CDS Boston Centre and
RSCDS Boston Branch
present :

English-Scottish Session
July 7 - 11, 2014


A best-of-both-worlds dance week, offering English and Scottish country dance classes at multiple levels, Highland dance classes, ritual dance classes such as Morris and rapper, and multiple levels of instrument and ensemble workshops. Beginning and experienced dancers and musicians both welcome. Come to ESS to enjoy dancing and music you will love, or try something new in a relaxed and welcoming environment!

Download the flyer (pdf)
Download the information sheet (pdf)
Download the application form (pdf)
Register online here (New for 2014!)

Musicians, we have a wide variety of music classes! Learn to play for English and Scottish dancing, or further develop your skills by working with our award-winning musicians. Instrumental and ensemble classes at multiple levels will be offered for both Scottish and English styles.

Pinewoods Camp is located between two fresh water ponds near Plymouth, MA. Classes and evening dances are held in wood-floored, open-sided pavilions. Housing is in small, screened cabins and cottages, and meals are in an open-sided dining hall overlooking Long Pond. Campers share modern bathroom and shower facilities. To help keep the cost of camp reasonable, each camper has an assigned daily work job, such as table setting or dance hall sweeping.


We have a fabulous staff of dance teachers and musicians!

Scottish country dance and step with
Mel Briscoe and Robert McOwen

English country dance with
Barbara Finney and Anna Rain

English ritual with Michael Gorin

Unbeatable music by:
Dave Wiesler (music director; piano)
Liz Donaldson (piano)
David Knight (fiddle)
Calum Pasqua (fiddle)
Josh Burdick (fiddle)
Ari Friedman (cello)
Emily O'Brien (woodwinds)
Dan Emery (pipes)

Program fee is $355 for members of RSCDS or CDS-Boston Centre, $365 for non-members, and $275 for members/non-members 25 years and under. Work scholarships may be available.

Want more Pinewoods? Come early for 4th of July weekend or stay for RSCDS Scottish sessions!



2014 Registration Information

All campers must register in advance. Campers between 13 and 17 are welcome but must register with a parent or guardian. Registration fees include four nights of housing, all meals from dinner on Monday through breakfast on Friday, and all classes, dances, and activities.

You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your registration and payment. You will also receive a packet including directions to Pinewoods, a packing list, and more details on this year's special events several weeks before camp. Please note that Pinewoods Camp does not permit visitors or pets.

Payment Policy

Costs: Adult members of RSCDS or CDS Boston Centre: $355
Adult non-members: $365
Age 13-25 member or non-member: $275

Deposit: All applicants can reserve a spot with a $100 deposit per camper. If you are making a deposit payment only, please note that full payment is due by June 1, 2014. If you choose to register online and pay with a credit card via PayPal, we ask that you consider an optional $5 donation to offset the processing fees charged by PayPal.

Cancellations: Before June 1, 2014, you will receive a complete refund. June 1 - June 14, all but $100 will be returned. After June 15, no fees will be refunded.

Some work exchange positions are available; partial scholarship assistance may also be available from other sources. For scholarship information, e-mail Jerome Fung at < esspinewoods2014 at gmail dot com >


This year, we are selling T-shirts with the ESS logo for $18 each. Proceeds will benefit ESS. Shirts are available in men's and women's styles in S—XXL. The T-shirt supply at camp will be limited, so be sure to order yours when you register!

Men's ESS t-shirt Ladies' ESS t-shirt

Financial Assistance

Pinewoods Camp and the sponsoring organizations also jointly offer New Generation Initiative Scholarships to younger dancers who have demonstrated exceptional interest in traditional dancing and a capacity for encouraging participation by others. These are full scholarships aimed at younger dancers who are new to camp. If you know a suitable candidate for such a scholarship, please contact us at < ess-scholarship at cds-boston dot org >.


2014 ESS flyer (pdf)
2014 ESS application form (pdf)
2014 ESS info sheet (pdf)
Online registration website

For further information contact Jerome Fung at < esspinewoods2014 at gmail dot com >

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