July 21 - 28, 2018



Come learn, dance, relax, and raise the rafters in song at Harmony of Song & Dance. The theme of the week is community dance and music making, and the goal is to have fun and create beauty together. A terrific teaching staff will offer a range of classes to build on your knowledge, skills and creativity. Daily classes include Contra, Square, and English Country Dancing; Gospel Songs, Songwriting, Songs of Struggle, Madrigals, and Traditional Ballads; instrumental ensembles including a Honky-Tonk Band; and traditional dances from Sweden, France, and England.

Camp participants will come together from near and far bringing their songs, talents and curiosity. This year's excellent and intergenerational teaching staff will offer their deep knowledge and rigorous commitment to their craft while setting a supportive, friendly tone, meeting learners wherever they are in their learning process. The program offers inspiration and support for all levels of experience and a wide range of interests.

Mornings begin with vocal warmups and the All Camp Chorale where the entire camp sings together in harmony, building a common repertoire throughout the week. The singing staff take turns leading songs, some by ear, some from written music, some a little of both. Expect folk songs, country gospel, polyphonic choral music from around the world, traditional chorus songs and more.

After the Chorale we give our limbs a good stretch and go dancing. Our dancing leaders offer English Country, Contra, and a beginner-friendly session.

In the afternoons there is a cornucopia of opportunities to sing, dance, and play instruments. A few suggestions:

  • Take Songwriting with Cindy Kallet, who teaches with kindness and humor to guide us through this perhaps-daunting project.
  • Settle into a state of creative flow in Julie Vallimont's Crankie Making art class.
  • Zone in on harmonic skills in Harmony Singing By Ear, or on rhythmic skills in Anna's “Deliver the Rhythm” Dance Band.
  • Learn more about traditional singing in classes with Bob Walser, Suzannah Park, and Arthur Davis. Their classes are not just about repertoire and style, but also about the community-building aspects of social singing.
  • Interested to branch out from English and Anglo-American traditions? There is a strong international theme to the week this year, with World Music Harmony, Yiddish Singing, and French and Swedish folk dancing.
  • Take a break! Drink in the beauty of Pinewoods. Sit on a dock and rest your feet, voice, and brain!

After a delicious dinner there is a short, intimate staff concert, often featuring new collaborations between staff members. Following the concert, we make our way to C# pavilion for a social dance party for the whole community: contra and English country dance, squares and waltzes.

The dance ends with a closing song, bringing the day full circle. For the nocturnally inclined, merriment often continues with more music, dance, games, or other hanging out in the camp house.

The fun and full days of singing, dancing, and playing together are packed with so many kinds of connections – from the magical moments when a hundred or more of us lock into a rhythm to informal music-making where you discover a fellow camper who shares your obsession with a favorite song or tune. Take pleasure in the beauty of participating in the forms of music and dance you already know. Take a risk and try something new, knowing that the program's diverse offerings include something that is new to every person there. Network, share knowledge, meet new people, laugh, be moved.

Shut down your computer and take a week in the woods for your musical and dancing nourishment!

~ Anna Patton, Program Director

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