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Author Archives: Caroline Batson

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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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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Valley Gives—Engaging Families in Dance

by Pat MacPherson, CDSS Education Director CDSS’s Valley Gives fundraising, on 12.12.13, will be dedicated to creating toolkits to support dancing in schools. Here is a local story about someone successfully introducing dancing to his students and families, told to me by CDSS Outreach Manager, Linda Henry. The person who initiated it is a music […]

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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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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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BVD Tour—The Last Week

BVD—Barbara Seppeler, Val Medve and Dan Seppeler, accompanied by Tom Medve (and in part, Tom Grande)—toured New England this summer. Val and Barb shared the daily diary writing; see their earlier blogs, Intro, The First Week, The Second Week and The Third Week. Barb’s post, from the pianist’s point of view!, Sunday, July 21 The […]

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Memories to Last a Lifetime

by Lily Kruskal Leahy The year was 1988 and I was very excited to be at CDSS’s Family Week at Pinewoods in Massschusetts, especially excited to be in the 8-9 year old longsword class, taught by Andy Horton. I had watched these “big kids” perform longsword for four years and finally it was my turn! […]

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Walking Into My Past

by Lily Kruskal Leahy Morris dancing is something I grew up with. To me, it was as normal as fireworks on the 4th of July—it just came to me, like walking. I was, of course, “formally” taught by my dad, Tom Kruskal, who started a children’s morris team when I was 12 because I wanted […]

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