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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Some Seasonal and Holiday-themed Dances

by Pat Petersen Last weekend, I took a notion and sorted thru several stacks and folders of unfiled and out-of-place dance materials. Coming across several dances I had intended to do “some day,” and quite a number that I had forgotten about, it seized me to list all of the dances appropriate to the current […]

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Stories of Dancing with Veterans with PTSD or TBI

Deborah Denenfeld, Director, Dancing Well: The Soldier Project Great News from Dancing Well: The Soldier Project! Critical pieces are coming together to bring the healing power of traditional dance and music to veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and to their families. The VA Medical Center system is assisting with […]

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A special thank you for Valley Gives Day

by Rima Dael, Executive Director Karana says thanks and talks about CDSS Hello CDSS Friends, Thank you seems too small a phrase to capture the enormous sense of gratitude that we have for each and every dollar given to us during Valley Gives Day, 12-12-12. Beyond the donations to our work and arts-in-education programs, these […]

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CDSS featured in the Valley Gives thank you video!

Valley Gives has posted a thank you video on their website, and it prominently features CDSS! Take a look and you’ll catch us singing outside Thornes Marketplace in Northampton and dancing at Mama Iguana’s restaurant in Springfield (at the wrap up event)! Valley Gives Thank You

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CDSS Flash Mob Dance!

Here it is in all its glory! The flash mob dance that CDSS staff, board members and friends did at Mama Iguana’s restaurant in Springfield, MA, on 12.12.12 to celebrate Valley Gives Day. It was great fun… Thanks to Doug Creighton from The Button Box in Sunderland for playing and Linda Henry for stepping in […]

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All Dancing, All Singing, All Giving

by Rima Dael, Executive Director Hi everyone! Today is Valley Gives Day for CDSS, a participatory 24-hour e-philanthropy day in Western MA! We are a little more than halfway  through and have been about town singing — this morning in Hadley at Whole Foods at 8:30 and in Northampton at Thornes Marketplace during lunchtime — […]

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CDSS Valley Gives team goes dancing!

by Pat MacPherson, CDSS Education Department Director Wednesday night some of the CDSS staff visited the vibrant Downtown Amherst, MA contra dance. Executive Director, Rima Dael and her daughter, Karana, Pat MacPherson, Mary Wesley (the evening’s caller), Nils Fredland and Linda Henry — clad in our new CDSS t-shirts – danced a lot, laughed a […]

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CDSS Sings!

by Caroline Batson, Promotion & Periodicals Director As you may know, CDSS is joining in a regional e-philanthropy event next week on 12.12.12. We invite you to support our work with a special gift that day (or you can schedule a donation anytime between now and then). Since not everyone who’ll be giving that day […]

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Nat Hewitt

by Nils Fredland New England fiddler Nat Hewitt died on the morning of Friday, November 23rd of complications from cancer. He leaves behind a 25-year-old son and two teenage daughters, and will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched through his music, generosity, and kindness. When I think of Nat, I think […]

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Fully-grown flowers are more than just stems

by Caroline Batson, CDSS Promotion and Periodicals Director A recent opinion piece in the Miami Herald by Luis Martinez-Fernández, talks about the importance of a well-rounded education that includes not only STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), but also HAS (humanities, arts and social sciences).* As dancers, singers, musicians, teachers and organizers of the traditional […]

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