The Country Dance and Song Society publishes a variety of books, booklets, CDs and CD-ROMs (see our current catalog below). Our publications program is guided by our mission to preserve English and American traditional dance, music and song, to promote their new expression and support the communities where they continue to thrive.

We welcome suggestions and inquiries. Please contact Pat MacPherson, Editor and Director of the CDSS Education Department.

BOOKS AND BOOKLETS

HOW-TO FOR LEADERS & CALLERS 

See also the extensive collection of How-To free resources here on our website.

COLLECTED DANCES: AMERICAN

Nils Fredland, editor New River Train: Singing Squares from the Collection of Keith Blackmon
Allison Thompson, editor Legacy: 50 Years of Dance and Song
Nils Fredland and Pat MacPherson, editors Syllabus: Dare to Be SquareSyllabus: Dare to Be Square(CD-ROM)
Kate Van Winkle Keller & Ralph Sweet A Choice Selection of American Country Dances of the Revolutionary Era
James Morrison Twenty-four Early American Country Dances: Cotillions and Reels for the Year 1976
Ted Sannella Balance and Swing
Ted Sannella Swing the Next
David Smukler & David Millstone Cracking Chestnuts: The Living Tradition of Classic American Contra Dances
Ralph Sweet & Nils Fredland On the Beat with Ralph Sweet  
(if you have the 1st printing, we have since made the following corrections)

COLLECTED DANCES: ENGLISH

Graham Christian The Playford Assembly: 125 Early English Country Dances, 1651 - c. 1820
Pat MacPherson, editor Classic English Country Dances (with CD)
Pat MacPherson, editor 21 Easy English Country Dances (with CD)
Judy Chaves Don't Stop Calling: A Guide to Leading English Country Dance Classes for Older Adults
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio Favorites of the Boston Centre: Dances for Volume 1
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio More Favorites of the Boston Centre: Dances for Volume 2
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio Simple Pleasures: Dances for Volume 3
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio Modern Treasures: Dances for Volume 4
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio At Home: Dances for Volume 5
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio At the Ball: Dances for Volume 6
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio By Request: Dances for Volume 7
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio By Choice: Dances for Volume 8
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio Strong Roots: Dances for Volume 9
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio New Shoots: Dances for Volume 10
Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio Fast Friends, Dances of Gary Roodman: Dances for Volume 15
Kate Van Winkle Keller & Genevieve Shimer The Playford Ball, 2nd Edition: 103 Early English Country Dances


RECORDED MUSIC

MUSIC COLLECTIONS: AMERICAN

Nils Fredland and Pat MacPherson, editors Syllabus: Dare to Be Square Syllabus: Dare to Be Square CD-ROM
Playford Consort Sweet Richard cassette
Playford Consort Young Widow cassette

MUSIC COLLECTIONS: ENGLISH

Pat MacPherson, editor Classic English Country Dances (with booklet) CD
Pat MacPherson, editor 21 Easy English Country Dances (with booklet) CD
Marshall Barron, Eric Leber, Chuck Ward Step Stately: Two and Three Couple Dances from 17th and 18th Century England Step Stately: Two and Three Couple Dances from 17th and 18th Century England cassette
Claremont Country Dance Band Juice of Barley cassette
Claremont Country Dance Band Popular English Country Dances of the 17th and 18th Centuries cassette
Phil Merrill & Marshall Barron By Popular Demand cassette

 

GENEVIEVE SHIMER PUBLICATIONS FUND

Genevieve Shimer (1913-1990) devoted a large portion of her life to teaching English country dancing. She was a leading teacher of the English dance series in New York City and at Pinewoods Camp for over 40 years, taught workshops throughout the USA and Canada, and regularly led sessions at Berea College's Christmas Country Dance School and at John C. Campbell Folk School. She did a great deal of work for CDSS, serving in time as National Director, Vice President, and President, and was coauthor, with Kate Van Winkle Keller, of The Playford Ball. 

Because our publications were especially important to Genny, we created the Genevieve Shimer Publications Fund in 1990 to honor her. The Fund is set up as a permanent revolving fund to pay the production costs of our books and recordings; income from their sale goes back into the Fund to be used for further projects.

     
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