CDSS has been distributing Outreach Funds since 2008 (see list of recent recipients). In the following map, each pin represents an individual or organization that has been offered CDSS outreach funding to date— in all about 235 music, dance and song communities throughout the U.S. and Canada! To apply, please refer to the online guidelines and application.

KEY: Magenta: 2016, White: 2015, Red: 2014, Pink: 2013, Purple: 2012, Green: 2011, Yellow: 2010, Blue: 2009, Teal Blue: 2008

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CDSS OUTREACH FUNDING HAS BEEN OFFERED TO THE FOLLOWING EVENTS AND PROJECTS MOST RECENTLY:

JUNE 2016

Morgantown Family Square Dances – new family-centered series to be held prior to existing monthly square dance (WV)

Portland Intown Contra Dance – new weekly contra series including mentorship programs for callers and musicians (ME)

Kingston English Country Dance – support for monthly English dance and capacity-building workshop for regional dance organizers (RI)

Community Dance – collaboration of Kids 4 Harmony program and local college to host event for families from local elementary schools (MA)

33rd Annual Square and Round Dance Convention – support for musicians to include contra dance in regional square dance event (IL)

FEBRUARY 2016

Cecil Sharp & Maud Karpeles Centennial Celebration 2016-2018 – project to offer materials and events to celebrate 100th anniversary of song collecting of Sharp and Karpeles throughout Appalachia (NC)
 
Contra Dance Workshops for Middle School students – introductory workshops for 7th and 8th grade chorus, band, and orchestra students and teachers (MA)
 
Grand Opening for Santa Cruz Traditional Music & Dance Archives – participatory event including square dance to unveil new Archive collection to cultivate traditional dance and music (CA)
 
Callers' Workshop & Mentorship Program – workshops to connect new and experienced contra callers, including ongoing mentorship (NY)
 
Planning Curriculum for Dancing Well Leader Training – development of curriculum to train leaders to offer Dancing Well programs in other regions (KY)
 
Max Hunter Bibliography - bibliography of Max Hunter, one of the last Ozark folk song collectors (MO)
 
Stuff We Think About – collaborative documentary to capture the spirit and stories of YDW 2015 participants (VT)


OCTOBER 2015

Community English Country Dance Series – new series in region with no other English dances (IL)

Sea Shanty Documentary – short film to document singers who preserve sea shanties and maritime folk music (NY)

Gender Role Free Contra Dance – initial dance to start up gender role free dancing in new area (CA)

Dare to Be Square Tennessee – weekend of square dancing and workshops for callers and musicians (TN)

Music Curriculum – support to purchase elementary school curriculum for teaching music and dance skills (IA)

Bridgewater Contra II – dance on college campus to attract students and dancers from surrounding communities (VA)

 

HERE IS A SAMPLING OF THE TYPES OF EVENTS THAT HAVE RECEIVED CDSS SUPPORT OVER THE YEARS:


TRAINING EVENTS

Sun Assembly Spring Dance Weekend - English country and contra dance weekend with new aspect of including workshops for callers of both genres (NC)

Dancing Between the Lines - Midwest leadership conference for callers and dance organizers (OH)

All Contra, All Day, the Right Way - contra workshop for dancers of all levels for building skill and community (BC)

Contra Callers' Workshops - series of mentorship workshops for new callers with opportunities to call at local dances (NM)

Open Contra Dance Band Practice/Workshops - several workshops for musicians leading up to playing for final dance (RI)

2nd Annual Dare to Be Square - weekend of square dancing and calling workshops (VA)

Impropriety Weekend - English country dance and music workshops in 3 cities in Bay area (CA)


EVENTS WITH FAMILY OR YOUTH FOCUS

World on a String Day - cross-cultural workshops to introduce young classical music students to the wide world of traditional music (DC) - see photo at left

Wallowa Fiddle Tunes Camp - adding contra dance to existing week-long music camp for families (OR)

Youth Traditional Song Weekend - youth-focused (not youth-exclusive) participatory singing event including leadership training (MA)

Fall Has Sprung - backing to help annual contra festival increase youth attendance by offering sliding scale to dancers 30 and under (CA)


NEW EVENTS

Swan's Island Community Dance - new contra dance to revive dancing on remote island (ME) - see photo at left

Mountain Dance Trail - revitalizing dances in 10 communities throughout West Virginia (WV)

Jim Thorpe Country Dance Series - start-up funding for new monthly contra/square dance (PA)


SCHOLARSHIPS TO NON-CDSS PROGRAMS

Festival of American Fiddle Tunes - scholarship to attend week-long festival to participate in fiddle, piano and calling workshops (WA)

Cumberland Dance Week - scholarship to attend callers workshop at music and dance week including contras, English country dancing, rapper, etc. (KY)

BACDS American Week - matching youth scholarships for dance week including contras and squares, couple dancing, music workshops, etc. (CA)

 

 

 

 

 

     
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