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This gathering of dance organizers from the northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, VT, ON) and beyond (MD, MI, PA, TN, TX) converged at the historic Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction, VT on 11/11/11. The weekend included an appetizing array of sessions during the day, dances both evenings, networking and discussions practically around the clock, and more!

The program was designed to provide resources for organizers of contra, English country, square, gender-role free, community and family dances. It was structured to address many aspects of creating and sustaining a successful dance series: clarifying our visions, building healthy dance organizations, making it happen, sound operation, long-range vision, etc. (See links in next column.)

In photo above, see lower row for organizers of this event (from left to right): Mary Wesley (VT), Chrissy Fowler (ME), Linda Henry (MA), Delia Clark (VT).

Puttin’ On the Dance:
A Conferencefor Northeast Dance Organizers
White River Junction, Vermont
November 11-13, 2011

78 participants
sessions for dance organizers and sound operators

For more information on the conference, see the archives on

Other supporting organizations include: NEFFA, DEFFA, Monadnock Folklore Society, New England Dancing Masters

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This gathering of dance organizers from the Southwest (AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, OK, TX, UT) and beyond (MA, TN) converged at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque on September 19, 2014. The weekend provided a wide range of pertinent resources for organizers of contra, English country, square, gender-neutral and community dances.

Twenty-one workshop sessions covered topics in three over-arching areas: Strengthening Your Organization, Improving Your Dance, and Growing the Market. The weekend also allowed time for sharing meals, ongoing conversations, making new connections, and having fun dancing together both evenings. (The photo above was taken at the local Saturday night dance.)

Southwest Regional
Organizers Conference (SWROC)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
September 19-21, 2014

78 participants
sessions for dance organizers

For further information about the program, follow these links to the schedule, session descriptions, workshop leaders, and archived materials from all sessions. For more information, see the Southwest Regional Organizers Conference website.

Read a glimpse of what unfolded throughout the weekend, see this CDSS blog post.

Other co-sponsoring organizations include: New Mexico Folk Music & Dance Society and Phoenix Traditional Music & Dance

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