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Author Archives: Mary Wesley

Storytelling at Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend

The 2015 Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend was a special one for CDSS.  Each year the weekend hosts a “retrospective session;” several hours of the dance weekend dedicated to honoring and exploring some component of dance/music traditions and history.  This year the session was focused on our Centennial: “100 Years of CDSS: The Country Dance and Song […]

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CDSS Contra Task Group surveys 480 contra dance callers!

CDSS Contra Task Group surveys 480 contra dance callers! Do you know 500 people who call contra dances? We do! Last spring the CDSS Contra Dance Task Group sent a survey to all the contra dance callers we could find. 480 completed the whole long survey. The results are fascinating and a summary of findings […]

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Kicking off Valley Gives at Eastworks

As we gear up for our local community giving event, Valley Gives, CDSS staff took an unusual lunch break today to pay a visit to neighboring friends and arts organizations in the Eastworks building where our offices are.  As requested by folks in the building who saw us last year, we once again took up antlers, […]

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Mondays in Nelson

Happy Friday CDSS friends!  On this first day of summer I’m happy to share with you my final school project, completed during my recent semester at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.  While there I learned both radio and video production as well as some photography.  It was wonderful to develop these […]

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2013 Annual Meeting – Meet the Board!

Ever wonder what it’s like to be on the CDSS board?  Check out this short video with photos and audio of our latest meeting.

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New Banner and “Callers-Moot”

Happy Friday CDSS Friends! I have two things to share: Look at our beautiful new banner, recently unveiled at the Dance Flurry in Saratoga Springs, NY !  Thanks to all those Flurry-goers who came to chat about the CDSS Centennial.  Your great ideas are a huge help! This weekend I’m headed back to New York […]

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Flurry goers – let’s chat!

Happy Friday everyone!  Are you headed to The Dance Flurry in Saratoga Springs, NY this weekend?  If you are, look out for our brand NEW CDSS banner!  You can also look out for me.  I will be around all weekend and I’d love to chat with you about CDSS.  I’m happy to talk any time […]

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2012 Board meeting: field report

Last Thursday and Friday, April 19th and 20th, the CDSS board and staff gathered in Easthampton, MA for the annual board meeting. When I arrived early on Thursday morning, helpful signs and arrows guided me through the sometimes maze-like hallways of the Eastworks building to a sunny room with seats for 36 and a piano […]

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Goin’ to Minnesota!

This week I head to Minneapolis with former youth intern Ethan Hazzard-Watkins. Our destination: Tapestry Folkdance Center. Our mission: youth outreach! Tapestry is a non-profit organization which has been teaching and supporting folk dance and music since 1983. In 1999 the organization purchased a building in South Minneapolis where contra, English country, international folk, Cajun and […]

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