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Travels + Partnerships = CDSS Community

by Rima Dael, CDSS Executive Director CDSS started the year in Tokyo and we’ll end the year a little quieter, with many of us staying close to home, but we’ll be singing, dancing and playing music as we say goodbye to 2013 and welcome in 2014. An important part of building community through dance, music […]

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Dancing Well Is Proud to Announce Next Dance Series with Veterans and Families Affected by PTSD

by Deborah Denenfeld The soldier froze at the door to the conference room. His breathing was shallow. His eyes darted around the room.  He had danced with us before, in a different location, so I was surprised by his reaction.  “Are you okay?” I asked.  “It’s this room …,” he said. “But I think it’ll […]

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Small to Large Gifts—It All Helps!

by Rima Dael and Caroline Batson Help us Help Teachers! CDSS + Valley Gives, Thursday 12/12/13, until midnight It’s Valley Gives Day, 12/12/13, the 24-hour e-philantrophy event! This year CDSS is raising funds to create online toolkits to help teachers and parents bring the rich heritage of North American and English traditional dance, music and song […]

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The Lifetime Importance of the Arts

by Rima Dael, CDSS Executive Director In my travels I get to meet communities across the country. Last month I was in Lansing and Ann Arbor, celebrating Judi and Glen Morningstar with the 2013 CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award (LCA). The warmth and joy that exuded from that evening was a testimony to the Morningstars’ work […]

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Valley Gives—The Need for Teacher Support

by Nils Fredland, CDSS Education Specialist The Education team at CDSS is working on the creation of resources for school teachers who are interested in including participatory American folk dance in their classrooms. To that end, Pat MacPherson, CDSS Director of Education, and I are talking to teachers about what they need, and we are […]

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Valley Gives—Engaging Families in Dance

by Pat MacPherson, CDSS Education Director CDSS’s Valley Gives fundraising, on 12.12.13, will be dedicated to creating toolkits to support dancing in schools. Here is a local story about someone successfully introducing dancing to his students and families, told to me by CDSS Outreach Manager, Linda Henry. The person who initiated it is a music […]

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All In Good Time

guest blog by Chloe Levine At precisely 4:07 p.m., the clouds seemed as dark as a B flat piano key, the wind seemed as fierce as a grasslands predator mid-pounce, and my prospects seemed as dim as a fluorescent light bulb just turned on. But I got brighter, carried in the arms of the vigorous […]

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25th Anniversary of Calling and Dancing

Recently, CDSS sent a Certificate of Appreciation to recognize the Vissenbjerg Country Dancers as they reached their 25th Anniversary of Calling and Dancing. We received the following note and we picked out a couple of pictures to share. “Hello David and Anna Rima Dael, Thank you so much for The Certificate of Appreciation that Erik […]

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DART is coming to Amherst, MA, this weekend!

Inspired by the Dancing England Rapper Tournament (DERT), the Dancing America Rapper Tournament (DART) is a weekend-long opportunity for rapper teams to compete, show off, and learn from each other. Judges, stationed in pubs, award ranks, prizes, and constructive critiques based on teams’ performances. We are very excited to have this tournament in our area…check […]

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Keith Blackmon Memorial Dance Weekend and Book Release Party

I am excited to share that I will be attending the 2nd Annual Keith Blackmon Memorial Dance Weekend and Book Release Party this Saturday, Oct. 25th, in Pennsylvania. Click on the flyer on the right to download a PDF version. For information on New River Train visit: and see Nils Fredland’s blog on documenting […]

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