Introducing The Portal
New CDSS Web Chat Series
2019 Lifetime Contributor
Community Outreach Grants Deadline is October 1st
2017 Annual Report is Now Online
21st Annual Pourparler
Fall 2018 CDSS News


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Introducing "The Portal": CDSS Website Section Brings Together Diverse Organizer Resources

This summer we launched the new Organizers Resource Portal (aka “The Portal”), a section of the CDSS website that gathers a wide range of information in one place to help local organizers easily find information for planning and decision making. Currently The Portal houses CDSS-created resources as well as some key resources from other organizations and events. Updating it will be an ongoing project, and we’ll be reaching out to YOU for help.

You can find The Portal here, and you can contribute your own resources by submitting this form.


CDSS New Web Chat Series

webchat smWe have now successfully hosted two Web Chats and are thrilled with the connections they are creating! Over 110 participants have joined in from as far as Alaska, Florida, and Germany. Recordings for both Web Chats are now posted on our website: #1 Boosting Attendance and #2 Creating a Thriving Open Band. Check out this link. We'll be hosting our next chat in mid-January with a focus on Increasing Youth Involvement. Stay tuned for more details! Questions? Email Linda Henry at



2019 Lifetime Contributor

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Country Dance and Song Society is pleased to announce that Sue Songer of Portland, OR, is the 2019 recipient of the CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award. It’s hard to imagine the Portland dance and music scene without Sue. She has been integral in the scene since the 1980’s — as a musician, as the leader of the Portland Megaband, as a leader on planning and production committees, and as the walking talking tune encyclopedia we all depend on. When she began learning fiddle tunes in the 80’s, she started to transcribe the tunes she was hearing around Portland.  This eventually birthed the worldwide selling Portland Collection series, including 3 tune books and 4 CDs to date. Sue plays and teaches in many corners of the U.S. She will be honored on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at a celebration in Portland which will feature music jams, a potluck, an award ceremony and an open band/caller contra dance. To read more about the Lifetime Contribution Award, click here


Community Outreach Grants Deadline is October 1st

harmony 2015 singers carl friedman smPhoto: Carl FriedmanFunding from CDSS is available to help YOU create an event or project to support your music, dance, or song community. To apply for our upcoming 10/1 deadline, visit For descriptions of previous grant offerings, go to Contact Linda Henry at for more info. Next deadlines are February 1st, and June 1st. 

2017 Annual Report is Now Online

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The 2017 CDSS Annual Report is now available. You can read the report online as an attractive flipbook, or download a PDF. On the page, you’ll also find links to the 2017 Donor List, additional financial details, and websites with further information.


21st Annual Pourparler

pourparlerDo you teach folk or traditional dance, music or song in schools or communities? Come share with others who do this vital work for an extended weekend of dancing, singing, playing music, sharing ideas and networking at Pourparler San Antonio November 1-4, 2018. Scholarships are available for two deserving CDSS members to attend. For information, visit For more information, visit pourparler or email


Fall2018 CDSS News

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The Fall CDSS News was an entirely digital issue, an experiment that we're conducted for this one issue of the year online (in December we go back to a print edition). A link to an online flipbook was sent to CDSS members and Group Affiliates earlier this month, and now some content is online for all. Peruse the PDFs for timely information and resources for dancers, singers, callers, and organizers, including five dances — enjoy!

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