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Author Archives: Max Newman

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: 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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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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Fond farewell to Emlen Cresson

The Philadelphia and Princeton area dancers said farewell to Emlen Cresson yesterday, and Jenny Beer sent in this remembrance. Emlen Cresson danced with a strong arm and a big grin. He was tireless. And as all you who danced with him in Philadelphia, Buffalo Gap, Pinewoods, and other dance weeks know, he never stopped having […]

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YES! There are still scholarships; space at Harmony of Song & Dance; and other camp updates.

The CDSS weeks at Pinewoods, Timber Ridge, and Ogontz are all starting soon. Read on to find out more about remaining spaces, scholarships, and especially about our new week, Harmony of Song & Dance. If you have registered, we can’t wait and know you can’t either. If you haven’t registered you, there is still space […]

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Crossover Contra Dancing: A Recent History

We are very pleased to present a guest post by Alex Krogh-Grabbe, wherein he traces the recent trends in electronic music and contra dancing. In the first post on the CDSS blog last December, Brad Foster wrote about Tradition and Change. He closed by musing about the future of traditional fusion: Are techno contra and […]

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Harmony of Song & Dance: A new week at Pinewoods

A message from Peter Amidon, co-director of Harmony of Song & Dance week at Pinewoods. I studied, and loved, instrumental classical music through and after college, playing piano, guitar, cello and viola da gamba. Then, when I was 25, and living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I was introduced to traditional song and dance. It was an […]

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Fresh New Look

Frequent blog-readers may have noticed that the blog has a fresh look and is better tied in with the rest of You can now find a convenient link to the blog at the top of our Main Site. Other than that, You may also have also noticed a lack of posting the last few […]

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Photos from the 2011 Board Meeting

The CDSS Governing Board had its general meeting last Thursday and Friday in Easthampton, MA. By my count, there were 23 board members coming in from 19 states and provinces. I’ll share more information about the Board meeting in a later post, but for now here are a few photos I took. Outgoing Executive Director […]

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