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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Travels + Partnerships = CDSS Community

by Rima Dael, CDSS Executive Director CDSS started the year in Tokyo and we’ll end the year a little quieter, with many of us staying close to home, but we’ll be singing, dancing and playing music as we say goodbye to 2013 and welcome in 2014. An important part of building community through dance, music […]

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CDSS Contra Task Group surveys 480 contra dance callers!

CDSS Contra Task Group surveys 480 contra dance callers! Do you know 500 people who call contra dances? We do! Last spring the CDSS Contra Dance Task Group sent a survey to all the contra dance callers we could find. 480 completed the whole long survey. The results are fascinating and a summary of findings […]

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Dancing Well Is Proud to Announce Next Dance Series with Veterans and Families Affected by PTSD

by Deborah Denenfeld The soldier froze at the door to the conference room. His breathing was shallow. His eyes darted around the room.  He had danced with us before, in a different location, so I was surprised by his reaction.  “Are you okay?” I asked.  “It’s this room …,” he said. “But I think it’ll […]

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Small to Large Gifts—It All Helps!

by Rima Dael and Caroline Batson Help us Help Teachers! CDSS + Valley Gives, Thursday 12/12/13, until midnight It’s Valley Gives Day, 12/12/13, the 24-hour e-philantrophy event! This year CDSS is raising funds to create online toolkits to help teachers and parents bring the rich heritage of North American and English traditional dance, music and song […]

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The Lifetime Importance of the Arts

by Rima Dael, CDSS Executive Director In my travels I get to meet communities across the country. Last month I was in Lansing and Ann Arbor, celebrating Judi and Glen Morningstar with the 2013 CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award (LCA). The warmth and joy that exuded from that evening was a testimony to the Morningstars’ work […]

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Kicking off Valley Gives at Eastworks

As we gear up for our local community giving event, Valley Gives, CDSS staff took an unusual lunch break today to pay a visit to neighboring friends and arts organizations in the Eastworks building where our offices are.  As requested by folks in the building who saw us last year, we once again took up antlers, […]

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Valley Gives—The Need for Teacher Support

by Nils Fredland, CDSS Education Specialist The Education team at CDSS is working on the creation of resources for school teachers who are interested in including participatory American folk dance in their classrooms. To that end, Pat MacPherson, CDSS Director of Education, and I are talking to teachers about what they need, and we are […]

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