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CDSS’s English & American Dance Week = great contra and English country dancing!

And it starts THIS Saturday, August 10, at Pinewoods Camp, near Plymouth, MA. Join us! Look at the dance program—George Marshall calling contras, Gene Murrow leading English, and Scott Higgs calling English and American dances. Musicians? Oh, yeah! The amazing Jonathan Jensen, lydia ievins, Anna Patton, Richard Forest, and Night Watch (Naomi Morse, Elvie Miller, […]

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Dance, Sing and Play in WV

Not doing anything special next week? Then join us at CDSS’s Adult and Family Week at Timber Ridge, in the foothills of WV—it begins this Saturday, August 10, and it IS special! We like to say that participation and involvement are contagious at the week. It’s a terrific program for adults, children, families and young […]

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BVD Tour—The Second Week

by Val Medve and Barb Seppeler BVD—Barbara Seppeler, Val Medve and Dan Seppeler, accompanied by Tom Medve (and in part, Tom Grande)—toured New England last month. Val and Barb shared the daily diary writing; see their earlier blogs, The First Week and the Intro. Val’s post, Saturday July 13, 2013 We left Billie Lanz’s place […]

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BVD Tour—The First Week

by Val Medve and Barb Seppeler BVD—Barbara Seppeler (pianist), Val Medve (caller) and Dan Seppeler (caller)—accompanied by Tom Medve and (in part) Tom Grande, are touring New England this month (see their earlier blog). Here’s a diary of their first few days. Val’s post, Thursday, July 11, 2013 Getting ready to hit the road from […]

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Singing and Dancing in Macedonia

by David Millstone I’ve been a contra dancer for some 40 years and an English country dance enthusiast since 1987. For decades, the only singing I did was with my fifth grade students, who didn’t understand that I couldn’t really sing. With that background, what took me on a overseas trip with Village Harmony for […]

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“Rootbound”

by Nathaniel Smith Maple Morris & Morris Offspring present Rootbound: Celebrating the life of English folk dance in North America with music by Ian Robb, Amelia Mason, Eric McDonald and Emily Troll original lyrics by Susan Cooper July 15, The Armory Performance Hall, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA July 19, The Berkeley Church, 315 Queen […]

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The BVD Tour—July 11-25, 2013–an Intro

by Val Medve for BVD Gotta dance? We’ve got you covered! The BVD Tour is bringing English country dance to a community near you this summer. Join Barb Seppeler (pianist), Val Medve (caller), and Dan Seppeler (caller) for joyous dancing (and perhaps a CDSS gift item giveaway) in these communities: New Haven, CT; North Kingston, […]

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Montreal Monsters: Making the “Pretty Boy” Video

Guest blog by Sean McCutcheon A music video featuring contradancing—the first to do so, as far as I know—has just been released. Music videos originated as clips shown on TV to promote a recording. Now, though still associated with songs, they have become an art form. As tools for producing them have grown cheaper, and […]

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Using Technology for Board Work

by Brian Gallagher As I start my final year as a member of the Country Dance and Song Society governing board, I reflect upon some of the things that have happened in my time serving, beyond big policy issues. One of the items I’m proudest about has been my involvement in the efforts to utilize […]

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Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood? a.k.a. Assets Mapping!

by Rima Dael, CDSS Executive Director Hello CDSS Community, While in Phoenix recently, I danced and chatted with members of Phoenix Traditional Music and Dance (PHXTMD). Many thanks to Ron and Linda Nieman for the generous hospitality! I also met with Deb Comly for coffee in Flagstaff and we talked about the success of May […]

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