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DART is coming to Amherst, MA, this weekend!

Inspired by the Dancing England Rapper Tournament (DERT), the Dancing America Rapper Tournament (DART) is a weekend-long opportunity for rapper teams to compete, show off, and learn from each other. Judges, stationed in pubs, award ranks, prizes, and constructive critiques based on teams’ performances. We are very excited to have this tournament in our area…check […]

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Celebrating the Spirit and Legacy of Nat Hewitt

by Chrissy Fowler The contradance diaspora mourns when an important person passes, especially when the death is untimely. When Nat Hewitt died of complications of cancer in November, the loss was keenly felt by dancers, musicians, and callers across the world, and particularly in Maine, where Nat was the much-loved house fiddler for the Falmouth […]

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May Day 2013 in Pictures

Here’s a recap of how May Day was celebrated by some of our affiliates, members and friends. Thanks to all who submitted photos… we’ve gotten a lot and we’re in the process of adding more to the show, so check back!

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May Day 2013 – Boston, MA

May Day activities in Boston, through the eyes of Luanne Stiles:                      

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More from May Day 2013 – Portland, Oregon

A couple more photos from May Day Portland, OR, from David Macemon:                                        

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May Day 2013—Portland, Oregon

From this morning’s May Day events in Portland, Oregon, courtesy of David Macemon:                                          

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CDSS featured in the Valley Gives thank you video!

Valley Gives has posted a thank you video on their website, and it prominently features CDSS! Take a look and you’ll catch us singing outside Thornes Marketplace in Northampton and dancing at Mama Iguana’s restaurant in Springfield (at the wrap up event)! Valley Gives Thank You

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CDSS Flash Mob Dance!

Here it is in all its glory! The flash mob dance that CDSS staff, board members and friends did at Mama Iguana’s restaurant in Springfield, MA, on 12.12.12 to celebrate Valley Gives Day. It was great fun… Thanks to Doug Creighton from The Button Box in Sunderland for playing and Linda Henry for stepping in […]

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Greetings from Rima

This past Saturday, Pat MacPherson, Mary Wesley, and I attended the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Traditional Arts Conference in Concord, NH. I had some great conversations with Barry Bergey, Director of Folk and Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts; Lynn Martin Graton, Acting Director & Traditional Arts Coordinator; Catherine […]

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Two Memorial Day Dance Events 860 Miles Apart

A post from Steve Howe, CDSS Director of Programs On Memorial Day I woke in Marlboro, VT for the last moments of the 37th Marlboro Morris Ale. After the Maypole dance was done and the pole stored for another year, I was on the road home to Northampton, MA. There I unpacked and repacked before […]

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