August 7 – 14 // Plymouth, MA

Take your calling to the next level!

During American Dance & Music Week

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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The program details listed here are subject to change. We are working with staff and program directors to bring you as much of this program as possible. We will continue to update these pages as changes become clear. 

There will be a lottery on June 14 for any programs that are oversubscribed. After that date, registrations are processed in order of receipt.

Program Description

This Course is an intensive and satisfying workshop designed for advanced-beginner through intermediate callers who are ready to get to the next level. The focus is on two important topics: teaching skills (understanding choreography and building a concise teaching vocabulary) and stage craft (improving performance presence and vocal skills, and collaborating with musicians). If you are excited about calling, you will really enjoy practicing, exploring and learning in this supportive environment.

This program, held concurrently with American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods, is designed and led by Lisa Greenleaf. Lisa brings many years of experience to her callers workshops, having been on staff at camps across the country and beyond. She has designed both short and long callers courses, and she particularly enjoys observing how people learn dance moves, as well as how they build effective dance communities.

The course takes place for a solid block in the morning. In the first portion, we cover such topics as teaching more advanced figures, recognizing good choreography, understanding effective walk-throughs and inspiring confidence in your dancers. In the afternoon, there is hands-on experience in the Contra Callers Dance Party, when Course participants work with a live band and call dances from the stage. Each dance is followed by dancer critique using a safe and supportive feedback model. This last session is open to dancers from the wider camp community. The rest of afternoon and evening, participants have full access to the American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods program.

Course Leader

Lisa GreenleafLisa 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.


Participation is limited to 10 and before camp each student is asked to complete a preparatory assignment, which will be explained with acceptance. If the course is oversubscribed on June 14, there will be a lottery with some preference given to applicants supported by their local community. Strong indicators of that support are our Group Priority and Matching Scholarship processes, where a CDSS affiliate vouches for a participant and may offer some scholarship, asking CDSS to match that amount. This is a statement by people who know the individual, that the person is deserving of assistance and would benefit the local community by attending the Course.

To register, please log into CDSS Commons, or visit our registration page for more information.

The fee for the course is $915.