July 30 - August 6, 2016
Let everyone so pitch their song
To help their neighbour sing along:
To each and all contentment bring
When all do sing!
Join us in this Year of Song for a wonderful week of English dance, music, and, yes, song! Come with a spring in your step and a song in your heart, and experience the tremendous vitality of English country and display dances, stirring tunes, and rousing English songs, all with world-class teachers and superb musicians, in the magical setting of Pinewoods Camp.
During the day, challenge yourself by choosing something new – or relax and enjoy the familiar – from a packed schedule of classes. This year’s stellar international teaching staff will offer, along with the usual wealth of English country dance, a particularly strong selection of display dance, music, and song: Cotswold and Northwest morris, rapper and longsword, two levels of English clog, a band workshop for all, and two periods of song.
Evening dances will include a wide range of English country dances accessible to all, with exhilarating music from our extraordinary staff of musicians. We’ll continue the tradition of beginning the evening with two dances For Those Who Know; again this year, Those Who Want to Know can seek expert coaching in the afternoon, this year from the inimitable Beverly Francis.
Further revelry will be woven around, through, and between classes and into the wee hours, including all camp Gathering, singing on the porch, pub night, the morris tour, the Porch & Rail, frolicking in the pond, ceilidh dancing, and the annual fundraising auction to support camp scholarships for years to come.
A special shout out to young English dancers, musicians, leaders, and organizers! As CDSS launches into its 2nd century, we’re committed to providing opportunities for you to develop and share your particular passions and skills, with each other and with the world; to step up as the next generation of leaders; and, crucially, to take on leadership at English Week. To this end, we’re thrilled to be bringing emerging caller, organizer, and educator Louise Siddons from Stillwater, OK, to facilitate a week-long Next Generation discussion and practicum. Interested in joining together with other emerging leaders to take a fresh look at our community, its goals, and its future? If so, Louise’s workshop is for you!
All ye who revel in all of these traditions! English Week is where we greet old friends and make new ones, tread familiar paths and plunge into uncharted territory, revel in classic and beloved repertoire, and learn new skills to take back to our own communities. Please join us!
~ Robin Hayden, Program Director.