August 5 - 12, 2017
American Dance & Music Week is vacation heaven for dancers and players alike as some of the finest callers and musicians gather to share their expertise. This week features a wide variety of learning opportunities, from workshops geared towards skill building and technique, to delightfully engaging workshops for more relaxed enjoyment. Top it all off with singing, laughing and socializing, and you have yourself a special summer camp experience, built around community and connection.
- The best of American dance: Contras, Squares and Clogging with a stellar teaching staff.
- Modern Western Squares for Contra Dancers: Love contra medleys or interesting patterns? This kind of square dancing is for you! We are pleased to offer an intensive mini-course that will get you up and dancing in no time.
- Swirling social dance: Waltz technique, English Country (try it, you’ll like it!), and couple dances from around the world.
- Making music: Fiddle technique, groove tunes for everyone (musicians, singers and speakers), lots of jamming and two singing workshops.
- Creative expression: Make a “cranky" art project, which combines art, story telling and a lot of fun imagination, and a daily gathering to showcase the talents of both campers and staff.
And finally, there’s a great evening dance every night, along with informal social gatherings and parties. Folks come from all over the country, and we have a great time dancing and playing together. Join us!
~ Lisa Greenleaf, Program Director
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
|12:00-12:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|5:15-6:00||Special Events, Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|8:00-10:45||Evening Dance Party|
Contras and Squares
Music by: Rodney Miller, Emily Troll, Max Newman: For those who want a little more spice in their dancing experience, we’ll explore some tricky moves, unexpected twists, and challenging timing in a variety of dance formations.
Music by: Rodney Miller, Sam Bartlett, Max Newman, Stuart Kenney: There’s a new and exciting landscape of contra dancing, with cool figures as well as thoughtful options for role terminology. We will do lots of exploring and stylish dancing, all the while enjoying the motivating groove of The Stringrays.
Music by: Sam Bartlett, Julie Metcalf, Stuart Kenney: In the 1950s, just before rock 'n' roll, square dancing swept the country. Creativity and innovation were all the rage, and new takes on the simple square dance form were invented every day. That inventive spirit is still alive and well among "traditional" square dance composers of today. Come enjoy some fresh ideas from a bygone age, as well as contemporary spins on this traditional form.
Music by: Aaron Marcus, Tim Ball, Emily Troll: Fabulous dances from around the world, primarily couple, with a focus on interesting patterns and improvisatory possibilities. We'll include dances that show up occasionally at contradances or at Mostly Waltz sessions, and provide general tips for better dancing.
Music by: Aaron Marcus, Julie Metcalf, Tim Ball: Wend your way through the wealth of waltz possibilities, while elevating your dancing with technique and partnering skills.
Music by: Aaron Marcus, Tim Ball, Emily Troll: Sample the best of contra's elegant ancestor, English Country Dancing. We'll enjoy dances ranging from zesty to lyrical, historical to modern, all to breathtakingly beautiful music. No English experience necessary!
Music by: Julie Metcalf: Flatfoot, buckdance, and Appalachian clog are different names for some of the percussive dance traditions that originated in the southern Appalachians to the music of banjos, fiddles and mountain dulcimers. Students will learn the elements of flatfoot dance not only as dancers, but as musicians, serving as a critical link between the dance and music. We will work on improvisation skills and create routines, and in the process we will learn how this dance relates to percussive dance styles in Quebec, Scotland, Ireland, and England. Bring a pair of leather-soled shoes if you have them (vintage clothing stores are a great place to find such shoes).
This class is all about finding the flow of techniques and tunes, and is suitable for intermediate to advanced level of fiddling. Beginners are welcome to sit in and meditate.
An innovative, all inclusive music workshop featuring Stuart's original music compositions. We will integrate tunes, spoken word, rhythms and groove into a frenzy of heartfelt music. Bring instruments (any level), voices, and percussion. Come experience how tone and movement weave a groove for the human soul.
Join us to learn some new tunes and wail away on old favorites: Northern, old-time, waltz time and everything in between! We'll enjoy the magic of playing music together. All levels and all instruments welcome. Let's party!
Let's dive into harmony, both the familiar and the less-so. Everything will be taught by ear, but for those who like little dots, some songs will have music as well. Come and explore all the ways we can sing together!
We will look at the past 400 years of songs from working class movements for peoples' rights in the U.S. and U.K., and sing them for today. From the Diggers movement in 17th century England, to striking Kentucky coal miners in the 1930s, from The Peoples Charter and disenfranchisement in the UK 150 years ago, to women working in the textile mills marching against greedy bosses at the turn of the 20th century, these songs still hold a powerful message.
Bartlett’s No-Talent Drawing Salon: We’ll focus as a group on drawing a Cranky Show (a moving visual story, illustrated on a long piece of paper, and then cranked by hand between two spindles), but people can also make their own mini crankies and there will be supplies for everyone to go crazy with drawing! Drawing tips provided by Mr. Bartlett, but free to be ignored by you!
Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese meditative martial art, is sometimes called “swimming in the air.” Come learn how to use of some of these gentle and powerful movements to enhance your dance experience with more flexibility, strength, balance, and flow. You’ll feel better at the end of class than when you came in, guaranteed!
Lisa Greenleaf has been treating dancers across the country to her high spirited, witty calling for many years, and is known for precise walk-throughs of zesty and flowing dances. Whether she is presenting cool contras, hot squares, or focused callers' workshops, Lisa engages the crowd with her humor and community spirit.
Tim Ball is a versatile fiddler and guitarist who grew up in Watkins Glen and currently lives in Newfield, NY. A staple of the contra dance and Irish music scenes in western New York for the better part of a decade, Tim has toured widely with contra dance bands such as Tempest and Tunescape, and performs with well-known rennaisance festival bands Empty Hats and Cantiga. He holds a degree from Ithaca College in classical violin performance, and has also studied early music, jazz improvisation, Suzuki Pedagogy, and the Creative Ability Development method. Tim maintains a private violin and fiddle studio in Ithaca, NY, and teaches regularly at camps including the Kanack School of Music fiddle camp and the Ithaca Suzuki Institute.
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.”
Cis Hinkle has delighted contra and square dancers since 1985 with her skilled teaching, welcoming manner, playful enthusiasm and masterful selection of dances. She is in great demand at music and dance festivals all over the U.S., England and Denmark, and is currently coordinator for Dance Week at the Augusta Heritage Workshops in Elkins, WV. When not on the road, Cis teaches tai chi classes in her native Atlanta, GA.
Stuart Kenney is one of the most popular upright bass and five-string banjo players on the U.S. contra dance and acoustic folk music circuit. His regional musical interests sweep from Southwest Louisiana to Acadia and back to New England. Stuart toured with the late cajun master fiddler Mr. Dewey Balfa. He is a founding member of many great bands including The JEMS, StringRays, Tidal Wave, The Sevens, Airdance, and he spent 14 years touring with the legendary contra dance band Wild Asparagus. After contributing to more than 50 studio recordings, in 2014 he released his highly acclaimed solo recording, Red Case, featuring his original compositions--hauntingly beautiful melodies and ancient rhythms. In addition, Stuart's innovative teaching style has been presented at Jay Ungar’s Fiddle and Dance, Maine Fiddle Camp, Port Townsend Fiddle Tunes, Pinewoods American Week, Bay Area CDS American Week (where he was Program Director for 2015 and 2016), and countless folk music and dance events around the country and overseas. Although Stuart's music has brought him coast to coast and beyond, his musical home is at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield, MA, where he plays for and hosts the TopHill Music and Dance Series.
Aaron Marcus (they/them) has a unique sound that draws on a rich background of music and dance traditions including New England contra, classical piano, and music and dance traditions from the British Isles, Scandinavia, eastern Canada, west Africa, and the Appalachians. Well known throughout the Northeast and beyond for their performances with Frost and Fire, Giant Robot Dance, The Turning Stile, and other collaborations, Aaron brings exuberant energy, creativity, pulse, tenderness, lyrical flow, and a thoughtful and open heart, whether percussive step dancing or playing tunes on concertina. Aaron became immersed in the New England contra dance tradition and began studying piano at age 5. After studying with A. Ramón Rivera at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and also with Jacqueline Schwab, Aaron went on to study, concertina, 5-string banjo, and percussive step dance. They have written hundreds of compositions, and are frequently also found teaching percussive step dance or giving walks or lectures about botany. Aaron works part time as Assistant Botanist for Vermont's Fish and Wildlife Department, and also as a seasonal botanist for the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forest, monitoring and mapping the state's rare and endangered plants.
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.
Rodney Miller was designated a "Master Fiddler" in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts. He is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling, a uniquely American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. Over the past 40 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals, and recorded over ten fiddle albums. Rodney is currently playing in the contradance bands: Stringrays, Rhythm Raptors and Jigjazz.
In 1999, Rodney represented the state of New Hampshire, playing traditional fiddle music at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared on Garrison Keillor’s "A Prairie Home Companion," performed live with the Twyla Tharp Modern Dance Company at the debut of a modern dance choreographed by Ms. Tharp set to Rodney's fiddle music.
* Max Newman
Guitar and mandolin player Max Newman has made a living as a practitioner of traditional music for the past decade and half. Dance music is his central focus, as well as the community that stems from it. In addition to making music, Max co-organizes several events, including Youth Dance Weekend, a camp dedicated to developing leadership among the next generation of contra and English participants. He also worked for CDSS as the Youth Projects Intern, leading workshops and developing materials for dance organizers, callers, and musicians.
Tom Roby picked up folk dancing during undergraduate days at Swarthmore, and it turned into a lifelong addiction to a wide variety of dance styles. On the choreographed side, he has called English and contra dances and taught Balkan dances on both coasts and in the Midwest. On the improvisational side, he has taught regular classes in Hungarian dancing and waltz, including frequently at Mostly Waltz for Boston. He enjoys getting others moving to music as quickly as possible and helping them discover the invisible secrets of dancing well.
Andy Shore had been calling and teaching Modern Western Square Dancing (MWSD) since 1989. In 2005 Andy discovered the joys of Contra Dancing and, since attending the contra caller workshop at CDSS Pinewoods American Week in 2007, has been an avid Contra caller as well. Andy has taught hundreds of square dancers - from absolute beginners to Challenge level (C1) - and his knowledge of both squares and contras makes him uniquely capable of clearly and effectively relating new square dance moves to experienced contra dancers. Andy calls contras and modern squares regularly in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas of Northern California.
Emily Troll plays fiddle and accordion and currently hails from Portland, ME. An avid lover of French-Canadian and Old-time traditions, she's spent many years at Pinewoods and Maine Fiddle camp honing her skills as informally as possible. You'll often see Emily playing with her all-girl band, Anadama. When she's not playing, she's probably dancing. When she's not dancing, she's probably teaching second grade, or taking a long walk on the beach.
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