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.


Yellow pushpin Yellow 2020   White pushpin White 2015
Teal pushpin Teal 2019   Red pushpin Red 2014
Purple pushpin Purple 2018   Pink pushpin Pink 2013
Orange pushpin Orange 2017   Indigo pushpin Indigo 2012
Magenta pushpin Magenta 2016   Green pushpin Green 2011

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CDSS Outreach Funding has been offered to the following events and projects most recently:

February 2020

  • Mar-Apr: Project to create self-sustaining Community Dance Series including 5-Year Anniversary Dance (Arlington, WA)
  • Mar-May: East Tennessee Community Sing-Along - launching new singing series including training for song leaders (Johnson City, TN)
  • Mar 13-May 8: Transylvania Square Dance series Kickoff to help student music groups experience traditional music in the context of square dancing (Brevard, NC)
  • Mar 20-21: Callers Workshop & Dance Organizers Training sponsored by Lawrence Barn Dance Association during weekend of their monthly dance (Lawrence, KS)
  • Apr-June: Age-Inclusive ECD program for seniors and all adults; new initiative to include live music and add new family dance (Charlottesville, VA) 
  • April 24: Heritage Contra Dance to introduce visiting students and faculty from Mexico to contra dancing in the context of American culture (Binghamton, NY)
  • May 29-31: Caller Intensive for ECD Leaders - regional training event to improve calling skills including program planning and calling at local evening dance (Asheville, NC)
  • May 30-June 1: First Contra Dance Weekend in Paris - 3-day event to bring together dancers from France, neighboring countries, and the U.S. (Paris, France)
  • June 8-11: Scholarship to attend Appalachian Family Folk Gathering to observe and learn traditional dance calling (Hindman, KY)
  • June 17-20: Contra Program at 69th National Square Dance Convention - building bridges between contra and square dance traditions (Spokane, WA)
  • June 25-28: Guest Speaker at Americans for the Arts National Convention - presentation about proven positive outcomes of Dancing Well, project using traditional dance and music with specific populations (Washington, DC)
  • June 28-July 4: Youth Scholarships for BACDS Family Week - funding to help young dancers gain skills to share in their home communities (Aptos, CA)

October 2019

  • Nov 8-10: Scholarship for Dare to Be Square West– funding to attend square dance calling workshops (Olympic Peninsula, WA)
  • Dec: Old Time Dance Party publication– instruction booklet with accompanying CD for callers, teachers, and organizations interested in learning to call square dances for their communities (Vancouver, BC)
  • Jan-Mar 2020: North Bay Country Dance Project – two new community dance series: square/contra for all ages and workshops for adults with disabilities (North Bay, ON)
  • Feb 5-Apr 25, 2020: Contra Dance training – project to introduce groups of middle and high school students to contra dance and music, culminating in community dance for entire school (St. Paul, MN)
  • Feb 29-Mar 1, 2020: English Country Dance workshops – training for ECD team that performs Regency Era dances, which boosts attendance at local English dance (Rochester, NY)
  • Apr-July 2020: Community Dance series – new program at senior center bringing together older adults, families, and young children (Baltimore, MD)
  • April 18-19, 2020: Madison Open Band Workshop – musicians' workshop to improve level of musicianship and include new musicians (Madison, WI)

June 2019

  • May 31: Community Dance – special event to bring people of all ages together to honor the passing of a valuable community member (Newtown, CT)
  • July 20: Sunderland Square Dance – new dance series with goal to work with other square dance organizers in the region to create sustainable dances (Sunderland, MA)
  • Sept 2019-April 2020: Caller Continuing Education Pilot Project – series of video/internet coaching sessions for local callers in Anchorage, AK offered remotely by Lisa Greenleaf from Bolton, MA
  • Sept 6-8: Hands Across the Water Callers’ Workshop – 3-day workshop led by Bruce Hamilton for regional ECD callers during annual dance weekend (Victoria, BC)
  • Sept 2019-Mar 2020: Community Sing Meet-ups – series of singing events at local Senior Center for participants with dementia and their care partners (Northampton, MA)
  • Sept 2019-Feb 2020: Revitalizing Providence Contra Dance – outreach project to include more youth, families, seniors, and LGBTQ community, plus building connections with local organizations (Providence, RI)
  • Oct 25-27: Dancing America Rapper Tournament (DART) – funding to support contra dance open to local community during annual sword dance weekend (Washington, DC)

February 2019

  • Feb 22: Community Dance – funding for caller and musicians to introduce disadvantaged families and all community members to family dancing (Waukesha, WI)
  • Mar 17: Rapper Dance Workshop – training for young dancers on Maple Leaf Morris team to build skills and repertoire (Norwich, VT)
  • Mar 26-27: Dare to Be Square - Kentucky – workshops for square dance callers and musicians, including professional development opportunities for public school teachers. Free admission for students from afterschool music program (near Whitesburg, KY)
  • Mar 30: Family Friendly Contra Dance & Musicians Workshop – adding family dance and "Playing for Contras" workshops to Spring Breakdown Dance Weekend (Jefferson City, MO)
  • May 19: Musicians' Workshop – group class with Jacqueline Schwab on playing for dancing, emphasizing English Country Dance music (Charlottesville, VA)
  • June 28-July 5: Compassionate Communication Contra Dance Retreat – Training for dancers, organizers, callers, and musicians to learn and practice communication skills for cultivating safety and respect on the dance floor (during Contradancers Delight Holiday dance week in Mountain City, TN)
  • Aug 23-24: Portland Social Dance Festival – first annual festival in public square to cross-pollinate dancers from different genres including contra, swing, tango, etc. (Portland, ME)
  • Oct 4-6: Community Forum – Scholarships to help leaders from ten communities in WA, MT, OR, ID and BC gather to address issues from their dance groups (during Lady of the Lake - Fall Music and Dance Weekend in Couer d'Alene, ID)
  • Nov 1-3: Additions to Dumplin’s and Dancin’ Weekend – including workshops in square dancing, singing, and stringed instrument skills (Hindman, KY)

October 2018

  • Dancing Leaves Contra Dance Festival – new contra weekend including singing and calling workshops with focus on attracting young dancers (VA)
  • Family Dance - new series in central Iowa to introduce family members of all ages to traditional music and dance (IA)
  • Masterclasses in Traditional Music - 2 workshops by well-known musicians to increase skill level of local musicians; pilot program for series of 8 workshops (NY)
  • Ashland Community Dance & Song Weekend - new dance weekend including community dance (ECD, contra, square), family dance, plus music and song workshops (OR)
  • Asheville Midwinter ECD Weekend - 3rd annual weekend including evening dances, workshops, and farewell dance (NC)
  • North Berkshire Community Contra Dance - pilot of 3 dances in preparation for new self-sustaining monthly contra and square dance series (MA)
  • Singing Bird Music School – youth scholarships for Appalachian music and dance weekend, including classes in singing, flatfooting, square dancing, and numerous instruments (KY)
  • New Hall, New Audience Initiative – project to create sustainable contra series by transitioning to more affordable hall and attracting more young dancers (NY)

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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