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About CD+S Online

As part of the CDSS Centennial, this peer-reviewed journal, which appeared in print from the late 1960s to the early 1990s, returned as CD+S Online in April 2016. CD+S Online is an opportunity for those who love and think seriously about our arts to present their research in an entertaining and scholarly way for readers around the world interested in traditional dance, music, and song rooted in England and North America. Articles in CD+S Online are longer and more detailed than those found in its sister publication, CDSS News, and represent an exploration of the past, a celebration of the present, speculations as to the future, and a means for future generations to mark the status and development of our shared art form at any given point in time. 

Articles address a wide range of topics including collecting traditional songs or dances, incorporating traditional materials in the classroom, whether K-12 or at the college level, working collaboratively with other arts organizations, examining how traditions are transmitted, and more!

At the time it was published, Country Dance and Song was available only to members of CDSS. As part of the support that members and friends have provided and continue to provide, we are pleased to make CD+S Online free and available to everyone. Access to back issues of Country Dance and Song and The Country Dancer is also free. Bookmark this page and visit it often.

Call for proposals

Proposals for articles are accepted at any time. Send your proposal (350-word; i.e., one page) to (Please read the Submissions and Style guidelines before submitting a proposal.)

2016 is the Year of Song

While we will accept proposals on any topic at any time, we hope that your ideas for 2016 will focus on song:  children’s songs and handclapping games, song in the classroom, song on the streets, song in the dance. 2016 is also the Centennial of Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpele’s song-collecting travels in Appalachia, which leads us to ask:  what role does a traditional ballad have in the age of the Internet and the smart-phone?  Why do we still care about Barbara Allen, John Henry, and lovely Flora, the flower of the West? How are modern songs in the traditional style evolving?

Can’t wait to read the answers to these and other questions!

Allison Thompson
General Editor, CD+S Online

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