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We are now accepting ad reservations for the upcoming issue of the CDSS News, as well as reservations for all issues of 2021. Please contact Kelsey Wells at to make a reservation. Reservations are due approximately 6 weeks before publication date, but the art is not due until 3 weeks before. See the chart below for specific dates.

The CDSS News is delivered quarterly to approximately 3,000 households in print and 8,000 people electronically. Each print issue is also available online. In addition, there is one online-only issue per year. (In 2021, the online-only issue is Summer.) All print ad prices include placing the same ad in the corresponding online issue. It is currently not possible to place an online-only ad in a print issue.

Ads can be in full color or black and white and should be submitted via email to The art should be sized to the dimensions stated below. Press-ready PDF is preferred, but we will also accept JPG or TIF files of at least 300 dpi. Ad payment is due when the art file is submitted.

Ads for in-person events are permitted, however, the ad must include a statement that the event is subject to change due to the ongoing pandemic.

Print Issues (in 2021, the Spring, Fall, and Winter issues will be in print)

  Size Base Price Member Price Affiliate Price
Full page 7.125" wide x 9.25" high $500 $300 $200
Half page 7.125" wide x 4.375" high $300 $150 $100
Quarter page 3.375" wide x 4.375" high $150 $75 $50
Eighth page 3.375" wide x 1.813" high $75 $35 $20

Online-only Issues (in 2021, the Summer issue will be online)

  Size Base Price Member Price Affiliate Price
Full page 7.125" wide x 9.25" high $200 $125 $75
Half page 7.125" wide x 4.375" high $100 $75 $40
Quarter page 3.375" wide x 4.375" high $50 $35 $20
Eighth page 3.375" wide x 1.813" high $30 $20 $10
  • 20% discount off total price if reserving entire year (2021) upfront
  • 10% discount off total price for reservations of 2 or more successive issues
  • The Member price is available to all individual and household CDSS Members. The Affiliate price is available to anyone placing an ad on behalf of a current CDSS Affiliate group.
  • The online pricing structure is only available for the year's online-only issue. (In 2021, that is the Summer issue.) All print ads automatically include the ad in the online version of that issue. For example, placing an ad in the Spring 2021 issue uses the print pricing structure and inserts that ad into the print and online versions of that issue.

 2021 Issues

  Format Reservation Deadline Art Deadline Publication Date
Spring print Feb. 5, 2021 Feb. 22, 2021 mid-March 2021
Summer online June 1, 2021 June 8, 2021 mid-June 2021
Fall print Aug. 6, 2021 Aug. 25, 2021 mid-September 2021
Winter print Nov. 5, 2021 Nov. 24, 2021 mid-December 2021

How to Submit

Please reserve your ad by contacting Kelsey Wells at You can pay for your ad by credit card, or mail a check to:

116 Pleasant St., Suite 345
Easthampton, MA 01027-2759
413-203-5467 x101

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.

Feel free to browse previous Shop Talk Issues:


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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