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“Notes from the May Day Train,” Cambridge, MA

by Jane Winans, from Notes from the Train (used by permission) I was photographing Newtowne Morris this morning. (Muddy River and Red Herring were also there but I didn’t see them dance.) It was pouring rain and in this one dance by the Charles River you can see the Maypole falling, it actually started to […]

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Advice for beginning young callers, by a beginning young caller

by Zoë Madonna https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0j_LAWp8uU&list=UUTjRQGME9buLgs2P-OioG9w (Above link: the author calling in Oberlin this past February.) CDSS recently published the results of their contra dance caller’s survey, which they solicited submissions for in May 2013. I remember submitting my entry on one of the final days; I had seen the survey link earlier in the month but […]

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The Everyday Things—Remembering Mac

by Carol Compton Shortly after Mac died I had an email from Caroline asking me to write a bit about him for the CDSS blog.  Despite the fact that Mac and his music have been in my life since I was, oh, maybe 3, I could not imagine what I could add to the already […]

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Energetic and Laid-back

CDSS’s American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods A Week of Dance, Music, Songs and Fun, August 9-16, 2014 download flyer classes & staff registration scholarships Gather with friends, old and new, for a memorable music and dance experience. The hardest part about the week is the difficult choices of which classes to go to. […]

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Early Music is more than music before 9 a.m.

CDSS’s Early Music Week at Pinewoods—Fairest Isle: Music and Dance of Great Britain and Beyond Beautiful music under the trees, June 26-July 3, 2014 download flyer Enjoy the fun of playing rollicking English dance music, or the beautiful polyphony of composers like Byrd, Gibbons, Dowland, Jenkins, the lively rhythms of Holborne, the poignant harmonies of […]

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Speaking Up for the (Participatory) Arts

by Rima Dael, Executive Director Today is National Arts Advocacy Day, hosted by Americans for the Arts, and we are celebrating by developing a new partnership with Children’s Music Network, a like-minded organization, to address how both our organizations can better connect with educators and artists that bring participatory arts into classrooms. We’re looking forward […]

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Handing on the Tradition

by Zoë Madonna The 2014 Ralph Page Legacy Weekend’s Saturday dance was buried in eight inches of wet, heavy snow that started falling at about ten in the morning and did not stop till late evening. Fortunately, the gym of the Memorial Union Building at the University of New Hampshire was heated enough to keep […]

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“Nobody remotely like him…”—Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

Text and photos by Stewart Dean Nobody remotely like him, and a towering example to us all of a life well led, decently, indomitably, with heart, conviction and a burning sense of fairness and compassion. Attached are some pictures I took of him last summer at the Summer Hoot at Ashokan.  He was then so […]

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Youth Traditional Song: The New Kid’s Tale

by Zoë Madonna The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “youth” as “the time of life when someone is young” or “the early period of existence, growth, or development.” Something or someone is “youthful” when it “[has] or [shows] the freshness or energy of someone who is young,” or is “in an early stage of development.” With that […]

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Exceedingly Good Song Night

by Zoë Madonna What do you get when you take a back room of a New York bar, fill it with singers coming out of varied folk traditions, sell them some food and beer, and then give them five hours to sing what they will? That’s Exceedingly Good Song Night, a monthly event in New […]

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