Jan Elliott has been dancing and playing music for most of her life, starting with recorder lessons at age 3. Her love of English country dance, morris and sword flourished when she first attended Pinewoods as a teen, and since then she has taught morris, longsword and rapper many times at Camp. She currently dances longsword with the Vineyard Swordfish and morris with Thames Valley International, coaches the children’s rapper team Nobska Lights, and plays concertina for the Pinewoods Morris Men and Orion Longsword.
Jeff has been playing piano and singing since he was five years old. At a young age he discovered an affinity for popular music and developed his style emulating musicians like James Taylor, Elton John, and Bruce Hornsby. In his 30s, he brought his rhythmic style to American and Celtic folk and dance music and now travels around the country playing dances, concerts and festivals with bands such as Syncopaths and Rhythm Raptors.
In addition to playing music,
I started dancing morris in 1974 as a founding member of Marlboro Morris and Sword. I have been dancing with MMS ever since and have been the team foreman for 40+/- years. We perform our original morris, sword, and molly dances.
When not morris and sword dancing, I taught physical education for 35 years, kindergarten through college. In retirement, my husband Bob and I are helping to rehabilitate a water powered mill and blissfully survive mud season producing maple syrup.
Brad Foster loves sharing the joy of dance through his teaching. He started teaching in his teens and running events in his twenties. Brad is co-founder of the Mendocino Country Dance Camps (the predecessor of Hey Days) and was Executive and Artistic Director of the Country Dance and Song Society for 28 years; he was Program Director For English Week ten times between 1986 and 2013. Brad has traveled throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as a teacher of English country,
Dave Langford is an experienced and versatile fiddler and guitarist and fiddle teacher from the Boston area. A veteran of 30+ years of playing for public dances, weddings, parties and late night sessions, Dave combines multiple styles of fiddling with fierce energy and drive. He has been a staff member for music and dance weeks at Pinewoods, Ogontz, Mendocino, Augusta and Christmas Country Dance School at Berea KY as well as hundreds of weekend dance events around the US and beyond.
Carol has been part of the Boston area dance community her whole life. She is a classically trained violinist and an avid contra dancer, having started both at an early age. Over 30 years ago, she put the two together and began
playing fiddle for contra and English Country dances. She has played all over New England and as far as California and believes that dancing and playing for dances is more fun than anything.
Brooke Friendly is known for her warm yet commanding personality, clear teaching, sense of whimsy, and focus on community. A dancer for more than 40 years, she teaches English country dance using global/positional language and strategies in a variety of settings including college academic credit and for older adults. Brooke has been on staff at week-long dance and music camps, weekends, festivals, and events throughout North America, England, and Australia. She has led numerous workshops for callers,
Kate Barnes has been playing more instruments, in more genres, in more interesting locations, for longer than most of us can remember. She currently plays in the Latter Day Lizards, Bare Necessities, Celantrio and a myriad of pickup bands. Kate also keeps herself busy with teaching, recording, publishing music books, composing, ceramics and wisecrackery.
Alexandra Deis-Lauby is a national contra dance caller who calls weekends and festivals all over the country. She tours, calling many local dances for both contra and English country dance. In NYC, she teaches 4th graders and kindergarteners to barn dance in visiting school residencies. She occasionally calls community dances in beautiful locations on Long Island as well! Her clear teaching, smooth voice, and fun dance selection delight dancers from coast to coast.
Alex Cumming is a traditional singer, accordionist and dance caller hailing from Somerset, England who now lives in Boston, MA. He performs songs and tunes from around the UK and beyond with a great depth of knowledge for the traditions backed up by a Bachelor’s Degree in Folk & Traditional Music from Newcastle University. Alex has made his mark on the folk scene with his rhythmic danceable accordion style, strong voice and his fun and engaging stage presence.