In June 2018, CDSS began a new Web Chat series to support organizers of dance, music, and song communities across the continent and beyond. For each Web Chat, a pertinent topic is chosen and guest organizers from communities having success with that topic are invited to share their valuable experiences and suggestions (Q&A included).

See below for a wide variety of useful materials generated by all previous Web Chats, including video recordings, PowerPoint slides, chat bar transcriptions, and more. To receive news about upcoming Web Chats, email

Next Web Chat:
Let’s Talk About Reentry: Recommendations and Q&A for Organizers
Wednesday, July 8, 7:30-9:00 p.m. EDT

Don’t miss this pivotal Web Chat! We’ll address the BIG questions on organizers’ minds: How can we keep our communities safe in a pandemic? When can we dance and sing in the same place again? What does it mean to be a dance/music/song organizer when we can’t be together?

We’ll be joined by several guests providing their perspectives, including a dancing MD, a COVID contact tracer, and music, dance, and song organizers from far and wide. After hearing from these folks, we’ll open it up for questions, comments, and discussion with participants. And we’ll be ready with breakout rooms for smaller chats among organizers of like traditions.

Register online by July 6.
Soon after you register, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Zoom with your personal link for joining the Web Chat. To keep track of this info, we recommend saving the email and/or creating a calendar event.

Please spread the word about this crucial Web Chat!
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Yes we CAN keep in touch!
Connecting Our Communities During the Pandemic

April 29, 2020

This exciting Web Chat connected 135 music, dance, and song organizers from far and wide! We’ve started a new online resource to share many of the creative ideas contributed by these communities. We invite all groups to submit entries describing your experiences to help us build these global connections!

Diversifying Income: Thinking Outside the Money Basket

February 12, 2020

Connecting Community Sing Organizers

October 16, 2019

Building Safe Dance Communities

July 11, 2019

  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Video Recording (also embedded at right)
  • Chat Bar Transcription
  • CDSS Community Safety Task Group Toolkit: This is a work-in-progress draft of the Safety Toolkit being produced by the CDSS Board's Community Culture and Safety Task Group. The Toolkit provides exemplar language, drawn from communities across the U.S. & Canada, to aid local leaders in drafting their own safety guidelines and policies. This document gives more detail of what the Toolkit will eventually provide, plus exemplar language for drafting guidelines for Community Culture and Etiquette.

Family/Community Dance Organizers Unite!

April 4, 2019

Increasing Youth Involvement

January 16, 2019

Creating a Thriving Open Band

September 20, 2018

Boosting AttenDANCE

June 21, 2018

  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Video Recording (also embedded to the right) - Note: We didn't capture the beginning of the chat. The recording begins with Jo Mortland of Chicago Barn Dance Company speaking.

Because the beginning of the Web Chat wasn't captured, we're offering the entire narrative from our first guest speaker on this page.

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