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Happy 200th birthday, Charles Dickens!

A delightful guest post, in honor of the occasion, from Allison Thompson and Curtis Hoberman. (February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870) In honor of this great Victorian novelist, CDSS invites you to dance the Sir Roger de Coverley on (or about) Tuesday the 7th. A prolific and popular author, Dickens wrote humorously (though often […]

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Want to start a folk sing?

We are pleased to introduce the latest addition to our family of online Advice & How-To resources: the Folk Sing Starter Kit, a valuable contribution from Julia Friend and Nicole Singer. Here’s Julia, to tell you more about it: Hey look! There’s a new Folk Sing Starter Kit! It has great suggestions for forming singing […]

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Interview: Photographer Doug Plummer and the 2012 Contradance Calendar

Doug Plummer has taken some of the greatest photos and videos of contra dance out there. This year, in conjunction with CDSS, he’s put out the 2012 Contradance Calendar, which collects some of his photography into a beautiful wall calendar. I’ve been using mine and every month makes me smile. It’s a truly wonderful holiday […]

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Puttin’ on the Dance conference a huge success

Several staff members have just returned from an AMAAZZZING weekend at Puttin’ on the Dance — A Conference for Northeast Dance Organizers! (See also Max’s field report about his experiences there.) The historic Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction, VT was full to the brim with nearly 80 dance organizers from New England, Ontario and […]

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CDSS Is Listening

Thanks to all of you who took the time to provide feedback on our recent community survey. We heard from over 900 individuals representing 45 states, five Canadian provinces, and seven other countries. We also heard from a variety of local communities across North America who hosted meetings to talk about their hopes and dreams […]

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Puttin’ on the Dance: Field Report

I’m pleased to bring you a report from the recent Northeast Organizers Conference, Puttin’ on the Dance. Why a Conference? This conference is the latest of a series of conferences for organizers that CDSS has helped sponsor in the last few years. I was privileged to attend the Southeast Dance Leadership Conference last year. These […]

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Executive Director position announced

CDSS seeks an Executive Director to lead the organization, headquartered in Easthampton, MA, into an era of heightened local connections and partnerships where recreational and professional dancers, singers, musicians, teachers, callers, and dance historians are actively engaged in the joys of traditional American and English country dance, music and song. As it approaches its centennial […]

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Meet Mary Wesley, our new Youth Intern!

We are very pleased to welcome Mary Wesley as our new Youth Intern. She’ll build on the excellent groundwork laid by her predecessors Ethan and Max, as she reaches out to our younger constituents and helps us better address their needs. See our Youth Desk pages for a wealth of resources geared toward young dancers, […]

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An Interview with Marie Dalton-Meyer, CDSS Interim Executive Director

I sat down with Marie Dalton-Meyer, who is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director at CDSS, and asked her a few questions. – Max     Marie, could you tell us what your background is? I’ve been involved in the arts really my whole career. I started out as a French and history teacher, […]

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Puttin’ On the Dance: Northeast organizers’ conference

Following successful conferences in the Northwest and Southeast, this November CDSS is co-sponsoring an organizers’ conference in the Northeast! I’m looking forward to be attending myself; I’ll also be leading a session or two on youth and intergenerationality. Chrissy Fowler is one of the organizers of Puttin’ on the Dance and sent me the following […]

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