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Monthly Archives: December 2010

New Year’s Deadlines: Grants and Gift Memberships

“Happy Almost 2011” from the CDSS office! A few timely notes…. Grants Just a quick reminder that the next CDSS grant deadline is January 1st, so finish up those applications and get them in. If you are interested in applying for a grant in the future, here’s what you need to know: Deadlines are quarterly, […]

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Morris Dancing Is Cool

The holidays deserve a bit of fun, so here’s a video from across the pond. It’s a selection from the BBC show Argumental where teams comedically debate a proposition, in this case: Morris dancing is cool. Special guests are London’s Greensleeves Morris Men. Please note the content is slightly PG-13 rated, and not just because […]

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George Pickow, 1922-2010

George Pickow, photographer and husband to singer Jean Ritchie, passed away earlier this month. An excerpt from the New York Times obituary: Working quietly behind the scenes, Mr. Pickow documented the bubbling cultural ferment of New York City, and in particular Greenwich Village, where he and Ms. Ritchie lived after their marriage in 1950. For […]

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Seven Questions for Larry Unger

Larry Unger has more miles under his belt than just about any other contra musician. For more than 25 years, he’s been on the road playing countless dances and composing hundreds of tunes. Recently his band Notorious — with Eden MacAdam-Somer (fiddle), Sam Bartlett (mandolin), Mark Hellenberg (percussion), and Mark Murphy (bass) — released their […]

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Jane Austen’s 235th Birthday

Happy Birthday Jane! Jane Austen was born 235 years ago today. Given the emphasis of “the felicities of rapid motion” in her work, it’s an opportunity to introduce folks to English country dance, as they are doing in Frankfort, Kentucky, among other places. Or maybe just indulge in a little Colin Firth: … and then […]

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EFDSS: Teaching Traditional Song

While checking out the other day, I found a cool resource for teachers who are interested in incorporating traditional English song and singing games into their curriculum. Fun with Folk was created as part of the Take 6 Project, funded in England by the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered to EFDSS in 2008-9. Fun […]

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Tradition and Change

by Brad Foster, Executive & Artistic Director I gave a keynote address to the Southeast Dance Leadership Conference in North Carolina in October of this year. I wanted to show the lively and innovative state of change of contemporary life, and to contrast that to similar change in the past. I chose three videos to […]

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