find us on Facebook

Category Archives: Youth

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 […]

Also posted in American Dance, Camps & Programs, Features & Fun, Guest Posts, Traditional Dance | + Leave a comment »


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, Ideas & Resources, Morris Dance, Traditional Dance, Updates from the Office | + Leave a comment »

Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend, part 4—The Future is NOW!

by Mary Wesley, CDSS Education Associate   This year was the third time I have attended the Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend—for me it seems to be turning into something of a pilgrimage. It is difficult to put into words what it feels like to be at this unique event and why I plan to […]

Also posted in Features & Fun, Guest Posts, History & Archives, Updates from the Office | + 2 Comments »

“It’s Fun To Hunt”

by David Millstone Ralph Page gave this title to a regular column in his Northern Junket magazine, in which he shared information he had gleaned from looking through old newspapers in New Hampshire and Vermont. For those of us interested in dance history, he’s absolutely right. Late last month, CDSS member Karen Mueller-Harder heard a […]

Also posted in Features & Fun, Guest Posts, History & Archives, Ideas & Resources, Publications | + Leave a comment »

Kicking Off Plans for SW Conference

by Linda Henry, CDSS Outreach Manager Plans are afoot for creating a leadership conference for the Southwest United States! An email recently went out to all CDSS group affiliates in the SW and others we know are interested. The message invited 80 people to participate in a phone meeting about preliminary plans. If you didn’t […]

Also posted in Features & Fun, Grants & Scholarships, Ideas & Resources, Updates from the Office | + Leave a comment »

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 […]

Also posted in Camps & Programs, Features & Fun, History & Archives, Ideas & Resources, Publications, Store | Tags: , , | + Leave a comment »

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 […]

Also posted in Features & Fun, Guest Posts, History & Archives, Ideas & Resources, Publications, Store, Updates from the Office | Tags: , , , | + Leave a comment »

Folk music in the news

Yesterday brought a veritable flurry of exciting new developments in the world of folk song and music: Alan Lomax’s Massive Archive Goes Online. Interesting article by NPR, with photos. This new material from from Alan Lomax’s independent archive has been digitized and preserved by the Association for Cultural Equity, and is distinct from his earlier […]

Also posted in Features & Fun, History & Archives, Ideas & Resources | + Leave a comment »

Summer’s coming! Which week is yours?

The days are getting longer and summer is just around the corner! Our 2012 CDSS summer camp details are now available — you’ll find descriptions and staff lists for each session, info about Registration and Scholarships, and more. With 16 programs in 9 weeks at 3 facilities, we have something for YOU. Take your singing, […]

Also posted in Camps & Programs, Updates from the Office | + 1 Comment »

Goin’ to Minnesota!

This week I head to Minneapolis with former youth intern Ethan Hazzard-Watkins. Our destination: Tapestry Folkdance Center. Our mission: youth outreach! Tapestry is a non-profit organization which has been teaching and supporting folk dance and music since 1983. In 1999 the organization purchased a building in South Minneapolis where contra, English country, international folk, Cajun and […]

Also posted in Features & Fun, Updates from the Office | + Leave a comment »