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Are You Committed to Dance Organizing?

Then our special Dance Organizers Course is for you. Led by Gaye Fifer and held during CDSS’s English & American Dance Week at Pinewoods (EAP), August 23-30, 2014, the course is designed for people involved in organizing their home dance community—contra, square, English, adult or family. Two one-hour sessions will be held each afternoon to discuss […]

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“Come be part of the magic!”—English & American Dance Week, August 23-30, 2014

There’s lots of sublime English country dancing and exhilarating contra dancing at CDSS’s English & American Dance Week at Pinewoods, near Plymouth, MA. This year a Dance Organizers Course will run concurrently (separate registration). E&A Week is our classic core program, mixing together two much-loved traditions for a fine dose of exhilaration, against a background […]

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Techno, Gender-free, and Bluesy Contras: Evolving Tradition?

by Abigail Hobart What is tradition? This question is relevant to all contra dancers, whether we realize it or not. The past several decades have witnessed somewhat of a contra revival, especially among youth and students. College dances have sprung up across the US, typically at smaller liberal arts schools, such as Oberlin (Oberlin, OH) […]

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“Notes from the May Day Train,” Cambridge, MA

by Jane Winans, from Notes from the Train (used by permission) I was photographing Newtowne Morris this morning. (Muddy River and Red Herring were also there but I didn’t see them dance.) It was pouring rain and in this one dance by the Charles River you can see the Maypole falling, it actually started to […]

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Advice for beginning young callers, by a beginning young caller

by Zoë Madonna https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0j_LAWp8uU&list=UUTjRQGME9buLgs2P-OioG9w (Above link: the author calling in Oberlin this past February.) CDSS recently published the results of their contra dance caller’s survey, which they solicited submissions for in May 2013. I remember submitting my entry on one of the final days; I had seen the survey link earlier in the month but […]

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The Everyday Things—Remembering Mac

by Carol Compton Shortly after Mac died I had an email from Caroline asking me to write a bit about him for the CDSS blog.  Despite the fact that Mac and his music have been in my life since I was, oh, maybe 3, I could not imagine what I could add to the already […]

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Energetic and Laid-back

CDSS’s American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods A Week of Dance, Music, Songs and Fun, August 9-16, 2014 download flyer classes & staff registration scholarships Gather with friends, old and new, for a memorable music and dance experience. The hardest part about the week is the difficult choices of which classes to go to. […]

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Early Music is more than music before 9 a.m.

CDSS’s Early Music Week at Pinewoods—Fairest Isle: Music and Dance of Great Britain and Beyond Beautiful music under the trees, June 26-July 3, 2014 download flyer Enjoy the fun of playing rollicking English dance music, or the beautiful polyphony of composers like Byrd, Gibbons, Dowland, Jenkins, the lively rhythms of Holborne, the poignant harmonies of […]

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Speaking Up for the (Participatory) Arts

by Rima Dael, Executive Director Today is National Arts Advocacy Day, hosted by Americans for the Arts, and we are celebrating by developing a new partnership with Children’s Music Network, a like-minded organization, to address how both our organizations can better connect with educators and artists that bring participatory arts into classrooms. We’re looking forward […]

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Handing on the Tradition

by Zoë Madonna The 2014 Ralph Page Legacy Weekend’s Saturday dance was buried in eight inches of wet, heavy snow that started falling at about ten in the morning and did not stop till late evening. Fortunately, the gym of the Memorial Union Building at the University of New Hampshire was heated enough to keep […]

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