July 30 - August 6, 2011

Program Description

American Dance & Music Week is a vacation oasis amidst the inspiring setting of Pinewoods. The week is geared towards dancers and players alike, with an accomplished and engaging staff leading the way. Our featured dance classes range from contras and squares to waltz and tango, accompanied by some of the finest players in the country. Musicians can hone their craft with skillful teachers while enjoying various opportunities to learn new repertoire, as well as take part in the many informal jam sessions. Top this off with singing, laughing and socializing, and you have yourself a satisfying camp experience.

The mid-summer weather is perfect for dancing. To start your day off on the right foot, Program Director Lisa Greenleaf leads an invigorating contra style class. Follow that up with the engaging teaching duo of Matthew Duveneck and Anna Gilbert, who enlighten all with accessible patterns of waltz and tango. Cis Hinkle not only shares her satisfying contras and squares, but also leads a morning and afternoon tai chi class to help us keep our dancing bodies limber. The versatile duo of Ralph Sweet and Nils Fredland join us as part of the Singing Squares Callers Course. As always, the evening dances showcase the talents of all the staff, providing a magical experience in C#, our heavenly open-sided wooden-floored pavilion.

Dancers will be excited by the energy of the stellar musical staff. The members of Great Bear Trio are all fun-to-be-around members of camp, and their dance music is electrifying. The Latter Day Lizards can heat up the hall, whether it be for contras, squares or couple dances. Adding to the versatility of the week are top-notch musicians Emily Troll, Max Newman, Mark Murphy and Ann Percival. Ann will also be encouraging our artistic sides with her popular community art class.

For musicians, there is plenty of opportunity to partake and learn in individual instrument classes as well as in the ensemble class, in which campers form small bands for focused learning. This year we feature piano and guitar classes, as well as an interesting session on how to be a dance musician, which both dancers and players can enjoy. You can’t have Nils at camp without offering a rousing and varied singing class, and there will be lots of opportunity to sing in other settings, as well.

Making new friends who come from all over the country makes camp even more fun, for not only does the week feature great dancing and music, but there is also an emphasis on community and connection. At meal times as well as at informal social gatherings and jams, folks have many opportunities to chat in a relaxed setting. Tying all of this together is Rendezvous, our all-camp gathering featuring staff concerts, stories, jokes and laughs. American Week is a chance for individual talents to shine and be celebrated, and for all of us to come together for a rewarding experience -- please join us!

-- Lisa Greenleaf, Program Director


Program Director: Lisa Greenleaf
Peter Barnes
Matthew Duveneck
Nils Fredland
Anna Gilbert
Cis Hinkle
Dave Langford
Mark Murphy
Max Newman
Ann Percival
Ralph Sweet
Bill Tomczak
Emily Troll
Great Bear Trio : Including

Andrew VanNorstrand
Noah VanNorstrand
Kim Yerton


7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
Movement Improvement with Tai Chi: Cis Hinkle
Stylish Contras: Lisa Greenleaf
Exploring Guitar Accompaniment: Max Newman
Piano With Mama Bear: Kim Yerton
The Contra-Square Connection: Cis Hinkle
Wonderful Waltz: Matthew Duveneck, Anna Gilbert
Tunes You Might Not Know: Max Newman
11:15-12:15 Swimming, Bookstore staffed, spaces available
12:15 Lunch
Argentine Tango: Matthew Duveneck, Anna Gilbert
What Makes Good Dance Music: Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand
Singing: Nils Fredland
Mind-bending Contras and More: Cis Hinkle
Musicians Dance Ensemble: Emily Troll
Community Art: Ann Percival
4:00-4:45 Tea
Rendezvous: Lisa Greenleaf
Afternoon Tai Chi Warm-down: Cis Hinkle
5:30-6:25 Swimming and Bookstore staffed
6:30 Dinner
8:00 Couple Dances
8:15-11:00 Evening Dance Party
11:00 After-dance Activities
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