July 29 - August 5, 2017



Join us for a wonderful week of English dance, music, and song! 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.

Pat Shaw would have been 100 years old in 2017. To mark the occasion, we’re delighted to have Robert Moir, renowned scholar of Pat’s life and work and much loved English country dance caller from the U.K., joining the English Week staff. Robert will take us on a deep dive of Pat Shaw’s compositions and reconstructions, sharing history and context to illuminate the lasting influence of this giant of English folk dance and song. Lisa Greenleaf will entrance us with contras and squares and Robin Hayden and Joanna Reiner will round out the English country staff, including Joanna's English Dance Leaders Course.

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 country dance, a constellation of bright stars from the ritual dance, folk music, and song scene. Gillian, Alex, and Lucy will bring us Cotswold morris, longsword, and singing for all and two levels of English clog and rapper. And, thank goodness -- yoga instructor Emma Conroy will be on hand to keep us limber and strong all week!

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, with expert coaching For Those Who Want to Know in the afternoon. Further revelry will be woven around, through, and between classes and into the wee hours, including all camp Gathering, pub night, the morris tour, the Porch and Rail, frolicking in the pond, ceilidh dancing, and an afternoon auction/wine and cheese party in support of CDSS’s scholarships and programs.

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, beloved, and innovative repertoire, and learn new skills to take back to our own communities. Please join us!

~ Robin Hayden, Program Director

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