English and American Dance and Music
August 13 - 19, 2018
We have a very special CDSS camp; our unique combination of an adult and family camp gives us the best of both worlds. Parents, grandparents, singles, couples, young adults, teenagers, and young children all come together in a joyous mix of dance and song. Add art, swimming, storytelling, canoeing, friends, and late-night snacks, and we have a wonderful, memorable good time.
Our callers this year are Scott Higgs from Philadelphia and Adina Gordon from Burlington, VT. Scott and Adina are known far and wide for their joyful, spirited dancing and dance leadership. Both are experts at calling American contra dances and English country dances. We look forward to a wonderful mix of dances every day.
We have amazing musicians coming to camp this year. You will love dancing to the music of Andrew and Noah Van Norstrand, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Rachel Bell, Dave Wiesler, John Devine, Sam Bartlett, and Josh Burdick.
Mornings at camp: lots of dancing, and kids classes for ages 2 and up.
Afternoons: lots of variety! Art, singing, swimming, canoeing, jamming, dancing, and our Camper Led activity hour - your chance to share something you like to do with your camp community.
All Camp Gatherings: Each day the entire camp comes together before lunch and again after dinner. We start with some dancing, and we share songs, skits, talents and stories. Some folks find this to be the best part of camp.
This year Adina Gordon will lead a calling class to teach interested campers how to call dances. Our storyteller, Ed Stivender, will teach the craft of storytelling. Leslie Jeanne will lead her nature walk, and we have two community art classes planned this year! Leslie Sudock will lead collaborative printmaking and Sam Bartlett will guide us in the Theater of Moving Objects.
Each night our evening dance party combines English and American dance styles, with music that is just marvelous. Our tradition is for our younger campers to follow John Devine, our Pied Piper, to their cabins each evening after Gathering. Once they are settled their parents head to the dance while our Roving Monitors continuously check to make sure all is well. The teens and the adults dance into the night and then share scrumptious snacks and entertaining late night activities.
On the last day of camp we have a big parade with stops for class performances and a May Pole. After that we have a fun-filled pool party with our annual balloon toss.
We would love to have you come join in our week of traditions, making them yours as well.
Scholarships are available. Please visit www.CDSS.org/camp and follow the Scholarship tab. We would like you and your family to be able to join us at camp this summer!
~ Janet, Robert, Imogen, Cecily Mills, Program Co-Directors
The Daily Schedule is also a bit different. We have to work around a pre-existing schedule, so lunch is later - with a late morning snack for all. Below is an older version, but wiht links to the class descriptions
|9:00-10:00||By age class period: Kids can be dropped off at their class at 8:55|
|(2-3)||Songs Stories and Nature||Jennie Kahly|
|(4-6)||Stories, Games and Nature||Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne|
|(7-9)||Dulcimers, drums, and dances||Rachel Bell|
|(10-12)||Dance On!||Sue Hulsether|
|(13-17)||Teen Class||Sam Bartlett, Abby Ladin|
|(18 & up)||Experienced English Country Dance||Scott Higgs|
|(18 & up)||English and American Dancing||Adina Gordon|
|10:15-11:15||By age class period: Teachers will accompany children to snack, take them to the next class and bring them to gathering|
|(2-3)||Grow with the Flow!||Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne|
|(4-6)||American Music and Folktales||Jess Eliot Myhre|
|(7-9)||Sing, Dance, Laugh, Repeat||Sue Hulsether|
|(10-12)||Movin' and Groovin' with Abby||Abby Ladin|
|(13 & up)||Quick Teach Contras for Exp Dancers||Adina Gordon|
|(13 & up)||Morning Smorgasbord||Scott Higgs|
|(18-99)||StoryLab: The Science of Wonder||Ed Stivender|
|(by registration)||Everyone Can Improvise (1st hour)||Eden MacAdam-Somer|
|11:50-12:25||All-Camp Gathering: dances, songs, fun|
|Swim time for all, Period 3|
|(All ages, under 10 w/parent)||Swimming in the Pool|
|(All ages)||Camper Led Activities|
|(All ages, under 10 w/parent)||Nature Walk||Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne|
|(All ages, under 8 w/parent)||Puzzlers' Assembly: community printmaking||Leslie Sudock|
|(All ages)||American Song Traditions||Jess Eliot Myhre|
|(13 & up)||Couple Dance Playshop||Scott Higgs|
|Play Tunes with Noah||Noah VanNorstrand|
|(8 & up)||Theater of Moving Objects Art||Sam Bartlett|
|4:00-5:00||More swimming for all, Canoeing, Period 5|
|(13 & up)||Rapper Sword Dancing||Kappy Laning|
|Old Time Jam w/Abby & Sam||Sam Bartlett, Abby Ladin|
|(13 & up)||American & English Dance Calling||Adina Gordon|
|(by registration)||Everyone Can Improvise (2nd hour)||Eden MacAdam-Somer|
|5:15-5:45||Songs and Stories for Your Supper|
|8:15||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger|
|8:30-11:00||Evening Dance Party|
|9:30||Bedtime for 10-12 year olds|
The Mills family first came to this camp in the year 2000, and fell in love. Having worn many hats as staff members, crew members, and even auctioneer assistants, the Mills have enjoyed this camp from many angles. Now, they are all looking forward to giving their last hurrah as program directors, as their three year position comes to a close. As a family, they enjoy playing music, dancing, and singing together. As individuals, each brings a unique set of interests and skills to camp.
* Janet Mills is the mother and chief logistical strategist. She teaches elementary music, and enjoys a good book. She plays an impressive number of instruments at the fifth grade level.
* Robert Mills is the father and official piano accompanist of the family. He also plays accordion, fiddle, and viola. He enjoys English dancing and calling. He appreciates a funny joke and a good Beethoven Sonata.
* Imogen Mills is the older daughter and punctuality manager. She is in her first year of teaching music at Rondout Valley Middle School. She enjoys contra dancing, English dancing, and waltzing. She loves to sing, play fiddle, and play the piano. She is also learning guitar.
* Cecily Mills is the younger daughter and head writer for the family. She enjoys English, contra, couples, and even Morris dancing. She is attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she is studying economics. Her main musical outlets are singing and percussion.
The Mills family hopes to create a fun and inclusive environment at camp this year, and they are looking forward to seeing you there.
Sam Bartlett is a traditional musician known throughout the US for his mandolin, banjo, and guitar playing as well as his original music. His compositions have been profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered and his playing has been featured on the Thistle & Shamrock, and in two Ken Burns documentaries, Prohibition and The Dust Bowl. Sam has recorded with a virtual who’s who of traditional musicians, among them: Garry Harrison, Paul Brown, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Rafe Stefanini, Pete Sutherland, Dirk Powell, Rodney Miller, David Greely, and Rick Good. Sam is also a master entertainer, and author of The Best of Stuntology (Workman, 2008) which is sold internationally and translated into Finnish and German. As an artist, Sam has for the past 20 years played a role in the resurgent interest in the 19th-century entertainment form, the moving panorama, or “crankie show.”
Josh Burdick studied piano, violin, and musicianship at the Peabody Prep in Baltimore, and (during the summer) at the Walden School for Young Composers in New Hampshire. He took up folk-dancing in college, in Philadelphia, where he has often played piano and violin for English, Scottish, and contra dancing. He has since relocated to Ann Arbor, where he works as a computational biologist, and continues to play for dancing.
John Devine is much loved by the Family Week community as the Pied Piper and as a solid mountain of rhythm guitar for all styles of country dancing from English to New England to Southern, with a not-so-secret leaning toward swing songs and joy. He has one of the most beautiful voices you'll ever hear. He brings a gentle power to all that he does, whether playing guitar, singing songs or tending his farm just over the ridge in northeast West Virginia.
Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne
Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne is our Earth Educator and Nature Goddess and an environmental educator who relishes exploring, discovering and learning how the earth works, and helping others discover the natural beauty around us. She has worked extensively in her field for over 15 years with preschoolers through college students. We are never separate from nature; Leslie helps us to open our senses to the world in which we live. With daughter, Chenaya, and husband, John Devine, she lives just down the road from Timber Ridge Camp where she and John operate their own nature and music camp.
Adina Gordon finds an outlet for her loves of travel, music, dance and silliness by calling and dancing at festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada, creating joy and minor chaos wherever she goes. Combining a voice that makes you WANT to do what she says with a commitment to using that power for good and not evil, Adina calls contras and squares both old and new that cause spontaneous eruptions of joy on dance floors. She counts it as a job well done whenever anyone says, "I don't really like squares, but I like your squares."
Scott Higgs has been calling and composing English and contra dances for over 25 years -- delighting novices and experts alike. From Seattle to Antwerp, dancers praise Scott's engaging programs, dynamic presentation, and emphasis on fun. His business card says it all: Playful, spirited, elegant, zesty, joyful contra, English, morris, and couple dancing.
Sue Hulsether calls dances for groups of all ages and abilities, equally at home at a dance hall, school, barn, or camp. Her dance repertoire includes squares, contras, circles, reels, play parties, and singing games -- as well as teaching the rhythmic delights of flatfoot clogging and spoons. Following a career in music education, she has been working as a full-time caller for 12 years and is recognized for her clear teaching, welcoming manner on the mic, and engaging humor.
Jennifer Kahly is a certified Montessori teacher and a homeschooling mom. She enjoys sharing art, science, literature, and games with kids of all ages. She has taught at Montessori schools, a Waldorf school, a homeschool enrichment center, a local arts council, and public schools and recently helped found and teach a homeschool cooperative in her county. She weaves families from vastly different backgrounds into a cohesive learning and playing group. Jennifer has organized and called a few family dances near her home. Jennifer met her husband Brian on the dance floor of the Timber Ridge playhouse. They live in Terra Alta, WV with their fifteen year old daughter and five year old son. Jennifer and Brian raise organic livestock on their 150-acre farm they named after an old time tune collected in WV, Possum Tail Farm.
Abby Ladin is a product of the 1970’s folk music revival: clogging by age 6, performing with her sister Evie at 10, and touring nationally at 18 with the dance and music company, Rhythm In Shoes. For over 30 years Abby has collaborated with choreographers, composers, dancers, musicians (and aerialists!) on multimodal performance projects. She plays stand-up bass and sings harmony vocals in the Hogwire Stringband with master fiddler, Brad Leftwich. Abby and her husband, Sam Bartlett, also recorded with the late Garry Harrison on his now legendary album of original tunes, Red Prairie Dawn (2000).
Kappy Laning enjoys teaching English ritual dances (rapper, longsword, border morris and garland) to children, teens and adults. She has been inspiring her class participants to work together and create exciting performances at many dance camps over the last 25 years. Kappy is a contra and English country dance caller and has been CDSS's Mid-Atlantic Camp Director since 1998.
Eden MacAdam-Somer is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians performing today. Hailed by the New York Times as reflecting "astonishing virtuosity and raw expression," her music transcends genre through soaring violin, sweet vocals, and percussive dance, weaving in and out of the many cultures that have formed her experience. Her travels have carried her across the contiguous U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, to Afghanistan, India, China, Iceland, Israel, and the U.K. Eden is a full-time faculty member at New England Conservatory, where she teaches improvisation and serves as Co-Chair of the Department of Contemporary Improvisation. She also makes frequent visits to Kabul, Afghanistan, where she works with young Afghan musicians as guest faculty member at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and collaborates with local artists. Her solo album, My First Love Story, was listed as one of the top ten jazz albums of 2015 in the Boston Globe. In addition to her work in Boston, Eden maintains an active international performance and recording career as a soloist and with such bands as Notorious Folk, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and Hebrew National Salvage.
Aaron Marcus (they/them) has a unique sound that draws on a rich background of music and dance traditions including New England contra, classical piano, and music and dance traditions from the British Isles, Scandinavia, eastern Canada, west Africa, and the Appalachians. Well known throughout the Northeast and beyond for their performances with Frost and Fire, Giant Robot Dance, The Turning Stile, and other collaborations, Aaron brings exuberant energy, creativity, pulse, tenderness, lyrical flow, and a thoughtful and open heart, whether percussive step dancing or playing tunes on concertina. Aaron became immersed in the New England contra dance tradition and began studying piano at age 5. After studying with A. Ramón Rivera at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and also with Jacqueline Schwab, Aaron went on to study, concertina, 5-string banjo, and percussive step dance. They have written hundreds of compositions, and are frequently also found teaching percussive step dance or giving walks or lectures about botany. Aaron works part time as Assistant Botanist for Vermont's Fish and Wildlife Department, and also as a seasonal botanist for the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forest, monitoring and mapping the state's rare and endangered plants.
Jess Eliot Myhre
Jess is an American roots musician, drawing influences from early rural and urban sounds across the board. She performs swing and blues music on clarinet and voice, and likes to thump along to old time, bluegrass, and country on upright bass and guitar. A native Floridian, Jess grew up singing in church and swinging from banyan trees. After performing in hip hop and funk bands at Wesleyan University, she moved to New Orleans and became mesmerized by the big, uproarious glory of the old sounds of the street bands and second lines. She dusted off her lonely old clarinet, built herself her iconic frog washboard, and turned a 180 towards the traditional. She now performs all over this big country, playing American Roots music in performance halls, swing dances, contra dances, square dances, house concerts, and busking in your city's streets.
A Maryland boy, Chris tramped off to the hills of western Pennsylvania to study books and banjos. There he woodshedded with old hill cats in barns outside of abandoned steel and coal towns playing any instrument he could take a turn on. Hitting mountain trails, biking over rough terrain, and rafting down rivers, all with a banjo on his back. Chris’s deep jazz pocket and graceful Kentucky-style banjo are only outmatched by the snarlyness of his beard.
Leslie Sudock has made community-building a way of life in all her endeavors as a public interest attorney, musician, artist and neighbor. A trained musicologist and early music specialist (voice and viol), Leslie’s musical life included performance as a professional orchestral choral singer with the Philadelphia Orchestra, ensemble soloist, and voice teacher. An exhibited textile artist, Leslie makes community art a way of life through textile, printmaking and “eco-art” instruction in Philadelphia’s schools, park recreations centers, and in her own community studio, Ready to Hand, where she specializes in teaching improvisational SAORI weaving and related textile arts. She has led numerous CDSS community quilt projects, and her all-camp indigo dyeing and weaving projects have inspired campers of all ages annually. Leslie and her family have attended CDSS family camps at Kinder Ring, Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap and Timber Ridge for two decades. She lives in Philadelphia with her sometime Morris-dancer Dan Drecksage and large “granddogs” Sadie and Solo.
Andrew VanNorstrand is an accomplished singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from upstate New York. As a member of the Great Bear Trio, Giant Robot Dance and the Andrew & Noah Band he has toured extensively all over North America and has been a featured performer and instructor at many well-known festivals and music camps. His repertoire incorporates a wide range of musical genres and he loves exploring the connections between music and dance.
Dave Wiesler began his musical journey as “the guy who could figure out the chords” in his high school garage band. Nearly 20 years later he discovered playing folk music for dances, and felt that the job description had been written just for him. At home in a wide range of styles, Dave is in demand for contra, English and Scottish country dancing, swing, waltz and vintage dance; and his music has taken him across the country and into Canada, Scotland, England, France and the Galapagos Islands. Dave is a prolific composer of tunes and songs, and is also a capable guitarist and singer. He lives in Newark, DE, with his wife and two young sons who don't let him practice nearly as much as he'd like.
Life at Camp
ABOUT CAMP LOUISE
We have found a beautiful facility at Camp Louise in Cascade, Maryland near the Pennsylvania border and 1.5 hours from DC. The camp is on a wooded property with excellent dance and other program facilities, nice cabins (some air conditioned), an air conditioned dining hall, and two large pools. There are clearly marked paths to travel by foot only. Please bring sturdy walking shoes. There is limited parking in the center of camp and more available at the camp entrance.
Camp Louise, 24959 Pen Mar Rd, Highfield-Cascade, MD 21719
The program begins with swimming and an informal tour of camp on the afternoon of the first day; followed by an orientation meeting and dance after dinner.
Arrival time is after 3:00pm on the starting Monday. Departure time is by 10:00am the next Sunday.
You will need to bring a flashlight to find your way around at night. A battery powered or wind up alarm clock and insect repellent may be useful. If you are on a special diet, you may need to bring your own particular food. An ice chest for drinks and snacks to share at after-dance parties may be handy; there is some refrigeration available. A specific packing list is sent with acceptance information.
Don't forget to pack your swimsuit, raincoat, sweater, towels, bed linen, and blankets or a sleeping bag.
The nearest stores are a 15-30 minute drive away.
All participants are assigned on-site housing in the month before camp starts. Space is limited; we can't guarantee that all specific requests will be filled. Requests may be made on the Registration Form or with information sent later.
Most Families will be housed in their own bunkroom, some of which share a bathroom with another family. We arrange families based on the age of the youngest children to aid the Pied piper and roving monitor systems.
For Adults without families, there are double-occupancy cabins with AC and full bathrooms in each room.
General housing categories at Camp Louise are:
- Family Bunk houses
- Double or single occupancy
- Specific area or building
In the cooperative spirit of camp life, all campers have a daily job to help camp run smoothly.
Jobs are usually a half hour or less per day, every day, and the same job all week. Jobs are assigned in the month before camp starts; you have the opportunity make specific requests about your job assignment either on the Registration Form or later with your Registration Status Form.
We can't guarantee that all specific job requests will be filled, but please let us know if you have a preference or limitation (e.g., dust allergy, unable to lift heavy objects, can't stay up late, can't get up for breakfast).
At family sessions parents are generally assigned a job with their young children.
General job categories are:
- Dining room: breakfast, lunch or dinner (set/clear tables)
- Sweeping (pavilions, community areas)
- Snack help (set up/clean up morning or afternoon)
- Party help (late night party setup/cleanup)
- Clerical (office, bookstore, auction)
- Greeters (must be able to arrive by 2:00pm)
- Gopher (auction, lifting)
PHONE & COMPUTERS
Though your plate will be full with activities while at camp, for those of you who must keep in contact with work or home, there are options. There is first class mail and UPS service. We do ask that laptops and cell phones be kept out of the awareness of other campers. Even if you can't, others want to enjoy this time away from the reminders of work-a-day living.
Cell coverage is ok, but not guaranteed.