My name is Nils Fredland. I am a proud staff member at the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS). CDSS believes that participatory arts change lives, and the CDSS mission is to spread joy and build community through dance, music, and song; my personal vision and mission is the same.
I'm excited to tell you about our Centennial Tour — a major project CDSS is planning for our Centennial in 2015, when we will celebrate 100 years of dance, music, and song, and the CDSS role in it. A major goal of all Centennial projects is to share and affirm the CDSS commitment that we will be around to support and serve you - dancers, singers, musicians, dance callers, song leaders, and organizers — for another 100 years.
Click for the Tour overview and for some information that explains our goals for the Tour.
We're excited to have this opportunity to give back to communities who make participatory dance, music, and song happen. Thank you for your work. We look forward to visiting!
CDSS Centennial Tour Manager
Centennial Tour: Where We're Going
In October we reviewed 37 tour stop applications, and we're pleased to announce the seven groups who have been chosen to be our local partners for the Tour. Staff and schedule information will be announced next year. Thank you to everyone who applied — we wish we could visit you all!
ARIZONA - Tucson Friends of Traditional Music*
KANSAS - Lawrence Barn Dance Association*
OREGON - South Coast Folk Society (Coos Bay)
TEXAS - Traditional Austin Area Dance Association
WEST VIRGINIA - Morgantown Friends of Old Time Music and Dance
NOVA SCOTIA - Metro Square and Round Dance Association (Halifax)
ONTARIO -Fiddlefern Country Dancers (Owen Sound)
Two alternate groups also were chosen if one of the above has to drop out; they are Bellingham Country Dance Society (WA) and Village Green English Country Dancers (Winnipeg, MB).
* Tucson and Lawrence will be partnering with their regional groups.