Archive Class Descriptions

Class Desctriptions

9:00-10:15

All-Camp Chorale – Staff Singing teachers

The morning chorale brings the entire camp together to start the day with a 75 minute singing session where our diverse singing staff take turns leading harmony songs both by ear and from written music. The material will range from easy and fun to more challenging (and still fun!) A big sing at the end of the week will be a review of the highlights of this session. The repertoire may include Chorus songs, Gospel, Early Music, World Music, newly written Folk Songs, and more.

10:30-11:45

Contras and Squares – Nils Fredland

Music by: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Julie Vallimont, Arthur Davis: Spend the week dancing your way through the broad and rich repertoire of traditional American social dancing. Contras, Squares, and more! Nils will make sure that everyone - from the newest to the most nimble - feels welcome on the dance floor, and engaged by the selection of dances.

English Breakfast Country Dance – Melissa Running

Music by: Anna Patton, Karen Axelrod, Eden MacAdam-Somer: Something savory, something sweet, something brisk and bracing—come dig in to a smorgasbord of English country dance as we enjoy a moving "second breakfast." We'll have old favorites and new, simple fare and chewier morsels, engaging for feet and ears and minds.

Intro to American & English Dance: Becoming a Confident Dancer – Katy German

Music by: Kristen Planeaux, Naomi Morse: Are you new to Contra or English dancing? Have you danced Contra and English before, but wish you could develop your skills a bit more in? Are you a seasoned dancer who loves creating joy for new dancers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the class for you! We will explore the similarities and differences between Contra and English dancing, cover basic forms and figures, and help everyone find new joy and confidence on the dance floor!

1:15-1:50

Shape Note Singing on the Porch

Come sing some rousing four-part Sacred Harp Music while you digest!

Afternoon Classes

Singing Classes

World Music Harmony – Suzannah Park

Enjoy the harmonic variety that is world polyphony through songs about love, loss and celebration from a collection of countries in 2, 3 & 4 part harmony. We'll be singing songs from America, England, Bulgaria, Caucasus Republic of Georgia, South African and Columbia. All singing levels are welcome and all songs and parts will be taught by ear and no sight-reading skills are required.

Yiddish Folk Song – Eden MacAdam-Somer

Eden will share her passion for the tradition of Yiddish song, from its folk roots in Eastern Europe to musical theater in New York. We'll work with field recordings and lyric sheets, learning a bit about the history as we go. Students are welcome to bring a notebook and a recording device.

Raise your voices! – Bob Walser

There is a resurgence of community singing around the USA today from pub sings in Brattleboro to the long running Shanty Sings at Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco. In this class we’ll explore all kinds of songs that shine in these settings as well as ‘stealth song leading’ techniques to subtly enhance group singing for everyone in the room.

Brother Harmonies – Kari Sickenberger

In this workshop we will explore the harmony sounds of some of the best brother duets ever recorded. The list is extensive, but think Stanleys, Louvins, and Everlys, and you’ll get the idea. We’ll figure out some of the secrets that made them sound so good, and we’ll make our own harmonies with our own voices, the brothers leading the way. “I don’t sing harmony,” you say? Remember that singing the melody is half of the harmony, so yes, you do! We need you too!

Songwriting – Cindy Kallet

Let’s make up stuff! We won’t have the leisure to wait for inspirational lighting to strike, so we’ll just have to adapt our lighting rods to receive creative electricity at all hours of the day. We’ll write snippets, phrases, whole verses, maybe even entire songs, and share them with the rest of the group. We’ll spend part of the class doing short whole-group exercises to get the juices flowing, and part of the time working on our own or in duos or trios.

Madrigals of the Renaissance – Eden MacAdam-Somer

Madrigals are songs for several voices, often centered around themes of love, nature, or death. In this class, we'll hone in on rhythmic details, dynamics, phrasing, ensemble work, and building reading skills, all while reveling in the beautiful sounds of these works.

Traditional Ballads – Suzannah Park, Arthur Davis

The rich a deep well of American and British Isles ballads is an important and powerful way that stories, lessons and life are sung about and shared. In this class we will teach songs as well as having space for folks to share ballads they already know. We’ll talk about the dynamic of how and when to share these songs and tricks for memorization. Join us and learn knee to knee as we share our stories and songs with each other.

Gospel Songs – Kari Sickenberger

The Southern tradition of singing Gospel goes back a long way, and we will explore mostly older songs with interesting harmonies and beautiful messages that can speak to even the sourest cynics. B Y O G(God) to this celebratory circle where we will let the music take us where it will. The love and practice of singing binds us together and grounds us. And gospel songs can lift us up to the heavens for a few minutes at a time if we let them.

Songs of Social Struggle – Jeremy Carter-Gordon

We will look at the past 400 years of songs from working class movements for peoples' rights in the US and UK, and sing them for today. From the Diggers movement in 17th century England, to striking Kentucky coal miners in the 1930s, from The Peoples Charter and disenfranchisement in the UK 150 years ago, to women working in the textile mills marching against greedy bosses at the turn of the 20th century, these songs still hold a powerful message.

Harmony Singing by Ear – Suzannah Park, Cindy Kallet

Using a variety of games, exercises and songs, we'll explore, through trial and error (errors most especially welcome!) the magical and sometimes mysterious world of harmony. You'll gain confidence in your ability to identify scales, chords and intervals, and use these tools to help you find harmonies, both conventional and surprising. Come play with notes with us!

Renaissance Polyphony – Naomi Morse

Delve deep into some early European harmonies. This class will focus on two or three pieces from 15th-16th centuries with perhaps a quicker look at a few others. We will explore the luscious harmonies and exciting rhythms this music has to offer, and seek out the most resonant spot in camp to sing. Ability to read music is a plus.

Instrument Classes

Arranging Songs for Guitar and Voice – Cindy Kallet

Have you ever loved a song, but wanted to be more creative with an accompaniment? Do you notice that some songs like to have fancy arrangements, others simple? This workshop will be geared towards any level guitarist (though it will be helpful to be able to change chords fairly easily). Feel free to bring along a song and we'll try out some accompaniment possibilities that hopefully will expand your ideas of what a left hand and a right hand can do together. Open tunings will be explored, too.

Honky Tonk Band (for singers and instrumentalists) – Kari Sickenberger, Andrew VanNorstrand

Honky Tonk Band is the perfect place to explore your lonesome side. Kari and Andrew will guide you through the dim lights and thick smoke with nothing but three chords and the truth. We will work on classic country music of the 1950s (and beyond) by artists like Hank Williams Sr., George Jones, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. Harmony singing will certainly be a focus and we will aim to arrange a couple songs for Roadhouse on Thursday night. Attention musicians: all instruments and experience levels are very welcome! There will be opportunities to work on improvising, band skills and music theory; basic charts and lyric sheets will be provided.

Fiddle Mini-Lessons – Ethan Hazzard-Watkins

Ethan offers mini-lessons for fiddlers or other melody players throughout the week. This is a chance for personalized exploration of whatever musical questions are challenging or exciting you at the moment. Work on a particular technique, explore stylistic variation, expand your repertoire, play tunes together, or something else. A few lesson slots may be available at other times of day as well.

Deliver the Rhythm! - Playing dance tunes with oomph and grace – Anna Patton

This class is for dance musicians who want to dig into the rhythmic aspects of ensemble playing in a playful, exploratory way. There are so many different ways to play rhythmically: even sweeping legatos can be rhythmic. How can we create more rhythmic variation? How can we listen better to each other's rhythm? How can a melody player find a niche in the rhythm section and vice versa? How to approach dragging or speeding tendencies? How to deliver the most satisfying kinds of oomph for different kinds of choreography? Rhythm-based improvisation!? We will play a mix of contra tunes, ECD tunes, and waltzes, depending on the group's interests.

Dance Classes

Swedish Couple Dances – Jeremy Carter-Gordon

Music by: Melissa Running, Naomi Morse: Come and learn Swedish turning dances with a focus on movement quality, partner connection, and musicality. Based on my experiences at a year long course in folk dance in sweden, these skills will be accessible to the beginner as well as provide new challenges to the long-time dancer. Discover the mesmerizing world of these dances such as Schottis, Slangpolska, Hambo, and Polska, all to the beautiful music of the nyckelharpa. Bring shoes that you can pivot in, and an open mind to new approaches to dance

Discover Bal Folk! – Jeremy Carter-Gordon, Bob Walser

Enter into the exciting and entrancing world of French folk dances and be careful not to get addicted! A diverse set of dances that include couples turning dances, set dances, circle dances and more! You will learn dances like mazurka, hanter dro, bourée, rondo, schottishe, and more. To come and get a head start on what may be the next folk dance craze in the US bring dance shoes, and excitement, no french required!

Ritual Dance Feast – Bob Walser

Music by: Arthur Davis: Swords, sticks, bells and more! Come explore English Ritual Dance traditions including sword dance from Yorkshire, Morris from the Cotswold Hills and more. We’ll begin with an introduction to various traditions then, depending on the interests of participants, focus on one or more styles in greater depth.

Other Classes

Crankie Making – Julie Vallimont

Crankies are like "movies on paper". This magical storytelling form dates back to the 1800s. A scroll of paper or other material is put in a special display box and a crank is turned to make the paper move. Often they have songs and tunes that go with them. We'll make crankies together. Depending on what the group wants, we'll make one big crankie together, several small ones, and/or tiny individual crankies.

Square Dance Caller's Mini-course (Pre-registration) – Nils Fredland

Music by: Andrew VanNorstrand:

Class Desctriptions

Dance Classes

Contras: Dance Ingenuity – Donna Hunt

Music by: Pete Sutherland, Tristan Henderson, Oliver Scanlon: This class will look at techniques to improve and embellish your style of contra dancing. We will focus on making smoother transitions between figures, and other moments of connection. With emphasis on safety and timeliness, we will explore giving/sharing weight and learn some fun flourishes.

Challenging Contras – Will Mentor

Music by: Pete Sutherland, Tristan Henderson, Oliver Scanlon: What makes a contra dance challenging? Many figures? New transitions between figures? Spatial orientation? Multiple shadows? End effects? Let's try them all! Note that we will be using Larks and Ravens as role identifiers.

Square 'Em Up – Will Mentor

Music by: Julie Metcalf, Max Newman: Enjoy dancing in groups of eight as we reflect on stylistic and choreographic differences between New England, Western, and Southern Squares.

English Dancing For Joy – Kalia Kliban

Music by: Julie Metcalf, Kate Barnes: Explore the range of English country dancing, from the silly to the sublime. We'll learn all the basic figures and formations along the way, and discover what has kept English dancers coming back for almost 400 years.

The Magic of Waltz – Matthew Duveneck

Music by: Max Newman, Julie Metcalf: The ultimate beauty, balance and connection of Waltz lies in a couples' ability to harness suspension and to release it. We will teach some basic steps and patterns including cross-step figures-- but we will mostly explore the quality of connection possible between the music and your partner…like leaves floating down a mountain stream we swirl and interact with the current of the room and navigate the floor with grace. All levels welcome!

East Coast Swing and Two Step – Matthew Duveneck, Anna Gilbert

Music by: Kate Barnes, Dave Langford, Owen Morrison: Western Two-step with two quick steps followed by two slow steps fits like a tight fitting cowboy boot with East Coast swing (same rhythm). Swing dancers steer toward the center of the floor while two steppers follow the wave flowing around the outside. In this class, we'll focus on both two-step and East Coast swing in a relaxed and comfortable way. We'll practice this to many musical styles and tempos. All levels welcome!

Argentine Tango – Matthew Duveneck, Anna Gilbert

Music by: Kate Barnes, Dave Langford, Owen Morrison: A dance born in Buenos Aires during the earliest days of the last century, Argentine tango is popular all over the world. Ever mysterious, tango is considered by many partner dancers to be the ultimate form of creative dance. We will work on both the livelier Milonga style, born of multi-cultures merging in the outskirts of the city, as well as the sweeping, often melancholic tangos of the golden era (1940-50s). And, we will make time for Chacarera -- Argentine folk dancing fun! The class will compare tango to other dance forms and will explore a comfortable, joyful way to communicate through this beautiful and intimate dance. Please bring shoes you can pivot with. All levels are welcome!

Improvisational Flatfoot Clogging – Kalia Kliban

Music by: Tristan Henderson, Oliver Scanlon: You will learn a vocabulary of steps and sounds you can assemble in your own unique way. Become your own instrument! (Note: You'll need comfortable shoes with smooth, hard, non-marking soles and heels, preferably leather but plastic can work.)

Instrument & Singing Classes

Shape Note Singing – Pete Sutherland

Shape note singing, the pop music of the late 18th century and ever an all-out war on 'polite singing' enjoys more widespread popularity than ever. Pete Sutherland, an avid singer from the Sacred Harp and other shape note-singing traditions for his entire adult life, will lead a daily all-comers session. All experience levels and gender preferences (in voice parts and life). Music will be provided, but feel free to bring your own Sacred Harp, Shenandoah Harmony, Northern Harmony, copies of originals etc.

Harmony Singing – Chris Welles

Do you love singing? Does the part where the musicians break into three-part harmony fill you with joy? Starting with two part harmony, we will draw on a range of music from sacred rounds, drinking songs, traditional ballads, blues and doo wop to expand our repertoire of vocal harmony. All is taught by ear, but for fans of chicken scratches, we will provide paper music.

Swing Guitar for Folkies – Chris Welles

Tired of that old G, C, D, Em boom-chick kind of thing? Learn some cool new chords and rhythms to play swing tunes like *Take Me Back to Tulsa, Minor Swing, C Jam Blues* and *All of Me*. Starting with two and three chord songs, this course will teach you how to get "that swing feel"; cover a handful of moveable chord forms you can use to play in any key; and touch on a few music theory topics like chord substitution and transposition - but not so much as to hurt your playing! Amaze your friends! Confound your detractors! Designed for people who don't think they can play jazz. You're ready for the workshop if can play familiar songs in constant tempo and are comfortable with barre chords. Handouts provided, recording devices encouraged. Prerequisites: Familiarity with barre chords and ability to keep a steady tempo.

Learn Tunes By Ear – Dave Langford

We will spend the week learning tunes by ear by breaking them down into small manageable pieces, and then gradually stringing those pieces together until we have the entire tune. All tunes will be revisited every day with the goal of having a solid repertoire of new tunes memorized by the end of the week! Related topics such as chord theory are possible as an aid to more effective learning. All instruments are welcome.

Couple Dance Music Ensemble – Owen Morrison

Come learn and discuss different ways to play for waltz, swing, tango, polka, mambo and more.

Traditions Music Session – Max Newman

Every day we will get into the groove along one tradition of fiddle music, gently defined. Old-time, New England, Quebecois, Irish. All instruments and beverages welcome.

Other Classes

Callers Geek-Out Seminar – Lisa Greenleaf

This workshop is geared towards intermediate callers who already know the basics and want to get into deeper exploration. We will take an in-depth look at teaching, working with musicians, understanding choreography, and building a strong, supportive peer group.

Drawing Pinewoods – Will Mentor

Want a lesson in drawing? Or do you just want to relax and draw the beautiful landscape of Pinewoods? All are welcome. Drawing boards, pencils, erasers and paper are provided.

Period 5: Hot Shots: One-time Offerings – Lisa Greenleaf

The last period of the day will be the most creative: All workshop ideas welcome, from crafts to couple dancing to jamming, singing and juggling! Bring your ideas to camp, or contact Lisa ahead of time.

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9:00-10:00

Advanced ECD: Elephants & Related Species – Andrew Shaw

Music by: Karen Axelrod, Audrey Knuth, Rachel Bell: This same class is presented twice to keep the numbers manageable; campers can attend one of the 2 sections. In the late 17th/early 18th century the English country dance reached the peak of its artistic development in terms of the refinement of the music, the ingenuity of the figure and the demands made upon the dancer. These classes will explore dances from the Henry Playford and later editions of The Dancing Master and the annual sets of Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year published by John Walsh - and will include dances from Elephants Stairs.

ECD for All: Harmony in Motion – Robin Hayden

Music by: Chip Prince, Jon Berger: How do we move to English country dance music? How do we hold our bodies, gesture, connect, lilt, glide, or soar? What makes a dancer graceful, expressive, and musical? In keeping with this year's theme, we'll look at techniques for understanding and improving the way we move to English country dance music, in all its moods, rhythms, and styles. The program, while accessible to newer dancers, will offer distinct and satisfying challenges to any lifelong learner.

88-Finger Lilting – Jacqueline Schwab

Are you ready to take on the challenge of further developing your craft? Then Jacqueline's piano class, intended for English dance pianists actively playing in their communities, is for you! We will explore producing rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic support on piano or keyboard, in order to more easily command dancers to hear the phrasing, launch into the choreography, feel the lilting, forward flow of the style, lift their hearts and spirits, and have some fun!

10:15-11:15

ECD for All: Open Mic – Robin Hayden

Music by: Jacqueline Schwab, Corey Walters: Callers and dancers together form a network of mutual support for dance leaders of all levels of experience, including anyone wishing to step up to the mic for the first time. This is not a forum for trying out challenging or new-to-you-and-us repertoire: we will work towards the best possible presentation of dances we know well, aiming for a satisfying experience for all -- success for the caller, comfort for the musicians, joy for the dancers, and pride among assembled leaders at each other's accomplishments and growth. Callers will receive structured feedback in a supportive environment.

Sleights Longsword for All – Kalia Kliban

Music by: Jon Berger: This traditional longsword dance features a number of classic figures, as well as 6 different sword locks. It's a great opportunity for folks new to longsword to learn the basics, while more experienced dancers can experiment with modifications of the figures and staging.

ECD Band Workshop for All – Gene Murrow

Open to musicians interested in playing for English country dancing who have reasonable facility on one or more instruments (callers, beginning musicians, and others are welcome as auditors). The result of several years of development and presentation in England and the US, the workshop offers accommodation for both those who read music and those who play by ear; essential techniques for adding the "lift" necessary to inspire the dancers; basic understanding of the wide variety and history of English country dance music; useful techniques for playing in tune; and techniques for adding variety. Bring your instruments, a music stand, and a pencil, and be prepared for a week of great music-making.

11:25-12:00

Gathering – Kalia Kliban

Kalia will moderate this daily assembly where you can display your talents, or lack thereof, to the assembled multitudes. Dance demonstrations, mutant abilities, songs and stories, stupid human tricks, poetry and jokes, all are welcome. Sign up early, since the slots fill up fast!

1:45-2:45

Advanced ECD: Elephants & Related Species – Andrew Shaw

Music by: Jacqueline Schwab, Jon Berger, Anna Patton: This same class is presented twice to keep the numbers manageable; campers can attend one of the 2 sections. In the late 17th/early 18th century the English country dance reached the peak of its artistic development in terms of the refinement of the music, the ingenuity of the figure and the demands made upon the dancer. These classes will explore dances from the Henry Playford and later editions of The Dancing Master and the annual sets of Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year published by John Walsh - and will include dances from Elephants Stairs.

ECD for All: Music Made Visible – Gene Murrow

Music by: Chip Prince, Corey Walters: George Balanchine, among others including Imogen Holst, noted that "dance is music made visible." The music of England's social/folk dance tradition is unusual in its embrace of a wide variety of musical forms and styles -- "duple" meter jigs, reels, hornpipes and marches; "triple" meter minuets, waltzes of several varieties, and slip jigs; and several eccentric forms. Set geometry and structure is equally varied. Sources and styles include Renaissance dance music, baroque theater music, classical-era sonatas, traditional songs, modern waltzes, and much more. We'll explore how the best choreographers have incorporated these disparate elements to make each visible and to enthrall the dancers.

The Joys of Playing (Violin) for English – Audrey Knuth

Playing for English country dance can be one of the most gratifying things - to watch the dancers move with our musical expression of each tune. During the course of the week, we'll dive deep in the creative and musical world that English tunes have to offer. In both group classes and individual lessons, we'll focus on what we can personally bring to the music by breaking down each tune and exploring the harmonic and solo possibilities. We'll also focus on our listening skills on being a supportive musician to both the dancers and to the other musicians around us. Feel free to contact me about specific tunes you would like us to concentrate on.

Play for Singing – Jeff Warner

The song comes first. We'll explore the message of the song, unaccompanied, before we decide how to enhance it with an instrument. I should be able to help you directly with banjo, guitar or English concertina-but any instrument is welcome. You might be a beginner or an experienced performer, but you should know your song (no reading texts) and know basic chords or scales. We'll help each other explore most effective ways to accompany.

3:00-4:00

Rip and Snort - Contras for all – Kalia Kliban

Music by: Karen Axelrod, Rob Rohr, Anna Patton: Come cut loose with a selection of contemporary and classic contras.

Favorites of the Boston Centre for Those Who Want to Know – Linda Nelson

Music by: Chip Prince, Audrey Knuth: Dances you know you want to know: the gems of our repertoire. Learn or refresh, be ready to enjoy each evening's "for those who know" selections. Beginners will learn the dance patterns, and more experienced dancers can fine tune for the subtleties which make these dances so beloved. Other classic and favorite dances will fill out the session as time permits.

Cotswold Morris for All – Crispin Youngberg

Music by: Corey Walters: Great Western Morris dance cotswold morris in the styles loosely derived from the villages of Leafield and Bampton. In this class Crispin (previously foreman of the team) will teach a mixture of the team's original dances in these styles, and variations on traditional dances. As well as teaching the dance steps, we'll work on performance style and audience engagement. All welcome, no previous morris experience required.

Music Theory for Dancers, Musicians, and Leaders – Gene Murrow

A multi-media presentation of the rudimentary elements of music theory as they apply to an appreciation of English country dance and music. The course assumes no knowledge of music whatsoever, but moves quickly to cover the basics of scales; keys (major, minor, modal); chords and simple harmony; music notation (you'll be able to read music by week's end); tempo, meter, and rhythm; and how it all combines to create the music we all love to dance to! The next time you hear something like "This next dance is a slip jig in 9/8 triple time, in D dorian mode, dotted quarter at about 106, two As and a B," you'll know exactly what it means!

Songs of the Atlantic Nation – Jeff Warner

Mostly singing-and a little history. We'll look at the great wealth of British songs that came to the New World: ballads, music hall, occupational songs. But we'll also pay attention to American songs that went to the UK, including sea shanties, minstrel songs and Tin Pan Alley hits. We'll also sing some English standards-like "Oh Good Ale"-that aren't found in the New World. Most have fine choruses, all have interesting stories.

4:30-5:30

ECD for All: Johnson, Thompson, & Co – Andrew Shaw

Music by: Karen Axelrod, Corey Walters: As the 18th century progressed and the demands of the ballroom changed, the English country dance underwent a marked transformation, becoming simpler and more standardised in form. The leading music publishers of the day, John Johnson, the Thompson family and the Rutherfords were joined by a host of smaller publishers all producing their annual sets and collected editions of dances into the early 19th century. They provide plenty of suitable material for the last class of the day.

Deliver the Rhythm! - Playing Dance Tunes with Oomph and Grace (For all instruments) – Anna Patton

This class is for dance musicians who want to work on the rhythmic aspects of their playing in a playful, exploratory way. There are so many different ways to play rhythmically: even sweeping legatos can be rhythmic. How can we create more rhythmic variation? How can a melody player find a niche in the rhythm section and vice versa? How to approach dragging or speeding tendencies? How to deliver the most satisfying kinds of oomph for different kinds of choreography? Rhythm-based improvisation!? Come explore these eternal questions and more.

Camphouse Song Swap – Jeff Warner

For generations, the Camphouse Porch has been the scene of excellent community sings at Pinewoods. Come add to the aura. Bring a chorus song to sing or just lend your voice to great traditional songs of the past, from the UK and North America. New songs welcome-as long as there is a chorus.

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Daily Schedule

9:00-10:25

Instrumental and vocal consorts grouped by level, Beginner to Advanced: Recorder, viol, voice, strings, harp, mixed instrument, and Accademia (see below for link to description)

Voice Classes will include rhythmic, interval and sight reading exercises to strengthen the students’ musicianship. (B to A)

From the Battlefield to the Dance Hall — Paduanas, Battaglias, and Everything Between (I-HI louds) – Liza Malamut

This Renaissance loud band class will explore the connection between the state and celebratory functions of wind bands during the sixteenth century. From the battlefields to the courts to royal weddings and processions, wind musicians were a constant presence. We will explore the interconnectedness of peace, war, and celebration as experienced by the musicians and composers whose music survived to tell the tale.

Lattes with Landini (HI-A Violin-family strings, viols, plucked strings, soft woodwinds) – Michelle Levy

The 1300s in Italy was a time of great change in music, influenced by the vernacular poetry of the troubadors and transitioning into the Renaissance. New musical forms such as the ballata emerged, containing choral refrains to accompany dancing, and composers such as Francesco Landini, Johannes Ciconia, and Jacapo da Bolgna included unique isorhythms, harmonies, and florid polyphony with fast-moving upper lines unique to this style and time period. We’ll explore instrumental dance pieces from the Faenza Codex as well as motets/masses from Bologna MS Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica Q15.

Baroque ensembles (HI-A Melody instruments and continuo instruments) – Frances Fitch, Judy Linsenberg

Experience the splendor of 18th-century chamber music and the dance rhythms that infuse movements from sonatas and suites.

Accademia: Instruments and Voices (Pre-registration) – Sarah Mead, Michael Barrett

10:45-11:45

Absolute Beginner's Class (Sunday only) (B) – Jan Elliott

Learn the basic figures you need to enjoy a wonderful week of English Country Dancing!

Song and Dance, Man! (B and up) – Orly Krasner

Music by: Frances Fitch, Emily O'Brien: This session will explore dances from the ECD repertoire whose tunes were originally songs. The dances, both historical and modern, draw on mediaeval melodies, Renaissance lute airs, folk material, and theater songs.

Tradition and Innovation (A) – Graham Christian

Music by: Judy Linsenberg, Cynthia Shaw: This class for experienced dancers will feature a beautiful variety of selections that emphasize both the continuities and the innovations of the ECD tradition. Special feature: “Hey, you!” This sub-theme will engage many variations on the core figure of the hey.

1:45-3:00

Under the Hood: Understanding Basic Music Theory and Harmony (All) – Frances Fitch

Whether you'd like to brush up on the fundamentals, or there are some things you just never had the chance to learn, this may be the course you need to feel more confident about your understanding of the music you play and sing. This class would make a good combination with ECD Dance Band.

Collegium: English Masters (LI+ Voices, I+ Instruments, percussion) – Larry Zukof

From the sublime to the earthy, we will explore gorgeous sacred and theatrical vocal/masque settings by Byrd, Tallis, Blow and Purcell. There will be some break-out sessions for the singers while the players read instrumental pieces.

Recorder Technique Boot Camp for Intermediate Players (I+) – Héloïse Degrugillier

Focusing on your technique pays dividends in becoming a more versatile and expressive player and in a more satisfying musical experience. Learn strategies for improving your hand position, thumb technique, breath control, articulation, intonation, and dynamics.

Sound the Bright Flutes (B-LI Flutes (Instruments can be provided for the week)) – Alexa Raine-Wright

Whether you're just trying the Baroque flute for the first time, rediscovering it after a hiatus, or just need some help getting up to speed, this session will start you off on the right foot. Work on sound production, hand position, breathing, and articulation techniques.

Follow the Piper: Renaissance Bagpipes (B-LI (Instruments can be provided for the week)) – Christa Patton

If you’ve always wanted to try the bagpipes, now’s your chance! Find out if they’re really your bag. It’s a gas!

Trobaritz Song and Accompaniment (All) – Michelle Levy

The Troubaritz were women composers of Troubador song, and they were the first known women to compose Western secular music. These songs were created by courtly women to entertain other nobles and they take several forms. In particular, we’ll explore the Dansa form, which was accompanied by dancing. One of the great mysteries surrounding these songs is what instrumental accompaniment could have been, since none has been written down. We’ll explore these monophonic (single melody) songs together on instruments and/or voice, then create arrangements for instrumental accompaniment based on the scale patterns, ranges, tunings, and the Pythagorean theory available and in use at the time.

Two left feet? (LI+ Recorders, flutes, strings) – Judy Linsenberg

Dance rhythms of the Baroque and Renaissance. How do you tell an Allemand from a Pavane? A gigue from a canarie? We'll play many different kinds of dance movements and learn the style and characteristics of each.

Music from Terpsichore (I-A Mixed instruments (louds welcome)) – Liza Malamut

This class will dive into Michael Praetorius’s prolific output of music for all combinations of instruments. Terpsichore, one of Praetorius’s most well-known collections, is a treasure trove of stately pavanes, vigorous bransles, and festive dances of all kinds. Open to multiple levels, this is a chance to discover the joys of German Renaissance dance music at its finest!

Social Dance in Performance (Experienced Dancers) – Graham Christian

Music by: Cynthia Shaw: Experienced dancers will prepare a suite of more challenging dances, old and modern, for presentation at the end of the week. Familiarity with English Country Dance figures is essential; dances will be thoroughly taught and lightly prompted.

Accademia: Instruments and Voices (Pre-registration) – Lisa Terry, Michael Barrett, Emily O'Brien

3:20-4:35

Recorder Orchestra: Dance-inspired Music (I+) – Larry Zukof

Kick up your feet and improve your rhythm at the same time with Dance Inspired Music from around the world from the Renaissance to contemporary. Works by Dowland, Rossi, Purcell, and Søren Sieg.

Recorder Ensemble Skills Boot Camp (LI+) – Alexa Raine-Wright, Jan Elliott

Participants will be divided into sections to dive into the finer points of ensemble playing, and learn strategies you can use to improve your ensemble experiences no matter who you play with. We'll cover tuning, starting and stopping together, tempo changes, and listening to all the other parts in the ensemble.

Harping on Harp (B Harp (Contact Program Director to arrange instrument rental)) – Christa Patton

Are you feeling plucky? Are you high-strung? Spend the week teaching your fingers to dance on the strings of the most angelic of instruments.

Celebratory Wind Music for Eating, Drinking, and Dancing (I+ Louds) – Liza Malamut

What wind player doesn’t enjoy eating, drinking, and being merry? Join us for a celebration of songs about food, drink, and revelry. We’ll play music praising the virtues of good wine, well-brewed beer, and the occasional roasted goose. Join us for a delicious musical feast!

Chorus: Renaissance Rhythm (LI+ Singers) – Michael Barrett

This year the Early Music Week Chorus will explore rhythm in Renaissance vocal music, from the brain games of mensural canons to the playful rhythms of the frottola and musique mesurée. We'll investigate how poetry, dance, and mathematics have influenced concepts of musical rhythm in the 15th and 16th centuries, and work on our rhythmic skills along the way!

ECD Dance Band (HI+ All instruments except louds) – Michelle Levy

We will refine our melody-playing, learn to create harmonies and accompaniments to English Country Dances, and polish our ensemble technique. This will include creating variations on a melody while staying true to the form of the dance, as well as ways of creating harmonies, counter-melodies, ornaments, and accompaniments. Perhaps most importantly, we’ll learn how to keep the energy and momentum of a dance going as an emsemble: what can the melody player do to keep the energy up? What techniques can we use to trade off the melody without losing momentum? We’ll have a chance to play for dancers, too!

Let's have a ball! (HI+ Dancers) – Orly Krasner, Graham Christian

Music by: Lisa Terry: We will investigate the dances and components of a typical 18th century ball: the minuet, “fancy dances,” deportment, cotillons, and country dances.

Of Witches and Baboons and Bears: Music of the Masques (Int+ Viols, flutes, recorders) – Carol Lewis

One of the most elaborate entertainments in late renaissance England was the masque, with many different characters and creatures appearing and disappearing according to stories tailored to the amusement of the queen or king. Dance music was an enormous part of this, and we’ll play a wide selection of (mostly) English dances, with an emphasis on contrasts in mood and tempo and rhythms. This music works very well on viols (I-A); recorders and flutes also welcome.

Accademia: Instruments only (Pre-registration) – Sarah Mead, Héloïse Degrugillier

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Daily Schedule

9:00-9:55

Playtime Fun (2-3) – Hope Tarter

We'll have relaxing mornings reading books, exploring a variety of art supplies and enjoying gross motor activities. If weather permits we will take some short walks to explore our camp environment.

Rise and Ring, Sing and Shine (4-5) – Mel Luedders

We’ll start the day making some beautiful fairy music with all kinds of bells. There’ll be singing, dancing, and learning fingerplays. We’ll sing some picture books and act out the stories. Come play!

Crafts (6-7) – Katie Zukof

We will roll up our sleeves and dig in to create contemporary and traditional treasures, unleashing our creativity and sense of exploration.

Ritual/Longsword (8-9) – Gillian Stewart

Music by: Wade Bartlett: Come learn a new longsword dance! Originally from Northern England, longsword links dancers up with wooden swords that are eventually used to make a star. Our dance will be a critical plot point in the mummers play at the end of the week!

Social Dance (10-12) – Katy German, Eric Schedler

English Country Dance for All (13 & up) – Adina Gordon

Music by: Kate Barnes, Owen Morrison, Elvie Miller: All are welcome who want to enjoy ECD in a comfortable environment. We’ll take the time to learn together and savor a selection of accessible and beautiful dances.

Clogging (13 & up) – Abby Ladin

Music by: Sam Bartlett: We'll start with basic rhythmic footwork, then build skills and combine steps. Modifiable for any level. If you need to be challenged we'll play with syncopation. Sam plays the banjo and who doesn't love that!

10:00-10:55

Playtime Fun - nature crafts (2-3) – Hope Tarter

We’ll sing, play instruments, dance and go on scavenger hunts. We'll keep our bodies moving and we’ll have a great time!

Song and Dance (4-5) – Katy German

Children will sing songs, play with rhythm instruments and props, do play parties, circle, partner, and line dances, and play musical games, all with a summer and nature theme. They will explore their unique voices, play with rhythm, improvise melodies, and have a great time singing and dancing with friends!

World Beat Playground (6-7) – Mel Luedders

We’ll have fun learning songs and dances from around the world as we make new friends. Percussion band, body rhythms, and rock-passing songs will help us feel and move to the beat.

Mumming (8-9) – Katie Zukof

We will come up with our own unique folk play, combining music, dance and rhyming, following in the rich mumming tradition. Students should bring all-black clothing that can be worn under the costumes that we will create. Any other costumes and props brought from home for characters such as dragons, knights, princesses and doctors would be most welcome.

Percussive Dance and Song (10-12) – Abby Ladin

Music by: Owen Morrison: We'll dance and sing together and play with choreography and harmony.

Rapper (13 & up) – Gillian Stewart

Music by: Elvie Miller: Rapper is fast, furious, and fabulously fun. If you've ever wanted to tie yourself into knots in a musical manner whilst linked to four of your closest friends by pieces of sprung steel, all while keeping within the space confines of a typical British pub, look no further. This class will offer campers the opportunity to learn new figures, explore dance choreography, and sharpen stepping technique. Bring hard-soled shoes and an interest in trying something new- whatever your experience level!

Contras and Squares (13 & up) – Adina Gordon

Music by: DL, Kate Barnes, Eric Schedler: Dances to make you laugh, swoon, think, not think, smile, float, puzzle, and have fun with your fellow campers. All are welcome!

1:40-2:25

Rest Time (0-99)

Open Art Table (Under 8 with an adult) – Katie Zukof

A variety of art supplies will be available, as well as some project ideas. Campers are welcome to contribute bits and bobs to the array. In the second half of the week we'll pull out some special parade art materials.

Art Project - Community Crankie (8 & up) – Sam Bartlett

Immerse yourself in the wonders of moving panorama storytelling! Participants will work with Sam to create a Crankie Show, a story that moves in front of viewers on a long scroll of paper. All that is required: a desire to draw, color and hangout!

Dance Band (Intermediate & up) – Kate Barnes, DL

Come join us to play and learn a variety of dance tunes. We'll be exploring and creating danceable arrangements for melody and accompaniment players. Learn about harmony, improvisation, and what to do with both boring and difficult tunes. This will also be a great chance for musicians to develop repertoire for the Camper Dance and practice playing in a group.

Community Singing (8 & up) – Mel Luedders

There’s nothing quite like singing your heart out at camp. We’ll sing some lovely rounds and songs with harmonies from Africa to Australia. Everyone is welcome no matter your experience. (a special invitation to those of you who think of yourselves as “non-singers”!)

Slow Jam (10 & up, younger with a parent) – Elvie Miller

Music is meant to be shared! Musicians of all ages and abilities welcome at this relaxed music circle. We'll gain confidence and ability together, playing your familiar tunes and sharing some new ones.

4:15-4:40

Stunts on the porch – Sam Bartlett

Sam is the author of 4 books about ridiculous, fun and challenging tricks, a body of knowledge he calls Stuntology. Come learn a new trick every day from Sam and share one of your own!

4:45-5:30

Teen Class (13-17) – Gillian Stewart, Owen Morrison

Woodcarving (10 & up) – Thomas German

Jam with Sam(10 & up) – Sam Bartlett

Tunes, tunes, tunes! Bring your favorites for fast-paced jamming.

Camper Offerings

Sign language, a boat trip, nature walk, jam session, grandparent social hour at Pinecones, lawn games at the dining hall, whatever

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Kids' by-age Classes

9:00-9:50

Music and Movement (0-3 with Parent) – Deirdre Murtha

The youngest campers and their caregivers will enjoy fingerplays, instrument play (eggs, sticks, bells, drums, and more), tickle songs, bounces, dances (circle, marching, creative movement), scarf, puppet, and parachute play, musical stories, and of course, singing, mostly geared around the summer season. The class will involve listening, turn taking with an adult, lots of silliness, hugs, and fun!

Art Meets Music (4-6) – Robin Davis

In Robin's class we will meet at the crossroads where folk songs intersect with art. Along the way will be games and stories to delight. Dress to get messy and have fun!

Sword Dancing (7-9) – Andy Davis

Andy will weave together an English longsword dance with singing and storytelling. Please bring voices, imaginations and shoes that will stay on your feet during a vigorous sword dance!

Ritual Dancing and Crafts (10-12) – Sarah Henry

Sarah will offer the 10-12s a fun mix of lively ritual dances - and maybe a chance to write our own! A special craft project will keep our fingers as busy as our feet.

2:30-3:20

Dance, Sing and Make Music (4-6) – Deirdre Murtha

These young campers will enjoy fingerplays, counting songs, musical stories and games, call and response and echo songs, instrument play, scarf and parachute play, and dances of all kinds (circle, play parties, simple line, creative movement), mostly geared around the summer season, animals, insects, and birds. These campers will sing as a group, as a solo, use their imagination in songs, take turns, be a leader, follow directions, and role-play musical characters. In short, we will have a busy, active, fun week!

Appalachian Dance and Song (7-9) – Hannah Naiman

We are going to take a trip to the mountains! We'll learn playparty games, dances, and songs from the south. Bring your dancing shoes and your yodelling voices!

Chestnuts & More (10-12) – Andy Davis

Andy’s emphasis with this group will be on helping the class make creative choices together. Andy will bring a mix of New England classic contras (’chestnuts’), a chance to put on a short play, and a variety of songs and stories to explore.

Daily All-Camp Activities:

10:15-11:00: Morning Gathering – David Merleau

Come together for the morning report! We'll dance a few rousing community dances, share a few stories and songs, and then off we go to swim and carry on!

7:00-7:30: Community Dance – Andy Davis

Come join us for an unplugged, fun-filled half hour of singing games and simple dances for dancers of every age.

7:30-8:25: Evening Gathering – Jon Van Geison

Every evening, the camp gathers to share wonderful inclusive songs, stories, poems, jokes and tunes in the camphouse. This is a special time to dazzle the whole camp, including our youngest audience members, before they are serenaded off to bed. All are welcome to perform! Think about what you may like to share!

8:30-11:00: Evening Dance Party – Wendy Graham, David Macemon, plus Camper band and guest callers

A mix of American and English dances for all, 9 and older! All are welcome to join the band (led by Kathy Talvitie). Campers will have a chance to try their skills as dance callers as well in some of the open-caller slots each night!

11:00: After-dance Activities

Join us in the camphous each night for a variety of different scheduled, and spontaneous activities! We always enjoy our skit night, live auction, pub sing, and of course just good old fashioned hanging about!

Staff-led and pre-scheduled adult classes

*Note: all class periods are open to Camper-led classes.

9:00-9:50

English for All (13 & up) – Dave Macemon

English dance is a broader umbrella than many people think. There are community / barn dances, traditional Playford dances, Sharp's interpretations of Playford, and many, many recently choreographed dances. We'll explore dances under this umbrella that are accessible to all, while still being interesting to more experienced dancers. A fun time will be had by all.

11:10-12:00

Calling Contra Dances (13 & up) – Wendy Graham

Are you curious what it takes to call a dance or want to finesse your calling style? Get hands-on guidance, tricks, tips and tools during this highly interactive, participatory class. Whether you are a budding or a seasoned caller, everyone will build a useful callers toolkit.

Singing on the Porch & Crafts

1:30-2:20

Teens (13-17) – Jon Van Geison

Although Camper's Week has many "teens at heart", teen class is for ages 13-17. In class, teens will hone their skills as they learn songs and dances. Outside of class, teens are encouraged to share their skills and talents, and to contribute to the whole camp experience. They will also have the opportunity volunteer as class assistants for children's classes throughout the week.

Harmony Singing Class (18 & up) – Val Mindel

We'll sing a lot – mostly songs from the southern American harmony repertory, along the way learning some of the conventions and strategies that make this music so engaging. You'll have opportunities to sing one on a part and with "shadow" buddies as well as in a group, and delve into the mysteries of blend, ornamentation, lead singing and other issues as time allows. Everything is "by ear," with word sheets provided.

2:30-3:20

American - Cool Contras and Hot Squares (13 & up) – Wendy Graham

Spicy and spirited contras and squares for one and all.

4:30-5:20

Rapper (13 & up) – Dave Macemon

Rapper is an exciting, fast paced ritual sword dance from northern England. We will learn stepping, both traditional and newly created figures, and put together dances. Bring hard-soled shoes if you have them and get ready for some great dancing!

Community Band – Val Mindel

All instrumentalists with basic skills are welcome in this folk band. We'll learn tunes by ear from a variety of traditions with the aim of playing a set for the community dance. If you know your way around your instrument and are somewhat flexible in terms of keys you'll have a grand time. The class will learn tunes fairly quickly, so a recording device of some sort will come in handy.

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Daily Schedule

9:00-10:00

Songs Stories and Nature (2-3) – Jennie Kahly

Activities include plenty of free play and gentle exploratory activities. Our goal is to keep these young ones comfortable and happy. We will visit the resident Timber Ridge animals, make nature soup, draw our shadows, sing songs and do finger plays.

Stories, Games and Nature (4-6) – Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne

We will dance, read and create stories, play games, and explore the natural surroundings at camp.

Dulcimers, drums, and dances (7-9) – Rachel Bell

7-9-yr-olds will have a blast during this hands-on, action-packed hour each day. They will learn to play some tunes and to back themselves up singing some fun songs on dulcimers--- Appalachian string instruments that sound fantastic and are easy to play. Each day will also include creative percussion activities as well as a sampling of dances.

Dance On! (10-12) – Sue Hulsether

Music by: Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand: Let's dance our heads off - contras, circles, squares, and crazy formations, as well as a few rhythm challenge games to keep us thinking.

Teen Class (13-17) – Sam Bartlett, Abby Ladin

You’ve been contra and social dancing for as long as you can remember, so now’s a perfect time for Rueda de Casino! Learn a new vocabulary of Cuban Salsa round dance figures that flow from partner to partner. Twisting turns, rhythmic footwork and moves called in random order will keep dancers on their toes. Joyful music inspires this dance form that will seem familiar yet new. During the week we’ll also visit fast-paced squares and patter calling. There will be a chance for teen musicians to play for dancers, and we’ll add some art into the mix! Watch Rueda de Casino here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xpjG-mV5qc

Experienced English Country Dance (18 & up) – Scott Higgs

Music by: Dave Wiesler, Josh Burdick, Aaron Marcus: Start each morning with inspiring music and fun dances that require some alertness and skill. For this session, "experienced" means that you can recover gracefully when things go awry, and that you'll enjoy this chance to explore new challenges. We'll dance a bit of everything, from the latest new compositions to old favorites from the 17th century.

English and American Dancing (18 & up) – Adina Gordon

Music by: John Devine, Eden MacAdam-Somer: All are welcome who want to enjoy English and American dances in a low-stress environment. We'll take the time to learn together and savor a selection of accessible dances.

10:15-11:15

Grow with the Flow! (2-3) – Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne

Songs, games, stories, and nature exploring! Guided activities will be woven into the energies, imaginations, and desires of young children.

American Music and Folktales (4-6) – Jess Eliot Myhre

We'll explore American music and folktales through songs, dances and art projects.

Sing, Dance, Laugh, Repeat (7-9) – Sue Hulsether

This class will take folk song and dance in all kinds of fun directions: dances, singing games, and more.

Movin' and Groovin' with Abby (10-12) – Abby Ladin

Singing, percussive dance, and learning to be a great dance partner are on the itinerary for our week together. Bring some hard-soled shoes if you have them. Check local second hand stores for inexpensive options (lace-up boy's oxfords work well for boys and girls).

Quick Teach Contras for Exp Dancers (13 & up) – Adina Gordon

Music by: Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand, Rachel Bell: Less talk, more dancing! No walk-thrus, minimal walk-thrus, or simply talk-thrus so we can dance more and stand around less.

Morning Smorgasbord (13 & up) – Scott Higgs

Music by: John Devine, Josh Burdick, Aaron Marcus: A lavish banquet of delicious dances, to please every palate. The offerings will be primarily contra and English, with a scattering of couple dances. Accessible to all, selected dances feature special delights for experienced dancers to savor.

StoryLab: The Science of Wonder (18-99) – Ed Stivender

Analysis and Improvisation are the tools we will use to develop stories from Folklore, Fantasy and our Lives. Colleagues are invited to bring a piece to work on, instruments to accompany us, and a willingness to play. Optional performance at the end of the week.

Everyone Can Improvise (1st hour) (by registration) – Eden MacAdam-Somer

1:30-2:30

Swimming in the Pool (All ages, under 10 w/parent)

Camper Led Activities (All ages)

Nature Walk (All ages, under 10 w/parent) – Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne

Wander and wonder as we explore the infamous fossil pit, the woods, the trees, and the beautiful and peaceful Cacapon River.

Puzzlers' Assembly: community printmaking (All ages, under 8 w/parent) – Leslie Sudock

This year we'll channel some of the marvelous community energy we create in camp every summer into collaborative printmaking in Community Art. Inspired by Henri Matisse's famous collection of collage prints in the first "artist's book," Jazz (1947), we'll work individually and in groups to create collage and jigsaw-puzzle prints with a variety of tools and pressing equipment. We can work abstractly (like Matisse), narrate stories, create group portraits, or illustrate a few of our favorite dances. Time permitting, we might even try binding our prints into our own books.

2:45-3:45

American Song Traditions (All ages) – Jess Eliot Myhre

Songs and styles from lots of different American folk traditions - old time, bluegrass, shape note, gospel, swing, blues.

Couple Dance Playshop (13 & up) – Scott Higgs

Music by: Dave Wiesler, John Devine, Rachel Bell: A potpourri of joyful, accessible couple dances. The playshop format focuses on learning by doing -- we'll maximize the music and dancing, and minimize detailed teaching. Each day, you'll get a taste of several different styles, ranging from the elegant to the delightfully dizzying. Come ready to try something new and fun.

Play Tunes with Noah – Noah VanNorstrand

If you're like us, you love dancing to Noah's playing! Now you have the opportunity to play tunes with Noah yourself.

Theater of Moving Objects Art (8 & up) – Sam Bartlett

Using paper, wood, tape, staples, paint and string, we will create a spectacle of moveable, parade-able artwork, including masks and puppets.

4:00-5:00

Rapper Sword Dancing (13 & up) – Kappy Laning

Music by: Josh Burdick: Rapper sword originated in England in the late 1800's. 5-7 dancers are connected to each other with flexible metal "swords" (not swords at all, just similar in length and figures that likely originated from much older longsword figures) and dance to jig step creating figures involving weaving the swords together. Throughout the week we will explore enhancing rapper stepping and putting figures together to create a fun and dynamic dance. All levels welcome.

Old Time Jam w/Abby & Sam – Sam Bartlett, Abby Ladin

Sam is a master of finding a common repertoire among differently skilled musicians and Abby holds down the rhythm on the bass. Bring your instruments, tune lists and songs and we'll bring ours.

American & English Dance Calling (13 & up) – Adina Gordon

Music by: Dave Wiesler, Andrew VanNorstrand, Aaron Marcus: This is a class for both current and interested callers of contra, square, and English country dances, and for dancers who want more dancing and are curious what callers think about. Each day we'll focus on different topics: basic calling, walkthroughs, programming, working with musicians, and more. Class will include discussion, dancing to the incredible music of Dave Wiesler, Aaron Marcus and Andrew von Norstrand, and plenty of practice time.

Everyone Can Improvise (2nd hour) (by registration) – Eden MacAdam-Somer

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9:00-9:55

Playtime for Little Campers (2-3) – Bettie Zakon-Anderson

This gentle playtime with Bettie will keep our youngest campers busy and happy!

Music and Dance (4-5) – Mary Alice Amidon

We will sing lots of great songs and learn chants and finger plays. We'll enjoy picture books of songs and play favorite singing games. Come have fun with Mary Alice.

Musical Playground (6-7) – Desiree Halcomb

We will enjoy making music together through singing, dancing, and instrument-playing. Singing games, play-parties, and folk dances will keep everyone moving, while pitched and unpitched percussion instruments will provide opportunities for ensemble playing (a.k.a jamming!). Campers will also enjoy creating musical settings of poems and stories.

Longsword (8-9) – Lily Leahy

Music by: Karen Axelrod: Come learn this exciting dance form from the north of England where campers will dance linked by wooden swords and learn how to make a star. We will get a chance to perform our dance in the Mummers Play at the end of the week!

Morris Dance (10-12) – John Mayberry

Morris Dancing is a kind of group dance that is originally from England. It involves learning some simple steps, some interesting patterns, and playing with rhythms. If you have never seen it before, it is sort of like a sport set to music -- a perfect activity for 10-12-year-olds because it is joyful and large, but can also be satisfyingly complicated, like a good game. You should wear comfy clothes, and shoes you can run and jump in. Sneakers are the best.

Back to Basics (13 & up) – Joanna Riener, Steve Zakon-Anderson

Music by: Keith Murphy, Becky Tracey: Come join Joanna and Steve, and some wonderful musicians, as we get back to the basics of both English country dancing and contra dancing. Whether you're a beginner and want to learn just exactly why you keep ending up in the wrong place, or you're a seasoned veteran and would like to polish up on the basics and add some style, this class will break down dance figures and feature them in dances that will progress in complexity as the week goes on. It will be a lovely way to start the morning!

Kirkby Malzeard Longsword (13 & up) – Laurie Cumming

Music by: Audrey Knuth: Never tried longsword before? This is the dance for you! You say you can longsword with your eyes tied behind your back? This is the sword dance for you! Quick-paced, challenging and elegant are some of the ways the dance from Kirkby Malzeard has been described. We will take time to learn and relax into the figures before we push our speed to maximum tempo. All campers 13-and-up are welcome. Bring comfortable, sturdy shoes as sandals are not recommended.

10:15-11:10

Making Music (2-3) – Rachel Bell

We will sing, clap, dance, and tell stories! We'll play drums, boomwhackers, egg shakers, and lots of other instruments! There will be counting and colors, rhyming and rhythm, rubber duckies and purple tambourines, story boards and folk songs. Your little one will feel right at home in this nurturing environment full of smiles, laughter, and creativity.

Creative Fun (4-5) – Bettie Zakon Anderson

The 4-5s will have a chance to relax and recharge with stories and fun crafty projects with Bettie.

Rhythm Band, Songs, and Stories (6-7) – Mary Alice Amidon

Mary Alice will bring lots of instruments for a band. We'll have fun accompanying songs and chants. We'll enjoy folktales with musical and dramatic interpretation.

Musical Jamboree (8-9) – Desiree Halcomb

Campers will enjoy exploring rhythm through activities using body-percussion and pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. Rhymes and simple songs will provide opportunities for improvising and composing, while singing games, play-parties, and folk dances will keep us all moving. We will also create a musical setting of a folktale.

Song and Dance (10-12) – Peter Amidon

Peter will lead 10-12s in vigorous contra dancing, stately English dancing, extraterrestrial choreography, celestial singing, and hypnotic folktales.

Contra (13 & up) – Steve Zakon-Anderson

Music by: Keith Murphy, Becky Tracey: A dance session with mostly contra dances, plus a few other shapes. There will be traditional favorites mixed with contemporary compositions, some new-fangled choreography, and a few dance tips snuck in for good measure, all to the most danceable music you can imagine.

Ontario Stepdance (13 & up) – Laurie Cumming

Music by: Audrey Knuth: The Mulligan Clog is a dance for all levels of experience. The steps in this dance come from Alec Mulligan of Bobcaygeon Ontario. The steps were collected from the logging camps where Alec spent his time as a young man. His Irish, Scottish, English, Quebecois and First Nations coworkers shared steps which Alec collected and adapted to create a style all his own. The music is jaunty, the steps are simple and you'll find it hard to keep a smile from your face as you enjoy fitting the steps to live music. Hard-soled shoes are best for this class.

1:30-2:25

Community Crafts (8 & up, 7 & younger w/parent) – Bettie Zakon Anderson

Come spend a relaxing time together while making a variety of projects using fibers, papers, and more.

Singing: Finding, Trying, and Practicing Harmonies (All ages, under 8 w/parent) – John Mayberry

Come spend a class doing some singing! The emphasis will be on learning some songs by ear, sharing songs with each other, exploring how to find harmonies, and experimenting and practicing with harmonies. People who are intimidated by the thought of singing in public are especially welcome, as well as those with more confidence who just want a chance to sing with other folks and try things out.

Experienced English (13 & up) – Joanna Reiner

Music by: Karen Axelrod, Rachel Bell: Once you’ve mastered the basics of English country dancing, your journey into this dance form has just begun. This class will not only explore dances with complex choreographies, but other areas of dance style and technique: how you dance, how you learn and retain dance instructions, dancing in concert with others, how you move differently in dances of different meters and in spaces of different size, and so much more. Knowledge of basic ECD figures is expected.

2:35-3:30

Family Band (8 & up, younger if passionate w/parent) – Audrey Knuth

Audrey will get us ready to play for the Community Dance each night. All abilities and instruments welcome! Get ready - you have a gig Sunday night!

Mummers Play (8 & up, younger if passionate w/parent) – Paddy Swanson

The artistic director of Revels will lead us in the creation of another spectacular mummers play. Join the troupe and play your part!

Dance Potpouri (All ages, under 10 w/parent) – various teachers

Music by: Karen Axelrod, Rachel Bell: Join us for an afternoon class of great variety! Each day a different genre of dance will be offered including Scottish, French, Couple dancing, and Bollywood! Listen for an announcement of each day's genre in Morning Gathering!

3:45-4:40

Teen Class (13-19) – Keith Murphy

Craftiness, singiness and mysteriousness. Teens will create a folkspacular performance of epic proportions. Bring safety pins, strong voices, paper bags and a sousaphone if you have one.

Games with Fynn! (All ages, under 8 w/parent) – Fynn Crooks

Join Fynn for her famous hilarious group games on the soccer field (in Ogontz Hall if wet).

Musicians Jam Time at the Green Chairs (8-12, 20 & up) – Becky Tracy

Join Becky at the green chairs for a pickup jam session where musicians can get a chance to learn and share tunes. All abilities welcome!

Harmony Singing (10-12, 20 & up) – Peter Amidon, Mary Alice Amidon

Peter will lead campers in sublime to rafter shaking harmony singing with choral arrangements of Anglo/American, and African American folk songs, spirituals, and songs written by people steeped in traditional music. Participants will be singing from written music as well as learning songs and harmonies by ear.

4:50-5:20

Stories at the Green Chairs – Peter Amidon

Every day Peter will tell a mix of folktales, true tales, poetry, poems set to music, ballads, and Snippets of Uncategorizable Literature.

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9:00-10:00

The Best of Both Worlds: American and English Dances – Carol Ormand

Music by: Karen Axelrod, Daron Douglas: Start your day with a delightful blend of dances from both sides of the "pond." Explore the connections and the distinctions between contras, English country dances, and squares as you revel in the gorgeous music of Foxfire.

Playing for Dances – Larry Unger, Audrey Knuth

This band workshop is a hands-on investigation of the many tools available to spice up, tighten, vary, arrange, improvise, harmonize, and generally have fun with traditional dance music in a group setting. All levels of players are welcome. We are likely to focus on beginnings and endings, tune changes, dynamics, phrasing and harmony.

Iroquois Raised Beadwork – Karen Ann Hoffman

Iroquois Raised Beadwork is a rare and beautiful style of Native American beadwork. Born in the Woodlands of the Eastern Great Lakes, it's culturally specific forms and designs reach back over ten thousand years. Come sit with Karen Ann Hoffman of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin to explore the bead art, stories and culture embedded in Iroquois Raised Beadwork. During the first sessions you will learn some fundamental stitches unique to this style. Further sessions will be spent creating your own beadwork masterpiece to take home!

Outdoor activities – Cavell staff

We'll feature a different outdoor activity each day. Options will include the ever-popular technical tree climbing. New this year, campers will have the opportunity to go on an extended kayaking expedition in Lexington Harbor or to take an offsite trail ride on horseback. There will be an extra fee for the Lexington Harbor trip and for the trail ride. Details

10:15-11:15

Contras – Gaye Fifer

Music by: Larry Unger, Audrey Knuth: Enjoy smooth, fun dances and wonderful music. We will spend some time on perfecting our skills at being the best dance partner around.

Old-Time Jam – Chirps Smith, Dave Landreth, Steve Rosen

Jam with three of the best old-time musicians in the country. Bring your favorite tunes to share and learn some new ones to take home.

Comedy Improvisation – Karen Axelrod

This class is open to everyone who wants to add a bit of fun and humor into their day. No experience necessary. And you don't even have to be funny. We will play a bunch of theatre games, and we will aim to quiet our internal self-critical voice. We will build on skills and games each day, so it is helpful if you can commit to the entire week. However, if that doesn't work, we can accommodate you if you just want to drop in one or two days.

Outdoor activities – Cavell staff

We'll feature a different outdoor activity each day. Options will include the ever-popular technical tree climbing. New this year, campers will have the opportunity to go on an extended kayaking expedition in Lexington Harbor or to take an offsite trail ride on horseback. There will be an extra fee for the Lexington Harbor trip and for the trail ride. Details

2:00-3:00

Contras and Squares – Kathy Anderson

Music by: Chirps Smith, Dave Landreth, Steve Rosen: Hits from the past and exciting new dances, danced with style to the hot music of Chirps, Dave, and Steve. For all levels of dance experience.

Waltz – Gaye Fifer

Music by: Larry Unger, Audrey Knuth, Brad Battey: Waltzing is not only about fancy moves and twirls, but first and foremost, about connecting with the music and with your partner. We will focus on the skills and nuances of aware, timely leading and following. What we do will apply to other couple dances as well, and to life in general!

Spice Camp Sing – Daron Douglas

Bring your songs…family songs, songs from camp, old favorites, songs that tell stories and songs with rousing choruses. We'll sing along and listen, take turns and raise our voices. A class for everyone.

3:15-4:15

English Country Dancing for All – Gaye Fifer

Music by: Karen Axelrod, Daron Douglas, Brad Battey: Experience the delicious variety of moods, music and movements that English Country Dance can offer. We will focus on common figures and explore the many ways they have been used to good effect, while dancing some of the loveliest and liveliest dances in the classic and contemporary English Country repertoire. We'll also look at techniques for understanding and improving the way we move and thus the way we express ourselves individually, as partners, and as a set.

Calling Squares – Kathy Anderson

Music by: Chirps Smith, Dave Landreth, Steve Rosen: Learn to call squares or hone your square dance calling skills with lots of hands-on practice and supportive feedback. Prior calling experience of any kind will be an advantage, but is not required.

Iroquois Raised Beadwork – Karen Ann Hoffman

Iroquois Raised Beadwork is a rare and beautiful style of Native American beadwork. Born in the Woodlands of the Eastern Great Lakes, it's culturally specific forms and designs reach back over ten thousand years. Come sit with Karen Ann Hoffman of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin to explore the bead art, stories and culture embedded in Iroquois Raised Beadwork. During the first sessions you will learn some fundamental stitches unique to this style. Further sessions will be spent creating your own beadwork masterpiece to take home!

5:00-6:00

Open Mic Calling: feedback from – Kathy Anderson

Music by: Brad Battey, Kendall Rogers: Campers take over the calling during this session, with our fabulous staff musicians. Whether you are an expert, a neophyte, or somewhere in between, come share your talents and your favorite dances. Dancers, enjoy a daily dose of delightful mix of contras, squares, and English Country dances!

Camper-led Activities

We don't know what these will be, because you haven't told us yet. But if previous years are any indication, they will be a fabulous mix of dance, music, and all kinds of spice!

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9:00-10:00

The Best of Both Worlds: American and English Dances – Carol Ormand

Music by: Amy McFarland, Maria Terres: Start your day with a delightful blend of dances from both sides of the "pond." Explore the connections and the distinctions between contras, English country dances, and squares as you revel in the gorgeous music of Rare Privilege.

ECD calling – David Millstone

Music by: Rachel Bell, Daniel Beerbohm: This class is for current ECD callers of any experience level and those considering a career in ECD calling. Each day's class will focus on a different topic: writing an English dance program, working with musicians, repertoire, teaching vs. calling, etc. Class will include discussion, dancing, and opportunities to practice calling. Please note: this class is open to contra callers, and would-be contra callers, but will focus on the ECD genre and calling techniques.

Mummers Play – John Mayberry

 Would you like to spend a few days with some interesting people, collaborating on a grand experience to share with the rest of Camp at the end of the week? Do you like word play, spectacle, and perhaps doing something unexpected? Then come to John’s Mummers’ class, where we will come up with a “play” in the tradition of old seasonal disguising rituals such as mumming, mummering, hoodening, guising, and trick-or-treating. No acting experience required. None.

Longsword – Laurie Cumming

Music by: Earl Gaddis: Laurie will teach a longsword dance from the village of Kirkby Malzeard in Yorkshire, England. This jaunty dance, which consists of a series of figures performed with a sprightly running step, will be made accessible to all levels of experience. This is an excellent opportunity to try a new type of dance or become reacquainted with an old favourite.

Lakeshore Ecology – Amy Meeker-Taylor

 

10:15-11:15

Contra: Civilized Catastrophe – Dana Parkinson

Music by: Noah VanNorstrand, Andrew VanNorstrand: Try some challenging, quirky contra dances while you're still sleepy. Uncontrollable laughter 100% guaranteed.

ECD Advanced: Stepping Stones (Adv) – David Millstone

Music by: Karen Axelrod, Earl Gaddis, Daniel Beerbohm: This class will explore what it means to be an advanced dancer, focusing on skills and techniques including and beyond mastering complex choreographies. Selected topics: flow, end effects, changing roles, phrasing, recovery, and helping dancers in helpful ways. Knowledge of ECD figures and basic repertoire is expected.

Hand Quilting – Amy McFarland, Maria Terres

This six-session class will include a variety of hand-quilting techniques: hand applique (regular and reverse), hand piecing, hand quilting, and more. We'll have lots of lovely fabric and supplies (you may also bring your own - 100% cotton only, please). We'll also have a sewing machine available and will give instructions on how to finish a small project, or start a bigger one.

Ontario Step Dance: The Mulligan Jig – Laurie Cumming

Music by: Rachel Bell: This old-style dance is based on the Ottawa Valley style of Alex Mulligan who developed his particular version of these steps while working at logging camps in the early 20th century. This class is open to all campers and will move at a mutually agreeable pace. Come out and learn a step or two to try the next time you hear a classic jig, such as The Irish Washerwoman. Ontario stepping is best executed in hard-soled shoes.

Singing – John Mayberry

 Come spend a class doing some singing! The emphasis will be on learning some songs by ear, exploring how to find harmonies in an informal group situation, and perhaps sharing songs with each other. People who are intimidated by the thought of singing in public are especially welcome, as are those with more confidence who just want a chance to sing with other folks.

11:25-12:00

Gathering – Dana Parkinson

Join Dana, your MC, in a daily extravaganza of camper and staff talent, singing, stories and mischief. A great way to wind down before lunch and hang out with the whole camp!

2:00-3:00

ECD for all: the Contemporary Landscape (for All) – David Millstone

Music by: Karen Axelrod, Earl Gaddis, Daniel Beerbohm: Some say the heyday of English country dancing is today. This hour, open to all, will examine different themes in modern ECD: our attraction to waltzes and other triple-time dances, borrowing of figures and music from other dance styles, reconstructions of older dances, and some of the latest compositions.

Morris – John Mayberry

Music by: Noah VanNorstrand: If you’ve never done (or even seen) Morris dance, then in this class you will have a chance to try this exuberant, athletic dance style. If you’re an old hand, you’ll have a chance to try a style or some dances that are new to you. If you’re interested in dance creation, we can do some of that. The class will be tailored to the folks who are interested in exploring this old, English display dance form, but we will base it in the Hogtown dances of the Toronto Morris Men.

Building a Band, Improvisation, and Tunewriting – Amy McFarland, Maria Terres

We will spend 2 days on each of these topics

Building a Band: What turns a jam session into a "band"? How do you get that "sound"? This workshop explores ways of playing together and ultimately putting style into your playing. Possible subjects are: rhythm, tempo, "swing", melodic and harmonic variations, and creating arrangements. We will try to tailor the workshop to the interests and experience level of the class.

Improvisation: Want to spice up your playing? We'll work on making expressive changes to tunes to express your own musical ideas. We'll start with simple improvisations based on chords and scales, and work our way into more advanced techniques involving harmonic substitutions and syncopation.

Tunewriting: Can one be taught to write a tune? This workshop provides the nuts and bolts of crafting a tune in the traditional style by focusing on how tunes are structured and how to work with musical ideas. Take a chance - connect with your muse!

How to Take Better Photos – Doug Plummer

This workshop, with award winning professional photographer Doug Plummer, meets for 2 hours each day. How do you find a photograph? What are the essential ingredients to sensing and seeing? How can you connect your emotions to your craft? How do you make a good photograph? Among the topics we'll discuss will be: why it's OK to suck and how failure is your greatest ally; what you know that your camera doesn't, and vice versa; how to use social media to share your work, and how to keep it from killing your creative growth; the rules of composition and how to evade their traps, and developing an editing and organizational workflow.

Outdoor activities (Technical tree climbing, Snorkeling, Horseback riding, Kayaking) – Camp Cavell staff

One of these will be available for two hours each day

3:15-4:15

Contra: Dance Your Sass Off! – Dana Parkinson

Music by: Noah VanNorstrand, Andrew VanNorstrand: Take care of your fellow dancers with flourishes (really!), learn when to gender-swap, and increase your awareness on the dance floor. Improve your dance connection, creativity, and safety -- all at once!

Bollywood (for All) – Laurie Cumming

Music by: Rachel Bell: Our class will learn a piece of choreography inspired by a piece of popular Bollywood music. We will begin each session with a substantial strength and flexibility warm-up. Get ready to move those hips and shoulders in new and unusual ways! All are welcome.

Comedy Improvisation – Karen Axelrod

This class is open to everyone who wants to add a bit of fun and humor into their day. No experience necessary. And you don't even have to be funny. We will play a bunch of theatre games, and we will aim to quiet our internal self-critical voice. We will build on skills and games each day, so it is helpful if you can commit to the entire week. However, if that doesn't work, we can accommodate you if you just want to drop in one or two days.

How to Take Better Photos (cont.) – Doug Plummer

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Outdoor activities (cont.) – Camp Cavell staff

(See 2:00 period.)

4:30-5:30

Camper-led classes and activities

8:00-10:30

Evening Dance, Music & Spice

Our evenings will feature the same mix of music, dance, and spice that the daytime offers! Nightly mini-concerts and dancing will be concurrent with "Spice" options that vary throughout the week, including a concert by Michigan's troubadour, Neil Woodward; cooking and baking with camp chef Herb Stokes; art workshops; table games and puzzles; evening tree climbing; and one evening of camper-led spice activities.

     
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