find us on Facebook

Category Archives: Ideas & Resources

How to Photograph a Contra Dance

by Doug Plummer Doug Plummer is well known in the dance community nationwide as that guy who takes all the dance photos and videos and puts them all over Facebook and in a calendar. Since 2012 he has self-published the Contradance Calendar, a premium wall calendar that captures the best contra dance moments from around […]

Also posted in American Dance, Arts & Tourism, Beginning Dancers, Contra Dance, Dance Callers, Display Dance, English Dance, Features & Fun, Folk Dance, Guest Posts, Musicians, Old Time Dance, Publications, Round Dance, Square Dance, Store, Traditional Dance, Traditional Music, Updates from the Office | + 1 Comment »

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 […]

Also posted in American Dance, Arts & Tourism, Ballads, Beginning Dancers, Chorus Songs, Contra Dance, Dance Callers, Display Dance, English Dance, Features & Fun, Folk Dance, Guest Posts, Morris Dance, Musicians, Old Time Dance, Round Dance, Rounds, Song, Square Dance, Traditional Dance, Traditional Music, Traditional Song, Updates from the Office | + Leave a comment »

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 […]

Also posted in American Dance, Arts Advocacy, Ballads, Beginning Dancers, Chorus Songs, Dance Callers, Display Dance, English Dance, Features & Fun, Guest Posts, Morris Dance, Musicians, Rounds, Song, Traditional Dance, Traditional Song, Updates from the Office | + Leave a comment »

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 […]

Also posted in American Dance, Beginning Dancers, Dance Callers, Display Dance, English Dance, Features & Fun, Guest Posts, Morris Dance, Musicians, Traditional Dance, Updates from the Office | Tags: | + Leave a comment »

Encouragement

by Zoë Madonna In come I, an Intern, welcome or welcome not, sheltering from the polar vortex in Western Massachusetts and helping out at the CDSS office for my winter term project this year. I’m Zoe, I’m a junior at Oberlin College, and I’ve been dancing and singing since shortly after I started school there. I […]

Also posted in American Dance, Beginning Dancers, Dance Callers, Display Dance, English Dance, Features & Fun, Morris Dance, Musicians, Traditional Dance, Updates from the Office | + Leave a comment »

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 […]

Also posted in American Dance, Arts Advocacy, Dance Callers, Display Dance, English Dance, Features & Fun, Morris Dance, Musicians, Traditional Dance, Updates from the Office | + Leave a comment »

Legislative Testimony

by Rima Dael, CDSS Executive Director This past Friday, Pat McPherson, Director of the CDSS Education Department, and I provided testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development. State Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord) and Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives (D-Newburyport), Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee, are traveling around the state with fellow […]

Also posted in American Dance, Arts & Tourism, Arts Advocacy, Dance Callers, English Dance, Features & Fun, Morris Dance, Musicians, Traditional Dance, Updates from the Office | + Leave a comment »

BVD Tour—The Third Week

BVD—Barbara Seppeler, Val Medve and Dan Seppeler, accompanied by Tom Medve (and in part, Tom Grande)—toured New England last month. Val and Barb shared the daily diary writing; see their earlier blogs, Intro, The First Week, The Second Week. Barb’s post from the pianist’s point of view!, Tuesday, July 16 No dance tonight, but I […]

Also posted in Dance Callers, English Dance, Features & Fun, Guest Posts, Musicians, Traditional Dance, Updates from the Office | + Leave a comment »

Singing and Dancing in Macedonia

by David Millstone I’ve been a contra dancer for some 40 years and an English country dance enthusiast since 1987. For decades, the only singing I did was with my fifth grade students, who didn’t understand that I couldn’t really sing. With that background, what took me on a overseas trip with Village Harmony for […]

Also posted in American Dance, English Dance, Features & Fun, Guest Posts, Traditional Dance, Updates from the Office | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | + 1 Comment »

“Rootbound”

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 […]

Also posted in American Dance, Camps & Programs, Display Dance, English Dance, Features & Fun, Guest Posts, Morris Dance, Traditional Dance, Updates from the Office, Youth | + Leave a comment »