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 […]
From the Introduction of New River Train: Singing Squares from the Collection of Keith Blackmon: Since my first meeting with him, Keith’s spirit has been with me as I have worked to bring his unique singing square dance repertoire to a wider audience of square dance enthusiasts. I came into Keith’s life with a sole […]
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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by Rima Dael, CDSS Executive Director Hello CDSS Community, While in Phoenix recently, I danced and chatted with members of Phoenix Traditional Music and Dance (PHXTMD). Many thanks to Ron and Linda Nieman for the generous hospitality! I also met with Deb Comly for coffee in Flagstaff and we talked about the success of May […]
by Cory Marie Podielski originally published by the John C. Campbell Folk School on May 3, 2013 in their blog Folk School Folks, Music! Dancing! (reprinted by permission) The Folk School is so happy to welcome Annie Fain Liden-Barralon to the position of Music and Dance Coordinator! I sat down with Annie Fain to find […]
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by Deborah Denenfeld, Director, Dancing Well: The Soldier Project April was an exciting month for Dancing Well: The Soldier Project, which brings community dance to veterans and families affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). On April 10th I participated in the National Summit: Arts, Health & Well-being Across the […]
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!
The CDSS Contra Dance Task Group wants to know more about the needs of contra callers, of all levels of experience. How did you start calling? What was most useful as you learned? What resources do you think would be most useful to you now in developing further as a caller? What would you like […]
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.
Attached are a couple of photos from our midday Garland & Morris performance at the Dickson Elementary School in Asheville, North Carolina. Photographers were: Peggy Higgins (Morris photo) and Jon Wilson (Garland photo) Thanks for opportunity to do a “virtual” May Day Ale!