August 6 - 13, 2016
Welcome to American Week where friends, old and new, gather together for a memorable music and dance experience in the pines between the ponds. You will have lots to choose from the enticing menu of classes we’ve assembled for you. We’ve gathered many of America's finest dance teachers and musicians to mix and match into creative ensembles for this rich and varied program. This multi-talented staff is excited to be coming together to provide us with a unique dancing and musical experience and opportunities to learn from these masters.
Do you love contras, squares and waltz? Want to be part of the Dare to be Square revolution and learn to call exciting squares? Feel like kicking up your heels in the old Irish style of sean-nós step dance? You’ll find all of this at American Week plus a daily session of English country dance for all. Bring your dance shoes and lots of energy. We’ll have daily stretching sessions to keep you loose and limber, morning contras to wake you up, and afternoon squares and more challenging contras to spice up the mix.
Can’t dance all day? Not a problem. Bring your instruments and your voices because this week promises a full program of music classes and more. Come and try something new under the guidance of teachers who are experts in their fields, and who will have you playing and singing with your heart and soul. Choose from two very different singing classes, some band ensembles, old time jamming, instrument classes, and learn some new tunes by ear. Learn to sketch the beautiful landscape, carve out some time to sit on the porch, take a swim, jam or nap, but don’t miss the daily gathering where we’ll join for some singing, stunts, laughs and concerts.
Evening dance parties filled with contras, squares and couple dances, to the great music and calling of our staff, set the nights aglow and are followed by after-dance parties in the camphouse where the fun continues with more opportunities for playing music and games, singing and dancing.
I'm excited about the wealth of talent and offerings that will be shared at camp this year. I hope to see you there.
~ Sue Rosen, Program Director
|7:30-8:00||Morning Stretching||Joel Rosen|
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
|9:00-10:00||Contras and Squares||Gaye Fifer|
|(Int-Adv players) Turn On Your Ears||Paul Brown, Terri McMurray|
|Shape Note Singing||Sasha Hsuczyk|
|Square Dance Callers Class||Larry Edelman|
|(Int-Adv players) Soul of Southern Traditional Fiddle||Paul Brown|
|12:00-12:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|1:45-2:45||A Travelogue of Square Dance Styles||Larry Edelman|
|Ear Training for Everyone||Anna Patton|
|Drawing Pinewoods!||Will Mentor|
|3:00-4:00||English Country Dancing for All||Sue Rosen|
|Southwestern Tunes Workshop||Larry Edelman, Sam Bartlett|
|4:30-5:30||Advanced Contras||Will Mentor|
|Sean-nós Irish Dance||Rebecca McGowan|
|Old Time Jam||Julie Metcalf, Terri McMurray|
|5:30-6:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|7:45||Music Procession: Dinner to C# dance|
|8:00-11:00||Evening Dance Party|
Sue Rosen has been dancing all of her life and attended her first callers workshop at Campers’ Week at Pinewoods in 1989. Since then she's become one of New England's favorite callers and has written contras that have become part of the standard repertoire of dance callers across the country and overseas.
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.
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.”
Paul Brown is an acclaimed teacher and performer of American roots music for voice, fiddle, banjo and guitar. He grew up with traditional music in his home, learning his first songs from his Virginia-born mother. He currently plays with Terri McMurray in the Mountain Birch Duo, and with various string bands. Paul has produced numerous recordings from his own fieldwork and other sources. He spent years learning from master fiddlers, banjo players and singers in the south. He has won the banjo prize several times at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival, where he's also won the senior fiddle prize and has been named a master artist. A retired NPR journalist and world newscaster, he now produces and hosts the Across the Blue Ridge program on public radio in North Carolina, exploring southern traditional music and culture.
David Cantieni has brought innovative spice to contra dancers for more than 20 years with his prowess and musicality on flute, saxophone and bombarde in bands including Swallowtail and Wild Asparagus.
Larry Edelman has called and played for dances for going on 40 years, delighting both novice and veteran dancers with his humor, enthusiasm, skillful teaching, knowledge of dance history, and colorful calling. Also a musician, he plays fiddle, mandolin, and guitar in the Soda Rock Ramblers, the Percolators, and the Prairie Chickens. Larry travels widely and has called dances and taught hundreds of workshops at camps throughout the U.S. and in Europe, including the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Ashokan, Augusta, Pinewoods, Lady of the Lake, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, and many more. He has served as the coordinator of Dance Week at the Augusta Heritage Arts Workshop and CDSS's American Dance Week at Pinewoods. Larry is an avid researcher of square dancing and video producer. During the 1980s while collecting traditional square dances in southwestern Pennsylvania, he was awarded a Fellowship in Folk Arts from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to study with elder caller Jerry Goodwin, and produced the movie Dance to the Music and Listen to the Calls that documented the apprenticeship. Larry also produced Yee Haw, a quirky and informative movie of how square dancing has been portrayed in historical, non-theatrical motion pictures. He is currently producing several documentaries on a variety of topics, including the Lancers as danced at the Independence Grange Hall in Independence, PA in 1985, on couples dances at rural square dances, and a documentary of an older southwestern fiddler. Larry is a Consultant to the Square Dance History Project. Over the past few years, Larry has been studying and collecting traditional music and dances from the southwest. Hear Larry call a dance.
Gaye Fifer has been calling at dance weekends for many years. Her pleasant style and graceful teaching put dancers at ease and set the stage for a great dance experience. She has also taught numerous waltz workshops at virtually every dance weekend in the East. She now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. and travels whenever she gets the opportunity. Gaye is currently President of CDSS and has a passionate interest in organizing to support dance community leaders and organizers.
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins performs traditional and original music with infectious energy, passion and grace. His fiery, lyrical fiddling fuses elements of Irish, French Canadian and New England styles, along with influences from swing, blues and classical music. Based in Brattleboro, VT, Ethan tours extensively with the bands Elixir and The Figments. From April 2008 to April 2009 Ethan was Youth Projects Intern for the Country Dance and Song Society, where he worked to encourage young people to get involved in traditional dance and music.
Sasha Hsuczyk was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Her first few years of college were spent in Ireland attending the University of Limerick's undergraduate program in traditional Irish music, where she studied the fiddle. It was there in the traditional music section of the library that she discovered a copy of the Sacred Harp. She completed her undergraduate degree in Western Massachusetts at Hampshire College, earning a certificate in ethnomusicology. While living in New England she became deeply involved with the Sacred Harp singing community and eventually went on to chair one of the largest Sacred Harp singing conventions in the world. She has traveled all over the east coast to sing, with several pilgrimages to Alabama and Georgia. She currently resides in Pennsylvania, where she works as a vegetable farmer and musician.
Rebecca McGowan is a dancer and teacher in the Boston area, where she began step dancing as a child with Clare Sullivan and later with Kieran Jordan. Drawing on the musicality of older-style step dance and the joy of social dance traditions, Rebecca is interested in exploring step dance as music and making Irish dance lyrical and approachable. Rebecca currently performs as part of Kieran Jordan Dance and in collaboration with musicians and dancers including Jackie O’Riley. She teaches sean-nós and step dancing classes for children and adults.
Terri McMurray shows up with a sharp wit, a memorable smile and great chops on 5-string banjo, banjo uke, and guitar. She looked and listened hard during her many years around some of the great master traditional musicians in North Carolina and southern Virginia, and it shows in her playing. She co-founded the Old Hollow String Band with Riley Baugus and Kirk Sutphin, and has since performed with the Toast String Stretchers, the Mostly Mountain Boys and the Mountain Birch Duo with Paul Brown. Terri is a well-loved teacher known for her engaging manner and has taught at camps from Pinewoods to the Bluff Country Gathering to the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes to the FOATMAD old time music weekend in England.
Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He loves to choreograph evenings with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight, all the while keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: "It's about the dancers!"
* Julie Metcalf
Julie Metcalf, fiddler and violist, can often be spotted at contra and English dances in the Boston area, either on stage playing fiddle or on the dance floor. Coming from a family of musicians, she was encouraged to make music from an early age; Julie picked up the violin for the first time when she was 4 years old and has been playing ever since. Julie holds a degree in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music, where she studied traditional and contemporary styles music. She has played Celtic chamber music with the Folk Arts Quartet and Mexican music with Boston's Mariachi Palenque. Julie currently performs with the Agnostic Fiddle Insurgency and The Gig Hunters. Julie is also an accomplished jawharp player. She plays jawharps from around the world, as well as other unusual instruments including the marxolin and mouth bow, in concert with Larry Unger.
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.
Ann Percival is a pianist, guitarist and singer, erstwhile social worker and artist. Anne's dancing days started when her Norwegian grandparents took her dancing at the Sons of Norway hall in Brooklyn. At Girl Scout Camp she discovered that she loved singing. She has in recent years found special enjoyment teaching visual arts and crafts. She is a founding member of Wild Asparagus and the O-Tones and is an exceptional dance musician for contras, squares and swing. Her vivacious personality and amazing repertoire of swing, gospel and other songs of many traditions are sure to keep everyone in camp jumpin' and jivin'.
* Bruce Rosen
Bruce has been part of Boston's contra and English country dance community since the mid-70s as a dancer and musician. His rock solid piano and guitar accompaniment is sought after by many of New England's best contra dance musicians. Bruce also plays piano for English country dancing, appearing frequently in Jamaica Plain (MA), as well as other New England venues. As part of Boston's traditional music scene, he plays guitar at Irish sessions and in performance with the West Newton Ceili Band, and drives the rhythm at Old Time music jams on the banjo ukelele. In the early 90s, Bruce took up the button accordion, and has played for the Pinewoods Morris Men, Ha'Penny Morris, and the Commonwealth Morris Men. Bruce has collaborated on four recordings of New England contra dance music.
Joel Rosen began his studies of Chinese martial arts in high school under the instruction of Sifu Calvin Chin. His interest in Chinese culture and language led him to Beijing, where he lived and worked for six years after college. Joel recently returned to the Boston area to continue his training at Calvin Chin's Martial Arts Academy, where he helps teach Tai Chi and Kung Fu classes to students of all ages.
* ADVISORS, PLUS