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: Orange: 2017, 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 2017

Contra Dance in Karlsruhe – starting up contra dancing in Germany! (Karlsruhe, Germany)

English Calling Workshop – event to train experienced contra callers how to call ECD (TX)

Benefit Dance for New Harmony Camp – contra dance to raise money for youth scholarships at dance camp (CA)

Cincinnati ECD Weekend – launching first English dance weekend in Cincinnati area (OH)

To Drive the Dark Winter Away – intergenerational solstice production including morris dancing and singing (NJ)

Contralab Energizer Dance – dance to build bridges between contra and square dance communities (OH)

Dumplin's and Dancin' Weekend – scholarships for caller training at weekend event (KY)

Contra Dance Relocation – safety net to help dance series transition to hall in better location, including variety of dance workshops dancing, singing, early music, etc. (VT)

FEBRUARY 2017

Hip to Be Square Barn Dance Series – traveling series to bring old-time music and workshops to small towns in Alberta (Calgary, Alberta)

English Dance Course – training to prepare students and parents for Graduation Ball (AK)

Maine Organic Farmers Dance Tour – events throughout Maine providing food from each farm and contra dances (ME)

ECD Sea-to-Sea publication – booklet of dances and tunes composed by ECD callers and musicians from across Canada

Missoula Old Time Social – new trad weekend including music, dances, concerts, and workshops (MT)

Raise the Roots Community Sing – new monthly singing series (MA)

20th Annual Spring Fling – contra weekend with workshops to support initiatives from CDSS Centennial Tour (ON)

Giant Robot Dance Weekend – event for English and contra dancers of all experience levels (NY)

Contra Dance Revitalization Project – efforts to help weekly dance series recover from deficit (MA)

 

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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