Nikki HerbstNikki Herbst (Amana, IA) is deeply interested in bringing the joy, art and human cooperation of dance, music and song to as many people as possible. She has been active as a dancer, dance leader and organizer for most of her life and invites you to have a look at her website,, for details.

Nikki started a contra dance series in Ukiah, California, in the 1980s and helped start a series in Iowa City 10 years ago, both of which she is happy to say are still running. She served as the vice president of Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, for 4 years and has helped produce the Boston Playford Ball for the past 12 years. She was a long-time member of the planning committees for the Bay Area (California) Country Dance Society’s summer dance camps at Mendocino, where she was on staff as an English Week musician and ran the camp bookstores and auctions. She chaired the CDSS Nominating Committee for 6 years, and in 2009 ran the bookstore and auctions at 7 CDSS weeks at Pinewoods. She was a member of the CDSS Centennial Steering Committee and chair of the Midwest Camp Task Group, which established Dance, Music & Spice Week at Camp Cavell.

At home, Nikki divides her time between writing & editing and rehabilitating birds of prey. She suspects working with CDSS Board members will compare favorably with wrestling with hawks, owls, falcons and eagles.

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