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Monthly Archives: October 2013

All In Good Time

guest blog by Chloe Levine At precisely 4:07 p.m., the clouds seemed as dark as a B flat piano key, the wind seemed as fierce as a grasslands predator mid-pounce, and my prospects seemed as dim as a fluorescent light bulb just turned on. But I got brighter, carried in the arms of the vigorous […]

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25th Anniversary of Calling and Dancing

Recently, CDSS sent a Certificate of Appreciation to recognize the Vissenbjerg Country Dancers as they reached their 25th Anniversary of Calling and Dancing. We received the following note and we picked out a couple of pictures to share. “Hello David and Anna Rima Dael, Thank you so much for The Certificate of Appreciation that Erik […]

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DART is coming to Amherst, MA, this weekend!

Inspired by the Dancing England Rapper Tournament (DERT), the Dancing America Rapper Tournament (DART) is a weekend-long opportunity for rapper teams to compete, show off, and learn from each other. Judges, stationed in pubs, award ranks, prizes, and constructive critiques based on teams’ performances. We are very excited to have this tournament in our area…check […]

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Keith Blackmon Memorial Dance Weekend and Book Release Party

I am excited to share that I will be attending the 2nd Annual Keith Blackmon Memorial Dance Weekend and Book Release Party this Saturday, Oct. 25th, in Pennsylvania. Click on the flyer on the right to download a PDF version. For information on New River Train visit: and see Nils Fredland’s blog on documenting […]

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Legislative Testimony

by Rima Dael, CDSS Executive Director This past Friday, Pat McPherson, Director of the CDSS Education Department, and I provided testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development. State Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord) and Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives (D-Newburyport), Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee, are traveling around the state with fellow […]

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