We connect and support people in building and sustaining vibrant communities through participatory dance, music, and song traditions that have roots in English and North American culture.

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New and Noteworthy

Contra Pulse with Owen MorrisonContra Pulse

Julie Vallimont's guest this week is guitarist Owen Morrison, known for his driving rhythm and virtuosic flat-picking in well-loved bands such as Elixir, The Figments, and the Morrison Brothers. They dive into Owen’s musical background and his youth in the midst of the rich music and dance scene of Charlottesville, Virginia.

People riding on horseback past a castleApril 2021 Song of the Month

Cate Clifford presents "A Pilgrim's Way," a love letter to humanity that she hopes will lighten your heart. The song was based on a poem by Rudyard Kipling and set to music by Peter Bellamy.

Dance It Yourself!Dance It Yourself!

This multigenerational dance video series helps teachers, students, and families dance at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the series and download the new Teacher's Guide!

CDSS News, Spring 2021Spring 2021 CDSS News

This season's issue is now available to download as a PDF, view as a flipbook, or read online as individual articles. 

Dancers at the Old Farmers' Ball in 2019Check out the last Web Chat

In our most recent Web Chat for organizers, we talked about how the pandemic has altered our communities' needs and how we can best get ready for dancing, singing, and making music together - including the latest information on vaccines. Email us with questions.

Grants AvailableCDSS Grants Available

Now accepting grant applications for funding equity and anti-racism training, publishing instructional materials, and related endeavors. Check out our grant guidelines and application, and email us with questions.

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