Welcome to our Centennial in 2015! For 100 years, we have loved traditional and participatory dance, music and song, especially those with roots in English and North American culture. We believe in the joy and strength they bring to individuals and communities, and we are committed to their vitality and sustainability. Read more about our traditions...
Looking For More Information About
- Contra dance?
- English country dance?
- Square dance?
- Display/ritual dance (Morris, Longsword, rapper, etc.)?
- Folk songs (ballads, sea shanties, rounds, pub songs)?
- Organizing a traditional dance or song event?
- Attending a dance or music camp?
- Regional Leadership Conferences?
- Getting support for an event?
- Finding a dance or song event in your area?
- Finding a group in your area?
- The Contra Dance Callers Survey?
- Videos illustrating the Cracking Chestnuts dances?
What Else Is New
CDSS Office Closed for Holiday
The CDSS office will be closed Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27 to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. We'll be back at our desks on Monday, the 30th. Have a great time eating, dancing, singing, playing music, or however you celebrate!
The Local Heroes Map is Up!
Local Heroes are the people who quietly *make things happen* for everyone else. See the community THANK YOU’s to your Local Heroes from all over the continent here.
2015 Annual Appeal
Our annual appeal is underway! Please give generously to support our ongoing work.
CDSS 2014 Annual Report
2015 Lifetime Award Recipient
CDSS is delighted to announce that Brad Foster is this year's Lifetime Award recipient. The award will be presented at an event in Athol, MA, on Saturday, October 24th. Read more
Posthumous Lifetime Contribution Award
Warren Argo will receive the first CDSS Posthumous award... Read more
Annual Meeting Minutes
The minutes for the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Governing Board are available here.
Spread the Joy!
Make your investment in the next 100 years and the long-term sustainability of CDSS!
Member Directory in Test Phase
Our new Member Directory has been built and is now being beta tested. If you need member information before its launch, please contact Christine Dadmun, Database and Membership Administrator. Thank you for your patience!