“Camp is an opportunity to expand your horizons and experience new things as well as improve your dancing. The setting is beautiful and the people are wonderful.”

–George Cherepon

July 31 – August 7, 2021 // Plymouth, MA

Familiar paths, innovative repertoire

CDSS is moving forward with 6 COVID vaccine-required camp sessions for 2021. Each session will adhere to national, state, and local public health ordinances in effect at the time of the session. CDSS will continually monitor public health guidelines and keep registered campers informed of program adjustments as they are necessary.

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A Cotswold Morris dancing workshop

Program Description

Join us for a wonderful week of English dance, music, and song! Experience the tremendous vitality of English country and display dances, stirring tunes, and rousing English songs, all with world-class teachers and superb musicians, in the magical setting of Pinewoods Camp.

During the day, challenge yourself by choosing something new – or relax and enjoy the familiar – from a packed schedule of classes. Evening dances will include a wide range of English country dances accessible to all, with exhilarating music from our extraordinary staff of musicians. This year we will use predominantly positional calling and non-gendered language (eg. Larks & Robins). We believe this is an important step to create a more welcoming, safe and diverse environment and a positive growth for the traditions we love. We are all learning together and we hope the week will create a safe space for all of us to learn, evolve, ask questions, make mistakes and most of all grow as a community.

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

This week will host two special Courses: English Dance Leaders Course with Joanna Reiner and Take Five: A Longsword Intensive with Gillian Stewart.

The chorale workshop performing on the last day of camp

Schedule

Tentative schedule as of 7/1/2021

7:45-8:15Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
9:00-10:00Period 1
Advanced ECD – Joanna Reiner
ECD For All: The Joy of the Dance – Olivia Barry
Morris – Gillian Stewart
10:15-11:15Period 2
ECD For All – Anna Rain
Morning Music Jam – Alex Cumming, Eric Martin, Karen Axelrod
Take 5 Intensive – Gillian Stewart
English Dance Leaders Course – Joanna Reiner
11:25-12:00Gathering – Alex Cumming
12:00-12:30Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30Lunch
1:45-2:45Period 3
Contras – Anna Rain
Rapper for all – Clara Stefanov-Wagner
Harmony Singing – Alex Cumming
English Dance Leaders Course (Dancers welcome) – Joanna Reiner
3:00-4:00Period 4
ECD For All: Exploring the Musical Experience in ECD – Olivia Barry
Band – Jacqueline Schwab
Take 5 Intensive – Gillian Stewart
Yoga for All – Anna Rain
4:00-4:30Tea
4:30-5:30Period 5
Free Waltzing & Couple Dances – Audrey Knuth, Susan Kevra, Kendal Rogers
Porch (& Rail) Sing – Jennifer Curtin
Beginner Clog -Clara Stefanov-Wagner
One-off classes including ECD Open Mic
5:30-6:30Swimming, Bookstore staffed, Special events, camper-initiated parties
6:30Dinner
8:00-10:30Evening Dance Party
10:30After-dance Activities

Class Descriptions

Updated 7/1/21

Period 1

Advanced ECD – Joanna Reiner Wilkinson

Music by: Karen Axelrod, Eric Martin, Rachel Bell: description

ECD For All: The Joy of the Dance – Olivia Barry

Music by: Audrey Knuth, Kendal Rogers: That’s right! Simply the joy of the dance is the theme of this ECD For All class. All are very welcome to join us as we dance through old favorites, explore new choreographies, and spread the joy of English country dance.

Morris – Gillian Stewart

Music by: Alex Cumming: description

Period 2

ECD for All — Unencumbered Awareness for the ‘Exquisite Vessel’ of Country Dance – Anna Rain

Music by: Jacqueline Schwab, Susan Kevra, Rachel Bell: The figures and the tune give us the outer form of a dance. How do we fill that form? How may we bring our most attentive and focused selves to the dance?

Morning Music Jam – Alex Cumming, Eric Martin, Karen Axelrod

This will be a chance to jam some of our favourite tunes from across the world of English dance, from ECD to Morris, Waltzes to Rapper and everything in between. Bring an instrument or your ears for listening and let’s have a relaxed hour of musical merriment.

Take 5 Intensive – Gillian Stewart

Link to course page

English Dance Leaders Course – Joanna Reiner Wilkinson

Link to course page

Period 3

Flowing Contras – Anna Rain

Music by: Audrey Knuth, Kendal Rogers: An offering of contras with compelling storylines and a variety of energies. English Country dancers are often the most lovely of contra partners, and they tend to dance with the music!

English Dance Leaders Course (Dancers Welcome) – Joanna Reiner Wilkinson

Music by: Jacqueline Schwab, Eric Martin: Join us as we dance to the calling of the Course participants.

Rapper for all – Clara Stefanov-Wagner

Music by: Carol Bittenson: description

Harmony Singing – Alex Cumming

Join Alex for a daily dose of harmony singing with specially arranged songs for English Week. We’ll explore the rich shared repertoire of England and the Appalachians with songs collected by the likes of Olive Dame Campbell, Cecil Sharp and more. We’ll also have some fun exploring the world of harmonisation and finish the week creating our own special arrangement.

Period 4

ECD For All: Exploring the Musical Experience in ECD – Olivia Barry

Music by: Karen Axelrod, Rachel Bell, Susan Kevra: Come join us as we explore different aspects of the musical experience in ECD! Together, we will first venture into the world of key signature, followed by tempo, time-period, and tune changes. Each day we will focus on a different musical component contributing to the overall experience and at the end of the week we will select a few of our favorite dances to dance through!

Band – Jacqueline Schwab

description

Yoga for All – Anna Rain

Principles of Iyengar yoga for Every Body! Concepts to help you care for your system and (one hopes!) be more comfortable in your body. Props helpful! See information from Anna before camp. I will supply some, but if you have and can bring, these will be useful in the class:

  • A mat
  • 2 blocks
  • Strap (ideally with D loop or buckle)
  • As many blankets as you manage! (At least 1, up to 5 is great! Towels are a possible substitute, but not optimal)
  • Clothes where I can see limbs: shorts/leggings; not-too-loose shirts optimal (sweat pants/shirts only useful as layers and if we’re all freezing)

Take 5 Intensive – Gillian Stewart

Link to course page

Period 5 (Replaced with special events on Tuesday and Friday)

Free Waltzing & Couple Dances – 

Music by: Audrey Knuth, Susan Kevra, Kendal Rogers: Take to the dance floor, sit back and listen and revel in the world of the waltz. With a wonderful house band in place and a host of guests through the week this is sure to be a magical way to finish each afternoon. We may sprinkle in some other goodies through the week as well.

Beginner Clog – Clara Stefanov-Wagner 

Music by: Carol Bittenson: description

Porch (& Rail) Sing – Jennifer Curtin

Come finish your day relaxing on the porch and singing wonderful songs! We will have a great time listening and learning new songs from each other. Themes for each day will be a loose suggestion to jog your song memory. Songs with choruses are always great so folks can easily sing along, but not required. Let’s see what fun we can have!

Registration and Fees

You can find more information about the registration process here. If you need financial assistance in order to attend, please go to our scholarships page.

The registration fee for this week is $915.

Staff

Jennifer Curtin

English Dance Week
Jennifer Curtin

Audrey Knuth

Cascade of Music & Dance, English Dance Week
Audrey Knuth

Karen Axelrod

Cascade of Music & Dance, English Dance Week
Karen Axelrod

Rachel Bell

Cascade of Music & Dance, English Dance Week
Rachel Bell

Gillian Stewart

English Dance Week
Gillian Stewart

Kendall Rogers

English Dance Week
Kendall Rogers

Alex Cumming

English Dance Week, Program Directors
Alex Cumming

Anna Rain

English Dance Week
Anna Rain

Eric Martin

English Dance Week
Eric Martin

Carol Bittenson

English Dance Week
Carol Bittenson

Susan Kevra

English Dance Week
Susan Kevra

Olivia Barry

English Dance Week
Olivia Barry

Clara Stefanov-Wagner

English Dance Week
Clara Stefanov-Wagner

Joanna Reiner Wilkinson

Dance Music & Spice, English Dance Week
Joanna Reiner Wilkinson

Jacqueline Schwab

Early Music Week, English Dance Week
Jacqueline Schwab