Strolling musicians at camp

Country Dance & Song Society

Communities strengthened by dancing, singing, and making music together

We connect and support people in building and sustaining vibrant communities through participatory dance, music, and song traditions that have roots in English and North American culture. Learn more

What’s New

  • Dancers at Tapestry Folkdance Center in Minneapolis Check out the last Web Chat: Recruiting and Keeping Volunteers!

    The slideshow, video, resources, and transcript from our March 2023 Web Chat are now available. Executive Director Katy German hosted this discussion about volunteer management and addressed key volunteer-related questions.

    Read more about Web Chats, or email us with questions.

  • Two people dancing on the dock at Pinewoods Camp. Photo by Alan Duffy. Special Courses at Camp in 2023

    We’re excited to host four special courses at camp this summer, with Heidi Wilson, Gene Murrow, Dave Wiesler, and the Early Music Week staff!

    The lottery deadline for special courses is March 13; be sure to register by then for the best chance at getting a spot. Scholarships are available for all courses!

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  • Vintage-style image of a woman traveler March 2023 Song of the Month

    Sue Burgess introduces “Free and Easy to Ramble Along.” Sue writes: “A man goes on his rambles in Ireland and Scotland, having a good time meeting women, and perhaps breaking a few hearts along the way. In 2007, I was interested to hear well-known singer Peta Webb sing a version where the genders are reversed and the story told from a woman’s point of view.”

  • From the Mic with Will Mentor From the Mic Episode 11: Will Mentor

    In episode 11 of From the Mic, Mary talks with Will Mentor, who began his calling career in Fairfield, Iowa, in 1995. Since then, he has called dances, dance weekends, and weeklong dance camps all over the United States. Canada, and Europe. His guiding principle as a caller is “It’s about the dancers!”

  • Mass Cultural Council CDSS Receives $75,000 Grant

    CDSS has received a $75,000 Cultural Sector Recovery Grant from the Mass Cultural Council. Mass Cultural Council, an independent state arts agency, is charged with bolstering Massachusetts’s creative and cultural sector. MCC’s efforts advance economic vitality, support transformational change; and celebrate, preserve, and inspire creativity across all Massachusetts communities.

  • New England Dancing Masters: Andy Davis, Mary Alice Amidon, Mary Cay Brass, and Peter Amidon 2023 Lifetime Contribution Award Recipients: New England Dancing Masters

    We are proud to announce that Mary Alice Amidon, Peter Amidon, Mary Cay Brass, and Andy Davis—collectively known as the New England Dancing Masters—are the 2023 recipients of the CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award. For the past four decades, they have spread the joy of traditional music and dance across North America.

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