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2018 Summer Camp Programs

AVAILABILITY KEY

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Week Location Adult Family Start Date Availability
English Dance Week Pinewoods adult   07/28/18 icon yellow
Harmony of Song & Dance Pinewoods adult   07/21/18 icon green
Early Music Week Pinewoods adult   08/11/18 icon green
Family Week at Pinewoods Pinewoods   family 07/14/18  icon green
American Dance & Music Week Pinewoods adult   08/04/18  icon green
Campers' Week Pinewoods adult family 08/18/18  icon red
Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge Timber Ridge adult family 08/12/18  icon green
Family Week at Ogontz Ogontz   family 08/04/18  icon green
Dance, Music & Spice Cavell adult   08/12/18  icon green
Square Dance Callers Course Pinewoods adult   07/21/18  icon green
Everyone Can Improvise Course Timber Ridge adult   08/12/18  icon green

2018 PROGRAM WEEK DETAILS

Each individual page provides a wealth of detail about its program including the staff list, the schedule, descriptions of daily classes, and more.

2018 Summer Camp Programs

AVAILABILITY KEY

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Week Location Adult Family Start Date Availability
English Dance Week Pinewoods adult   07/28/18 icon yellow
Harmony of Song & Dance Pinewoods adult   07/21/18 icon green
Early Music Week Pinewoods adult   08/11/18 icon green
Family Week at Pinewoods Pinewoods   family 07/14/18  icon green
American Dance & Music Week Pinewoods adult   08/04/18  icon green
Campers' Week Pinewoods adult family 08/18/18  icon red
Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge Timber Ridge adult family 08/12/18  icon green
Family Week at Ogontz Ogontz   family 08/04/18  icon green
Dance, Music & Spice Cavell adult   08/12/18  icon green
Square Dance Callers Course Pinewoods adult   07/21/18  icon green
Everyone Can Improvise Course Timber Ridge adult   08/12/18  icon green

2018 Summer Camp Programs

Program Director Proof access

Week Location Adult Family Start Date Program Directors
English Dance Week Pinewoods adult   07/28/18 Robin Hayden
Harmony of Song & Dance Pinewoods adult   07/21/18 Anna Patton
Early Music Week Pinewoods adult   08/11/18 Emily O'Brien
Family Week at Pinewoods Pinewoods   family 07/14/18 Katy German
American Dance & Music Week Pinewoods adult   08/04/18 Lisa Greenleaf
Campers' Week Pinewoods adult family 08/18/18 Hannah Naiman
Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge Timber Ridge adult family 08/12/18 Janet, Robert, Imogen, Cecily Mills
Family Week at Ogontz Ogontz   family 08/04/18 Lily & Paul Leahy
Dance, Music & Spice Cavell adult   08/12/18 Carol Ormand
Square Dance Callers Course Pinewoods adult   07/21/18 Nils Fredland
Everyone Can Improvise Course Timber Ridge adult   08/12/18 Eden MacAdam-Somer

2018 PROGRAM WEEK DETAILS

Each individual page provides a wealth of detail about its program including the staff list, the schedule, descriptions of daily classes, and more.

See these terrific articles in Making Music Magazine and South Shore Living that highlighted our Family camps.

A TESTIMONIAL

"I was at CDSS Family Week at Pinewoods this summer - FABULOUS. During a conversation about how wonderful it was to watch all the kids embrace the week, the woman with whom I was speaking leaned closer to me. In a very serious, eyebrows-raised, I'm-about-to tell-you-the-secret-of-life kind of way she said, "You know, deciding to bring my kids to dance camp every year was the best decision I ever made as a parent." She meant it with every fiber of her being. And I instantly knew she was right. My kids are fairly young and most of the time I feel like I'm just winging it, but I knew at that moment that whatever else I get wrong, bringing them into the world of family dance camp is one heck of a got-it-right. Music, history, community, dancing, singing, and life-long friendships; there's nothing else quite like it. I'm grateful to have grown up with all this, and I hope to share it with as many others as I can."  ~ Katy German, Sept 2013

FAMILY PROGRAMS

denise smith ogontz 2015Photo by Denise SmithOur family programs provide many opportunities to share traditional English and Anglo-American dance, music and storytelling as well as the beauty of the outdoors with children. This is a great way to spend time with your children, your grandchildren, your nieces and nephews, or other children dear to you.

At the Family Weeks, each age grouping has a maximum number of spaces available. Adults without children are also welcome. Our Family and Campers' Weeks offer new material and many insights for teachers, librarians, and others working with children who wish to incorporate traditional music and dance material into their curriculum.

ADULT PROGRAMS

smith nicholas 2014 c0232a41Photo by Nicholas SmithEach week's program has a unique focus and each offers a different mix of daily dance and music classes, singing and special workshops, with plenty of rest/play time. Once a day the whole camp gathers for games, singing or presentations. After dinner each evening there is a dance party, often with a concert, followed by late-night activities.

The minimum age for attendance at our adult weeks is 15; except at Cavell, where we can accept people as young as 13. Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. We expect any minors to be fully involved in the programming. We can sometimes also accept a limited number of infants and children; please call for details. Adults without children are also welcome at Campers' and Family Weeks.

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Overview

OVERVIEW

Dance, Music & Spice at Cavell - Photo by Doug PlummerPhoto by Doug PlummerEach summer, the Country Dance and Song Society runs several residential weeks for adults and families where we get to experience traditional English and North American dance and music in beautiful outdoor settings. Each weeklong program, while including some of each, has a unique focus and offers its own mix of dance, music, song and special workshops. There are daily classes, a dance party each evening (sometimes with a concert), followed by late-night activities, plus there is swimming, canoeing, and relaxing with old friends and new. Not to mention the scrumptious meals, fresh air, and break from our daily hectic lives.

Programs are held near Plymouth, MA (Pinewoods); High View, WV (Timber Ridge); Lyman, NH (Ogontz); and Lexington, MI (Cavell).

     
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