do you love dances? Want to be part of the Dare to be Square revolution and learn to call southern squares? Feel like kicking up your heels in the old Irish style of sean-nós stepdance or Appalachian flatfooting? Have you tried Irish set dance? Well, bring your dance shoes and lots of energy.

Can’t dance all day? Not a problem. Bring your instruments and your voices because the 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. Or get messy and creative with paper, paint, glue and who-knows-what else in the daily community art class. 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 singing, laughs and concerts.

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Evening dance parties will set the nights aglow, followed by after-dance parties in the camphouse where the fun continues with more opportunities for playing music and games, singing and dancing. We’re excited about the week and look forward to seeing you there!

American Dance & Music Week is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. We thank them for their support.

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