August 8 - 15, 2020
Dance, sing, play, repeat. Party in the woods!
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American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods gathers folks from around the country to learn and have a mighty fine time together. Whether you’re just dipping a toe in the water, or you’re an experienced dancer and player, this week will provide all kinds of contra and contra-adjacent activities for you to explore. From Bal folk to Blues, from harmony singing to hot squares, this week will keep you moving and learning in a wonderful community.
Every morning we get together at Gathering to hear mini-concerts from staff and enjoy humorous presentations. Every evening, we come together in an open-air pavilion to dance to glorious music. To keep up with the times, this year we’ll be using Larks/Robins for contras and Ladies/Gents for squares.
This year’s program will foster an especially lively old-time scene, with harmony singing, flatfooting, and daily old-time jams led by Beverly Smith, Annie Fain Barralon and Sam Bartlett.
Annie Fain and Géraud Barralon are steeped in Bal Folk as well, and will offer an invigorating class of unique European-style couple and set dances to start the day, with accompaniment by the great Jeremiah McLane. If you like accordions, this is the week for you! Mary Cay Brass will serenade you during waltzing, and I, myself, am sure to lead a parade or two.
If you’re not yet convinced by the plentitude of accordions, maybe you would enjoy Good Neighbor contras with Ben Sachs-Hamilton, English with Scott Higgs or Waltz with Clayton Jennings. And if you want to really get playful with your dancing, try Blues.
One of the best things about camp is that you have many opportunities to debut and put yourself out there! Campers’ Night on Wednesday means that the evening dance is run entirely by campers calling and playing. There are after-parties every night full of singing and dancing, many informally led. And then, there will be a daily “hot-shots” session where anyone can lead a one-shot workshop on a topic of interest. Think outside the box - storytelling? Plant identification? Synchronized swimming?
American Week will also host the Contra Dance Callers Course led by the inimitable Lisa Greenleaf. This course will bring emerging callers to our dance floors and stages, adding a level of thoughtfulness about dance that will enrich our session in numerous ways.
The people and the classes are thrilling enough. But really this is just the tip of the iceberg! What none of us can see yet, what we can only imagine, is all that miraculous energy that emerges when a great community of people get together. Perhaps you’ll find yourself playing tunes with your feet in a pond, or star-gazing with a new best friend, or singing into a microphone for the first time.
The week is yours. Be there.
~ Emily Troll, Program Director