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New and Noteworthy

CDSS WebchatNext CDSS Web Chat!

Let's Talk About Reentry, Part 4:
Addressing Legal and Other Burning Questions
Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 7:00-8:45 p.m. ET
An online discussion for organizers of music, dance, and song communities
See details and registration info, plus materials from previous Web Chats. Register by May 17. Questions? Send us email.

Contra Pulse with Betsy BranchContra Pulse

Julie Vallimont chats this week with Pacific Northwest fiddler, teacher, and music editor Betsy Branch. Julie and Betsy explore her path from Suzuki violin to square dances at the Tractor Tavern to playing chestnuts at midnight in Montague, Massachusetts. 

Painting of a young woman holding a basket of laundryMay 2021 Song of the Month

This month's song is "Katie Catch." April Grant writes, "None of us can explain it except to say, 'It's so beautiful!' or 'It's the one where everything is OK!'"

David KaynorA Celebration of David Kaynor

On April 17, we celebrated our 2021 Lifetime Contribution Award winner, David Kaynor! Learn more and watch the video of the event, and view the digital scrapbook.

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. 

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!

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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