July 27 - August 3, 2019
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!
~ Alex Cumming, Program Director