Spreading joy and building community through dance, music, and song for 100 years
Make this summer a celebration of traditional dance, music, and song!

Ah, summer! Time to embrace relaxation, focus on rejuvenation, and get reacquainted with the authentic YOU. It's also the perfect time to reflect on the ways our lives are made sweeter by raising our voices in song, making music with others, and connecting with friends old and new on the dance floor. And there's no better place to do that than in the sun-dappled forest of Pinewoods at a CDSS camp!

Whether your passion is dancing contras, squares, English country, morris or sword; singing and exchanging folk ballads and rousing pub songs; jamming on traditional tunes; or playing early music, we have the perfect camp experience waiting for you within a (relatively) short drive from home. We'd love to welcome you at one of the following weeks:


Harmony of Song & Dance - July 21 - 28

Harmony of Song _ Dance at Pinewoods
Photo: Carl Friedman
Learn, dance, relax, and raise the rafters in song at Harmony of Song & Dance, a week focused on community dance and music making. There's so much to choose from, including staples of the week like world music polyphony, harmonies by ear, round-robin chorus songs, English country and contra dancing, excellent evening concerts and dance parties. And there are some unusual opportunities, like a square dance caller's mini-course with Nils Fredland, Cindy Kallet's Songwriting class, crankie-making (scrolling artwork that illustrates a song), French and Swedish traditional dance, and a Honky Tonk band for both singers and instrumentalists.

The fun and full days of singing, dancing, and playing together are packed with so many kinds of connections - from the magical moments when a hundred or more of us lock into a rhythm to informal music-making where you discover a fellow camper who shares your obsession with a favorite song or tune. Take pleasure in the beauty of participating in the forms of music and dance you already know. Take a risk and try something new, knowing that the program's diverse offerings include something that is new to every person there. Network, share knowledge, meet new people, laugh, be moved.

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American Dance and Music Week - August 4 - 11

CDSS American Week at Pinewoods
American Dance & Music Week is heaven for dancers and players alike as some of the finest callers and musicians gather to share their expertise. This week features a wide variety of exciting opportunities, from workshops geared towards skill building and technique, to delightfully engaging workshops for more relaxed enjoyment.

Planned classes include:

Swirling social dance: Argentine tango, East Coast swing and two step, waltz technique, English country, AND CONTRAS!

Making music: Fiddle repertoire, swing guitar, cool tunes session with Max Newman, lots of jamming and two singing workshops.

Creative expression: Drawing Pinewoods with Will Mentor, Hot Shots (the open fifth period-we already have plans for Dutch Crossing, juggling, blues dancing, a band groove with Pete's Posse and more), and a daily gathering to showcase the talents of both campers and staff.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg - there's so much more to this invigorating week. Join us!

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Early Music Week - August 11 - 18

CDSS Early Music Week at Pinewoods
Photo: Christine Rua
Explore the many ways that music and dance inspire each other at
Early Music Week. From Pavans, Bransles, and Galliards of the Renaissance to Minuets, Sarabandes, and Courantes in Baroque suites, the sense of movement and shape in dance is an integral part of rhythm, expression, and form in music. This year's offerings include a focus on dance movements and dance-related music, and opportunities to experience historical dance in addition to our usual English country dance offerings.

Early Music Week offers joyful opportunities and challenges to players, singers and dancers of every level, from beginners to the highly experienced. As classes unfold through the week, we will explore and discover the innovation and creativity that lie behind some of the world's most vibrant and compelling music, listening and playing with deeper understanding, as well as dancing together and enjoying all that the Pinewoods community has to offer.

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Scholarships Still Available... Apply Soon!

Thanks to the generosity of friends, members, and camp participants, CDSS offers scholarships to help you have a life-changing week at camp this summer. We're offering scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds remain. So please send in your request soon! 

Here are three options:
  • Partial scholarships: for anyone ages 15 and up. To apply, register online and include the scholarship portion of the online form.
  • NGI Scholarships (collaboration of CDSS and Pinewoods Camp): for anyone in the 15-30 age range coming to an adult week at Pinewoods for the first time. For more info contact outreach@cdss.org.
  • Matching Scholarships (one-on-one matches from CDSS and group affiliates): Please encourage your local group to choose an up-and-coming leader, musician, caller, dancer, or organizer, and support them to come to camp. Refer them to this link for an application form.
Also if you know anyone who might be interested in a scholarship for one of these weeks, please send us their name and email. Questions? Contact Linda Henry at outreach@cdss.org.


Find descriptions of all of our 2018 camps at cdss.org/camp

Country Dance & Song Society
116 Pleasant St, Suite 345, Easthampton, MA 01027 | 413-203-5467 | CDSS.ORG  

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