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Country Dance & Song Society

Individuals nourished and 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. We steward the living traditions of English country dance, contra and square dance, morris and sword dance, and the music that is an integral part of these traditions. Learn more

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What’s New

  • Younger dancers with arms around each other 2023 Generational Transition Survey

    You’re invited to an online town hall meeting to hear our Generational Transition Survey results!

    Wednesday, May 22, 2024
    8:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. PT)

    Register for the Zoom meeting Learn more

  • Antique photo of Seth Davy, a bearded man entertaining children with wooden puppets. May 2024 Song of the Month

    Dave Para introduces “Seth Davy” by Glyn Hughes, also known as “Come Day, Go Day” or “Whiskey on a Sunday.” Seth Davy was a Jamaican sailor who entertained children on the streets of Liverpool around the turn of the 20th century.

  • From the Mic with Cis Hinkle From the Mic Episode 23: Cis Hinkle

    The latest guest on From the Mic is Cis Hinkle. Cis has delighted contra and square dancers since 1985 with her skilled teaching, welcoming manner, playful enthusiasm and masterful selection of dances. She talks with Mary about the first time she stumbled into a contra dance in her native Atlanta; shares how she overcame stage fright and began calling all over the world; and brings us right up to her most recent pursuit, learning to call modern western squares.

  • From the Mic with David Millstone From the Mic Episode 22: David Millstone

    Mary’s guest on this episode of From the Mic is David Millstone. David started contra dancing with Dudley Laufman in the early 1970s and has been calling dances for forty-five years: contras old and new, squares from different regional traditions, English country dances, and plenty of family-friendly events.

  • A circle of dancers whirling around Affiliate renewals are now open!

    Your current Affiliate Membership, insurance, and 501c3 status will expire on May 1st, so remember to renew as soon as possible. Renew now, or see instructions for renewing as an Affiliate.

  • St. Catherine's Church in Towersey among autumn leaves April 2024 Song of the Month

    Sara Grey presents “Cobweb of Dreams” by Joy Masefield and Leon Rosselson. This love song is not dedicated to a person—it’s to the town of Towersey, Oxfordshire, England.

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