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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 […]

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CDSS Sings!

by Caroline Batson, Promotion & Periodicals Director As you may know, CDSS is joining in a regional e-philanthropy event next week on 12.12.12. We invite you to support our work with a special gift that day (or you can schedule a donation anytime between now and then). Since not everyone who’ll be giving that day […]

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Square Dance History Project Launches New Website

by David Millstone A group of square dance enthusiasts has launched a digital library and website that takes a broad look at square dancing now as well as the historical antecedents of today’s squares. Please share this news and the link with others who might be interested! The project’s primary focus is to collect good […]

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Interview: Photographer Doug Plummer and the 2012 Contradance Calendar

Doug Plummer has taken some of the greatest photos and videos of contra dance out there. This year, in conjunction with CDSS, he’s put out the 2012 Contradance Calendar, which collects some of his photography into a beautiful wall calendar. I’ve been using mine and every month makes me smile. It’s a truly wonderful holiday […]

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Our newest publication: 21 Easy English Country Dances

Our newest booklet is 21 Easy English Country Dances: Dances Selected from The Playford Ball with Music Selected from CDSS Archival Recordings. There are two people who were especially important to the production of this booklet: Gary and Rowena Roodman. Rowena is the CDSS Sales Assistant; as part of her job, she helps people find […]

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Tony Parkes on a Caller’s Talents

What is “talent” when it comes to calling dances? What makes a talented caller? These are perhaps not questions one can fully answer in a sitting, but I’d like to share one pretty good stab at it. Tony Parkes, Boston-area caller of contras and squares, recently published the 2nd Edition of his landmark book, Contra […]

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