July 27 - August 3, 2019
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.
During the day, challenge yourself by choosing something new – or relax and enjoy the familiar – from a packed schedule of classes. Evening dances will include a wide range of English country dances accessible to all, with exhilarating music from our extraordinary staff of musicians.
I am particularly excited to welcome two incredible tutors from England this year, Matt Norman and Andrew Swaine. Matt is a champion Dartmoor Step Dancer and a wonderful singer, choir leader and musician. He will offer step dance classes and a Harmony singing class. Andrew is one of England's best young dance country dance callers with a great passion for Playford, English Ceilidh, Morris and Bal Folk. Andrew will lead three wonderful classes each day. This will be both Matt's and Andrew's first visit to Pinewoods and I am thrilled for them to meet you all!
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!
~Alex Cumming, Program Director
|7:15-7:45||Morning Yoga||Emma Conroy|
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
|9:00-10:00||Advanced ECD: The Dancing Master 1651-1728||Andrew Swaine|
|ECD for All: Harmony in Motion||Robin Hayden|
|Dartmoor Step - Trad Class||Matt Norman|
|10:15-11:15||ECD - Open Mic||Robin Hayden|
|ECD for All: Non-Playford Playford||Andrew Swaine|
|Dartmoor Step - Creative||Matt Norman|
|12:00-12:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|1:45-2:45||Advanced ECD||Miriam Newman|
|ECD for All: Andrew's Pot Pourri||Andrew Swaine|
|Rapper: Learn a Dance, Create a Dance||Alice Cumming, Jan Elliott|
|Harmony Singing||Matt Norman|
|3:00-4:00||The New Language of Contras||Lisa Greenleaf|
|ECD for All||Miriam Newman|
|Border/Cotswold Morris||Alex Cumming, Guests|
|Musicians workshop||Kate Barnes|
|4:30-5:30||Longsword for All||Jan Elliott|
|Sing Around||Alex Cumming, Friends|
|Afternoon Yoga for All||Emma Conroy|
|5:30-6:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed, Special events, camper-initiated parties|
|7:45||For Those Who Know, to start the|
|8:00-10:45||Evening Dance Party|
Alex Cumming is a traditional singer, accordionist and dance caller hailing from Somerset, England who now lives in Boston, MA. He performs songs and tunes from around the UK and beyond with a great depth of knowledge for the traditions backed up by a Bachelor's Degree in Folk & Traditional Music from Newcastle University. Alex has made his mark on the folk scene with his rhythmic danceable accordion style, strong voice and his fun and engaging stage presence. As a dancer Alex is a member Maple Morris, Newcastle Kingsmen and Newtowne Morris and currently performs in several bands including award winning a Capella group The Teacups, Critically acclaimed duo Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley and New England Contra Dance band Reelation.
Kate Barnes has been playing more instruments, in more genres, in more interesting locations, for longer than most of us can remember. She currently plays in the Latter Day Lizards, Bare Necessities, Celantrio and a myriad of pickup bands. Kate also keeps herself busy with teaching, recording, publishing music books, composing, ceramics and wisecrackery.
A Brooklyn native, Emma Conroy was first introduced to yoga in high school by her mother. She was hit by the yoga bug years later, while living in Lima, Peru. There she began a daily practice and was inspired and amazed by the effect yoga had her body and chronic back pain. In 2012 she completed her first yoga teacher training in Samadhi Power Yoga, and has been teaching in English and in Spanish ever since.
Doug Creighton is an inspiring musician on the button accordion and flute. He has a wealth of experience as both dancer and musician for numerous display dance teams, plays in the English dance band Pleasures of the Town and joins in as a guest in numerous contra bands. Doug is internationally known as the guru of The Button Box, where he keeps the world safe for accordions and concertinas.
Jan Elliott began her recorder studies at age 3. Her first teachers were Ruth Guillard, student of Bernard Krainis (and wife of a founding Pinewoods Morris Man), and school music teacher and early music specialist Patricia C. Brown. Later she explored advanced baroque repertoire with W. Britt Wheeler at Wesleyan University, earning a BA in music and education. Her MA thesis from UCLA focused on dance/music relations, and she happily straddles both worlds. She currently maintains an active private studio and teaches music at elementary and middle school levels. She directs the Woods Hole Recorder Consort and performs with Ensemble Passacaglia, a quartet specializing in medieval, renaissance and world music, and Courante, a baroque ensemble that has performed across Cape Cod and at the Boston Early Music Festival. She has been a guest artist with numerous early music groups including Oyez!, Philidor, the Solstice Singers, Falmouth Chorale, Mastersingers-by the Sea and Proteus Consort. She also has an active life in the worlds of traditional music and dance, teaching morris and sword dance at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod, directing the Vineyard Swordfish and playing for the Pinewoods Morris Men and other teams. She also maintains a children's traditional dance troupe. She has been on staff at many Pinewoods sessions, and served for 12 years on the board of Pinewoods Camp, Inc.
Lisa Greenleaf has been treating dancers across the country to her high spirited, witty calling for many years, and is known for precise walk-throughs of zesty and flowing dances. Whether she is presenting cool contras, hot squares, or focused callers' workshops, Lisa engages the crowd with her humor and community spirit.
* Robin Hayden
Robin Hayden leads English country dancing in her home community of Amherst, MA, and at workshops, weekends, camps, festivals, and balls across North America. The range of expressiveness in English country dance has beguiled and inspired her as a dancer going on 37 years now. As a leader, she is particularly interested in techniques for understanding, articulating, and improving the way we move, and thus the way we express ourselves within this idiom – individually, as partners, and as a set. Robin finds further outlet for her passion and eloquence as the Director of Development for CDSS.
Dave Langford is an experienced and versatile fiddler and guitarist and fiddle teacher from the Boston area. A veteran of 30+ years of playing for public dances, weddings, parties and late night sessions, Dave combines multiple styles of fiddling with fierce energy and drive. He has been a staff member for music and dance weeks at Pinewoods, Ogontz, Mendocino, Augusta and Christmas Country Dance School at Berea KY as well as hundreds of weekend dance events around the U.S. and beyond. He tours widely with The Latter Day Lizards, Stomp Rocket and Supertrad.
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.
Naomi Morse grew up surrounded by music and dance in the folk communities of New England. She is known for her energetic and driving fiddle playing for both contra and English dancing in many bands, including Night Watch, Housetop and the mega-fiddle-band Childsplay. She has toured extensively with the world music ensemble Northern Harmony and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she sings professionally.
Miriam Crane Newman, currently based in Boston MA, started calling in 2006 at the Swarthmore College Folkdance Club, taught by Joanna Reiner; after college, she moved to New York City and participated in Country Dance*New York's ECD caller's apprenticeship program, from which she graduated in June 2011. Miriam has called for everything from a sixteen-person contra dance on a roof in Brooklyn to some of the most established dances in the US, and has enjoyed every one. Miriam made her first forays into choreography with a Swarthmore classmate in Thirtieth Street Station in Philadelphia while waiting for the train to an English dance. That dance, based on a dream, never quite came together, but others have followed, including with a dance that was in part choreographed on a subway platform in New York.
Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin draws on jazz, traditional, and world music to play with an expressive and dynamic style melding the worlds of accompaniment and melody. A singer and pianist, he picked up the accordion in 2012 and, under the tutelage of Jeremiah McLane, found his way to the folk music scene. He studied computer science and music at the University of Vermont and is currently a systems administrator and teacher at The Putney School, as well as a freelance web developer.
Jonathan Werk has played oboe with the Kanata Symphony Orchestra since 2007, when he joined as a way to continue playing music while studying engineering at university. Jonathan received his Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering in June 2011 from Carleton University, and in September 2012, he started a Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa, studying oboe with Charles Hamann. At the University of Ottawa, Jonathan has performed with the university’s wind ensemble, orchestra, choir, and played in the pit orchestra for the university’s opera production. Outside of his studies, Jonathan has played in many Ottawa musical ensembles, including the Ottawa Wind Ensemble, Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, Carleton University Chamber Music Ensemble, Carleton University Baroque Opera Ensemble, Sinfonia Ottawa, and the Ottawa Youth Orchestra. In addition to playing classical music, Jonathan’s love for music extends into many genres of folk and world music, and has led to him playing oboe, penny whistle, bombarde, and didgeridoo in the contra dance band “Stolen Goods”.
* PROGRAM ADVISOR, plus