“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

Online events August 1 – August 8!

Familiar paths, innovative repertoire

English Dance Week 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but we are excited to announce that we will be holding online camp events during the time we would have been together at Pinewoods.

We have lots of events planned to try and capture some of the magic of English Week including dance, song, music, discussion and performance. All events are free to attend and will be taking place on Zoom or on the CDSS Facebook Page.

We will also be encouraging all to share memories of English Dance Week from years gone by via our Facebook group, with special themed days looking at different elements that make the week so special (Parties, ECD, Campers Night, Morris Tour, Porch & Rail, the list goes on). Be sure to join the group to find out more.

English Dance Week online events!

EventDate & time (all times EDT)Description
Clog & Step ClassAugust 1
Join tutors Gillian Stewart, Clara Stefanov-Wagner and Alice Kaufman for a couple of hours of clog and step dance. We’ll have some quick warmups and learn excerpts from a Lancashire heel-and-toe clog dance written by Pat Tracy. The end of the class will focus on improvisation and building new steps in concert with the fabulous musical stylings of Mr. Alex Cumming.
Clogs not required, but shoes that make some sound are recommended.
Virtual Dance PartyAugust 1
Join callers Joanna Reiner Wilkinson, Susan Kevra & Bridget Whitehead along with the incredible Peregrine Road (Karen Axelrod & Rachel Bell) for a magical evening of English Country, Couple dances, English Ceilidh, Bal Folk, free waltzing and more.
Click here to view the program.
Callers’ DiscussionAugust 2
We are very excited to have Joanna Reiner Wilkinson and Jacqueline Schwab leading a discussion group for English Country Dance Callers. This class is for current ECD callers of any experience level and those considering a career in ECD calling. The first hour will be chaired by Joanna and the the topics will be based on participant questions/suggestions. Then, after a short break, Jacqueline will lead a discussion with a special focus on working with musicians.
Virtual Porch SingAugust 2
Whilst we can’t be physically on the camphouse porch this year, we are not going to let that get in the way of a good sing-around! Through the magic of Zoom virtual backgrounds, join hosts Jennifer Curtin and Alex Cumming on the porch for an evening of song sharing, choruses and merriment. This is a singaround so all are welcome, singers or listeners. 
Tunes ‘n StuffAugust 3
Audrey Knuth has an ongoing weekly online tunes class focused on contra dance tunes, but this week we’ll be hijacking it with an English tune in celebration of English Week Online. We’ll learn a tune and discuss what one can do with it in the world of English Country dancing, both melodically and harmonically and how we can fit the tune with the specific dance. Check out www.facebook.com/tunesnstuff for more info.
In The MomentAugust 4
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Karen Axelrod has been streaming a series called In The Moment every Tuesday. She invites musical friends from across the world to send a recording of themselves playing a favourite ECD tune, she then plays along with them ‘in the moment’ using the power of a bluetooth speaker. Karen does not listen to recording in advance, all she knows is the name of the tune! This week Karen will be hosting a special English Week edition featuring the staff of 2020.
ECD Tune JamAugust 6
Audrey Knuth and Alex Cumming invite you to join them for an English Country Dance tune jam! They’ll handpick their favourite tunes and send out the music ahead of time. Unlike a normal jam session, you’ll only be able to hear the leading and not everyone but as Alex says: “I can now make the biggest mistakes and no one will ever know!”
You can check out the tune list here
Online ConcertAugust 7
Join program director Alex Cumming, Julie Vallimont, and an array of English Week staff for an evening of live and specially pre-recorded performances. Expect toe tapping tunes, beautiful ballads, haunting melodies and well, who knows what could happen!

Join us back at Pinewoods next year! English Dance Week 2021 will take place July 31 – August 7.

A Cotswold Morris dancing workshop
The chorale workshop performing on the last day of camp