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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

What’s New

  • A barefoot person reads the CDSS News in a hammock Summer 2022 CDSS News

    The Summer 2022 CDSS News is now available! Take a deep dive into the Irish Howle with Graham Christian; remember Lifetime Contribution Award recipient George Fogg; dance via Zoom at a Ball-That-Would-Have-Been; find out how the recorder can shine as a musical star; hear an oral history of old-time and modern Western dance from Bill Alkire; and much more.

  • A cabin boy stands on deck holding a mop June 2022 Song of the Month

    Joel Mabus introduces “The Golden Willow Tree,” in which a duplicitous sea captain strikes a bargain with a cabin boy to take down a pirate ship.

  • Soldiers and horses drowning in the Kabul River May 2022 Song of the Month

    George Stephens introduces “Ford o’ Kabul River,” a poem by Rudyard Kipling set to a tune by Peter Bellamy. The song tells the story of a regiment of British Hussars who drowned while attempting to cross the river and occupy Kabul during the Second Anglo-Afghan War in 1879.

  • 19th-century engraving of dancers at a quadrille Country Dance + Song Online Volume 3

    With the 2022 issue of Country Dance + Song Online, we are excited to present three articles on very different topics, two of them by contributors new to the journal. We will time-travel to three centuries of Anglo-American dance—all different, but all evolutionarily connected. Read more and download the issue.

  • Women wait outside an Irish sod cottage April 2022 Song of the Month

    Ian Robb introduces “Bold Riley,” a sailor’s farewell that has become a favorite memorial song.

  • The CDSS News with chocolate Easter eggs Spring 2022 CDSS News

    The Spring 2022 CDSS News is now available! Learn about the Johnny Appleseed of morris dance; try a two-couple ECD or a happy march; read an interview with the late, great Tony Barrand; and much more. 

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CDSS: Country Dance & Song Society Individuals nourished and communities strengthened by dancing, singing, and making music together.