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The CDSS News is delivered quarterly to approximately 3,000 households in print and 8,000 people electronically. Each print issue is also available online. In addition, there is one online-only issue per year. (In 2022, the online-only issue is Fall.) All print ad prices include placing the same ad in the corresponding online issue. It is currently not possible to place an online-only ad in a print issue.

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Ads for in-person events are permitted, however, the ad must include a statement that the event is subject to change due to the ongoing pandemic.

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 2022 Issues

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Winter print Nov. 4, 2022 Nov. 21, 2022 mid-December 2022

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In spring 2011 we ordered a second printing of our book On the Beat with Ralph Sweet, by Ralph Sweet & Nils Fredland.

The second printing includes the following corrections:

Page 14
Added to the top of the page:
In the Sources section of this book (page 215), the reader can gather information about Ralph's sources for the dances that are included in the following two sections (Patter Transcriptions and Dance Descriptions). Any unattributed dances belong to a large body of traditional squares, many coming from the Southern tradition, or Western square dancing of the 1940s and 1950s. Over the years, callers have created variations to these figures; this collection reflects Ralph's own dancing and collecting experiences.

Page 55
(also known as Tic Tac Toe, from the calling of Beth Molaro, and renamed by Ralph)

Page 86
(As called by Lisa Greenleaf, who collected it from Bob Dalsemer)

Page 102
3. Everybody Chain or, All Chain Four

Page 205
Mixer (not keeper)

Page 206
Variation
Unless the crowd you are calling for is very experienced with square dancing, use my simpler version of the figure. It eliminates the four ladies chain over and back, giving more time for the corner swing:

Heads pass thru, separate, around just one-o
    Into the middle, circle up four, halfway round you go
Pass thru, corner swing, me-o my-o
    Swing that corner girl, from the bayou
Join up hands, circle to the left now
    Go all the way until the men are home
Your corner dos-a-dos, and then dos-a-dos your own
    Allemande left your corner, weave around the ring, etc. as above

Page 217
Lynn Rohrbough is a man.

Page 220
End Ladies Chain
Editor's Note: Ralph wasn't able to come up with a source for this dance. Larry Edelman told me that Bert Everett included a figure nearly identical to Ralph's in his book Complete Instructions for Fifty Canadian Square Dances (Dancecraft, 1977)

CDSS has published a newsletter continuously since 1967 and a journal off and on since 1940. In addition, we produce dance and music books, how-to booklets, CDs, and a growing elibrary of out-of-print books and research databases. Our institutional archives and library are housed at The University of New Hampshire (Durham).

CDSS News

The CDSS News is a quarterly print publication for members and, in a slightly shorter format, an online publication for everyone. Interested in submitting something for publication or advertising? See our Submissions Guidelines.

E-News

The E-News is periodic updates of announcements, deadlines and late-breaking news. You can browse through past issues and join the mailing list.

News Article Archives

Our news archives section includes selections from past years' issues of the CDSS News. You can search by category or keyword or both.

CD+S Online (journal)

CDSS has published several journals since 1940. The current version, CD+S, is online only. PDF scans of earlier editions are in our journal archives: The Country Dancer (1940-1965), and Country Dance and Song (1968-1996).

CDSS Publications

CDSS publishes a variety of books, booklets, CDs and CD-ROMs. Our publications program is guided by the CDSS mission to support the resilience and good health of traditional music, dance and song participatory arts communities. We welcome suggestions and inquiries. Please contact Ben Williams, Director of the CDSS Education Department.

Online Library

We are pleased to provide these publications, most now out of print, here on the web. We ask only that you respect the authors’ intention and generosity in making these materials available free of charge (although donations to our programs are always welcome!). We also welcome new suggestions for additional material you would find useful.

CDSS Library and Archives at the University of New Hampshire

Collections of CDSS materials are held in the Milne Special Collections & Archives at the University of New Hampshire Library in Durham, NH. They are available to researchers.

We have just (spring 2011) ordered a second printing of our recent book On the Beat with Ralph Sweet, by Ralph Sweet & Nils Fredland.

THE SECOND PRINTING INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING CORRECTIONS:

Page 14

Added to the top of the page:

In the Sources section of this book (page 215), the reader can gather information about Ralph's sources for the dances that are included in the following two sections (Patter Transcriptions and Dance Descriptions). Any unattributed dances belong to a large body of traditional squares, many coming from the Southern tradition, or Western square dancing of the 1940s and 1950s. Over the years, callers have created variations to these figures; this collection reflects Ralph's own dancing and collecting experiences.

Page 55

(also known as Tic Tac Toe, from the calling of Beth Molaro, and renamed by Ralph)

Page 86

(As called by Lisa Greenleaf, who collected it from Bob Dalsemer)

Page 102

3. Everybody Chain or, All Chain Four

Page 205

Mixer (not keeper)

Page 206

Variation

Unless the crowd you are calling for is very experienced with square dancing, use my simpler version of the figure. It eliminates the four ladies chain over and back, giving more time for the corner swing:

Heads pass thru, separate, around just one-o

Into the middle, circle up four, halfway round you go

Pass thru, corner swing, me-o my-o

Swing that corner girl, from the bayou

Join up hands, circle to the left now

Go all the way until the men are home

Your corner dos-a-dos, and then dos-a-dos your own

Allemande left your corner, weave around the ring, etc. as above

Page 217

Lynn Rohrbough is a man.

Page 220

End Ladies Chain

Editor's Note: Ralph wasn't able to come up with a source for this dance. Larry Edelman told me that Bert Everett included a figure nearly identical to Ralph's in his book Complete Instructions for Fifty Canadian Square Dances (Dancecraft, 1977)

The Country Dance and Song Society publishes a variety of books, booklets, CDs and CD-ROMs (see our current catalog below). Our publications program is guided by our mission to preserve English and American traditional dance, music and song, to promote their new expression and support the communities where they continue to thrive.

We welcome suggestions and inquiries. Please contact Pat MacPherson, Editor and Director of the CDSS Education Department.

Books and Booklets

How-To for Leaders & Callers

Pat MacPherson, editor Dances for a Crowded Hall: Self-Contained English Dances
Pat MacPherson, editor Dancing in Schools
Pat MacPherson, editor Family and Community Dances
Judy Chaves Don't Stop Calling: A Guide to Leading English Country Dance Classes for Older Adults
Nils Fredland, editor New River Train: Singing Squares from the Collection of Keith Blackmon
Bruce Hamilton Notes on Teaching Country Dance
Larry Jennings, Dan Pearl & Ted Sannella The Contra Connection and Basically for Callers
Ted Sannella Calling Traditional New England Squares ;(with CD)

See also the extensive collection of How-To free resources here on our website.

Collected Dances: American

Nils Fredland, editor New River Train: Singing Squares from the Collection of Keith Blackmon
Allison Thompson, editor Legacy: 50 Years of Dance and Song
Nils Fredland and Pat MacPherson, editors Syllabus: Dare to Be Square ;(CD-ROM)
Kate Van Winkle Keller & Ralph Sweet A Choice Selection of American Country Dances of the Revolutionary Era
James Morrison Twenty-four Early American Country Dances: Cotillions and Reels for the Year 1976
Ted Sannella Balance and Swing
David Smukler & David Millstone Cracking Chestnuts: The Living Tradition of Classic American Contra Dances
Ralph Sweet & Nils Fredland On the Beat with Ralph Sweet
(if you have the 1st printing, we have since made the following corrections)

Collected Dances: English

Graham Christian The Playford Assembly: 125 Early English Country Dances, 1651 - c. 1820
Errata for Playford Assembly
Pat MacPherson, editor Classic English Country Dances (with CD)
Pat MacPherson, editor 21 Easy English Country Dances (with CD)
Judy Chaves Don't Stop Calling: A Guide to Leading English Country Dance Classes for Older Adults
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio Favorites of the Boston Centre: Dances for Volume 1
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio More Favorites of the Boston Centre: Dances for Volume 2
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio Simple Pleasures: Dances for Volume 3
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio Modern Treasures: Dances for Volume 4
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio At Home: Dances for Volume 5
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio At the Ball: Dances for Volume 6
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio By Request: Dances for Volume 7
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio By Choice: Dances for Volume 8
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio Strong Roots: Dances for Volume 9
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio New Shoots: Dances for Volume 10
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio Fast Friends, Dances of Gary Roodman: Dances for Volume 15
Kate Van Winkle Keller & Genevieve Shimer The Playford Ball, 2nd Edition: 103 Early English Country Dances

Recorded Music

Music Collections: American

Nils Fredland and Pat MacPherson, editors Syllabus: Dare to Be Square Syllabus: Dare to Be Square CD-ROM
Playford Consort Sweet Richard cassette
Playford Consort Young Widow cassette

Music Collections: English

Pat MacPherson, editor Classic English Country Dances (with booklet) CD
Pat MacPherson, editor 21 Easy English Country Dances (with booklet) CD
Marshall Barron, Eric Leber, Chuck Ward Step Stately: Two and Three Couple Dances from 17th and 18th Century England cassette
Claremont Country Dance Band Juice of Barley cassette
Claremont Country Dance Band Popular English Country Dances of the 17th and 18th Centuries cassette
Phil Merrill & Marshall Barron By Popular Demand cassette

Genevieve Shimer Publications Fund

Genevieve Shimer (1913-1990) devoted a large portion of her life to teaching English country dancing. She was a leading teacher of the English dance series in New York City and at Pinewoods Camp for over 40 years, taught workshops throughout the USA and Canada, and regularly led sessions at Berea College's Christmas Country Dance School and at John C. Campbell Folk School. She did a great deal of work for CDSS, serving in time as National Director, Vice President, and President, and was coauthor, with Kate Van Winkle Keller, of The Playford Ball.

Because our publications were especially important to Genny, we created the Genevieve Shimer Publications Fund in 1990 to honor her. The Fund is set up as a permanent revolving fund to pay the production costs of our books and recordings; income from their sale goes back into the Fund to be used for further projects.

Physical Collections

Collections of CDSS materials are held in the Milne Special Collections & Archives at the University of New Hampshire Library in Durham, NH. They are available to researchers.

  • The CDSS Library is a collection of nearly 3,000 books, 400 periodicals, pamphlets and sheet music, and close to 2000 recordings.
  • The CDSS Archives is a collection of 64 boxes of manuscripts, personal papers of individuals prominent in the teaching and collection of American traditional dances and songs, microfiche recordings, and archival materials dating from CDSS's founding in 1915.
  • Guide to the Country Dance and Song Society Collection, 1915-1994

The CDSS News is published quarterly, with one issue per year only online. Below are articles and other material from the most recent issues. We hope you find it informative, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Please contact us if you have comments or questions.

Our Upcoming Events calendar of workshops, balls, special events, weeks, and weekends throughout North America, is only available online. There is no charge for a simple listing (date, event name, town/state, sponsoring group's name, contact info); send to events@cdss.org.

To submit letters, articles, dances, tunes and songs for possible publication, send to news@cdss.org. Information about advertising is here. To receive the CDSS News in print as a benefit of CDSS membership, join here.

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