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“Come be part of the magic!”—English & American Dance Week, August 23-30, 2014

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photo: Doug Plummer

There’s lots of sublime English country dancing and exhilarating contra dancing at CDSS’s English & American Dance Week at Pinewoods, near Plymouth, MA. This year a Dance Organizers Course will run concurrently (separate registration).

E&A Week is our classic core program, mixing together two much-loved traditions for a fine dose of exhilaration, against a background of amazing music. This year there also will be ritual dance from England (NW morris and longsword), percussive stepping from Quebec, waltzing, Irish sets, and square dances from north and south. You can give your feet an occasional rest and do harmony singing, play in a dance band, hone your calling skills, hang out, swim or take a nap. And that’s just the daytime activities. An incredible staff will guide and inspire you through it all. See the class schedule, class descriptions or staff list, learn about Pinewoods Camp or about our other summer weeks. And here’s info about fees and scholarships.

Ready to join in the fun? Register here. We look forward to seeing you at camp this summer!

brenneman-shawnShawn Brenneman, program director for the week, began dancing at a young age with her family at a 4-H dance weekend in WV and the Berea Christmas dance school, and never stopped. She calls all over the country and plays piano in contra dance bands House Red and Tickle Scratch & Groove. She’s had an organizational role in many dance and music events, from the Blacksburg (VA) Contra Dance, in her own community, to the CDSS Governing Board.

Here’s what she says about E&A week:

“Some of the best times of my life have happened at English & American Week, and I’d love to share great times with you this summer. Music, dancing, singing, delicious food, swimming and community—come be part of the magic!”

Learn more about the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS).

English & American Dance Week is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. We thank them for their support.

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photo: Cynthia Armour

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