July 28 - August 4, 2018
Join us for a wonderful week of English dance, song, and, especially this year, music! Experience the vitality of English country and display dances, stirring tunes, and the shared repertoire of songs from England and North America, all with world-class teachers and superb musicians in the magical setting of Pinewoods Camp.
We are delighted to welcome inimitable dancing master Andrew Shaw back to English Week! Andrew will share a wide selection of his own reconstructions of 18th century repertoire, including many from his newest collection, Elephant Stairs. Gene Murrow will lend his wit and musical expertise to a country dance class for all, Robin Hayden will offer hands-on instruction in moving to the music, Linda Nelson will prepare the “For Those Who Know” dances drawn from favorites of Boston’s repertoire, and Kalia Kliban will enliven the afternoon with classic and contemporary contras.
You love to dance, you love to sing, and – you asked for it, you’re getting it: a full instrumental music track! I’ve scheduled an instrumental class every period, including Jacqueline Schwab working with pianists, Audrey Knuth leading string players in group and individual sessions, Anna Patton on how to Deliver the Rhythm, Jeff Warner offering Playing for Singing, and Gene Murrow’s band workshop for all and a reprise of his popular Music Theory class.
During the day, challenge yourself by choosing something new – or relax and enjoy the familiar – from a packed schedule of classes. Alongside the country classes and music track, we’ll have Cotswold morris from bright young star Crispin Youngberg, longsword from Kalia Kliban, and song master Jeff Warner leading Songs from the Atlantic Nation and the ever-popular song session on the camphouse porch.
Evening dances will include a wide range of English country dances accessible to all, with exhilarating music from our extraordinary staff of musicians. (Just take a look at that roster, will you? Shivers!) 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 & Rail, frolicking in the pond, ceilidh dancing, and an afternoon auction/wine & 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
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.
* Karen Axelrod
Karen Axelrod is highly regarded for her creative piano playing at English, American and Scottish dance events around the country. She is in the band Foxfire, Alchemy with Eric Martin and Rachel Bell, and Peregrine Road with Rachel Bell. Karen plays accordion with 3rd String Trio, a band that plays old world cafe music. She also plays accordion for Orion Longsword. She loves the ensemble aspect of playing for dancing, as well as the close connection between what the musicians do and what the dancers do. When not playing music, Karen spends her time coming in last in marathons.
Jon Berger initially encountered English country and Morris dance at the California Renaissance Faires in the mid 1970s, where he learned his first tunes by actual oral tradition; that is, from people singing them to him. He has played for English country and contra dances in the San Francisco Bay Area since the early 1980s, as well as Berkeley Morris and Apple Tree Morris and assorted other display-dance teams. He can be heard on several highly regarded English country dance recordings, including two with his band Persons of Quality. Jon also plays in a Celtic band, Greenhouse, and a straight-ahead American rock band called the String Rays. (Not to be confused with the no-space Stringrays.) He is a former member of the Celtic rock band Tempest, with whom he toured for two years.
Kalia Kliban has been part of the Bay Area dance community since the mid-80s, performing and teaching morris, longsword, American and English clog and English country dance. She is program director for BACDS's upcoming Fall Frolick weekend and has also programmed BACDS Family Week. Her clear and humorous teaching style has gotten feet tapping at camps and gatherings throughout California and beyond.
Hailing from Honolulu, Audrey Knuth moved to Boston in 2008 to attend Berklee College of Music and to explore the thriving New England folk scene. After graduating, Audrey has made a name for herself in the music community, as a dance fiddler and audio engineer. With her bands, The Free Raisins, The Gaslight Tinkers, Audacious (with Larry Unger) and Wake Up Robin, she has travelled across the US and Europe, playing for dances and concerts. She’s equally adept at teaching workshops, and has been on staff at various camps including Pinewoods, Ashokan Northern Week, BACDS American week and Halsway Manor. Audrey’s fiddle playing can be described as rhythmically lively; she's guaranteed to get you up and dancing.
Gene Murrow has been an English country dancer and musician since 1965 and has taught and called since 1988 at clubs, workshops, festivals and balls throughout the U.S. as well as Britain, Europe and Japan. As a dance musician he performs on recorders and concertina, has made four CD recordings for dances of Fried Herman and Gary Roodman, and is the Producer of the series of English dance recordings featuring the Boston-based band Bare Necessities. At the 2001 EFDSS/Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society conference in London he was invited to present a paper tracing the history of English country dancing in America, and in 2004 he was honored as the featured country dance caller and teacher at the gala 50th anniversary of England’s Sidmouth International Festival. He has returned to England many times to teach Festivals, Gatherings, and club dates across the country. In 2006, he toured Japan for two weeks teaching English dance workshops, where he returned in 2011 to instruct over 200 folk dance teachers at the National Folk Dance Federation annual conference. Gene approaches English country dance as a medium in which dancers and musicians alike participate in the realization of works of art. His dance workshops strive to make their richness of structure, musical form, texture, and affect enjoyable and appreciated by dancers of all abilities. Gene is the founder and Executive Director of Gotham Early Music Scene, a service and advocacy organization for early music in New York City, and has served on the Board of Directors of CDSS, Early Music America, and the American Recorder Society. He currently is a member of the Board of Pinewoods Camp, Inc.
Linda Nelson has been an avid dancer since the early 1970s, and a dance leader since 2001. Linda is one of the regular ECD teachers for Country Dance Society, Boston Centre (2004 to the present), and was co-founder, organizer, and leader of an ECD series (2001-2011) on Cape Cod, MA, where she lived for 40 years. Linda has also taught at Pinewoods and other venues around the northeast, with a special interest in keeping classic dances alive, along with enjoying the very best of the new choreographies and reconstructions.
Anna Patton grew up in a musical family in northern Vermont and was immersed from a young age in an eclectic mix of jazz, classical, traditional and world music. These days she gets to incorporate many of those influences into playing clarinet for different kinds of dancing, including English, Contra, Swing, and Blues. For the last decade, Anna's innovative dance band Elixir has toured extensively around the U.S. and abroad. She also plays clarinet with other groups like the Julian Gerstin Sextet and the Dunham Shoe Factory. When not on the road, Anna spends her time teaching, arranging, and composing vocal music for the Jazz choir she directs and other choirs around Vermont. Anna also teaches workshops on playing for dancing, aural skills, and improvisation. She received her Masters from New England Conservatory in 2014, focusing on early jazz, free improvisation, and composition in the conservatory's Contemporary Improvisation program. She lives in Brattleboro VT with her husband, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins.
Chip Prince, originally from New Hampshire (via Utah and California), is a lifelong pianist who also dabbles in choral singing, euphonium playing, and background acting. His main gig, when he has one, is playing keyboards for (and occasionally conducting) Broadway shows in New York and on the road. He first found folk dancing in 1975 as a freshman in college but didn’t pursue Contra and English until 2000. He was a member of the English band Hudson Crossing, and now mostly plays on Tuesdays for Country Dance * New York. Current contra dance bands are The Three Wise Guys and Gig Economy, but in truth, Chip will play with just about anyone who will let him. Chip is thrilled to be attending Pinewoods for his very first time.
Rob Rohr is a fiddler and Morris dancer hailing from Toronto, Ontario. Rob's fiddling draws from Quebecois, English, Irish and New England fiddling traditions. Rob plays each month with Sweet Felons All at Another Bloody Folk Club and frequently plays Quebec square and contra dances across southern Ontario with Les frères Gemme, Mango chaud point and St.-p'tit-Claude. Rob fiddles for local dance sides, Toronto f Morris Men and Toronto Women's Sword, and each month shares the joys of the music of French Canada at his session, TOQueTrad . Rob also dances with the Toronto f Morris Men, and has convincingly acquired the status of "Cirque du Soleil's Worst Dancer" while dancing in the 2015 Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony. Rob's favourite quote - "A frequent lower chromatic neighbour to scale step five does not a Lydian mode make." Rob's favourite pastime - creating new and creative alternates to Quebecois curses.
Andrew Shaw was dragged kicking and screaming to his first country dance as a teenager in the 60s but has got over that and is now one of the UK's most sought after English country dance leaders, highly regarded for his detailed knowledge, high standards and clear, good-humoured, instruction. His interest in late 17th/early 18th century dances, especially those composed by Nathaniel Kynaston, has resulted in the publication of 5 collections of dance reconstructions, Elephants Stairs being the latest. This is his 4th visit to Pinewoods.
Corey Walters is a musician and dancer currently living in Montague, MA. As a practitioner of the flute, mandolin, and melodeon, he is equally at home playing for a variety of dance styles. In addition to being a regular musician at the weekly English Country Dance in Amherst, MA, he plays for English, Contra, and Irish Set Dancing throughout the east coast in a number of ensembles including Phoenix, Black River Ironworks, and The Sunny Banks. In addition he dances and plays with the Marlboro Morris Men, Oxbow Morris, and Maple Morris.
Jeff Warner is among the nation’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music. His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountain tops of America connect 21st century audiences with the everyday lives–and artistry–of 19th century Americans. “Providing more than just rich entertainment, Jeff will leave you with a deeper appreciation of the land you live in” (Caffé Lena, Saratoga, NY). His songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, bring us the latest news from the distant past. The 2016 recipient of the CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award, Jeff first came to Pinewoods as a staff child and spent years there as a student, teacher, program chair and CDSS board member: "Pinewoods and CDSS have been important to me for a very long time. I’m happy to be back after a long hiatus."
Crispin Youngberg grew up in the UK morris community with both parents dancing, and started dancing himself with Great Western Morris in 2006. Since then he has danced with other teams including Morris Offspring, Maple Morris, and Hammersmith Morris Men. In 2014, he won the John Gasson Solo Jig Competition at Sidmouth Folk Festival, and returned to the competition to win the audience appeal prize in 2016. He has been foreman (dance instructor) of Great Western Morris, has led morris workshops at a number of UK folk festivals, and is very excited to teach morris at Pinewoods. Crispin lives in Western Massachusetts and dances with the Marlboro Morris Men, and also enjoys playing fiddle and singing shape note.
* PROGRAM ADVISOR, plus
ABOUT PINEWOODS CAMP
CDSS has been at Pinewoods Camp since 1933. Located on 25 acres of woodlands near Plymouth, Massachusetts, it provides the setting for educational vacations filled with music and dance. Spacious, wooden outdoor dance pavilions are nestled among the towering pines. Cozy two-person cabins offer accommodations between two beautiful lakes, which are ideal for swimming, kayaking, canoeing and relaxing. The main pebbly beach has a long dock, with deep-water swimming to the anchored raft offshore. Scattered along the shores of the two lakes are other, more private, entries to the water. Gatherings, parties and concerts are held in the lakeside Camphouse, next to the main beach. The open-air, lakeside Dining Hall offers delicious meals and a congenial atmosphere for meeting new friends. With their large stone fireplaces, both the Dining Hall and the Camphouse provide a warm place to gather in cooler weather.
Plan your packing so that you can carry luggage to your cabin over narrow, sometimes uphill paths. There are carts available in the parking areas to help with loading or unloading.
Pinewoods is about a one hour drive from Boston, MA, and about five hours from New York, NY. It is accessible by train, bus and van service.
GETTING TO CDSS PROGRAMS AT PINEWOODS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT
It is easier than ever to get to CDSS programs at Pinewoods Camp from Boston's Logan Airport or South Station! Book a flight or train that arrives by 1p.m. and reserve a seat on the 2:00 van to camp – this is the earliest we will be ready to receive you. The van runs from Terminal A and South Station right to camp, where the greeters will help you unload at the place most convenient to your cabin. You can also reserve a seat for your 9:45 departure on the last day of camp, suitable for flights, or trains, noon and later. Please reserve your van seats at least 1 week before you arrive. We cannot guarantee space for late reservations. Also, talk with us if your flight times are incompatible with these vans, we may be able to schedule additional vans at other times.
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 Saturday. Departure is by 10:00am the final Saturday.
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. 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. An extra blanket could be needed.
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 housing is in double-occupancy cabins with bathrooms close by. There are some buildings with several single rooms, as well as a few houses with a variety of bedrooms and bathrooms. Double cabins tend to be quieter than singles or houses.
General housing categories at Pinewoods are:
- Quiet or party areas
- Double or single occupancy
- Double cabin
- Building with bathroom
- Specific area or building
For Family and Campers' Weeks, housing will be assigned based on the age of the youngest family member; most children over six are assigned a roommate in a cabin near their parents.
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)
- Kitchen (serve food, clear, wash dishes, make coffee/tea)
- Sweeping (pavilions, community areas)
- Party help (late night party setup/cleanup)
- Clerical (office, bookstore, auction)
- Greeters (must be able to arrive by 2:00pm)
- Gopher (campstore, 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.
There is a touch-tone phone for camper use; you will need a calling card to make long distance calls. Cell coverage is ok.
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.
Registration can be completed online or Registration Form (pdf) may be mailed, hand-delivered, e-mailed or faxed to the CDSS office. Registration confirmation and status will be sent out after April 1. If you wish confirmation that we received your application, please send a stamped, self-addressed postcard or email us at email@example.com.
Looking to pay your camp balance? You'll find the payment form here.
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.