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CDSS News Fall 2014 Issue

CDSS News fall 2014 cover

Masthead

Letters and Announcements

Columns

Web Extra: Yoga for Dancers: Opening the Shoulders by Anna Rain (from the Spring 2010 issue of CDSS News)

Web Extra: Hear the three singers Mia Bertelli, Suzannah Park, Becky Wright)

Web Extra: Read the three tune notations

Articles

Dance

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CDSS News Spring 2014 Issue

CDSS News spring 2014 cover

Masthead

Letters and Announcements

Columns

Web Extra:

Audio MP3: Black Jack Davey by Sally Rogers from her recording We'll Pass Them On

Articles

Dances

Web Extras:

Videos: See the dance on YouTube —

Poems, Old and New

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CDSS News Winter 2013-2014 Issue

CDSS News winter 2013 2014 cover

Masthead

Letters and Announcements

Columns

Web Extras:

Hands and Feet, CDSS News, Fall 2011

Opening the Shoulders, CDSS News, Spring 2010

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Videos:

Siblings Justyna Orlikowska and Olgierd Orlikowski lead “The Last Words of Copernicus” at the second Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, Aula Maxima, Cork, Ireland, Saturday, March 3, 2012. Polish Sacred Harp singers have taken a special interest in the song, the text of which was reimagined by its composer Sarah Lancaster as the dying words of the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNifUi9JQqs

Bruce Springsteen’s 2012 single “Death to My Hometown,” off the album Wrecking Ball (Columbia Records, 2012). The song samples the lively alto entrance to the fuging section of “The Last Words of Copernicus” from a 1959 recording by Alan Lomax. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UASyS-jUKKI

Velma Johnson leads “The Last Words of Copernicus” during the fifty-sixth annual convention of the United Sacred Harp Musical Association, Corinth Church, Fyffe, Alabama, Sunday, September 13, 1959. Alan Lomax, who recorded the convention, described the song as “good music” and the rendition as “vigorous” in his notes on the session. http://research.culturalequity.org/rc-b2/get-audio-detailed-recording.do?recordingId=4577

Articles

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The Hatchlings by Martha Edwards, CDSS News, Summer 2009

Spreading Our Wings to Fly, by Mary Wesley, CDSS News, Falls 2013

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Slide Show

Dances

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Video: The Boys of Urbana

Poem

Obituaries

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CDSS News Fall 2013 Issue

CDSS News fall 2013 cover

Masthead

Letters and Announcements

Columns

Article also references Yoga for Dancers: Next Level of Knee Care (Summer 2013) and Yoga for Dancers: Cranky Knees and Long Quads (Spring 2013)

Articles

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Text: Dance Your Way Through History (Glen’s course description)

Photos: Glen and Judi through the years

Videos:

From Glen: “This video is one is of Just Friends (Lori Cleland, Judi Morningstar, Rosemary Kornacki and Cecelia Webster), performing Judi's ‘Michigan Snow Shanty’ at a concert on December 11, 1993. (Judi is singing lead.) The titles and credits in the video give the whole story.”

http://youtu.be/DYzEK6oeY8Q

From Glen: “This video segment goes with the Ruffwater photo in the article.”

http://youtu.be/kFCS1lUAYpc

From Glen:  “It's the October 28, 2012 special dance at Lovett Hall in The Henry Ford, Dearborn, for the 75th Anniversary of the dedication of this remarkable dance hall. Henry and Clara were there when it was dedicated on October 26, 1937, along with their son Edsel and his wife Eleanor. Edsel did the formal dedication of the Education Building, and announced that the magnificent dance hall on the second floor would be called Lovett Hall, in honor of his father's unequaled dance master Benjamin B. Lovett and his wife Charlotte. For this anniversary dance, yours truly called the first half along with the Ruffwater Stringband. We were piped in by the renowned Cawthon Brothers (Martin and Tyge) of Dearborn. The dance selected in this video is the first dance of the day, Starry Night Delight (written by yurs truly), with Ruffwater's medley of tunes being Silver and Gold Two-Step, March of St. Timothy (written by Judi Morningstar) and Ice House (a tune from Laurie Fisher). For the second half of the dance, the talented young caller Danika Murray and the fantastic band FiddleFire put the icing on the cake. We were honored that Doug Plummer was there with his 2013 Contra Dance Calendars, and taking photos for possible use in the 2014 Contra Dance Calendar. Rumor has it that Lovett Hall will be included in the 2014 publication.”

http://youtu.be/P3m6SA8eSp4

From Glen: “Well, here's a video of me calling in a casual setting, the Bayside Travelers Contra & Square Dance in Traverse City, Michigan. Aunt Lu & the Oakland County Allstars, an ensemble from Ruffwater, is playing the tunes: Brad Battey Jr on fiddle, Sharon Robinson on dulcimer, and Judi Morningstar on keyboard. The dancing crowd is about 50/50 new and seasoned dancers. Gilbert Lake Lodge is the setting. Michigan Dance Heritage helped fund the dancers ‘dream floor’ for this lodge about 10 years ago."

http://youtu.be/iWFjd5KA2ao

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Slide show: Downtown Amherst (MA) series, photos by Will Loving

Video: Firecloud Techno Contra, Amherst, MA, 5/22/13

Video: DJ Improper Techno Contra, Amherst, MA, 8/8/13

Letter: ASCAP/BMI Clarification from Sue Songer

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Criteria for Good Callers

Dances

Obituaries

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