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Off the Path from New York to BostonFolk Songs: A folk dancing camp for the people

CDSS and Pinewoods Camp were recently featured in "Off the Path from New York to Boston" on NPR. Host Davis Dunavin spoke to singers, dancers, and camp board members to give listeners a taste of the Pinewoods experience.

Saro Lynch-Thomason on YouTubeSongs that Speak

CDSS is pleased to support "Songs that Speak," a monthly YouTube series by Saro Lynch-Thomason. Learn about the history, folklore, and modern-day relevance of traditional songs, and sing along as Saro teaches each song through sing-and-repeat. Saro's latest offering is "Can I Sing That? Catawba Indian Nation Songs, Context and Colonization."

CDSS WebchatMark your calendars for the next Web Chat!

Let's Talk About Reentry, Part 6: Prioritizing Safety at In-Person Dances
Wednesday Evening, January 19, 2022, exact time TBD
An online panel discussion featuring organizers of dance events

Whether you’re considering resuming your dance soon, or thinking that’s a bit further down the road for your group, you are welcome to join this Web Chat. You’ll hear experiences and recommendations from dance organizers who are using careful modifications to resume in-person events. This Web Chat will present a panel of folks discussing their decision-making process leading up to reopening their events, the adjustments they’ve made, and the outcomes of their experiments. Visit the Web Chat page for more details.

Contra Pulse with Anita AndersonContra Pulse

This episode, Julie sits down with West Coast dance pianist Anita Anderson. They revisit Anita’s early musical experiences learning the chord organ where she grew up in Long Beach, California, through her first exposure to contra and ECD in Los Angeles. They discuss the myriad musical collaborations she’s involved in, and with the help of some short excerpts from contra dance pianists selected by Anita, they explore the many influences and styles that have led to Anita’s unique sound.

A snowman wears a winter hat and scarfCheck out the last Web Chat

The video and slides for our most recent Web Chat are now available, and a full transcript is coming soon. We generated lots of ideas for keeping communities engaged during the coming winter months, and heard current news and perspectives from a public health professor, Dr. Kimbi Hagen. Email us with questions.

A young woman holding a babyNovember 2021 Song of the Month

Pete Coe presents a song from the Travellers community in Cornwall, "Catch Me If You Can." He tells the story of gaining the trust of Betsy and Charlotte Renals and Sophie Legg, members of the Orchard family of travellers, in 1978.

CDSS News, Fall 2021Fall 2021 CDSS News

The Fall 2021 CDSS News is now available! Come frolic with cows with Clara Byom; march with Prince Rupert with Graham Christian; travel across Canada with Bev Bernbaum and Rosemary Lach; waltz with Anna Alter and Alternative Roots; try some one-couple English country dances with Don Bell; and much more!

Kate BarnesCelebrating Kate Barnes

On September 26, we hosted a celebration for our 2020 Lifetime Contribution Award winner, Kate Barnes! View the ongoing scrapbook and the slideshow, and add your own mementos.

A toy car parked on a map, with text reading 'Are we there yet?!'Reentry Resources for Organizers

In our most recent Web Chat, a lawyer, epidemiologist, dance organizer, and the CDSS Insurance Manager address​ed ​many of our community’s concerns as we begin to safely emerge from the pandemic. This compilation of Reentry Resources includes extensive Q&A sections from the Web Chat, along with a list of considerations to help smooth your journey.

"5 Things...Inside the Dancing Mind of..."5 Things...Inside the Dancing Mind of...

A one-hour chat with Q&A from movers and shakers in the English country dance community from across the country about the five things that they feel are important to our passion for ECD and why. Hosted by the Historical Tea and Dance Society.

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