Heading Into Our Second Century
Contras, squares, English country dance, morris and sword dance, Maypole dances, dance tunes, songs, early music, individuals, families, communities, inclusive of all levels of experience — that’s the world of the Country Dance and Song Society.
Beginning as a branch of the English Folk Dance Society, we danced the English dances, played the music, opened our hearts to the songs, and then, being Americans, we embraced their cousins, our own homegrown contras, squares, tunes and songs, traditions with their influences in the North American culture. We’ve danced, played and sung through world wars, social upheavals, and times changing so fast it takes your breath away.
Dance and folk song collector Cecil J. Sharp, who was there at our founding, wrote home to England to say: “The people [in America are] really most enthusiastic.” We still are!
In 2015 we’ll celebrate our Centennial. One hundred years, can you believe it?
Celebrate with us as we dance and sing our way into the next hundred years. We’re planning some events and activities, regionally and nationally, and leaving room for spontaneous events. It’s going to be cheerful, delightful, inspiring and just plain fun. We’ll announce plans are soon as they’re confirmed, so drop back by from time to time to see what’s on the program.