He has choreographed for, directed, and performed in dance ensembles ranging from the Westwind International Folk Ensemble in San Francisco to the Green Grass Cloggers in North Carolina, and has taught in venues as diverse as the Ethnic Arts Center in New York, the Omega Institute, Klezmerquerque, Stockton Folk Dance Camp in California and June Camp in Wisconsin. He helped start the VTI (Volkstanz International) winter folkdance weeks in Switzerland in 1980, he co-founded the Mountain Playshop summer folkdance weekend in Asheville, N.C. in 1984, and he has been a regular teacher at both venues ever since. His dance interests embrace everything from Mevlevi dervish whirling to Appalachian clogging to Chinese martial arts to Balkan village dance collected on trips to Bulgaria and Macedonia. A serious student of human movement, Erik Bendix has a private practice as an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and as a certified practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®, with a particular interest in how human uprightness and movement evolved. He has played a pivotal role in reintroducing folk dancers in western Europe to live music, and has been active in the last two decades in the revival of nearly lost traditions of Yiddish dance.
Folk Atelier Reggio Emilia (FARE), dedicated to preserving and promoting dance and other folk arts. The association is responsible for dance classes throughout Italy; Roberto himself teaches weekly classes in Bologna and neighboring cities in northern Italy and monthly classes in Rome and Milan. He is director of two highly successful camps in Italy each year: Balkanot, a winter camp focused on both Israeli and Balkan dance, and Camp Yofi, a summer camp presenting a broad spectrum of Israeli dance forms.Roberto conducts workshops and seminars throughout Europe, the Far East, and North America.
Roberto grew up in Rome, where he was first exposed to international dance in various forms, and subsequently studied various forms of folk dance in workshops in Europe, Israel, and North America. He completed the training program in Folk Dance Teaching led by Jan Knoppers from the National Dance Academy of Rotterdam, Netherlands. From 1995 to 2003, he performed as a dancer and choreographer with Terra di Danza. For this dance company, he was involved in producing multiple dance suites, including Raggi di luna Italiana and Capriccio Italiano (Italian), Giro Giro Mondo (multi-ethnic), Keltic Emotion (Celtic), Mazal Tov (Israeli), and Ethnos (international).
Live music parties EVERY EVENING by members of the Pinewoods Band:
Tom Pixton, Ralph Iverson, & Patrick Yacono!
Tom, Ralph, and Patrick have been playing international dance music together for more than twenty years. In addition to their numerous independent musical activities in the Boston area, they have played for dance events across the US and Canada as part of the Pinewoods Band.Tom Pixton
Tom Pixton (accordion, vocals) is one of Boston’s most active International, Balkan, and Scottish folk dance musicians. He has worked with many of today's most accomplished dance teachers and musicians as accordionist, pianist, band leader, music arranger, and CD producer. As a soloist or with the Pinewoods Band, he has provided dance music for dance camps, workshops, and special events in the US, Canada, and Japan. He has provided music leadership for theBoston Branch of the Royal Scottish Dance Society, Cambridge Revels, and the Folk Arts Center of New England. Tom is thrilled to once again be leading the live music at this year’s June Camp in Beloit, Wisconsin.
violin, gadulka, tambura, kaval) Ralph Iverson started playing for international folk dancing in 1985. He has been a member of many folk dance groups including Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble (orchestra director), Cambridge Folk Orchestra, Pinewoods Band, Pajdashi, Rakija, Zdravets, and Zornitsa. He plays many instruments including violin, gadulka, tambura, and penny whistle. Ralph also plays violin with the New England Philharmic and with MIT Gilbert and Sullivan
Players. He recently submitted a winning composition for gadulka and accompaniment to a "7/8" competition in Bulgaria.
clarinet, kaval, gajda, vocals)
Patrick Yacono has been active in the Boston international folk dance music scene for many years. He currently plays in several bands, including the Cambridge Folk Orchestra, the Pinewoods Band, Rakiya, Shining Moon, Zdravets, and Zornitsa, performing frequently at folk dance events and festivals throughout New England, in addition to appearances elsewhere in the US, Canada, and Bulgaria. He currently teaches the instrumental section of the International Music Club, a group of musicians that meet and rehearse under the auspices of the Folk Arts Center of New England to play for folk dances. An accomplished pianist, Patrick earned his doctorate from Boston University in Collaborative Piano, writing his thesis on the songs of the Bulgarian composer Marin Goleminov, and performs frequently as a piano accompanist and as principal keyboard player of the New England Philharmonic. In his "spare time," Patrick works as a research assistant at the Harvard Medical School.
YOU can also join the Band! Practice sessions will be scheduled during camp for a “Camper Band” who will join in for select numbers. Please indicate your interest, instrument(s), and level with your registration and we will send music in advance in case you want to prepare!