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American Week, Pinewoods 2014

by Chuck Abell When I first heard about the Country Dancers of Rochester (CDR) scholarship program for CDSS camps, I developed an immediate interest. As a new caller—and as an experienced musician—I was looking for any opportunities to hone my skills in both areas, and just to collaborate with other callers and musicians. Having never […]

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Folk Music Archives Conference

by Pat MacPherson, CDSS Director of Education On May 7th and 8th, 2015, I attended a Folk Music Archives Conference, organized by Jay Hartman-Berrier, Director of the Indian Neck Folk Festival from 1967-the present. The conference addressed a pressing need: at Indian Neck, and many other folk festivals, someone would tape a concert, sometimes identifying […]

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Dance, Music, Song & Talk at Red Barn Folk Festival

by Pat MacPherson, CDSS Director of Education Two weeks ago, I made my way to the Red Barn at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, the site of some mighty fun contra dances. On this occasion, however, I was going to take part on a panel at the first Red Barn Folk Festival, organized by Hampshire […]

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Spread The Joy—It’s a slogan, it’s a song!

by Jonathan Jensen Musician, songwriter and longtime CDSS member Jonathan Jensen, of Baltimore, sent us this lovely gift of his song in honor of our Centennial in 2015. It debuted on March 24, during Celebration Week. Download a PDF of the sheet music or listen to Jonathan and friends sing the song here. Or hear […]

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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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Trad Dance & Music Exhibit Opens in New Hampshire

by Lisa Sieverts Interested in the history of contra and square dance? Come to Peterborough, New Hampshire, to view an exhibit opening on January 24, 2015:  “Gents Bow, Ladies Know How: Traditional Dance and Music in the Monadnock Region 1750-2015.” “Gents Bow, Ladies Know How” traces the long history of traditional dance and music in […]

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Pat Napier

by Katy Tarter German In 2007, CDSS awarded its CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award to Patrick Napier of Bowling Green, Kentucky,  for his long service and inspirational teaching to his local community. The article below appeared in the CDSS News, issue #198, September/October 2007. Pat died on September 6, 2014, at the age of 88. Pat […]

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Math, Music and Contra Dance

by Lena Erickson I first heard about contra dance at a small math conference in Northfield, Minnesota during the summer of 2013 when a graduate student described the connection between contra dance and permutation groups. Contra dance, a type of partnered folk dance, involves people dancing in two lines facing each other or in groups […]

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Southwest Regional Organizers Conference (SWROC): From Conference to COALITION

by Linda Henry, CDSS Outreach Manager Here’s a glimpse of history-in-the-making for dance communities throughout the Southwestern U.S… On September 19, 2014, an enthusiastic crowd of 78 dance organizers from the Southwest (AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, OK, TX, UT) and beyond (MA, TN) converged at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. They represented […]

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CDSS Midwest Camp Task Group Survey

The CDSS Midwest Camp Task Group (MCTG) was established by the CDSS Board at its annual meeting in April 2012 to explore the feasibility of establishing a summer camp focusing on traditional dance, music and song in the center of the continent.  We want to reach out to new audiences and offer a program, in […]

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