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New videos: Old Timers Talk

An announcement from our incoming Board President, David Millstone. Folks interested in the history of contra dancing in New England and upstate New York in the post-World War II era may enjoy watching a series of six videos from this year’s Dance Flurry. Billed as “Old TImers Talk” and moderated by incoming CDSS president David […]

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Happy 200th birthday, Charles Dickens!

A delightful guest post, in honor of the occasion, from Allison Thompson and Curtis Hoberman. (February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870) In honor of this great Victorian novelist, CDSS invites you to dance the Sir Roger de Coverley on (or about) Tuesday the 7th. A prolific and popular author, Dickens wrote humorously (though often […]

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Want to start a folk sing?

We are pleased to introduce the latest addition to our family of online Advice & How-To resources: the Folk Sing Starter Kit, a valuable contribution from Julia Friend and Nicole Singer. Here’s Julia, to tell you more about it: Hey look! There’s a new Folk Sing Starter Kit! It has great suggestions for forming singing […]

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Yay, Bob!

CDSS President Bruce Hamilton reports CDSS’s 2011 Lifetime Contribution Award was given to Bob Dalsemer at a ceremony on December 10th at the John C. Campbell Folk School. About a hundred people came from near and far to show their appreciation for Bob’s influence on them and on the traditional dance scene. It was a […]

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Fond farewell to Emlen Cresson

The Philadelphia and Princeton area dancers said farewell to Emlen Cresson yesterday, and Jenny Beer sent in this remembrance. Emlen Cresson danced with a strong arm and a big grin. He was tireless. And as all you who danced with him in Philadelphia, Buffalo Gap, Pinewoods, and other dance weeks know, he never stopped having […]

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Crossover Contra Dancing: A Recent History

We are very pleased to present a guest post by Alex Krogh-Grabbe, wherein he traces the recent trends in electronic music and contra dancing. In the first post on the CDSS blog last December, Brad Foster wrote about Tradition and Change. He closed by musing about the future of traditional fusion: Are techno contra and […]

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