Monthly Archives: April 2013

May Day is coming!

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photo by Jeff Bary

We’re planning to live-blog for much of the day on Wednesday, May 1st. Please join us! Send us your May Day stories, video and photos, as they’re happening or when you’ve caught your breath.

Or join the conversation with #maydaycdss.

Send pictures! Include 1) your name, 2) your team’s name, 3) who is dancing (optional), 4) where you’re dancing, 5) any other comment about the team you wish to share, and 6) the photographer or videographer’s name.

Questions? Write to mayday@cdss.org. Happy Spring!

Joining the team

Hi, my name is Christine Dadmun.  Most people call me by my nickname, “Teeny”.

I’m excited to join the team at CDSS as the Database and Membership Administrator.  My main role here is to support all departments to facilitate a smooth running of operations.

We are proud to introduce our new 2013 membership brochure hot off the press.  Click here to see the full color PDF.

 

 

I would like to invite you to contact me directly if you want to:

I can be reached at 413.203.5467 X 104 or Christine@cdss.org

In closing, I’m extremely excited to join this great organization.  I look forward to building relationships and spreading the joy of traditional dance, music and song.

 

 

 

 

 

Passport to Joy!

At last week’s Annual Governing Board meeting, the Board affirmed the staff’s first-tier Centennial projects, saying, “Go for it!”  As if that weren’t exciting enough — by the time the meeting concluded, individual Board members had demonstrated their support by committing $42,000 in gifts and pledges for the Centennial.

Both Board and staff spoke passionately of our determination that the multi-year celebration be meaningful, useful, and compelling to individuals and communities across North America.  How can the Centennial Tour build connections and strengthen communities?  How can the Centennial website bring your voices, your history, your photos, your video, audio, and art IN; and how can we joyfully, widely, and effectively broadcast your news OUT?

My favorite moment was when Mary Wesley suddenly said, “Centennial Passports!”  Everyone started talking at once:  “You get your passport stamped at every Centennial event you attend!”  “The person with the most stamps gets a PRIZE!”  “Different stamps for different kinds of events!”  “Morris stamps!”  “Conference stamps!”  “Moneymusk Moment stamps!”  “It’s like a passport to joy!”

Several Board members shared with me that the “Where do you see yourself?” sign I had posted on the wall really helped them in their decision to pledge.  So I’m sharing a version of it here with you.  Soon, we’ll be coming to you asking you to support the campaign for the Next 100 Years.  So be thinking:  where do you see yourself?

Group Energy—CDSS Summer Camps for Adults

Adult Weeks, Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MA, July-August 2013

photo by Jeff Bary

Synergy (noun)—combined action or functioning, producing an effect that is greater than the sum of its individual elements or contributions.

In other words—a really GREAT community!

The Country Dance and Song Society’s summer camps are known for many things: excellent staff, beautiful surroundings, enthusiastic participants, and a devotion to the power of participatory dance, song and music to enrich our lives. We don’t just watch or listen to the stuff—we do it!

CDSS camp programs bring individuals together each week to: CREATE and strengthen our dance, song and music skills; CREATE a supportive environment for emerging talents; CREATE networks of people to share information with throughout the year; and CREATE opportunities for lifelong friendships.

photo by Stewart Dean

We run several weeks and mini-courses for adults 18 and up (15-17 years old with a parent/guardian). For 2013, these weeks at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA include:

Harmony of Song & Dance, July 27-August 3, Nils Fredland, program director (open)

English Dance Week, August 3-10, Brad Foster (open, short wait list)
and English Dance Musicians Course, August 3-10, Shira Kammen (open)

 

photo by Adam Brown

English & American Dance Week, August 10-17, Owen Morrison (open)

American Dance & Music Week, August 24-31, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins & Anna Patton and Sound Operators Course, August 24-31, Tony Hernandez (open, short wait list)

See also our earlier blog about Early Music Week and Harmony of Song & Dance, and a blog about our Family Weeks.

 

Adult Weeks, Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MA, July-August 2013

 

photo by Stu Shapiro

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Teaching Families to Dance and Sing Together—CDSS Family Weeks

photo by Carl Friedman

Family Weeks, sponsored by the Country Dance and Song Society, a traditional dance and music organization, are a wonderful combination of education and enjoyment. Daytime classes for the very young, grade schoolers, young teens, older teens and adults improve your dance and music skills, while the evening program gathers the entire community together to dance, sing and enjoy other activities. Contras, squares, English country dance, songs, music jams, ritual dances, crafts, swimming and hanging out with friends old and new is our core program, with slight variations at each week. And each week has its own traditions, whether the program is one of our longest-running (Pinewoods, 1975) to our almost-newest (Timber Ridge, 1990), to the very newest (Ogontz, 1999). Each program also reflects the particular beauty of its location: Ogontz in the rugged White Mountains of NH; Timber Ridge on the gentle slopes of West Virginia, bounded by the beautiful Cacapon River; and Pinewoods, a land of tall pine trees, bordered by two fine ponds in eastern MA. At each week, the music, laughter, and sense of a family vacation well spent, embrace the participants and rises toward the sun and stars every day. Join us for a memorable time!

 

photo by Carl Friedman

FAMILY WEEK AT PINEWOODS
Plymouth, MA
July 20-27, 2013
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photo by Louis Greenwald

 

FAMILY WEEK AT OGONTZ
Lyman, NH
August 3-10, 2013
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Special courses offered at Ogontz during Family Week (pre-registration is required for each of these Courses):

  • American Dance Musicians Course, led by Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy
  • Teachers Training Course: Folk Arts in the Classroom, led by Kari Smith
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    photo courtest Timber Ridge Camp

    FAMILY WEEK AT TIMBER RIDGE
    High View, WV
    August 11-18, 2013
    NOTE: While adults must be accompanied by children at our Ogontz and Pinewoods family camps, Timber Ridge has room for adults without children. Family Week adults join in that those classes as well—it’s a shared program, and one of the truest examples of community dancing, singing and music-making.
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    Special courses offered at Timber Ridge during Family Week (pre-registration is required for each of these Courses):

  • DeLaura Padovan’s Community & Classroom Dance Leaders Course
  • Rick Mohr’s Contra Dance Callers Course
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    CAMPERS’ WEEK at Pinewoods, August 17-24, 2013, another CDSS family session at Pinewoods, has a long waiting list this summer. You’re welcome to add your name.

    The Rose and the Thorn: Contrasts in Music and Dance of Earlier Times

    photo by Paul Lipke

    Early Music Week
    Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MA
    June 27-July 4, 2013

    Watch a video of the week.
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    Free or measured? Monophonic or polyphonic? Improvised or written? Medieval or Renaissance? Treble or Contrabass? Dance music or concert music? High pitch or low pitch?

    Explore these delicious questions and many more in a friendly, welcoming, magical place, with world-class faculty, friendly participants, and where the sounds of music and dance rise to the tops of the trees. This is CDSS’s Early Music Week, June 27-July 4, 2013, held at Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MA.

    The week’s program offers musical challenges and opportunities for beginners and experienced players and singers. In morning technique and consort classes and afternoon special topic ensembles, we will play and sing music from the vibrant Middle Ages to the virtuosic Baroque.

    Photo by Corey Green

    If you’ve never played a musical instrument (but wish you could), or if you studied music years ago (and fear you’ve forgotten everything), there are classes to get you started or to help brush off the rust. Introductory classes are offered this year in recorder, viol and harp. Advanced and intermediate players and singers have a wide array of classes from which to choose: early winds (recorders, reeds and brass), strings (viols and violin), harpsichord and voice.

    Dancers, too, will find a wealth of activity, including high-level technique classes, challenging ensembles and historical dance.

    Relaxing is always part of the week, too, with two ponds for swimming and canoeing, a Camphouse deck for summer reading, afternoon tea, staff concerts and lots of wonderful dancing-for-all.

    Also offered during the Early Music Week are two Special Courses: Viol Intensive Course, with Sarah Mead and Lisa Terry, and English Dance Musicians Course, with Peter Barnes.  (Separate registration is required for each Special Course.)

    photo by Cheri Glaser

    The week is run by the Country Dance and Song Society, a traditional dance and music organization, founded in 1915, whose work is grounded in English and Anglo-American social dance and dance music. Early Music Week has been part of our summer programs since 1958. Please join us for glorious music and dance under the trees!

    Early Music Week
    Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MA
    June 27-July 4, 2013

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    (In addition to the CDSS scholarships, summer scholarships are offered by Early Music America, deadline: April 15, and the Viola da Gamba Society of America, deadline: April 15.)

    Arts Advocacy Alert

    Traditional dance, music and song—whether performed, taught or done for fun are living traditions and living arts, and an important part of arts education. Lend your voice in support of National Arts Advocacy Day next week. It’s Tuesday, April 9th. Americans for the Arts (Arts USA) will welcome more than 500 arts advocates to Capitol Hill. Here’s how YOU can help even if you’re not there:

    • To support state arts advocacy delegation members who are going to DC, write to your Members of Congress by this Friday, April 5th at noon. Arts USA will tally the letters so your state arts advocacy captain can walk in each Congressional office and say, “Today is Arts Advocacy Day and I want to add my voice to the [X number of] other constituents who have emailed you about the importance of the arts and arts education in our state.”
    • Take two minutes to send a pre-written, customizable Arts Advocacy Day letter to your members of Congress.
    • Attend a live Arts Advocacy Day event from home! Cellist and arts educator Yo-Yo Ma will deliver the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy and perform at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts. Google will web stream the event live for millions to enjoy. To watch, visit the Americans for the Arts’ YouTube channel on Monday, April 8 at 6:30 PM EDT.
    • Ask Yo-Yo Ma an arts education question! On Saturday, the cellist will take a break from his Arts Advocacy Day visits with Congress to participate in Arts USA’s Google Hangout (aka video chat). Tweet them your questions in advance using the #AskYoYo hashtag. To watch the Google Hangout, visit the Americans for the Arts’ YouTube channel on Tuesday, April 9 at 10:30 AM EDT.

    Support the arts and arts education—be part of the 2013 National Arts Advocacy Day.