August 12 - 18, 2019
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Whether you’re a single adult, a family of five, a teen, a tween, or a 20-something, you’ll find a home and a strong community at this CDSS week. Not to mention the fun you’ll be sure to have. Mixing English and American, young and old, experienced and new, earnest and ridiculous, this camp specializes in variety. Classes and dances and gatherings are held daily with a sprinkling of jam sessions, swimming, snacks, games, and other shenanigans throughout the week.
Not one, not two, but four great callers will be leading our dances this week. Our tradition of great English and American dances will be led by Joanna Reiner, David Millstone and Janine Smith. Our community dances will be led by Janine Smith and Katy Tartar German, our CDSS Executive Director.
This week is host to English Dance Leaders Course, an intensive, 2 period Course, led by Joanna Reiner, that requires pre-application and acceptance.
Our musicians and teachers this year are varied in age, mirroring the makeup of the community itself. With camp veterans like Dave Weisler and John Devine alongside brand new community members like Cedar Stanistreet and Casey Murray, this year’s staff promises to provide a unique and rejuvenating experience.
Mornings at camp: lots of dancing, and kids classes for ages 2 and up.
Afternoons: lots of variety! Art, singing, swimming, jamming, dancing, and our Camper Led activity time - 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.
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 back to the dance while our Roving Monitors check to make sure all is well in the cabins. The teens and the adults dance into the night and then share scrumptious snacks and entertaining late night activities.
Scholarships are available. Please visit 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
|9:00-10:00||By age class period: Kids can be dropped off at their class at 8:55|
|(2-3)||Discover, Sing, and Play!||Leslie Jeanne Devine|
|(4-6)||Music and Movement||Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens|
|(7-9)||Musical Stories||Casey Murray|
|(10-12)||Songs Your Parents Probably Won’t Approve Of||Kerry Ryer-Parke|
|(13-17)||Morning Mix||Imogen Mills, Cecily Mills|
|(18 & up)||Advanced ECD: Style and Technique||Joanna Reiner|
|(18 & up)||The Spice of Life||David Millstone|
|10:15-11:15||By age class period: Teachers will transfer the children to their next class|
|(2-3)||Let’s Pretend!||Katy German|
|(4-6)||Wander, Create, and Storytelling||Leslie Jeanne Devine|
|(7-9)||Not your Grandma’s Folk Songs||Kerry Ryer-Parke|
|(10-12)||Aunt Janine's Dancing Machine||Janine Smith|
|(13 & up)||Contra Innovations||David Millstone|
|(13 & up)||Garland Dancing||Kappy Laning|
|(Pre-accepted applicants)||Caller's Class||Joanna Reiner|
|11:45-12:45||Community Dance and Gathering|
|Camper Led Activities|
|(8 & up, under 12 with adult)||Nature Discovery! - Appalachian Trail Hike||Leslie Jeanne Devine|
|3:00-4:00||Period 4 and swimming for all|
|(9 & up)||Tune Session: English||Laurie Andres|
|(13 & up, 10-12 w/parent)||Controlled Abandon: Scottish Country Dancing||Katherine Giacoletti|
|(under 9 w/parent-like helper)||Bartlett’s No-Talent Drawing Salon and Cardboard Experiment Station||Sam Bartlett|
|(Pre-accepted applicants)||Caller's Class||Joanna Reiner|
|4:15-5:15||Period 5 and swimming for all|
|(for All)||Indigo for All!||Leslie Sudock|
|(under 10 w/adult singing buddy)||A Cappella Singing||Kerry Ryer-Parke|
|(13 & up)||Here's to the Composers||David Millstone, Joanna Reiner|
|(9 & up)||Tune Session: Irish & American||Laurie Andres|
|5:30-6:00||Sing for Your Supper|
|8:30||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger||John Devine|
|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.
Laurie Andres plays accordion and piano for old-time New England contra and square dancing, English country dance and klezmer music. Neither the dance world nor Laurie have been the same since he picked up and forgot to put down the piano accordion in 1977. A master of musical whimsy, Laurie propels dancers and their feet into fits of rhapsodic frenzy with his infectiously rhythmic playing. His playing is renowned for its wit, color, emotion, and compelling danceability. Laurie has played for community dances, dance and music festivals, and concerts all over the US, Canada, and Europe. He has lead a monthly English Country Dance in Seattle since 1984.
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.”
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.
Katy German grew up in Berea, Kentucky - a community full of song and dance traditions from Appalachia, England, and Denmark. She was a member of the traveling youth performance team The Berea Festival Dancers, with whom she traveled to Denmark, England, Scotland, and Ireland. Katy's passion is working with youth, inter-generational, and beginning-level dancers. She's been on staff at many family dance weeks, including Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, Cumberland Dance Week, and Lady of the Lake. During her six years in the Chapel Hill area, she helped coordinate monthly family dances. She now lives in Asheville, NC, singing, dancing, and calling family dances. She remains very involved with Christmas Country Dance School in Berea, as a program adviser, youth program coordinator, and class instructor. Katy is currently the Executive Director of CDSS.
Katherine Giacoletti has been dancing her whole life, training in classical ballet, jazz, and modern from a very young age. Then she discovered Scottish dancing in college and never looked back! Scottish dance has been her passion ever since, and along the way she also took up English country and contra dancing. She takes great joy in dancing with her husband Justin and daughter Elena, and in the communities of friends they have all found through dance. Katherine has been teaching Scottish country dancing for over 20 years, including at workshops and camps up and down the Eastern seaboard. She also studies and competes in highland dance (along with Elena), and is a member of the Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators (FUSTA) of Highland Dancing, with her highland teaching certificate from the British Association of Teachers of Dance (BATD). When she has to be not dancing, Katherine supports the habit as a self-employed statistical consultant based in the Philadelphia suburbs.
Jonathan Jensen is an inspired pianist in musical styles ranging from English country and contra to ragtime and jazz. Jon is a composer of brilliant dance tunes and waltzes, a frequent performer at dance events and a bassist with the Baltimore Symphony. When not playing piano at camp he is often filling in on whistle, recorder, ocarina or mandolin and offering his original songs, both silly and serious.
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.
David Millstone fell in love with English country dance at Pinewoods Camp in 1987, and has been leading ECD for the past twenty-five years. He also calls American contras and squares, and he loves calling for family dances and other similar events. He is known for clear teaching, a broad repertoire, a gentle sense of humor, and the ability to pick dances that offer the right level of challenge for all audiences. He is a past President of CDSS.
Casey Murray is a multi-instrumentalist and tunesmith currently studying cello performance and American Roots music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. She has a diverse background in classical, folk and improvisation with a particular focus on dance music.
Joanna Reiner has taught English dance, Scottish dance and longsword for over a decade. Her calling has taken her from Amherst to Ann Arbor, from NEFFA to Hey Days, including several sessions at Pinewoods Camp. Joanna led the Philadelphia-based Germantown Country Dancers English dance demonstration team for many years, is an avid dance gypsy, and in her spare time, works to support her dance habit.
Kerry Ryer-Parke grew up in a house full of music. Her parents founded the South Shore Folk Music Club near Boston, where they held weekly singing parties and hosted performers of all folk traditions. As a trio with their father, Kerry and twin sister Kelly began performing at folk festivals and coffeehouses at the age of six. Known for their macabre taste in children’s songs, they later became known for their vocal harmonies. Studying classical voice gave Kerry the versatility to perform in almost every genre from new music, opera and early music to jazz and rock. She is an Artist Associate in Voice at Williams College, and teaches full-time at Bennington College. She has directed the Bennington Children’s Chorus since 1994, and has been the lead singer and bass player for the rock band The Prescription since 1997. Interest in world music has taken her to Portugal, Sardinia and Turkey, and she has travelled to Corsica and Bosnia in recent years with Village Harmony. Kerry believes in communities singing together, and that anyone can learn to sing.
Janine Smith calls Contra, Square, Family, and Ceilidh dances in the Washington, DC area. She shares her humorous (OK, sometimes goofy) and infectious passion for music and dance with dancers from Glen Echo, MD to Seattle, WA and specializes in whoopin' it up, regardless of dance formation. Known for her “Singing Squares”, she is one of the “Hot Square Babes”, a quintet of callers who throw a monthly Square Dance Party in College Park, MD, and a founding member of the DC Square Dance Collective.
Cedar Stanistreet grew up playing both classical violin and traditional fiddle music, and studied violin performance at the Crane School of Music. For the past ten years he has played for contra dances across North America with bands including Nor’easter, Cardinal Direction, Maivish, and Cloud Ten. His spirited, rhythmic playing and clear tone keep dancers on their feet. In between gigs, Cedar can be found at home in Brattleboro, VT, growing vegetables, baking bread, and birdwatching. He also repairs violins, violas, and cellos.
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.
Miranda Weinberg plays fiddle for English, American and Scottish dancing in the Philadelphia area. When she's not playing, she's often on the dance floor. Miranda also has a PhD in entirely unrelated matters.
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.
The fee for the week is
DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS
Online payments can be made with Mastercard or VISA. We can only take the amount you approve, so balance payments need to be initiated by you.
Mailed-in registrations can be paid by Mastercard, VISA or by check, made payable to CDSS, in U.S. Funds. Mail to CDSS, 116 Pleasant St Suite 345, Easthampton, MA 01027
A deposit of $150/person/week, if not paying full amount, is needed with registration.
Full cost depends on the Week and, at family programs, the ages of children.
Full payment for sessions starting before August 1: due May 20
Full payment for sessions starting on or after August 1: due June 20
There is a fee of $25 on any late payment.
Deposits/payments are processed upon receipt. In the case of cancellation from the wait list or from a session, a refund will be issued as per our cancellation policy.
We offer work scholarships to any camper in need, and named scholarships to practicing teachers, leaders and musicians. Please read about our scholarship programs before applying. Scholarship applications will be considered at the time of registration and should therefore accompany the Registration Form.
Donation in support of Scholarships are needed and gratefully accepted. If you are able to help another person benefit from our programs, you can do so by making a contribution along with your registration or at our online store. In addition, at each week of our summer camps, we hold auctions which raise money for future scholarships.
For Accepted Campers
If you have registered and been accepted, you should have received an email from Steve Howe with your status. The email may not have gone to everyone on the registration, so pleased do share with any co-registrants. The email urges you to login to CDSS Commons to view your registration and proof your contact information, housing and job requests, your meal preferences, emergency contact information and other details. See the Life at Camp tab for some housing and job options; here are links to several printable bits of important information.
Acceptance Information: This includes the cancelation and refund policy.
Getting Ready: A page with some hints on life at camp.
Packing List: Suggestions of things to bring
Directions to Camp
Printable page of class descriptions
Family Bio: Please use this form or a sheet of your own design for posting at camp and the historical notebook.