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The CDSS News is delivered quarterly to approximately 2,500 households in print and 10,000 people electronically.

2022 Deadlines

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Winter print Nov. 4, 2022 Nov. 14, 2022 mid-December 2022

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From 2018-2020, the Shop Talk e-newsletter featured interesting resources, highlighted best practices, and shared inspirational stories for organizers. As of 2021, Shop Talk has been redirected to the Affiliate eNews. Find out more about becoming an Affiliate.

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In spring 2011 we ordered a second printing of our book On the Beat with Ralph Sweet, by Ralph Sweet & Nils Fredland.

The second printing includes the following corrections:

Page 14
Added to the top of the page:
In the Sources section of this book (page 215), the reader can gather information about Ralph's sources for the dances that are included in the following two sections (Patter Transcriptions and Dance Descriptions). Any unattributed dances belong to a large body of traditional squares, many coming from the Southern tradition, or Western square dancing of the 1940s and 1950s. Over the years, callers have created variations to these figures; this collection reflects Ralph's own dancing and collecting experiences.

Page 55
(also known as Tic Tac Toe, from the calling of Beth Molaro, and renamed by Ralph)

Page 86
(As called by Lisa Greenleaf, who collected it from Bob Dalsemer)

Page 102
3. Everybody Chain or, All Chain Four

Page 205
Mixer (not keeper)

Page 206
Unless the crowd you are calling for is very experienced with square dancing, use my simpler version of the figure. It eliminates the four ladies chain over and back, giving more time for the corner swing:

Heads pass thru, separate, around just one-o
    Into the middle, circle up four, halfway round you go
Pass thru, corner swing, me-o my-o
    Swing that corner girl, from the bayou
Join up hands, circle to the left now
    Go all the way until the men are home
Your corner dos-a-dos, and then dos-a-dos your own
    Allemande left your corner, weave around the ring, etc. as above

Page 217
Lynn Rohrbough is a man.

Page 220
End Ladies Chain
Editor's Note: Ralph wasn't able to come up with a source for this dance. Larry Edelman told me that Bert Everett included a figure nearly identical to Ralph's in his book Complete Instructions for Fifty Canadian Square Dances (Dancecraft, 1977)

CDSS has published a newsletter continuously since 1967 and a journal off and on since 1940. In addition, we produce dance and music books, how-to booklets, CDs, and a growing elibrary of out-of-print books and research databases. Our institutional archives and library are housed at The University of New Hampshire (Durham).


The CDSS News is a quarterly print publication for members and, in a slightly shorter format, an online publication for everyone. Interested in submitting something for publication or advertising? See our Submissions Guidelines.


The E-News is periodic updates of announcements, deadlines and late-breaking news. You can browse through past issues and join the mailing list.

News Article Archives

Our news archives section includes selections from past years' issues of the CDSS News. You can search by category or keyword or both.

CD+S Online (journal)

CDSS has published several journals since 1940. The current version, CD+S, is online only. PDF scans of earlier editions are in our journal archives: The Country Dancer (1940-1965), and Country Dance and Song (1968-1996).

CDSS Publications

CDSS publishes a variety of books, booklets, CDs and CD-ROMs. Our publications program is guided by the CDSS mission to support the resilience and good health of traditional music, dance and song participatory arts communities. We welcome suggestions and inquiries. Please contact Ben Williams, Director of the CDSS Education Department.

Online Library

We are pleased to provide these publications, most now out of print, here on the web. We ask only that you respect the authors’ intention and generosity in making these materials available free of charge (although donations to our programs are always welcome!). We also welcome new suggestions for additional material you would find useful.

CDSS Library and Archives at the University of New Hampshire

Collections of CDSS materials are held in the Milne Special Collections & Archives at the University of New Hampshire Library in Durham, NH. They are available to researchers.

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