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Monthly Archives: April 2012

2012 Board meeting: field report

Last Thursday and Friday, April 19th and 20th, the CDSS board and staff gathered in Easthampton, MA for the annual board meeting. When I arrived early on Thursday morning, helpful signs and arrows guided me through the sometimes maze-like hallways of the Eastworks building to a sunny room with seats for 36 and a piano […]

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Take great dance photos

You’re probably familiar with Doug Plummer’s stunning photos of dancers — he documents dance events across the country, showcasing some of his favorite images in his Contra Dance Photo Project Facebook page. He’s now offering a workshop on how to photograph a dance, as part of this awesome camp lineup from our affiliate group BACDS […]

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Lomax lesson plans

The Association for Cultural Equity provides a useful array Teaching Resources for the classroom. “This music and the cultures that created them are a valuable resource to courses in history, geography, language arts, social studies, visual arts, music and dance.” via Pat MacPherson, While roaming around the website for the Association for Cultural Equity (founded […]

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New videos: Old Timers Talk

An announcement from our incoming Board President, David Millstone. Folks interested in the history of contra dancing in New England and upstate New York in the post-World War II era may enjoy watching a series of six videos from this year’s Dance Flurry. Billed as “Old TImers Talk” and moderated by incoming CDSS president David […]

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Across the pond

Our sister society in the UK, the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), has been making headlines for a couple of new initiatives: New role to support folk artists — EFDSS has appointed a new Artist Development Manager to its staff “to manage the Society’s Folk Rising programme, which showcases emerging musicians [and] commission[s] […]

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“Don’t Stop Dancing,” author tells symposium

Recently author and CDSS member Judy Chaves demonstrated the ageless benefits of dancing with the help of members of a retirement community. English country dance made its debut the last week of March 2012 at the University of Vermont’s annual Gerontology Symposium, a gathering for elder service providers in Vermont. As part of the Symposium’s […]

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