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by Nathaniel Smith Maple Morris & Morris Offspring present Rootbound: Celebrating the life of English folk dance in North America with music by Ian Robb, Amelia Mason, Eric McDonald and Emily Troll original lyrics by Susan Cooper July 15, The Armory Performance Hall, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA July 19, The Berkeley Church, 315 Queen […]

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The BVD Tour—July 11-25, 2013–an Intro

by Val Medve for BVD Gotta dance? We’ve got you covered! The BVD Tour is bringing English country dance to a community near you this summer. Join Barb Seppeler (pianist), Val Medve (caller), and Dan Seppeler (caller) for joyous dancing (and perhaps a CDSS gift item giveaway) in these communities: New Haven, CT; North Kingston, […]

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Montreal Monsters: Making the “Pretty Boy” Video

Guest blog by Sean McCutcheon A music video featuring contradancing—the first to do so, as far as I know—has just been released. Music videos originated as clips shown on TV to promote a recording. Now, though still associated with songs, they have become an art form. As tools for producing them have grown cheaper, and […]

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Preserving the Life’s Work of Keith Blackmon, Part II

Nils Fredland and I have been working on the book of Keith Blackmon’s singing squares for over two years, on and off, and we’ve just published it! Pretty darn exciting. A funny thing happens when you’re working on a book – the words take over. The constant decisions you make are all about commas, hyphens, […]

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Using Technology for Board Work

by Brian Gallagher As I start my final year as a member of the Country Dance and Song Society governing board, I reflect upon some of the things that have happened in my time serving, beyond big policy issues. One of the items I’m proudest about has been my involvement in the efforts to utilize […]

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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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Preserving the Life’s Work of Keith Blackmon

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 […]

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Celebrating the Spirit and Legacy of Nat Hewitt

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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Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood? a.k.a. Assets Mapping!

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 […]

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Annie Fain Liden-Barralon Welcomed as Folk School’s Music and Dance Program Coordinator

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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