In March 1915, in New York City, and then in Boston and other cities, groups of people met with Cecil J. Sharp, the English musicologist and collector of folk songs, who was on a teaching/lecture tour, sharing his knowledge of English traditional song and dance. Sharp had founded the English Folk Dance Society (EFDS) in London in 1911, and now, four years later, he helped establish several American branches of EFDS. From those American groups evolved the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS), one of the oldest folk organizations in the United States, which is celebrating its Centennial in 2015.
CDSS marked the occasion with a year-long celebration in 2015 including community residencies in six North American cities; the CDSS story project; commemorative dances; a Centennial song; local celebrations around North America; and more. All of our events and activities were documented in our Centennial website - cdss100.org.